Spring in the Eastern Sierras with Andrew Miller


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Spring in the Eastern Sierras with Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is an accomplished photographer, adventurer, and creative director focusing most of his work in winter climates where he explores and chases storms, usually with a snowboard under his feet. From the Andes, the Alps, Interior B.C. to the West Fjords of Iceland and high peaks of the Himalayas, his award-winning images have taken him to remote mountain ranges across the globe while working with a vast range of clients and editorial titles worldwide. From the skin track and helipad to the resort lift and sled trail, Andrew has been out there creating his work and quickly establishing himself as one of the most well-rounded photographers in the snow industry.

 

Spring has sprung here in the Eastern Sierra. This is arguably the best season of the year as the door is now open to endless adventure possibilities. The storms have settled down, the sun is getting higher and the sky is becoming a deeper blue by each passing day. When the forecast shows a solid week of high temps and clear weather, this is a signal to bust out the tents and camping gear as there is no better time to get outside and into the mountains. On the agenda was a challenge to see if our legs were up to a human-powered bike and shred mission down Highway 395. Taking tips off the “Slow is Fast” approach, we set the course, loaded up the bikes with just the essentials and we hit the highway peddling… slow. There is something to be said about experiencing a route you have driven a 100 times in your car by bike. You notice so many small details and end up taking tons of side roads and it felt as if we were exploring our backyard for the first time. The days were divided up into biking and shredding with hopes to hit most of the classic eastside zones starting with the Twin Lakes/Matterhorn area. The snow corn cycle was in perfect form and the pavement wasn’t too hot making for some amazing riding and biking conditions. We continued this cycle slowly making our way down the eastside embracing the heavy loads, blistered feet, sunburned faces and new challenges each day. There is really something to be said about exploring your backyard in a new way. All said and done the crew peddled 300 plus miles, skied 7 out of the 12 days, repaired six flat tires and consumed an absurd amount of food along the way.

 

The crew loaded up with ski and camping gear headed up the longest grade of the trip, Conway Summit.


The rare bike slush barrell. Just happen to be the one snowboarder got to spray the skiers.


By day three the crew was really getting into the groove of the long days in the saddle. Strategic packing was
key.


Topping out on the Dana Plateau in Tioga Pass, the east entrance to Yosemite.


This was hands down the best camping spot of the trip. A natural boulder cove perfect for a fire and nice rest
from the days bike.


Charging up the RUN bluetooth headphones courtesy of the sun. Tunes where key for helping push through those long days.


Finding that flow state. Surfing some perfect Eastside corn off the Dana Plateau.


Ski tour, eat, shred, eat, bike, elevate legs, eat, sleep – repeat.


Slushy spring waves. Couldn’t have asked for better spring weather or temps.


Spring always makes for some interesting bushwhacking before you hit the snow line.


We jumped at any chance to get in water. Nothing better way to reward yourself after a long day riding gravel
roads than a soak in the Hot Creek lazy river.

Nowhere, Nevada with Andrew Miller


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Nowhere, Nevada with Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is an accomplished photographer, adventurer, and creative director focusing most of his work in winter climates where he explores and chases storms, usually with a snowboard under his feet. From the Andes, the Alps, Interior B.C. to the West Fjords of Iceland and high peaks of the Himalayas, his award-winning images have taken him to remote mountain ranges across the globe while working with a vast range of clients and editorial titles worldwide. From the skin track and helipad to the resort lift and sled trail, Andrew has been out there creating his work and quickly establishing himself as one of the most well-rounded photographers in the snow industry.
 

Nevada isn’t really high on the list of snowboard destinations for many people. To most, it’s just a drive-through state that stands in the way of getting to the Sierra or Rocky Mountains depending on which way you’re going. Usually, just a quick pit stop for gas and you’re back on the road stoked to cross the state line, but that’s just most people. These days seeking out some of the best adventures require looking into off the grid areas with little to no information, no cell service and usually you have to operate on a “Never know, till ya go” mentality. This particular trip started on Route 50 a.k.a “The Loneliest Road in America” traveling deep into Nowhere, Nevada in search of snow and obscure couloirs scattered above ancient Bristlecone Pine forests. Interesting enough the Bristlecone Pine is one the longest-lived life forms on Earth dated over 5,000 years old making it the oldest known individual of any species. That is just one of many random facts and all-out crazy urban Nevada legends from Aliens at Area 51, Buried Treasure, Mel Waters & the Devils Hole to the Basque Nevada Tree Carvers. The list goes on and makes for some fun campfire stories which we shared each night over a four day period of exploring in this unique area. We began the 5-mile skin into our camp with extremely heavy packs not knowing what to expect and left with a fulfilled sense of a conquered adventure with new peaks bagged, many couloirs shredded and a long tick list of objectives for the next time around. While these type of foot-powered adventures aren’t always easy and most are a total crapshoot, they always seem to leave a lasting impression and tend to be a highlight of the season.
 

