About FPV Racing

The basic FPV racers need to know how to fly a quadcopter since this allows them to practice a lot of flight maneuvers before they move on to the FPV racing. Therefore, start with a basic copter and you will crash a number of times before finally becoming a pro at it.

There are classes held for training for FPV racing, wherein you are taught what to focus at and what not to. There are spec classes for the beginners and open classes, where the learned racers are allowed to use any quadcopter for the race and it is more of an open competition.

FPV racing also has teams, just like the F1 races. The team basically handles the equipment. For example, the team Blackout is the person who uses the Blackout for the pilot (or racer).

There are chances of people getting hurt when you are practicing or even in a competition. Therefore, it is better to take precautions. When you are a beginner, start with a micro quad rather than a mega machine racer. It is important to check that the video channel is not being used before you start using it. Also, just like real life flying and racing, never fly when you are drunk or intoxicated.

Types of races :

  • Rotor-cross race. In such races, two or more multi-copters are made to race through an arena and the one who crosses the finish line first wins.
  • Drag Race. It is just a test of acceleration and top speed, wherein the multi-copters are made to race in short distance of 100 meters and the one who accelerates best wins.
  • Time Trial. It is a speed test for the multi-copters wherein theme of finishing the race is recorded. It is much like rotor-cross racing.

Advantage Of Playing Tennis

If you are a parent and you wish to protect your children from these diseases, it is not merely enough to clean up your family’s diet. It’s even more important to get your family up and moving about by engaging in outdoor activities. Coaxing your young ones to get off the couch and momentarily leave the TV, the tablet and their gaming consoles offers several benefits. Playing in tennis courts, for example, can help a child become physically fit while allowing him to master various motor skills as he learns the rudiments of the game.

As he learns to love the sport and constantly play it, he will be less likely to gain excess weight. According to some studies, active children often grow into adults who have normal weight. Furthermore, other sporting activities such as rugby can help prevent a young child from developing type 2 diabetes.

Children who get into physical activities at an early age carry the habit into adulthood. Apart from the physical benefits of outdoor play, children who engage in these activities become less stressed and are less likely to suffer from depression. This is particularly beneficial for children who may be often overburdened at school. Sports also impart several life lessons like discipline and concentration which prove to be valuable in different aspects of life.

Finally, young kids who engage in outdoor activities may develop leadership skills which may benefit them when they become employed or start their own businesses. Kids who regularly engage in sports and outdoor activities are also less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Being a part of a team enhances both their confidence and self-esteem.

Principles of A Parachute

Parachutes were developed centuries later from the same principle that was in an experiment involving both a feather and a rock. Both the feather and rock were dropped at the same time, but the rock hit the ground much sooner than the feather. They are both accelerating at -9.8 m/s (g), yet the rock hit the ground first. This conclusion is a result of air resistance. There is a greater deal of friction acting upon the feather because it has a larger surface area and has a density similar to that of the air particles. However, in the vacuum of space or an area where friction is not present, a feather would fall just as fast as any other object. When humans fall from a high point, they are like the rock in the example above, but when they are given a parachute and use it, they resemble the feather. Parachutes increase one’s air resistance as they continue to fall. Terminal velocity is the highest velocity attainable by an object as it falls through air. It occurs once the sum of the drag force (Fd) and buoyancy equals the downward force of gravity (FG) acting on the object. In other words, an object/thing can not exceed a certain speed falling downwards, assuming that only gravity is affecting it, because there will be enough air resistance present to balance the acceleration, giving it a constant speed, which is your Terminal Velocity. Parachutes are designed to reduce Terminal Velocity by a whopping 90 percent!

Parachutes are actually three chutes in one packed into a container. It consists of the main parachute, the reserve parachute (a backup parachute), and the pilot chute (helps the main parachute open).The pilot chute is triggered by pulling the ripcord. The suspension lines, ropes that connect the main chute to your harness, then open behind you. Thankfully, the main parachute is designed to open in a delayed fashion that prevents your body from breaking by being jerked too hard and suddenly. When you are falling at fast speeds, and there is an immediate 90 percent drop in that speed, one’s body will break. So the parachute is slowly funneled out of one’s container to initiate drag. This keeps our body safe from a whiplash, jerk or jolt (someone or something) suddenly, typically so as to cause injury, like incident. The Terminal Velocity that humans reach when they skydive is about 55m/s, and will drop to 4.5m/s when their parachutes are opened.

