Icebreaker Clothing – Passes the Stink Test

In my initial post of the Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review, I discussed the stench test.

This afternoon my wonderful wife informed me that I had a certain odor, when she got back from finishing up her Christmas shopping. I have been anxiously waiting for this day for the past week.

Stop and think, how crazy is it that a husband wants his wife to tell him that he stinks, but hey it is part my wear-test of the Icebreaker clothing, so it was worth it.

I got the Icebreaker base layer to stink, but stop and read what I had to do.
Since I received the base layer on Dec 7th, I have worn the Icebreaker Contour Crew top for 6 runs and the bottoms for 5 runs and then wearing them the rest of day until I shower later in the afternoon (usually 4-5 hours later after either sitting working on the computer or doing work outside). Yesterday on a non-running day, I wore both top and bottom all day long for a long walk and working outside.

To be honest I can’t remember ANY other clothing that I have ever owned that would have lasted this long before they started to stink and TheWife complain about how they smelled. Then again, it might have been me while in them too, when I took them off, they didn’t smell too bad, but I am a guy, who can’t smell worth a darn so what do I know :-). So I was very impressed!

We washed the Icebreaker base layer as directed and then hung them on the drying rack. They dried very quickly and when we gave them the sniff test – they didn’t stink anymore. I don’t know what Icebreaker does to their clothes to enable the claim of “no stink”, but it has worked as advertised in the short time I have had the base layer.

The gloves still do not have any odor and have become my favorite running gloves, because of their thinness which allows me to keep them on while doing many things that I have to remove my other gloves to do. However, they need a shell in windy or under 30F conditions, because of their thinness.

Needless to say I have been extremely impressed with the Icebreaker base layer clothing that were provided to me by the Natureshop to wear test. They have done everything as advertised (including the no stink) and their ability to wick sweat away from my skin to the next layer of clothing, easily surpasses my present synthetic running base layer clothing.

Actually, I had to remove the synthetic layer I was wearing over the Icebreaker top after stopping running because it was so wet after running, which wasn’t letting me warm up properly. When I removed the synthetic layer, within a couple of minutes the Icebreaker top was much drier and I was warming up.

During the past week, the Icebreaker base layers I was wear-testing performed flawlessly and I would recommend that anyone who is engaged in outdoor activities give the Icebreaker line a close look to see if they meet your needs. I know that when I decide to get new base layer clothing, that the Icebreaker line will be at the top of the list to look at for that new clothing.

I want to thank the Natureshop for the opportunity to wear-test their Icebreaker product and their commitment to provide quality natural products to choose from.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with a base layer top, bottoms and gloves to wear test in exchange for an honest evaluation of the Icebreaker base layer clothing on my blog(s) by the Natureshop. The fact that the product was provided to me at no charge, did not influence my review of these products. My review was based upon my personal experience with and use of these products.

100,000 Page Views – One Foot In Reality

This afternoon One Foot In Reality passed a pretty monumental milestone for a small blog!

As we have been coming up on this 100,000 page views, it was nice to look back at the all-time list of most viewed blog posts – it brought back a lot of memories.

  1. Evernote as a Task Manager
  2. Mobile Me Review
  4. Evernote Review
  6. Opus Domini – Electronic Organizer Review
  7. The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin
  8. Apple Text-to-Speech – Review
  9. Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test 11/9/11

Most of these posts were back when I was still teaching and doing a lot more technology related reviews of things that I was using to help me in my job.

Still the idea that people on the Internet have taken the time view my blog 100,000 times does boggle my mind. Now that my wife is blogging here as well, we are both very proud to have reached this milestone.

It was rather appropriate that the 100,000 page view was some looking at my post on Evernote as a Task Manager which has been the most popular blog post on “One Foot In Reality”.

We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to stop by and read our posts and hope that you continue.

Day Off Helped a Lot – 12/12/11

The Finish at the mailbox!!

Yesterday I took a day off from running and it showed today, when I ran my long course. I had more zip and spring in my step and didn’t have that tired, sluggish feeling that I had been having in some of my runs last week.

Yes I broke a 21 day running streak, but the old body needed the rest more than it needed to continue the streak. 🙂

It was a beautiful day outside!!!! 40F when I started, bright sunshine and only a 10 mph breeze out of the south. The first three miles I really focused on running standing tall, with a slight forward lean, keeping my arms lower, having a back and forth motion instead of my usual side-to-side one, never fully extending my legs, shortening my stride and land more on my forefoot.

This is how I used to run when I wasn’t in a short race and what I learned in my glory days back in 85 & 86 from some very good runners back then.  Trying to recapture this form is what I have been trying to do for the past month, even before I went to the Chi Running site and seems very similar to the method they advocate there. So I will look more at their site and read the book (once Christmas gets here), to learn more about what they recommend and offer.

However, the form changes are starting to work! I went through the first mile in 8:19 without even trying and through the 5.5 course mark in 48:31which would have been a minute faster than my previous best times for that course. I still have some trouble focusing on maintaining the new form when I get past mile 4.0, (getting tired by that point) but that is a lot better than it was.

