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Steelhead Fishing in Pennsylvania

Steelhead Fishing in Pennsylvania

Steelhead Fishing in Pennsylvania

With the colder nights and that first frost brings forth the beginning of steelhead season in Pennsylvania. For many anglers the arrival of the steelhead in creeks like Walnut, Elk, and 20 Mile brings a sense of excitement that is unmatched by other forms of fishing in the state. Steelhead Salmon are an extremely powerful fish that can make the drag on a reel scream and push your rod to it's limits.

Now how do you go about fishing for these silver bullets? There are several techniques but the most common forms in Pennsylvania are fly fishing and drift fishing. In this article we'll go into detail on how to fish for steelhead in the Pennsylvania streams and what streams to fish in Pennsylvania.

Fly Fishing

First, lets talk about fly fishing and what type of gear you will need to have to tackle these fish. The following is a list of commonly used fly fishing equipment for fishing for steelhead in the PA streams.

Gear
Fly Rod = 7 to 8 weight rod from 9 to 10 foot
Fly Reel = Any fly reel with a good drag. Large arbor fly reels are preferred, they pick up the fly line a lot faster and tend to have a better drag system.
Fly Line = 7 to 9 weight forward floating fly line
Leader = Taper leader from 20 to 15 to 10 pound test leader material then connect 8 to 6 pound fluorocarbon as a tippet. If water is clear use 6 then 4 pound fluorocarbon as tippet.

Flies
Egg Patterns = Sucker Spawn, Blood Dots, Crystal Meth Flies, Estez Eggs
Sizes - 12, 14, 16 size nymph hooks 2X strong or 8 or 10 live bait (egg hook)
Streamers = Egg Sucking Leech, Wooly Buggers, Crystal Buggers
Sizes - 2, 4, 8, 10 salmon hooks or streamer hooks
Nymphs = Stone Flies, Prince Nymphs, Hairs Ears Nymphs
Sizes - 10, 12, 14 size nymph hooks 2X strong

Fly Fishing Techniques

Dead drifting with an indicator - To dead drift with a indicator simply put on a indicator or small trout bobber about 6 foot up the leader then attach some weight 2 BB sinkers or 1 3/0 sinker about a foot above the fly. You will need to move your indicator up and down your leader to find the depth of the water. To get a true dead drift your indicator should stand straight up and down and not have the appearance of dragging the bottom. (This is easier said then done; there are all types of indicators to help with getting a true dead drift)

Dead Drifting without an indicator - This is my favorite way to fish for steelhead! I use this method on the larger streams of Pennsylvania and New York with great success and you can't beat the strike you get when a steelhead slams your fly while it is swinging or at the end of the drift. You can use this technique whether you are fishing egg patterns, streamers, or nymphs and is extremely versatile in any type of water depth or current.
First, You need to have a leader and tippet any where from 10 to 15 feet depending on the size of the creek you are fishing. If fishing Elk Creek or Walnut creek in Erie, PA you will want to keep your leader around 10 to 11 feet. Next, depending on the depth of the water you want to put a sinker any where from 3 feet to 6 feet up your line. The sinker should be a single 3/0, 7, or 5 depending on the depth and speed of the water. Finally, you should cast your fly upstream at about 1 to 2 o'clock then mend your line upstream immediately then get your fly rod high in the air then let it drift and then swing through to the end of the drift. Don't pull the fly out of the water to quickly to cast again let it hang for a few seconds. Some of the most incredible hits are at the end of the drift. If you prefect this technique you will have some of the most fun days you have ever had fishing for steelhead.

Spin Fishing with a Drift Rod

One of the most effective techniques of fishing the tributaries of Lake Erie is fishing with bait and a dead drift rod. I have seen more fish caught on skein, egg sacs, and minnows than any other technique. Fishing with bait you can consistently catch steelhead and 20 plus fish days are not uncommon when the fish are running.