Route 50 aka “Loneliest Highway in America” after a couple of hours of driving through the desert, a long range of snow-covered peaks suddenly pop up in the horizon like a mirage.

 

We started in a dirt parking lot on foot with 100lb packs filled with food, camping supplies and camera gear. A few slow hours later we hit the snow line and then started skinning until we reached our base camp.

 

Basecamp life was pretty nice due to the low snow year leaving tables and fire pits exposed and a nearby stream was still flowing for drinking water.

 

This what we came for – nice, long shreddable couloirs off the top of one of the highest peaks in Nevada.

 

Nowhere, Nevada Basecamp nightlife. Fun fact: Nevada has some of the best stargazing in the whole U.S.

 

Nothing like a free charge. Trying to soak up some cloudy rays to charge up the Jaybird RUN buds for some skin track motivation for the next big day.

 

We always try and set low expectations for every trip and most of the time they are exceeded. Finding blower snow on the right aspect weeks after a storm was an unexpected bonus.

 

Winter in Nevada: it was a task to find any skinnable snow. Luckily the summer trail had a small strip to move across to access the higher peaks.

 

Textures of Nowhere, Nevada: an ancient bristlecone pine, vast views in the desert, walls of a rock glacier, and glades of aspens.

 

Rocking out in some amazing couloirs that surprisingly were holding great snow!

 

No easy ride home but at least the stoke was high after 5 days exploring a new zone and riding some amazing terrain. Nowhere, Nevada never disappoints.

Top 5 Summer Activities to do with Music


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Top 5 Summer Activities to do with Music

My name is Jeff Rizzo and I like to make videos online. My life 100% revolves around having fun, whether that’s working out, playing sports, and/or just bothering everyone in the office. I live in Sacramento, CA and run a small business called RIZKNOWS, which is a media company that produces content about consumer products. We have a website, mobile app, and a few decently popular social channels (200k+ subscribers).

 

 

Summer is my favorite time of the year…I like it even more than Christmastime! In Sacramento it gets blisteringly hot in the summer, regularly reaching 100° F for several days in a row. A lot of people don’t like this, but I’m all about it. I like feeling the sun on my back. I love the lake and water sports. I love dripping sweat all over the place. It’s fun. And with that, here are my favorite summer activities that I won’t do without my Jaybird X3s.

 

 

“I love dripping sweat all over the place.”

 

 

CYCLING

I have a fairly average road bike, but I love taking it out on Fridays (into the office) or Sundays. Sacramento has some of the best bike trails in the world. We have around 30 miles of nearly unbroken bike trails that follow a beautiful river down from the foothills to the city. It really is a special ride. Sometimes I can coax my buddies into a bike ride, but most of the time it’s just me, shirt off, blazing trail. I like to listen to country, classic rock, and hip-hop, mostly because the music helps distract me and can help with the rhythm of cycling. I also binge listen to podcasts, but those are primarily political in nature or Barstool Sports, so I’ll spare you the details.

 

 

RUNNING

I used to run a lot more, but I’m trying to get these dang shin splints under control, so I’m out-of-shape by my standards. Still, I love to run in the summer, regardless of the time of day. I typically run in my neighborhood, but I honestly I prefer trail running. Auburn, which is just a short drive away, has world-class, gorgeous trails which are a lot more relaxing than the streets of Sacramento. And I don’t just like proper running, I like to switch things up and run perhaps 100 meters then sprint 25 meters and so on. Of course, that would be a much shorter run, but I get bored quickly, so I have to invent new workouts. It’s all about sweating profusely, so I don’t really care how I get there as long as I feel great afterwards.

 

 

“I get bored quickly, so I have to invent new workouts.”

 

 

WEIGHT TRAINING

I belong to two gyms, and I have a home gym, but in the summer time I find myself bringing the weights outside more than anything. It’s so nice to workout outside, and I can’t deny that I also love the weird looks from my neighbors. Actually, I just moved and my outdoor workouts have enabled me to meet more of my neighbors. It’s pretty neat. They want to workout; they want the nasty hand blisters; and they also want to be around my beautiful Cal Bears flag. Bottom line: heavy weights are fun.
 