Quality of run: Very Good
Weight: 175
Time of Day: 11:00 A.M.
Temp: 40F
Weather: Bright sunshine, 10 mph breeze out of the South

Flame-out Conversations on Social Media

By Engineering at CambridgeNo real name given 

This post is a bit of a tangent for me and “A Veteran Runnah”, it looks at the stress that a conversation on a social media site can produce if you decide to let it go too far.

Last night on Twitter I got into a discussion with someone I have talked with on several occasions about the label of runner versus jogger (which is a bit of a hot button for me) and we finally agreed to disagree and changed the subject over to talking the weather instead of letting our conversation turn into a pissing contest where no one wins.

The other person made a Tweet discussing running versus jogging and his view of what constituted the difference and I tweeted my disagreement with his position on joggers and runners:

Me: “Disagree it isn’t the time that matters so much, as the getting out and doing it 🙂 #runchat”

Other person:  “Not me, if I am slow, then I’m a “night jogger” like in the book “Once a Runner” Don’t want to be a night jogger. Anyone can jog.”

Me:  “Sorry strongly disagree with you, if you go out there and put in the effort you are a runner, no division except age on runs”

Other person: “We’ll have 2 agree 2 disagree, trying is good, but doesnt make U anything, I can throw a football but I’m not a QB, running = fast”

Me: “no not everyone can or will run or jog, it takes a different look on life to be out there doing it whether slow/fast”

Other person: “Like folks that walk a marathon, they didn’t run it. Sorry Just my view. Running means something. Yes, the slower folks can be tuff”

Me:  Agree 2 disagree, but I know that I am a runner, no matter the speed or what others may say 🙂

Other person: “I no that I’m not a runner, just a jogger & a fail until I can get below 20 minutes, just a goal I set 4 myself, don’t judge others”

Me:  “I think this is where I tactfully suggest changing subjects, there is no winning this disagreement. How is the weather? :-)”

Other person: “Weather is good! Could be better if there was snow! LOL!”

It was a good conversation, but neither one of us was going to change our perspective based on a Twitter conversation and I recognized that. Instead of going “balls to the wall” and continuing the disagreement, escalating it pointlessly, I decided to stop it and change the subject, which was a lot harder for me than continuing the argument.

Why would I stop the great discussion that we were having? I did this because I like and respect the other person and want to keep the good relationship we have started to form through Twitter.  There was also a certain level of defensiveness starting to show up in both of our Tweets and I recognized the from past experiences what was starting – the start of a “flame-out”. So I put the brakes on and stopped it before any damage was done.

Growing up is hard, but I think that I am finally starting to. Damn – does that means that I have to behave myself and accept elder statesman status – hell no!!!!!  It just means that I watch what is coming out of my mouth (fingers) more and be more accepting when someone disagrees with my (in mind correct) position and find out the reasons and facts behind their stance before I go off half-cocked.

Does the need to be right all the time color our conversations on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or other social media sites? From what I have seen of some of the public chats/conversations on those sites and others, there are a few out there who believe that way.

They get all bent out of shape if someone dares to disagree or has a different perspective on a subject, especially the more controversial ones such as politics, religion, sex, etc. Just this little exchange over an insignificant label about running could have gone over the edge and become a “pissing contest” where neither was listening to what the other was actually saying and gone on to being a bad flame-out.

I think most of us have watched these occur on social media sites and there is nothing good that comes out of a conversation that has devolved into a pissing contest, except hard feelings and looking stupid to others using that service.

No I honestly believe that we have a responsibility to disagree with those that we disagree with and to back up our reasons with more than “I said so”.  We need to do it politely and have our disagreements be based on civility, instead of name calling, resorting to intimidation, bullying, emotional one-upmanship, bait/switch topics or other tactics intended to attack or demean others you are talking with just to have the last word, push a certain perspective or make it seem that you are right not matter what.

I don’t go to social media sites to get stressed out and argue with other participants. I go there to learn, have conversations with others and if we disagree, do so civilly instead of carrying the disagreement to extremes.

Although at no time did this conversation reach those levels, it could have and I am glad that at the point when I was beginning to feel a little shall we say defensive, we switched the topic to a more neutral one that was not controversial to either one of us.

We continued to talk for a few more minutes and learned a little more about one another that we hadn’t known before. Which I really think is the purpose of social media, its ability to bring people together who wouldn’t have talked before. If we had gone any further with the other topic, I do not believe that we would have continued the collegial conversation that we ended on, so I am thankful that we stopped when we did.

Is this the best way to handle a disagreement online or even face-to-face when a disagreement happens and you know there will be no changing the other person’s mind at that time – just stopping and changing the subject?

  • Have you ever gotten into a pissing contest with someone online?
  • Was it worth the stress and time?
  • Did they stop and suddenly see the light of your side?
  • Did you let it go or did you continue the hostilities?
  • How did you feel after you stopped.

No flame out conversations on social media platforms are not worth the stress and worry that they cause, all too often it is simply better to walk away – it may not be easier, just better.