Gear

Rod
8 ½ to 12 foot spinning rod or 11 to 15 foot Canadian style drift rod. (Canadian style drift rod requires a center pin reel)ReelSpinning - Good spinning reel with a front drag that generally holds 140 yds of 8lb test is standard.Center Pin - Okuma makes a affordable center pin reel that will allow you to get started with this method. Some Center Pin reels will empty your pocket book.Line4 to 8 lb fluorocarbonIndicator / BobberSteelhead style drift bobber (Blackbird and Drennan make excellent floats)

Hooks
Size 4 Salmon or Steelhead hook will work for most circumstances, or a size 8 octopus style.
Split Shot .You will need a variety of split shot from BB to 5's depending on depth and current

Bait
Egg Sacs, Skein, Single Salmon Eggs, Minnows, Shiners, and Worms

How to Rig
First put your drift bobber on first, generally you float will be anywhere from 4 feet to 7 feet depending on depth from your bait. Next stagger your split shots about 12 inches above your bait to 15 inches above your bait. Space your split shots anywhere from 2 to 2 inches apart. Next, tie on a salmon hook or octopus style hook. If fishing skein or egg sacs, use a size 4 hook to hold the skein on the hook. If you are fishing clear water and using single eggs use a 12 to 14 size hook.

Where to fish

Elk Creek - Is the largest creek of the Erie PA streams, I would have to say that I prefer Elk creek to all the other creeks because of it's size and the ability to do some hiking to in the woods to find a place to fish. There are many well-known holes on Elk Creek, including the mouth Elk Creek Access Area, the Legion Hole, and the Conrail Tubes on the lower sections of the creek and Foley's End and Streuchen Flats on the upper end of the creek. At the beginning of the season focus your attention on the lower sections of the creek due to fish not being able to make it to the upper sections. Then in the spring focus on the upper sections where the steelhead will spawn.

Walnut Creek - Is the second largest creek in the Erie PA region most if not all the fishing at Walnut Creek is done at or just above the Walnut Creek Marina. This creek is full of steelhead and fishermen! It is a small stream that runs right beside the parking lot of Walnut Creek Marina and is a great place to take kids and is accessible for all people.

Twenty Mile - Is the largest of the Eastern mile streams to fish Twenty mile you will need to park along route 5 and walk to mouth. Fishing at Twenty Mile can be great when Walnut and Elk creeks are to high and muddy to fish.
Route 5 Streams - There a number of small streams that you can access by using route 5 as your guide these streams include Raccoon, Godfrey, Trout, Cascade, Four Mile, Seven Mile, Twelve Mile, and Sixteen Mile.

In conclusion, steelhead fishing is one of the most exciting fishing opportunities we have in Pennsylvania plus you have the opportunity to catch a fish that often goes over 10 pounds and fights like no other species of fish known to Pennsylvania waters. My only warning to all those thinking of going steelhead fishing is be prepared to catch the bug then spend endless hours thinking, tying flies, preparing bait and for the next chance to land that silver bullet.

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Buying the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

Buying the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

Buying the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

By: Jimmy Bonner

A new set of clubs for beginners is really not necessary; in fact the higher end clubs can be a hindrance on your game. Golf is unique in the fact that the sport requires a group of instruments, and equipment to play in full. Many sports like baseball or basketball just require a few items that are used by an entire team. Golf being an individual sport this aspect changes into a need for the right set of clubs.

Golf clubs are broken down into sets of complete or incomplete, as well as irons, woods, drivers, putters, wedges, and hybrids. Golf clubs can be purchased in any combination of the above, but typically for beginners it is good to start with the entire set. Also women's clubs are sold as sets, but typically differ from men's clubs in size. Golf clubs in sets typically come with a bag that has stands on it, so it can rest on itself while you are taking your shots. Also golf sets occasionally will come with tops for the heads, as well as towels, umbrellas, and even balls.

Golf club sets can be purchased at a number of places. In order of price, most expensive to least, you can buy clubs at a pro shop; this will be your most expensive option. You can also buy clubs at sporting good stores, or golf specialty stores. For those bargain shoppers you can purchase a full set of clubs at Wal Mart, or even your local thrift store. For the internet shopper's eBay offers a great selection of new and used golf club sets.

