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dena eaton

dena eaton

on two feet, two wheels, or two skis

dena eaton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

dena eaton's Bio

When I'm not working, I am vacuuming up hair shed by my yellow lab...or more frequently, I ignore the hair and can be seen running away on two wheels, two skis, or two feet, or with one paddle -- wandering the Wasatch, Moab, the Tetons or any of the West. I'm probably a cowgirl at heart. A track cyclist with state, national, and world championships, I competed in 12 Ironmans beginning in 2005 with my final bow being taken at Kona in 2008. My first official sport, outside of canoeing and kayaking, was mountain biking, and even though I have zero proprioceptive memory as to how to actually ride a mountain bike, as evidenced by a few recent scars, I am going to once again toe the start line in 2014. I completed a Masters in Architecture as well as graduate studies in physiology and sports psychology, am a USA Cycling Coach and also coach triathletes and runners-eatoncoaching.com-and have 22 years of competing in cycling, xc-skiing, triathlon, traditional paddleboard, marathons, and ultra-marathons.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I admit it. I'm a 1-by addict. I recently switched from my 34t to a smaller 30t ring. I have no issues climbing with a 34 (and I live in PC) but I think my knees would prefer I spin more....

Excellent chainring! The tooth design eliminates chain drop, and paired with the XX1 rear derailleur, I've never so much as missed a shift.

If you're going 1-by....go SRAM.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I ordered this as part of a series of gifts for my sister. She complained that she didn't like carrying a yoga-mat bag, but if she didn't it would unroll in the car. I have the same strap and not only dos the hook and loop stay shut, the "h" bar connecting the two loops is great for carrying. Personally I have a very think pilates mat and it fits into the loops with room to spare.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on June 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love dresses, but I don't always want to look like I'm heading to a meeting in a sheath dress. I bought this dress for two reasons 1) I liked the look of the cut, 2) I love wool.

It doesn't disappoint! I ordered my usual size, medium and it fits perfectly. There is enough built-in support for probably an A-B cup. The straps are comfortable and don't pull or bind.

IBEX wool has always been a favorite. It is a lightweight knit and not scratchy at all on my skin.

I love it so much I just ordered the green one.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I returned this tank top, but I thought that I should share my size experience for others.

I usually easily wear a medium in Prana - very easily. This Medium was very large, especially in the "ahem" chest area. I usually remove any padding (this top has very thin pads) as they always tend to shift, and doing so made the fit even more revealing. The flipside is that I think the Small would be too small over my hips. I think I will stick to non-hemp Prana tank tops.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

I bought this jacket for a very dear friend of mine. I owe him a lot -- he was the one who was by my side after my crash a few years back and who has kept me sane through many bouts of meeting Mr. kinda wrong, Mr. wrong, and Mr. what was I thinking... We raced Madison together - more times than I can count in LA and I dragged him on many "gruelathons" getting ready for Nationals and Worlds. Well, to be honest, his girlfriend and I both dragged him (she still does). In cold weather, he always wore a very worn fleece jacket, but he rides a beautiful BMC RM01. It was time to get him a real riding jacket.

He loves it. He says it fits great and even though it's getting warmer in CA, he says he'll definitely get plenty of use out of it come fall and winter. You know, when they get a few drop of rain and the temperatures drop into the 50's.

I bought him the large as the medium fit me and he said it fits like a large should.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I backcountry ski a lot, maybe too much.I chose routes that aren't popular mostly because they just aren't all that accessible on skins. I figured this out early on -- it's my first winter season in the Wasatch...the less accessible, the more solitude we get. A friend of mine and his kids do a lot of multi-day snowshoe treks and it occurred to me that I could snowshoe up and ski down...novel idea -eh? They suggested the MSR Lightening Ascents. I couldn't be happier!

They aren't the 'floatiest' of snowshoes, but they are lightweight to the point of barely feeling them on my feet. The heel lift is perfect for taking steep lines, and the straps stay in place. I pair them with my Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots and my feet never get wet. They grip like nothing else, I've never slid, or mis-stepped with them. And if conditions are less than stellar, I don them for a fast run back down.

They are small and fit neatly in my pack once my AT boots are out and on my feet for the descent. I look forward to many years of traversing ranges with my MSRs :-)

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dena eaton wrote a review of on February 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding rollers for years. They are my preferred method of indoor training. I should probably mention that I'm a track cyclist and track bikes do not fit standard trainers -- so it's not like I've ever had a choice.

