Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 47 - Rich Roll, yurbuds™ Review and Triggers

March 25, 2013         242  lbs

Today is a rest day so not too much to report. I ended up working and was able to listen to the Rich Roll Podcast where my Coach Chris Hauth appeared a few weeks ago.

Here is a link to the podcast.

They discuss training theory and explore heart rate zone training as well as dispel some myths about it. They also discuss when you get the real benefit from aerobic training. And how developing more pathways for oxygen to get to muscles, you can train/compete longer. Give it a listen.

I have mentioned that I was planning some reviews so here is the first. By the way, I may do a video version and add it later.

Yurbuds - Inspire Talk
I have freakishly small, little ears. You have to say it exactly like that. Compared to my large head, some might say, disproportionately. Well, their not that small but one thing that has plagued me all my life is finding earbuds that fit comfortably. You see the standard size earbuds bug me. Put it this way, the earphones that come with the iPhone, are uncomfortable to me. For the last three years or so, I have used a pair of earphones that go with a waterproof phone pouch I have. Part of the reason I liked them was they are waterproof and they are more comfortable than my iPhone earbuds. Problem is, they don't fit 100% and would start working themselves out as soon as I would put them in. Also, I would have to keep the volume low to hear traffic and surroundings. Note: You should always be able to hear your surroundings when riding/running. Part of being safe out there is knowing whats happening around you at all times. In some states like California, you can technically only wear one earbud in your ear while riding/driving.
So for awhile now, I have looked for some earbuds that are comfortable, stable in the ear, sweat proof, had an in-line mic and most recently, I was thinking it would be nice if they allow in ambient noise.
I got to try out a pair of Yurbuds - Inspire Talk earphones at the recent Nutribullet Fit Expo for the L.A. Marathon. The salesperson quickly found the correct size and handed me a test set to try in. I have to admit, I was apprehensive to put them in, but happily surprised when I had no difficulty. Even more surprised they were comfortable. The earphones twist into place and once in, are very secure. I shook my head to test it. The salesperson began snapping his fingers around my head so I could see how much ambient noise I could hear. Wow! The outside sound was only slightly decreased. Then he handed me an iPod that had four songs to listen to. I picked Pink Floyd's "Money" as their recording quality was superior. Sure enough, the sound was a lot richer with more bottom end than I expected as that is one of the first things to go with earbuds. Sold for $39.95!
I have worn the Yurbuds on several training outings. The first night, I was cycling after midnight when suddenly the sprinklers kicked on just as I passed, causing me to jump like a scared little girl. Yes, they let in ambient noise very well. So far, I have worn them for about one and a half hours straight and have not had any problems at all. I really like them and recommend them so if your looking for some nice training earphones you might consider these.

A word about "triggers." I quit smoking 3 1/2 years ago. I smoked heavily for twenty one years. It's not something I'm proud of but it's my reality. I have written about quitting and what it takes in a previous post so I won't rehash that story.
The thing is, even after quitting so long ago, I still occasionally have something trigger an urge to smoke. And it is never smelling cigarette smoke or seeing people smoke like you might expect. It will usually hit me in times of stress but then there are the really odd random times like watching television and something will set off an urge. But like always, it passes quickly and I'm left feeling thankful that I didn't give in to the urge.

Until tomorrow my friends.

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