Science of Staying Warm

(or what you should be wearing when you see this)

It has been the coldest weekend of the year here so far in New york, this was taken in Central Park on sunday morning during my morning walk with Barkley. It was a bitterly cold morning even Central Park was quiet with only a few fellow dog walkers and joggers. Continue reading


The changing seasons

We live in New York, which means 4 real seasons.  Having lived in London most my life previously I’m used to this, but the New York seasons take it up a notch.  A by product of having such a cold winter seems to be a fascination with winter clothing, looking around the city this generally seems to mean “which North Face jacket shall i buy this year.” Continue reading

Triathlon season is over

We have our first winter after moving to triathlons, triathlons in NY being a summer sport means looking for some off-season substitutes. Spin classes are fun – in moderation – so we are looking for some other activities. After watching our friend run the marathon, I decided to tackle a marathon next year. Unlike parenthletemom I’ve had issues with running more then any other area during my Tri training, with the old knees especially playing up. Moving to the Nike Free Run shoes help a lot, and after reading this story in the NY times decided to take it to the next level (Its a great article which explains the barefoot running craze). Running in NYC totally barefoot seemed a bit too extreme for me so ended up with the following

These weird looking shoes have been highly reccomended by a few friends so took the leap. Being impatient after getting the idea in my head I purchased at Paragon Sports NY . Paraenthletemom was unimpressed with news of this latest purchase, feeling like i jumped the gun on her idea…


So far i’ve done everything the fivefingers except run


...watched TV...

…walked the dog….

....even eaten dinner in them

none of which helped alleviate Parenthletemom’s feeling that I somehow stole this idea. So we will run in them today after she has her own pair.. So far i can say they feel almost as unusual as they look, in a good way. You feel more mobile and while the soles are thin the rubber seems very tough like the kind they make tires with, so your feet have a protected feeling. One concern is the cold, after the morning walk with Barkley my toes were pretty numb and its going to get a lot colder yet, Will see if running moves the blood enough. What i can say though is these Five Fingers shoes are well made and a very interesting idea,  I can see why they are gaining a loyal following, and looking forward to testing how they work with my feet. If you are interested in trying them make sure if possible to try them on in a shop, I found the sizing of these ran quite differently to regular shoes and needed 2 sizes larger.