The cost for a set of clubs can vary from less than $100 for an entire set, to over $10,000 for the high end clubs. Typically golfers can buy a decent set of clubs for $400 depending on where they are shopping. High end clubs are often bought in singles, thus making it more costly to purchase a set. One driver can cost over $1,000 at a local pro shop.

The term you get what you pay for isn't true in the world of golf clubs. Unlike cars, or computers, typically golf clubs can be beneficial at a low cost. Further, many prefer cheaper clubs, or used clubs, because they offer a more standard weight and grip. Golf clubs are uniquely made out of several different materials, and can vary depending on a user's preference. The cheaper clubs have a level feel to them, and don't offer too much of any one element. If a beginner spends a large amount of money on an ultra light driver, it could be too light for them to learn the basics of their swing, this actually prohibiting them from learning the basics.

Overall it's important to start off with a modest set of clubs until your game advances to levels that call for new clubs. Plus with all the money you save you can buy your significant other a set, and make a date at the course.

 

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Jimmy Bonner is the author of the best-selling golf ebooks. He can walk you through every single step to cut your handcap, hit ball farther and stop slicing at Advanced Golf Skill www.advancedgolfskills.com.

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Watching the NFL versus the MLB

Watching the NFL versus the MLB

Watching the NFL versus the MLB

By: Jason OConnor

Imagine placing two flat screen plasma TV's side by side in your living room smack dab in front of your couch. You've got beer, snacks a-plenty and fresh batteries in your clicker.

One TV has an NFL game on and the other has a Major League Baseball game and they both start at the same time.

Besides this being many sports fans' idea of hog heaven and even better than clicking back and forth between games with only one TV, it's fun to watch the differences between these two pro sports. Watching the NFL on TV is a weekly ritual; baseball is on every night of the week, but watching the two combined is almost as rewarding as joining a Cowboy cheerleader snuggle-fest.

And that's exactly what I did recently (not the snuggle-fest, but the two TV's thing). Here's what happened:

The football game started with a massive kick to the opposing team, and a line of 250-pound plus men with murder in their eyes started charging after the poor slob who caught the ball. After a few seconds he was crushed by his pursuers, becoming the bottom man in a very scary adult male pig-pile. MLB players tend to be a little mellower and less physical, but all pro players in any sport need to be strong. Football players take steroids, baseball players get caught.

Meanwhile, the MLB game started off a little less exciting. My heart rate and pulse began to slow down as I watched the catcher and pitcher play catch as the batter just stood there spitting and adjusting his crotch. I got quickly bored and turned back to the NFL game.

In a matter of a three minute span two men had been injured, with one having his ankle relocated to his armpit. A touchdown was scored, the ball changed hands twice, and a whole lot of tackling, smashing, crunching and finger-breaking happened.
Football is more of an immediate gratification, ADD-friendly game to watch.

I glanced back at the MLB game for a couple of minutes. Two strikeouts and four fly outs came and went and we were already in the second inning, with little action to show for it. A baseball game is more of a wise-old-man kind of sport, where patience and number-crunching are paramount. It reveres serenity.

Football reveres mayhem. Watching football gets me angry and all charged up. Watching baseball makes me sleepy. In fact, I usually like to watch the first two or three innings, fall asleep, and then wake up to catch the last few innings. Watching football players hit each other full force and light each other up is exciting, and dozing is out of the question. Watching one grown man with ball in glove chase another grown man to tag him in a pickle is kind of funny.

As 10,000 commercials played on the football TV, I had a few minutes to catch up on my MLB game. Finally, in the bottom of the third, a man hit the ball and dropped it in the right field gap for a single. All the baseball players, including the guy running up to first base, seemed quite pleasant. Why not be? They were playing in a nice park, on a nice warm and sunny day and no one had even broken a sweat yet. The batter reached first base and started chatting with the opposing team's first baseman. They started smiling and having a great time with each other. My lip-reading skills are not what they used to be but I think I saw one say to the other, "Hi Johnny! How's the wife doing? It's been a while since we saw her. We've got to get together sometime soon."