 
YARD WORK

There’s something oddly addicting about projects at home, and I regularly listen to music on my X3s as I work. It relaxes me and also makes my many power tools just a little quieter (not for my neighbors though!). I like to start really early in the morning. Whether it’s fixing gutters, installing ceiling fans, or planting a new tree, I just really like making home improvements, and I love yard work. I typically mess things up four times and get it right on the fifth; I’m actually surprised that I haven’t been electrocuted yet. And I know what you’re thinking: “what an all American man! He bikes, runs, weight trains, and even hits the TV until it starts working again!”. I also own Carhartt overalls, so think about that.

 

RELAX

I hardly ever relax, but I occasionally—particular in the summer—like to get up early, listen to music and just sit outside. It’s a great way to start the day. I’ll usually throw on some Jack Johnson and sip my decaf coffee. Here’s my playlist of the week:

 

 

Long Distance Runner Jennifer Kyle Talks Food and Running


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Long Distance Runner Jennifer Kyle Talks Food and Running

My name is Jennifer Kyle and I am usually running. Or eating. Sometimes, I am doing both at once. That’s when I know I am doing life right. I love to train for and run half and full marathons. I live in the epic running mecca that is the Bay Area.

 

What is it about food and running? They are so linked, yet challenging for so many. When you can use them together to nourish your body, the results are always positive. I think one of the biggest challenges around food is that every body is so different. That ultimately means that you have to be your own experiment. There is no set path for success. It has taken me years to try, fail, re-try and test new foods, what to eat, when to eat, and how much. By no means am I done yet, nor do I want to be. Food is a celebration, food is fuel, and food is a big part of social interaction.

 

So how do I marry that with my training? The answer is different depending on the day. I like to run first thing in the morning. If I am going out for an easy run, and/or I am not hungry right when I wake up, I might not worry about a snack before I run. If I am hungry when I wake up, or if I have a challenging workout, I like to put something in my stomach. A few examples of this might be: a waffle (I like the Salted Caramel ones from Gu), dates with peanut butter on them, an English muffin, a banana, or oatmeal. I keep foods that I eat prior to running pretty plain, high in carbs, and quick to digest. I also prefer to choose unprocessed foods. Especially if I am training for a race and using carb gels or other sports foods during my workout, I like to keep the processed foods outside of that to a minimum. It just keeps my gut happier.

 

Photo Credit: Tracey Mammolito

After my workout I am ALWAYS ready for breakfast. Breakfast is the best meal of the day. Fight me on that. I’ll win while I eat a delicious egg sandwich. I try to make that meal a good balance of protein, carbs and fats. It might be oatmeal with fruit & peanut butter or avocado & a veggie scramble with toast.  After a long run or especially hard workout, my appetite is sometimes suppressed for a couple of hours. That doesn’t mean I skip out on my recovery meal or snack, because the hour right after you work out is an important window of time to begin the recovery process. In that situation I go for chocolate milk or a smoothie. Chocolate milk has the 4:1 carb:protein ratio that is good for recovery. It is also delicious and something I will rarely turn down. An hour or two after that I am usually ready for a big meal.

 

Photo Credit: Tracey Mammolito

Once your workout is over and you have refueled, you are not done nourishing your body. I used to make that mistake and it showed in my training and recovery. The rules of thumb that I have found work for me are:

 

  1. Eat when you are hungry. Just because it is not lunch “time” doesn’t mean you can’t be hungry. Try not to cling to specific schedule of food if you are finding yourself hungry all the time.
  2. Eat mindfully. SLOW DOWN. Take a breath and enjoy your food. Don’t eat so fast you can’t even register when you are hungry. I still fail at this on a weekly, even daily basis. It’s ok if you do too – just keep trying.  
  3. Eat enough. Don’t be afraid to feel full. Sure, you don’t want to stuff yourself to bursting at every meal. That probably wouldn’t be very productive. However, if you are hungry an hour or two after every meal, you may not be eating enough. Try to make sure you are eating carbs/proteins/fats at every meal.
  4. Eat the rainbow. Vegetables and fruits – your mom was right, you need them. Eat things that have fewer ingredients in them. Don’t be too scientific about it, but fewer ingredients usually mean more nutrients.
  5. Give yourself a break. Have a beer, eat a slice of pizza (or three), share a slice of cake with your significant other. Don’t freak out if you ate so much you feel sick. Don’t freak out if you ate something that isn’t the pinnacle of health. As long as you are making more nutritious choices than not, you are doing great. Besides, that cookie to celebrate your latest PR may not be the picture of nutrition, but it is just as important for your mental health.   