Cross Training Shoes

There are so many types and styles to choose from. Shopping on the internet is beneficial since you could read about all the necessary details. Your choices are also more diverse as well.

When buying the best cross training shoes for yourself, think of your personal purpose and needs; weight training, cardiovascular exercise, or walking to mention a few. Some trainers cater to specific mixes like weight training and cardio. Read all the details you can about the shoe you are about to choose. The right pair can make a real difference in your stamina or endurance.

Remember, the general rules of thumb while shopping. Your heel should fit snugly into the back of the shoe. The ball of your foot needs to fit well into the wide part of the shoe, not tightly. And, of course, for the best fit in a cross training shoe, always leave some room between the front of your toes and the front of the shoe. That usually is a quarter of an inch to half an inch. This rule applies to running shoes as well.

Ways to Treat Shin Splints

Start Stretching More

One big reason athletes suffer from this injury is due to not warming up properly and performing regularly stretching activities. It’s in your best interest to take ten minutes before and after each exercise that involves running to be sure you stretch all the ligaments and tendons that surround the shin bone.

Apply Ice Regularly

Next, it’s important to get a jump on your efforts to treat shin splints immediately upon experiencing pain.

To do so, once the pain has been realized, begin placing ice on the affected area for up to twenty minutes, four times a day.

Keep doing this until you can feel the pain residing or have been instructed to stop by your doctor.

While you can apply heat as well, you should only do so starting at least one week from when the pain has begun. Heat is going to increase the blood-flow to the area, which can increase healing, but if inflammation is still present, only ice should be used.

Perform Shin Strengthening Exercises

Next up on your list to treat shin splints is performing shin strengthening exercises. A good one to start with is simply sitting on the floor, legs straight out in front of you. Hook a resistance tubing band around your feet and then slowly flex feet towards the shin bone and then relax. Repeat this process twenty times to complete one set and try and perform two to four sets total.

Check Your Running Form

Finally, the last way you should treat shin splints that many runners unfortunately forget about is checking the running form you use.

This is potentially the most critical treatment method because if there is a problem with your running form and it is not solved, those shin splints will just be back at a later date.

You may wish to consult a professional on this topic as many times it’s hard to fully determine what you might be doing wrong. If that’s not an option, you could have someone video tape you so you can see yourself from an ‘outside’ perspective, as that may be enough as well to reveal any big problems that are currently happening.

Select the Right Wetsuit For a Triathlon

USAT’s age group rules, make the wetsuit cut off water temperature 78 (25 C) degrees. This means if the water is above 78 degrees wetsuits are not allowed in order to be eligible for awards in the race. One can still use a wetsuit up to 84 (28 C) degrees but will be ineligible for awards. 84 or higher no wetsuits are allowed period. For professionals on the ITU level the wetsuit temperature cut off is 68 (20 C).

To wear a wetsuit or not to? That is the question! There are no rules stating you must wear a wetsuit. There are many top swimmers who race in the ocean that never use wetsuits and race in water that is often under 68 (20 C). These swimmers however train their bodies to be use to cold water.

Most triathletes train in pools and the majority of pools are 78 (25 C) or warmer. As a result, water even in the low 70’s can feel cold.

Wetsuits are thus a good option to prevent getting chilly if not adapted to swimming in cold water. They are also useful to wear at the start of a race, when it can be cold, in order to keep warm. It is important to have the body warm to start a race to get right into a strong pace. Standing around shivering from the cold is less than optimal for a strong start. (I have made that mistake.)

In most cases a wetsuit will actually make an athlete faster. Wetsuits will allow for more buoyancy in the water. This then means that an athlete doesn’t have to expend as much energy in supporting the rest of their body and thus can put more into forward propulsion through the water.