Growing restless, I turned back to the NFL game just in time to see one man standing over a writhing and groaning man on the turf. I think I saw his lips yelling, "Hey Bruno, while we were having breakfast together this morning, your wife told me to tackle you into next Tuesday, did I do a good job?"

In the very next play a running back was nailed in a bone-splitting tackle. Indeed, his bone did split, and then protruded right out of his bloody skin causing a wave of nausea to spread over the crowd.

Fascinated but horrified, I quickly turned to the baseball game and witnessed a wild pitch hit the batter on the finger. The batter yelped and had to sit the rest of the game out, his pinky was smarting.

To replace the bone-sticking-out-of-his-leg guy in the NFL game, a bulky player with flowing dreadlocks sticking out of his helmet started lumbering onto the field. He had a huge cast on his arm that looked like a big club. With the hand totally encased, forming a big bulbous weapon, he shook it as his opponents in defiance while possibly struggling to stick one particular finger up, and then reluctantly joined the huddle.

It was nearing the halftime and so many timeouts had been called that they seemed to have run out of commercials to play. So the cameras started scanning the crowd. It was a lot colder where this game was being held, and I could see people's breath. I also saw a guy in shorts and no shirt who had painted his skin from head to toe in his NFL team's colors. His head was shaved and also painted, and he was wearing a big pig's nose on his face.

As I briefly scanned the crowd on the other TV, I saw lots of people in button down, short sleeve shirts, baseball caps and gloves on, waiting expectantly for that ever-elusive foul ball.

The first half started to wind down in the NFL game, and I actively awaited gratuitous shots of hot cheerleaders. I was rewarded with lots of silly pompom waving and cleavage. I then happily turned back to the MLB game but only saw three heavy-set women shoving sausage dogs and peanuts in their mouths.

At halftime I got a chance to go to the bathroom and grab another cold beer and more snacks. There is never a big break in baseball, and every time I go to the bathroom while watching baseball I always miss the big play, which of course happened this time too.

My MLB game continued to plod along when I got back, inducing the unique ball-strike-out hypnotic state that only baseball can cause. I was about to doze off when I was jarred out of my trance by the flashy touchdown dance I saw on my other TV. The guy who just scored was moonwalking across the uprights while flapping his arms like wings. He then proceeded to do a magnificent swan dive which turned into a double summersault with a twist and finally landed perfectly on the field.

I then quickly caught the replay of the big baseball play I had just missed. Someone hit a grand slam, rounded the bases and was greeted by a big, warm, bouncing-in-unison group hug.

After a while, both games ended and I had experienced a full range of emotions. Both games are great to watch and if you can get past the roller coaster ride of stimulation, watching football and baseball simultaneously is a blast. I decided to keep both plasma TV's in front of the couch permanently

Finally, no football vs. baseball article could be complete without mentioning one of the masters of comedy and this subject, George Carlin. Here's a quote from Carlin's famous monologue that inspired this article:

"And finally, the objectives of the two games are completely different:

In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line. In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! - I hope I'll be safe at home! "

 

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The Fun of Fantasy Football

The Fun of Fantasy Football

The Fun of Fantasy Football

Fifteen to eighteen million people play fantasy football every year-and the numbers are growing rapidly.

In fantasy football, you "draft" or auction an imaginary team composed of real-life football players (this can include NFL professionals or college players). They then score points based on their actual performance in real games.

Your fantasy tournament progresses in much the same way as the real football games. You go head-to-head, competing against another opponent each week.

If your team scores the most points by the end of the season, and has the best win-loss record, you win.

Fantasy football was invented by Danny Dulac, one of the organizers of the Raiders. He thought of it during a road trip to the east coast, and by the time he got back, he had fleshed out many of the rules and was "ready for kick off". Today, there are thousands of websites, magazines and software that are dedicated to fantasy sports.

This is how it works. You have a fantasy league with 8 to 12 teams, with players drafted at the start of the season. Depending on the league you join, you start with a clean slate every season or have a permanent partial roster (these players can't be included in the annual draft). Some leagues will have you keep the entire team and just draft rookies. At any time during the season owners can change their team by firing some players (that's life) and hiring free agents who were not drafted. You can also trade with other teams.