 

Photo Credit: Tracey Mammolito

I hope that what I have learned through my personal experiences can help you. Below you will find my current playlist of the week. It is ever changing, and there it absolutely no purposeful theme. I save this playlist for races and it helps me drop the hammer when I need to every time. Sometimes I even use my Freedoms to click through to my favorite finish line song – “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys.  

 

 

(Please note than I am not a doctor or registered dietician. Please do what is best for you & your needs.)

From 0 to 13.1: How to Finish Your First Half-Marathon


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From 0 to 13.1: How to Finish Your First Half-Marathon

Running a half-marathon is a worthy goal, and maybe it’s a goal you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.

Have you stayed true to that enthusiasm? Maybe you’ve already given up on the idea of training. After all, you’ve haven’t run a mile since high school P.E. class.

How could anyone who doesn’t run ever be ready for a half-marathon?

The thought of running 13.1 miles non-stop is intimidating even for the casual runner. If you think that attaining your goal of running a half-marathon is out of the picture because of your lack of fitness and running, think again.

You can train to run a half-marathon, no matter your current fitness level or running ability. Here’s how:

The Walk-Run Technique

When training, it can be tempting to go all-in immediately. This misconception about training is also what discourages people from starting to train.

The problem with doing too much too soon is that you’re more likely to get injured.

You’ll sabotage your training because forcing yourself to run more than you can handle can make you hate running.

Even if you’ve never run a mile, there are many half-marathon training programs available that promise to get you ready from 8 weeks to 20 weeks.

The key is to go at your own speed and gradually progress. We repeat, go at your own speed.

A common denominator for most of the half-marathon training programs is the blending of walking and running. Walking a few minutes followed by running a few minutes back to running for an hour is a great way to get started on your half-marathon training. The time, speed and frequency of the walking and running will vary depending on your training plan, your fitness level, and how far away your half-marathon is.

The further into your training, the longer the running intervals will become. A walking-running technique eases you into training, makes it doable and more enjoyable, and lowers your risk of injury.

Utilize Cross-Training

How can activities like swimming, cycling and yoga help you in your half-marathon training? You may think that training for a half-marathon means putting the miles on your feet. It’s true that when you run and walk, you exercise and strengthen important muscles in your legs that are necessary to finish a half-marathon.

The repeated wear on the joints in your legs, however, can cause them to weaken and be more prone to injury, which will ultimately sideline your training.

This is where cross-training comes in.

When you do a different form of exercise, you’re strengthening other muscles that can help relieve the stress on your leg muscles and joints.

Cross training also gives your body a much-needed curveball by doing an activity that is not routine. Regularly throwing your body surprises helps you overcome the infamous “plateau” of training where you’re no longer progressing.

Tune-In to Your Body

Throughout your training, especially in the beginning, it is important to listen to your body. Pain and discomfort are signs that you’re pushing your body too hard and you’re not allowing your body to properly recover.

Finishing a half-marathon is doable even if running isn’t currently a part of your fitness routine.

Your half-marathon training can be more enjoyable with good workout music. At Jaybird, our wireless buds offer superior quality sound which will make your training go faster.

 

For more information about our earbuds, contact us at Jaybird today.  

 

How to Thrive Through Injury


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How to Thrive Through Injury

 

As a professional runner of 12 years, you could say I’m just as much an expert at injuries as I am at racing around the world. Injuries are part of the deal. And I’ve learned that while they are the absolute worst for taking you out of the activities you love most, they are also opportunities. Yep, opportunities. Sometimes you really have to squint to see the silver lining, but it’s there. And since I’m 5 months into my recovery from achilles surgery with NO running (gasp), I don’t have to squint anymore to appreciate what those opportunities are. I’ve lived them. So next time you find yourself sidelined from your favorite sport, here are three tips for how to not only survive, but thrive through injury.

