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dena eaton

dena eaton

On two wheels, two skis, or two feet

dena eaton's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

dena eaton's Bio

When I'm not writing for Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com, I am vacuuming up hair shed by my yellow lab...or more frequently, I ignore the hair and can be seen running away on two wheels, two skis, or two feet, or with one paddle -- wandering the Wasatch, Moab, the Tetons or any of the West. I'm probably a cowgirl at heart. A track cyclist with state, national, and world championships, I competed in 12 Ironmans beginning in 2005 with my final bow being taken at Kona in 2008. My first official sport, outside of canoeing and kayaking, was mountain biking, and even though I have zero proprioceptive memory as to how to actually ride a mountain bike, as evidenced by a few recent scars, I am going to once again toe the start line in 2014. I completed a Masters in Architecture as well as graduate studies in physiology and sports psychology, am a USA Cycling Coach - eatoncoaching.com - and have 22 years of competing in cycling, xc-skiing, triathlon, paddleboard (not SUP), marathons, and ultra-marathons.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I admit it. I'm a 1-by addict. I recently switched from my 34t to a smaller 30t ring. I have no issues climbing with a 34 (and I live in PC) but I think my knees would prefer I spin more....

Excellent chainring! The tooth design eliminates chain drop, and paired with the XX1 rear derailleur, I've never so much as missed a shift.

If you're going 1-by....go SRAM.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

I bought this jacket for a very dear friend of mine. I owe him a lot -- he was the one who was by my side after my crash a few years back and who has kept me sane through many bouts of meeting Mr. kinda wrong, Mr. wrong, and Mr. what was I thinking... We raced Madison together - more times than I can count in LA and I dragged him on many "gruelathons" getting ready for Nationals and Worlds. Well, to be honest, his girlfriend and I both dragged him (she still does). In cold weather, he always wore a very worn fleece jacket, but he rides a beautiful BMC RM01. It was time to get him a real riding jacket.

He loves it. He says it fits great and even though it's getting warmer in CA, he says he'll definitely get plenty of use out of it come fall and winter. You know, when they get a few drop of rain and the temperatures drop into the 50's.

I bought him the large as the medium fit me and he said it fits like a large should.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on February 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding rollers for years. They are my preferred method of indoor training. I should probably mention that I'm a track cyclist and track bikes do not fit standard trainers -- so it's not like I've ever had a choice.

That said, after I "retired" earlier this year I loaned my Kreitler rollers to a colleague to train through the PC winter. I then decided that "retiring" was a terrible (in so many more than one way) mistake so a friend gave me some cash to buy some. Unfortunately I initially bought 2.5" drums. And while the smaller drums provide great resistance for a geared bike, on my track bike, the chain is set so that the smallest gear I am able to use is an 86" gear. Needless to say, the 86" on 2.5" rollers didn't give me the cadence I'd need for the amazing comeback. So, I sent them back and opted to buy the CycleOps rollers with larger drums.

They are perfect! The only complaint I have is that the plastic plugs on the arms fall out easily and the "c-shaped" links for the arms come dis-connected almost every time I lift them. I have jury-rigged a nut to keep the arms from slipping off. I used a set of these back in LA and do not recall that being an issue so I am unsure if it is a new design or if that owner had also "fixed" the issue.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cyclists never get race t-shirts so I decided that it was about time I buy a few themed tees to wear to work (after all I am in the industry). I love the fit and the length keeps it down over my jeans while I sit all day. The super-soft knit feels like PJ's.

I think I'll buy a few more Endurance Conspiracy Tees!

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dena eatonwrote a review of on January 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using a 4:1 ratio recovery drink for years. So, when I tried the OSMO Acute Recovery for Women, I kind of knew what to expect from a post-training drink. OSMO delivered less muscle fatigue and increased recovery.

The only issue I had was the taste. But, to be honest, I am not a fan of spiced drinks. If OSMO decided to develop a chocolate or raspberry recovery mix, I'll be right on it.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this drink mix!

I have never really used drink mixes while riding. I have always preferred water, not because I didn't believe the benefits of electrolytes during training, but because so many of the ready-made and drink mixes that I have tried left my gastro-intestinal tract mumbling and grumbling in dismay.

OSMO's Active Hydration mix is different. While it contains the necessary salt and other ingredients known to positively affect performance, it does so in a ratio that is easily absorbed into the body. This way I wasn't stuck with an overload of sugars in my system. The result was no GI issues. I never cramped or felt fatigued. In addition, the taste is a very pleasant mango flavor that isn't overwhelming.

OSMO's Active Hydration is my choice from now on.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this drink mix!

I have never really used drink mixes while riding. I have always preferred water, not because I didn't believe the benefits of electrolytes during training, but because so many of the ready-made and drink mixes that I have tried left my gastro-intestinal tract mumbling and grumbling in dismay.

OSMO's Active Hydration mix is different. While it contains the necessary salt and other ingredients known to positively affect performance, it does so in a ratio that is easily absorbed into the body. This way I wasn't stuck with an overload of sugars in my system. The result was no GI issues. I never cramped or felt fatigued. In addition, the taste is a very pleasant mango flavor that isn't overwhelming.

OSMO's Active Hydration is my choice from now on.

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dena eatonwrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never really been a fan of women-only products, Whether it's a bike or energy bar, I just figured the men's versions have been more thoroughly tested with greater attention to detail. I tried the OSMO Pre-load hydration mix, however, and was pleasantly surprised that it did everything that it was touted to do. In all my years of training, it never occurred to me, nor was mentioned, that as a female, I may need a slightly different amount of salt, potassium, and other electrolytes than a male.

The Pre-Load Hydration mix is salty tasting, but as the base flavor is pineapple margarita, it complements it nicely. I used it before several long, hot mountain bike rides in the desert and never cramped or felt fatigued. Additionally, I had no GI issues, which is something that I have had issue with while using products with too much sugar. I am looking forward to trying it for some long, hot runs once spring rolls around.

I highly recommend that you try OSMO's women's Pre-Load mix especially for women to race in blazing midsummer conditions.

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