The scores are based on how the players do in their weekly NFL games. For example, a player gets 1 point for making 25 passing yards, 10 rushing yards, or 10 receiving yards. He gets a whopping 6 points for a touchdown (unless it's a passing touchdown, where he just gets 4). Errors can also affect your score. For example, every interception that is thrown subtracts two points. This also applies to fumbles.

Defensive scores are a little harder to compute, so some leagues opt to compute the scores primarily on yards. (They say it is more realistic and mimics the way an actual game works.) Defensive statistics such as sacks and fumble recoveries are then subtracted. To get the number of touchdowns, the total score is divided by a particular number (sometimes 80 or 100). Then any field goals made by placekickers are added to that score.

It's a very exciting game and adds a new dimension to the already popular game of football.

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The Hook Ball - Mastering the Technique of Hooking the Bowling Ball

The Hook Ball - Mastering the Technique of Hooking the Bowling Ball

Submitted by: Johnny Cartwright

Most people, probably including you, start out bowling by using a "straight" shot. With this style of bowling, you simply point and shoot. Bowling with this style is effective, and you can in fact bowl an excellent score using it.

Even so, if you want to be more serious about bowling, or further improve your score, you'll need to learn more advanced techniques, adding more skill than luck to your game.

One of the first advanced moves most bowlers incorporate in their game is the hook ball.

By adding the hook ball to your arsenal, you gain much more control over where the ball travels, and which pins are knocked down.

The reason straight bowling can only get you so far is because you have to send the ball down the center of the lane, and hit pins straight on, while avoiding the gutters (and the dreaded gutter ball).

Few people can consistently bowl strikes with straight bowling -- often it's simple luck dictating where the ball strikes the pin, how much the ball is spinning, and how the pins fly around once hit.

More often than not, by sending the ball down the middle of the lane, you'll end up with a nasty split that is difficult to convert into a spare. Even if you do manage to nail the spare, you still won't be able to win a game against others that are able to hit strikes consistently.

That's where the hook ball comes in.

By using the hook ball, you add spin into your shot, using the spin to send the ball exactly where you want it to go.

Creating the hook is controlled by the way you release the ball.

In general, you should release the bowling ball with your thumb close to the bottom, using your fingers to give the ball some spin. With the right amount of spin, the ball should travel in a fairly straight line, until it reaches the "break point".

The break point is the spot in the lane when the ball begins to turn towards the target, leaving it's straight path. When the ball hits the break point, it should arc outwards slightly, then curve back toward the pins you were targeting.

To get the perfect hook ball, you'll need to analyze your bowling habits. You need to figure out your typical axis rotation and axis tilt -- or the amount of vertical and horizontal spin you usually put on your shots.

You can get an idea of these by the position of your hand when you release the ball -- get someone else to watch or take pictures or video of you while you throw several shots.

Once you've identified your axis rotation and tilt style, you can make appropriate corrections to your game. You can also get the best bowling ball for your style.

For a hook game, urethane balls are perfect. The texture of these bowling balls helps to add just the right amount of spin to your throw.

Once you've got the right ball, you need to practice. Learning how to hook the ball properly takes many throws, as you need to become comfortable with each aspect of the throw -- rotation, spin, location, speed.

It does take an investment of time, but once you've mastered the hook ball, you'll have a bowling technique available to you that will help you to score higher, making more strikes, and giving you a greater chance of hitting difficult spares.

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Why Choose Krav Maga?

Why Choose Krav Maga?

Submitted by: Avi Moyal

Krav Maga is one of the most widely used and effective self-defense systems. It has a widespread following in six continents. Though commonly used by armed forces, not many common people know about it. Read on to know how Krav Maga can help you.

Krav Maga is easily the most modern method of protecting oneself from armed and unarmed people posing danger to your life. It can be learned easily and implemented quickly. It has been growing in popularity since early 1990’s. Number of schools providing various Krav Maga skills and trainings has multiplied recently, which is an indicator of how its popularity is increasing. There are various Krav Maga schools in the UK, US, Spain, Germany, China, Italy, South Africa, Australia and Brazil among other countries around the globe.