  1. Find the chink in your armor:
    When I get an injury, my first reaction is usually full of expletives. But my second reaction is to surrender and look for the root cause. An injury doesn’t just happen. There is a reason, a weakness somewhere that prompted it. A sore achilles isn’t about the achilles. For example, it could be the result of poor glute and hip mobility or mechanics, and if you don’t take care of it, it will manifest in some other way as soon as your achilles calms down. An injury is always an opportunity to fine tune the machine so you can come back even stronger. Have a PT help you with the detective work and make a plan for you.

 

  1. Listen to podcasts
    One of the things I miss most when I’m unable to run is having time to listen and deeply dive into music, uninterrupted. I have a 2 year old, and own my own business with my husband, so without running, I don’t get a lot of time to really listen to music. There’s something about being out in nature that feels like you are making your very own music video to whatever music you are listening to, bringing it all to life in a way being in the gym never can. Cross training on the elliptical just isn’t the same. So when I’m injured, I listen to podcasts instead. A good podcast gets my mind completely absorbed the way music in nature does, and the time flies by. Not only that but I learn new things. Podcasts literally get me out the door to do the cross training cardio that I would otherwise dread, because it is the only time I get to listen to them.

 

  1. Take it out of the lab
    Sports can be this great laboratory for being your best self, pushing your limits, setting goals, and refining your body, mind, and spirit for the task at hand. It builds confidence, and perspective. But the point of the laboratory is to take what you learn about yourself and apply it to the outside world. Injury is a good time to put that into practice. Be that kickass climber in the office, or for your family. Attack a problem in your community or your household with the same intellectual curiosity you apply to improving the bike leg of your triathlon. That’s the ultimate test of your athleticism: it’s exchange rate in your every day life.

 

So while injuries will always suck, (let’s be honest), trust me when I say that these tips will make all the difference.

 

Yours in Sport,

– Lauren

How to be a Pro Skier


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How to be a Pro Skier

Ski Mountaineer Caroline Gleich

Photo by Adam Clark

There are many ways to become a professional skier, even if you didn’t grow up skiing competitively. Below, I’ve listed some things that I’ve learned in the dozen years I’ve been pursuing this profession. This isn’t the only way to fund your dreams, but I’ve found it’s what’s worked for me.

  • Don’t listen to your parents when they tell you to go to graduate school and become a lawyer, doctor or businessperson. Don’t listen to anyone. They don’t understand your dream. Only you know what’s possible for you.
  • Live within your means. Move to a place where you can do that and ski regularly. There aren’t too many ski towns like that left, but they are out there. Don’t acquire debt. Then ski a lot. Find other pros or aspiring pros to ski with. Contact local videographers and photographers to shoot.
  • Figure out your personal brand and start building it. Keep your social media pages and websites updated with information that shows who you are. Research your ski idols and figure out how they built their careers. Contact potential sponsors that align with the personal brand you’ve developed.
  • Plan to spend some time each week on the computer. Being in charge of a ski career is similar to running a small business. Prepare to learn how to do your own accounting, marketing, advertising, sales, negotiations and production.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself. Start working on them. Figure out what your sponsors goals are, and figure out how you can contribute to their goals. Being able to throw a double cork or skiing the gnarliest line doesn’t mean you should get sponsored. Figure out the value you can bring to the companies you want to work for.
  • Keep a job with a flexible schedule that allows you to ski during the day until you can make enough skiing to quit your job. Live with your parents (even though you disagree about your career choices doesn’t mean you can’t be agreeable to live around) or couch surf with friends. If you travel, keep it cheap. Offer to make dinner for the hosts whose couches you will be crashing on. Do dishes, keep it tidy. Leave any “base camp” you visit cleaner and better than you found it.
  • When you’re not skiing, and you’re trying to make ends meet, Hustle. Pick up odd jobs. Organize and run yard sales for your friends and families to make some extra skrilla. You’d be amazed at how much you can make for piles of stuff people want to get rid of. Get a food sponsor. You gotta eat.
  • When you do get that call from the photographer, it’s time to get some shots in the bag. Be professional. Show up on time, with your gear organized. Don’t be hungover. Don’t talk too much, listen to the direction from the photographer. Now you are going to realize that being a pro skier isn’t exactly what you think it is. Powder days are spent moving at snail paces with film crews. Shooting is about finding quality snow and terrain, not how many laps you can get in.
  • Develop a thick skin for rejection and public criticism. You will hear a lot of nos, from sponsors, from photographers, from other athletes. Keep doing what you love and persisting. Have fun and be safe. Make sure you have health insurance and consider disability insurance.