That said, after I "retired" earlier this year I loaned my Kreitler rollers to a colleague to train through the PC winter. I then decided that "retiring" was a terrible (in so many more than one way) mistake so a friend gave me some cash to buy some. Unfortunately I initially bought 2.5" drums. And while the smaller drums provide great resistance for a geared bike, on my track bike, the chain is set so that the smallest gear I am able to use is an 86" gear. Needless to say, the 86" on 2.5" rollers didn't give me the cadence I'd need for the amazing comeback. So, I sent them back and opted to buy the CycleOps rollers with larger drums.

They are perfect! The only complaint I have is that the plastic plugs on the arms fall out easily and the "c-shaped" links for the arms come dis-connected almost every time I lift them. I have jury-rigged a nut to keep the arms from slipping off. I used a set of these back in LA and do not recall that being an issue so I am unsure if it is a new design or if that owner had also "fixed" the issue.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cyclists never get race t-shirts so I decided that it was about time I buy a few themed tees to wear to work (after all I am in the industry). I love the fit and the length keeps it down over my jeans while I sit all day. The super-soft knit feels like PJ's.

I think I'll buy a few more Endurance Conspiracy Tees!

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dena eaton wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using a 4:1 ratio recovery drink for years. So, when I tried the OSMO Acute Recovery for Women, I kind of knew what to expect from a post-training drink. OSMO delivered less muscle fatigue and increased recovery.

The only issue I had was the taste. But, to be honest, I am not a fan of spiced drinks. If OSMO decided to develop a chocolate or raspberry recovery mix, I'll be right on it.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this drink mix!

I have never really used drink mixes while riding. I have always preferred water, not because I didn't believe the benefits of electrolytes during training, but because so many of the ready-made and drink mixes that I have tried left my gastro-intestinal tract mumbling and grumbling in dismay.

OSMO's Active Hydration mix is different. While it contains the necessary salt and other ingredients known to positively affect performance, it does so in a ratio that is easily absorbed into the body. This way I wasn't stuck with an overload of sugars in my system. The result was no GI issues. I never cramped or felt fatigued. In addition, the taste is a very pleasant mango flavor that isn't overwhelming.

OSMO's Active Hydration is my choice from now on.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this drink mix!

I have never really used drink mixes while riding. I have always preferred water, not because I didn't believe the benefits of electrolytes during training, but because so many of the ready-made and drink mixes that I have tried left my gastro-intestinal tract mumbling and grumbling in dismay.

OSMO's Active Hydration mix is different. While it contains the necessary salt and other ingredients known to positively affect performance, it does so in a ratio that is easily absorbed into the body. This way I wasn't stuck with an overload of sugars in my system. The result was no GI issues. I never cramped or felt fatigued. In addition, the taste is a very pleasant mango flavor that isn't overwhelming.

OSMO's Active Hydration is my choice from now on.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never really been a fan of women-only products, Whether it's a bike or energy bar, I just figured the men's versions have been more thoroughly tested with greater attention to detail. I tried the OSMO Pre-load hydration mix, however, and was pleasantly surprised that it did everything that it was touted to do. In all my years of training, it never occurred to me, nor was mentioned, that as a female, I may need a slightly different amount of salt, potassium, and other electrolytes than a male.

The Pre-Load Hydration mix is salty tasting, but as the base flavor is pineapple margarita, it complements it nicely. I used it before several long, hot mountain bike rides in the desert and never cramped or felt fatigued. Additionally, I had no GI issues, which is something that I have had issue with while using products with too much sugar. I am looking forward to trying it for some long, hot runs once spring rolls around.

I highly recommend that you try OSMO's women's Pre-Load mix especially for women to race in blazing midsummer conditions.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I never thought I would wear a down mini-skirt - especially after the age of 40. Then again, I never thought I'd be hobbling around the office in a knee brace. And, whereas jeggings, I guess, are indeed an option, I'd rather not venture to that realm -- at least not outside my closest circle of female friends, or my living room. (Yes, I DO own a pair -- admitted sheepishly)

The Eider Orgeval skirt is super short. I'm tall, 5'10" and it comes down to high thigh. I wear it with tights, which seems the obvious thing to do. After all, this isn't California so running about in fuzzy boots and micro skirts just looks downright dumb in -5degree weather. I have gotten a few compliments on it. Although it is made of puffy down and nylon, the shape is flattering. It doesn't ride up, not that it really has any higher to ride, and you won't end up with the side zip in the front, or back.

In addition to touting it at the office, it's a fun accessory apres ski, when I don't want my baselayered bum hanging out. I am going to try dressing it up next -- white silk shirt, Pajar boots and pearls.