The philosophy of Krav Maga stresses on threat neutralization, simultaneous defense, offensive maneuvers and aggression. There are various reasons why one may choose to undergo Krav Maga training. Some of them are listed below:

Self Defense

With each class that you attend, Krav Maga teaches you valuable street smart self-defense skills. The world is not as safe as we would like it to be, that being said there's no guarantee that you are safe within your own home. Hence, Krav Maga focuses on teaching you practical and proven techniques against the most common real life attacks you might end up facing.

Keep in Shape

Practicing Krav Maga on a daily basis not only helps you lose body weight but it also helps you gain muscles. End result you will look fitter and feel much better than ever. The difference is made evident when you notice how differently your clothes fit once the training is in progress. Krav Maga will increase your endurance level along with stamina, strength and flexibility. The training methods and games guarantee to improve your heart rate. You are sure to breathe better, sleep better and feel an increase in energy level throughout the day.

Reduce Stress

Krav Maga is a real high energy workout and stress reliever. Its training methods have been designed in a way that they teach you to assert yourself under any circumstances. These drills will also help you avoid the need for a physical confrontation altogether. You are also trained to overcome your anxieties and fears. Krav Maga has special training drills that help you function under stress, shock and the adrenal rush of a sudden encounter. More importantly, skills you develop during Krav Maga training will help you deal with most of life's challenges in a more effective way.

Confidence Building

Krav Maga is an extension of your own natural reactions, thus it's easy to learn and implement. Its training is bound to take your self-confidence to roaring new heights. It will continue to soar as you constantly learn about new techniques. Most of the trainees, who undergo Krav Maga training report that they feel good about themselves. All the trainers are professionally trained to keep you motivated to achieve your self-defense and fitness goals.

On successfully completing Krav Maga training, a trainee can defend himself against kicks, punches, chokes, grabs, sticks, bats and multiple attackers among others.

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What to Look For When Buying a Beginners Bike For Triathlon

What to Look For When Buying a Beginners Bike For Triathlon

Submitted by: Stephen Harrington

What to look for when buying a beginners bike for triathlon

What do you need to know about buying a triathlon bike? It is a mine field and can be very confusing. There are a few basics however which will help get you started.

For beginners

In the beginning all you need is a bike! I have seen people do triathlons on mountain bikes and bone shakers. However as it does make a difference maybe as your first racing bike an aluminium frame with carbon forks would be plenty good enough. For a bike like this you should be paying between 500 and 1,000 however you can pick up a quality second hand one from eBay or gumtree for less than half that and for your first season or 2 that would be great.

I did my first 2 seasons on a bike like this and got up to 100 miles before I changed and managed to keep up!

Look for bargains and last seasons models as it makes no difference to you at this stage and all you would be paying for is the latest model which is pointless.

What you do need to do is

• Make sure it fits and is comfortable. Badly fitted bikes cause pain and injury and poor posture.

• Make sure it has enough gears so you can get up good sized hills if you need to, you don’t want to be running out of gears when you really need them.

• Try and get a compact gear set up as it is easier initially and easy to maintain

• Learn how to maintain the bike and keep it in good working order, always make sure the breaks are working properly and never scrimp on this

• Get quality chain lube and use it every few times before you head out

• If you do purchase a new bike get it serviced a couple of months after you get it at the same store (many will do it for free for the first one) as cables, gears and brakes become loose

• Spend money on a good helmet as it may save your life!

Get used to your new bike before you race and if you can make the decision for cleats or toe clips a good while before the race so you can practice with either.

If you are going to use cleats (these are the pedals where you clip the shoe in) then this is what you need to know

• Get a decent pair of shoes to go with them and make sure they are comfortable. As you go on longer rides this becomes more important. If you only get 1 pair of shoes then choose racing shoes so you can at least race and train in them. They come with 1 or 2 large Velcro straps and are easy to get in and out of. I made the mistake of getting cycling shoes and not triathlon shows so I could not get them on and off quickly and had to buy another pair!