What is the best wetsuit? There are two main types of wetsuits, one option has full sleeves, the second option is sleeveless. Sleeveless wetsuits will allow for more shoulder flexibility which may be important if you lack shoulder mobility, or maybe you would just feel more comfortable in a sleeveless suit. The issue is that it can feel very cold for many especially when the water drops into the 50’s (55 C).

A full sleeve wetsuit will keep you warmest. Using a full length wetsuit may mean that there is a lack of shoulder mobility. Many of the top wetsuits for triathlon use a thinner and more flexible material through the shoulders. Lots of full length wetsuits also have gripper type panels on the forearms designed to for gripping the water better.

What is the best suit for you then? The one that works for you! Try them on. If possible, swim in the wetsuit before you buy it. Make sure they are as tight as you can get them. Excess room in your wetsuit will fill up with water and slow you down. Baggy spots in a wetsuit can also chaff which is never fun. At the same time you want to have as much flexibility as possible to allow for your stroke to feel natural.

I’m a big fan of some of the wetsuits that have air bubble type panels through the chest, torso and thigh regions. This type of bubble technology is great at providing more buoyancy in the water. Brands such as Orca and Xterra use this type of technology in their top suits.

Tips for the Beginner Snorkeler

  • First, be aware of the elements. Check the weather before you go out just in case something new has begun brewing. This is very important especially if you are planning on going quite a distance off shore. The weather can change quickly so be prepared if it does. Know the currents. If the waves look rough and the water isn’t clear then don’t go in. Ask locals if they know of spots that are better than others, look for flags and signs that direct you to areas that are considered safe for swimming and snorkeling. Look for lifeguards on duty or go out with reputable snorkeling companies who will put your safety first.
  • Second, select a location worth seeing! If you don’t do your research and just grab your snorkel gear and go you might just see sand, for miles leaving you wondering what the hype is all about. Be sure to select a location full of life making it a jaw dropping experience, but don’t lose your snorkel. A coral reef will offer you a plethora of colors and countless fish, manta rays, turtles, moray and other exotic creatures depending on the location. Now that is the kind of sightseeing to write home about. You don’t have to go to a reef to find interesting underwater adventures though. Some other ideas are shipwrecks that have great stories, locations where your favorite marine animals swim and beaches that have a trademark like shark teeth hiding throughout the sand.
  • Last, be good to yourself and the ecosystem. You need to make sure you are well hydrated and are wearing proper sunscreen. Some sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem, especially the coral reef, so be sure to use eco/marine safe or biodegradable sunscreen which is now becoming a requirement for some countries like Mexico. Make sure your equipment fits good and isn’t bothersome while you are trying to enjoy your adventure. Be sure not to touch the animals, as safety for them and you, and remember not to stand on the coral reef as it is living too. Unfortunately, much of the reef has been dying due to people not knowing or caring enough to change their actions.

Marathon Addict

Ever since the first marathon was run in Greece many, many moons ago, man has had a fascination with running the marathon. In honor of the marathon, there are some very famous marathons that everyone in world would love to run. We know of New York, Boston and London. Every year thousands upon thousands of runners and walkers descend on the streets of these great cities to “give it a go”. With much fanfare, emotional, elation, exuberance and cheering they trudge along, drinking, sipping and chewing on energy foods and snacks to propel themselves to the finish line.

At the finish line, promises are made such as “never again”, “I am crazy”, to “what was I thinking”. Hours later, with adrenaline gone, giving way to lactic acid filled legs a runners thoughts turn to “well maybe one more time”. You see, the marathon is like a drug. It pulls you in, you experience a high and a low, and then it has you. After a few weeks, the mind starts saying “I have to have another”. It’s got you.

Back on the roads, along with the others you trudge along. Cold mornings, hot days, you keep running and running never giving up. Not even an injury can stop you. In the gym lifting weights, swimming or cycling, “got to keep the heart rate up”. Cannot let a little injury stop you from your fate. There are medals to be won, and pictures to be taken. On and on you go. With no end in sight you churn up the roads, trails and sometimes even the track for some speed work.