The only thing I wish is that it came in more colors.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am going to beg to differ with the reviewer who said this isn't a one-quiver ski. I had thought the same when I first bought them. I presumed that I would need a narrower ski for groomers or non-pow days. In fact, I grimaced that I gave away my skinnier K2s before I moved to Utah.

I was wrong. First I have been skiing for 36 years, so while it MAY NOT be a one-quiver ski for many skiers, I have had no issues in any conditions. And, conditions here have varied from crud to powder, to one very icy day so far. Sure they are a heavy ski (you'll feel the weight on the lifts) and love to go straight and fast in the powder, but when conditions aren't so rosy, I can cut an edge with them like no tomorrow. But, I will say, I raced for a few years when I was younger and the ability to lay a ski on edge seems to have stuck -- that and apparently I get ballsier the older I get. I am female and have the 176s and have still been able to shoot a few narrow steep chutes with tight turns as well as navigate a few less-than-well-covered runs up at the Bird and Alta. I've also boot-packed them to a few "secret" spots and they float like feathers on deep blower.

So, if you are a newer skier or grew up in a wonderland of powder, this may not be the only ski you want. But, if you grew up skiing corduroy and ice on the East Coast...well, strap it to our feet and we'll ski it.

I have these paired with the Rossignol FKS 180 Bindings and I wear Lange XT100 boots.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

I bought this as a gift for my brother-in-law. Originally I had ordered a zip neck Dale, but when it arrived it was um, generously sized. maybe a bit too generous. He typically wears an XXL, but my sister and him could've shared it. Although that would've saved me a bit of cash, I figured they don't want to be literally connected at the hip. when I did the exchange the Haakon was the only one available in an XL.

My brother-in-law was delighted. Not only does it fit perfect, it is not as heavyweight as the zip neck. it is suitable for wearing indoors and not relegated to freezing days outdoors as are some of Dale's heavier sweaters.

The merino is fine and the patterning on the chest is just enough to say "I'm a Dale of Norway" without adding on sleeve patches.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have been a fan of Arc'teryx for years. I own an older version of the AR zip top -- in florescent yellow. I felt it was time to upgrade as well as buy one that wouldn't blind my fellow BC skiers. I chose the Phase AR in the subtle, goes-with-anything, Black.

True to my older model, this baselayer performs to its word. I typically wear a lightweight wool layer under it and a micro-down jacket over the top, with my Arc'teryx shell as the finishing piece. The Phase AR fabric wicks sweat away from my skin which keeps me dry, and I'm sure you know that in the winter cold, dry means warm.

It's lightweight and the fit was spot on. Additionally, after 8 hours of skinning, I didn't stink. I usually reserve that phrase for merino wool. Needless to say, I'm impressed.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

For walking, hiking...heck, I even did a little "running" in them. It was one of those chasing the sunset (like dracula) scenes. "I must get to the campsite before dark".

I am in love with Salomon products. I have been ever since I bought my first Ultra Trail shoes last year. The uppers fit perfectly, lacing holds well, and I have zero blisters or hotspots. And I love that they come in a color other than pink. Although I like pink, I don't want it on my feet!

These boots do fit a little large (I wear a 9 in them, though my feet size as 9.5). But, if you've worn Salomon before, that's not unusual.

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dena eaton wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The word moisture isn't a terrible word, until it's used in reference to perspiration. Then the connotations are of sweaty palms, sticky feet, and a less than floral smell. This doesn't even cover that locker-room smell when you leave your hiking clothes rolled up for a day too long after trip.

There is a way to alleviate all of the negativity of the word. Wear wool. Personally, I've been a proponent of wool base layers for years. The Ibex Woolies zip neck tee is no exception. It's lightweight, fitted and remains stink-free, for days. Even better, wool is hydrophilic so it holds moisture away from your skin -- this allows it to evaporate keeping you dry and 'moist-less.'

Of note, this is a very lightweight baselayer. It's perfect for late summer hiking and spring skiing, but if you're looking for a layer for the bitter weeks of winter, you'll want to look at one of Ibex's heavier layers such as the 200 crewneck.

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dena eaton posted an image about on November 11, 2013

Save the Piggies!

I have been a fan of Injinji for years. When I first started wearing them, I thought the fabric between my toes was a bit uncomfortable. But, it sure beat the blisters and cuts I used to get. After years of climbing and cramming my feet into cycling shoes, all my toes curl a bit and no matter how short my nails -- they cut into each other. These socks saved my piggies. I love the newer microweight and although I have all heights, I prefer the no-show for summer running. I ran an ultra recently than included three hip-deep river crossings, and I never changed socks. No blisters!

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