• Practice for the first time on grass as you may fall off! When I started I fell off twice once on grass and once at traffic lights, not cool!

• As you slow up to maybe stop for traffic or lights, half unclip one foot and twist it to a 45 degree angle so you are ready to stop or ready to clip back in quickly and go again.

• Choose a common set up and cleat, you want lots of choice of shoes and colours etc

• Buy an extra pair of fittings for the bottom of the shoes as they wear out and you need to be able to change them

To improve your bike as well you can also buy triathlon bars which fix onto a normal pair of racing handle bars (picture below). A good idea if you want to start practicing and getting used to a more areo position and you can race like that too. Get ones which have the most amount of adjustment so you can get the most comfortable position possible.

Finally, yes you want to look good and have a great bike but your times will improve by training and not hanging around bike shops buying the latest bling. Train hard, enjoy the results then move on to bigger and better gear!

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Practice Is What It Takes To Become A Complete Baseball Player.

Practice Is What It Takes To Become A Complete Baseball Player.

Submitted by: Robert Michael

Baseball is primarily a game of skill and therefore the best athlete doesn't always make the best baseball player. This is especially true if they don’t have the skills needed to be a complete player. Baseball is a game of pitching, catching, base running, throwing, and hitting. If you want to improve in these areas you must practice, practice, practice. It can be particularly helpful to practice very quickly going from one drill to the other. But you must stay focused on getting the most out of every drill session. If you just go through the motions you're surely develop bad habits. You have to focus on quality practice. Therefore practice as much as you can while seeking quality training sessions. Here is some information and tips for you to keep in mind while you practice. These will surely help you improve your game.

Throwing the ball

Grab the ball with your index finger and middle finger along the seams of the baseball while keeping your thumb underneath it. As you prepare to throw square up your shoulders, move towards a target and throw with a ¾ arm action.

Fielding the ball

In order to maintain good balance keep your feet spread and get down. You do not want the ball to go down between your legs. You should have your glove in front of you so you can block the ball and see it go into the glove. Then raise the ball up your midsection to throw.

Catching fly balls

In order to catch a fly ball from the outfield you should be striding toward your target and you want to be behind the wall. First of all, you can see the ball and secondly, you can get into your stride to throw to your target. Finally, be sure to catch the ball above the shoulder with your elbow bent. This will help cushion as you catch.

Batting stance

For the most part, you want to balance your stance with your feet shoulder length apart. In order to keep your balance keep your toes pointed inward slightly. You should be looking at the pitcher with your head level.

Pitching

A good pitcher wants to achieve consistent strikes using proper mechanics in order to reduce the chances of an injury. Vary the speed of your pitches and you'll keep the batter confused and off timing. You should learn to find the ball inside, outside, up and down.

Base running

You should always run in a way to give yourself optimum top speed. For example, if you're running for more than one base you need to keep your steps so you hit the base with your right foot as you get less arc and therefore you keep a more consistent stride and don't lose speed towards next base.

These tips are just the beginning when it comes to learning how to improve your baseball game. Practice, practice, and practice is what it takes to become a complete baseball player.

About the Author: Robert Michael is a writer for Fau Baseball.com which is an excellent place to find baseball links, resources and articles. For more information go to: http://www.faubaseball.com

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Boosting the Vertical Jump - The Way You Use Diversity With Exercising

Boosting the Vertical Jump - The Way You Use Diversity With Exercising

Submitted by: Teodoro Yaekel

When you're not playing basketball, increasing your vertical leap should be a goal that you have even during the off-season. This type of training, for it to work properly, involves several coordinated components. Of course you can just play a lot and get your workouts in that way. You need to consider this a little more deeply. If you want to improve your vertical leaping ability, this article is written to show you how to take your training time to the next level.