At last it’s that day, the day you have been waiting for since you last had a taste, a taste of the marathon. Gun goes off, and everyone dashes, pushes and shoves, “got to get into my stride”. Along and along we all go, miles after mile we keep pushing. The end is in sight legs feel strong, “maybe a little faster, could break that PR”.

There it is the finish line, glorious finish line, medals, pictures, adoration, and Gatorade. You have done it, completed another marathon, and dare I say welcome to the club, the club of marathon addicts.


The problem is that we tend to think of doing something like 400 meter repeats as fast as we can when we think of speed work. I was guilty of this myself a few years ago when I decided to start doing workouts on the track for the first time in over 10 years. In my mind I still felt like I was in college and should be doing the same sort of track workouts I did back then, my body however did not feel the same way. So I started out with two speed sessions a week of repeat 800’s and 400’s. By the end of the third week I had to quit doing speed work and cut way back on my mileage for about a month to get rid of all the new aches and pains I had.

One of the best (and most overlooked) ways to introduce speed work into your training is with strides. Strides are usually around 100 meters in length. They are broken into three sections; the first section is used to accelerate. During this portion you gradually build your speed so that at the start of the second section you hit your top speed. This isn’t necessarily an all out sprint but rather a controlled fast pace. You then hold this pace for the second portion of the stride. The final section is for slowly easing back down to either a walk or slow jog. Personally, when I do strides I like to do them on the straightaway on a track or barefoot on the infield. That way I can use the markings on the football field to designate the different sections of each stride. I go from goal line to goal line with the first 30 yards being the acceleration phase and then I hold my top speed for the next 40 yards and then gradually slow down over the final 30 yards.

The great thing about strides is that they can be worked into just about any type of run. Often times people like to do them after they have completed a normal easy run. However, they can also be done in the middle of a run. When I run from my house there really isn’t a good spot for doing strides in my neighborhood after I finish my run. So what I will do is plan my run so that at some point I pass by a track where I do several laps of jogging the curves and striding the straights. Basically, strides can be done anywhere you find room to safely do about 15 seconds of faster paced running. I would recommend trying to do your strides on a softer surface (grass, dirt, a track, etc.) if at all possible and as with any sort of speed work, always be sure and do a good warm-up first. One other way of doing strides that I have found to be fun change of pace is to do them up hill. If you are doing strides up hill just go for time instead of distance. Find fairly steep hill and do about a 15 second stride up the hill. You can then walk back down for your recovery. This is a great way to build strength in your legs.

When doing strides the most important thing to focus on is your form. You want to work on running fast but relaxed. Also, make sure you are not over striding. Your foot should be landing directly under your body, not out in front. For me it always feels a bit awkward the first few times I do strides after not doing any speed work for a while. But if you keep at it and pay attention to your form eventually it will start to feel comfortable.

Run to Slim Up

Yes! It’s true if that’s what you have to do. It’s what you have to do to keep from missing any days of running. Because if to slim-up is your goal then this is just what you want to do. Everyone’s body makeup will vary, but I would say it takes four to five days a week of running to keep the gut off! And you will have to work your way up to between two to three miles a day for each run. This kind of schedule should allow you to eat just about anything you want to eat. It’s the size of your portions you have to watch out for.

There is one thing about running that doesn’t last. If you start missing more than four days in a row you will start to lose your slim-up fitness you have acquired from the act of running. What did I do over the last twenty years if I couldn’t run? You can park your car further away from the store. You can run back and forth to the car. You can get up early and run before you go to work. Your creative self will come shining through!

Sometimes you may have to run at lunch time instead of eating lunch. I do see if you’re one who likes to go to a fitness center. You may not always have time for that. Most of my runs would always start and finish at the front door. You might call this time management! I can see if you do not live in a community where you may not be able to run outside. Some of my most favorable running days were when we lived by a park where there were ten square miles of running trails. We didn’t move so I could keep my running grounds.

You just have to give it some thought. To have little chance of a cold or a flue means a lot. To many most likely to not die from a cardiovascular disease, this means a lot too! If your goal is to slim-up and work you daily runs in if you have little time, this all will mean a lot too! I hope this gives you some slim-up ideas from the guy that runs!