I use coconut oil for a variety of things – both topical (goodbye itchy bug bites) and cooking-related (have you tried these deelicious spelt flour cookies?).

It has also been a running joke for a while now about how hot the house must be once the tub of coconut oil goes from solid to liquid form. And the San Jose area is known for having very hot Summers, so I was prepared for the oil staying liquified for me until Fall.

But I looked over one day recently and found the above jar of oil had gone back to its previously solid form which meant that the house temperature had cooled and I wanted to know just how much.

So I looked up the melting temperature of coconut oil and learned that it’s 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, I realize this isn’t an exact science, but it is a good visual to understand just how hot the inside of the house may be (in literal degrees of comfort).

Coconut oil wins again!

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Spring has sprung almost all over the United States and that means racing season has already started (for some) or is really gearing up for others.

This past holiday season, I included Sage Rountree’s book, Racing Wisely, in the Rest Day Reads section of the Fit Gift Holiday Guide but I also wanted to give you a sense of what the book can offer therefore I asked the certified coaches and co-Founders of over at KR Endurance to give me their take on the book.

Coach Says

Coach Kristie Cranford says:

I began reading,  “Racing Wisely” one month from my “A” race.  I found it to be insightful with planning and preparation tips for before, during, and after a race.  It was surprisingly not only an informative yet an entertaining read with splashes of humor which you don’t find in many books of this nature.  

I like the philosophy on how “Personal Best” is not always a “Personal Record” a very positive and realistic approach to setting up each race for success through planning and preparation.   Whether a new or seasoned racer this book is a good read for all athletes of all race distances and abilities.

Coach Rebecca Adamson says:

New athletes and seasoned racers can benefit from reading “Racing Wisely.”  Sage has taken a reasonable and thoughtful approach to what is sometimes considered complex information on an often intimidating subject. 

Anyone just getting started in running, cycling or triathlon will enjoy her practical, smart and sensible style, and experienced athletes will appreciate many of the reminders and solid advice she presents (such as setting “intention” for a race). 

I recommend “Racing Wisely” to any athlete looking to perform at the best. 


Question of the Day: How do you “race wisely”?


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