Have you ever done track and field running before? If you have, fast and slow twitch muscles are probably something you are familiar with. Sprinters have fast twitch muscles and distance runners have slow twitch muscle development. Fast twitch muscles in your calves and legs should be developed if you want to do high vertical leaping. So when you do squats, don't go all the way down to your calves, even if you are lifting lighter weights. That places tremendous strain on your knees and is not recommended. You basically want to go down to about 60%, then come up to a standing position to complete one repetition. You want this to be totally controlled. If you are not stable when you come up, fast twitch development will not occur. If your body is tight, then you are opening yourself up to the potential for injury and poor performance. It is imperative that, before you work out, you stretch your tendons and ligaments in your legs before you start your workout. If you want to jump, or improve upon this ability, certain muscle groups must be stretched before exercising. To name off just a few of them, your Achilles tendons, hip flexor muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps must all be stretched. It is also important to stretch your knees. You do this by initiating slow circular motions to get them limbered up. When you stretch your tendons and ligaments, you will see a dramatic improvement to your jumping every time you exercise.

A terrific way to build your rebounding ability and also work on your fast twitch muscle response is to do box jumping. It is a very simple thing to do. Locate a box that will not collapse with your weight, and jump on it, off of it, and then back up on the box repeatedly.

It will be more difficult when you use a box of a greater height. Jumping up on the box is something that you should be able to do initially quite easily. So the exercise is simply this: you jump off of the box, and the moment you hit the ground, jump back on it. Stretching your legs, and warming up, prior to this exercise, is something you should always do anytime you work out.

Hopefully this article has provided you with three strategies to improve your vertical leaping that will work for you. There are many more things you can do that will only help you even more. Using the information, whatever you get, is the key to making a difference with your jumps. As long as you try, and do the routines without fail, you will improve your vertical jumps in no time at all.

There is no doubt that all of these recommendations can help you to be a much better basketball player, on the other hand, in case you genuinely want to take your basketball game one stage further you need to focus on your vertical leap skill.

Take a look at the links down below for a couple of suggestions.

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Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Submitted by: KC Kudra

The final football game of the season is coming up. You want to invite all your cronies over to enjoy the biggest game of the year with you. However, how will you keep them content and fed? The good news is, there are lots of ways to not only keep your guests happy, but you can enjoy the game, too!

Think about all those tailgating parties you attended during the football season. You can plan your Super Bowl party the same way! Use lawn chairs in your living room for extra seating. Make great tasting snacks and set them out like a buffet so everyone can eat, as they like. Stock up on heavy duty paper plates and plastic silverware... it will make your cleaning up a breeze. Use those memories of tailgating to create a theme of camaraderie at your party.

Supply plenty of cold beverages. Soda, water, and beer will be the easiest to serve as well as what is expected. Keep them cold in chests full of ice. We are invoking that tailgating fun remember? Screaming and cheering brings on a lot of thirst, so be sure to stock enough!

Now for the food. You must have food for a good Super Bowl party. Snack foods are the best. They are easy to make and easy to eat while you are yelling at the game. Think of things like chicken wings, meatballs, nachos, pizza... anything that tastes great and you can eat with your fingers. Other foods like chili are always welcome, too. Serve everything up on platters or in crock pots so everything is ready when your guests want to eat.

Sub sandwiches are a great Super Bowl treat. Pile them high with cold cuts, lettuce, and tomato. Serve it up with lots of chips and dips. Finger foods like pigs in blankets and sausage rolls are super simple to make and they taste great. Keep it simple and fun so you can enjoy the party, too.

Not everyone is a big football fan, and it is inevitable that there will be a few who just do not care too much about watching. Let them congregate in a nice corner with lots of goodies to eat so they can visit and have a good time. If some guests are bringing children, set up a play room with toys they can enjoy during the game. Give them some snacks and they will have a great time.

Making Superbowl party food should be stress free and simple. You should be able to enjoy the game if you wish, or stay with the guests who prefer to visit. Either way, choose foods that make it easy for you. If you can prepare some the day before, all the better. Offer the food throughout the afternoon so it is not all gone at one time.

You should be able to relax on Super Bowl Sunday, or at least join in the mayhem as your team makes the winning touchdown. Football fans do get intense at times. Either way, you should revel in feeding your guests delicious snacks and having a ball.

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