Nicole DeBoom on Skirt Sports, Fitness and How Fashion Can Enhance Athletic Performance

Categories: Fashion, Sports

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Photos courtesy of Skirt Sports
Looking fashionable while working out in comfort can be a challenge; some women want to break a sweat without resorting to sweatpants. That's why the Boulder-based sportswear clothing brand Skirt Sports was born. Founder Nicole DeBoom, a swimmer in the 1988 Olympic Trials, was a professional triathlete from 1999 to 2005; she's competed in over 100 triathlon events, including six Ironman competitions, and was named the 2004 Ironman Wisconsin Champion. And now she's applying that same competitive attitude to actionwear; Skirt Sports pioneered the running skirt and remains one of the only women's sports apparel brands with a full line of products including leggings, sports bras, tanks, running skirts and accessories. The company also sponsors clinics to help women to achieve their running goals.

We recently chatted with DeBoom, founder/CEO of Skirt Sports, to find out how being a triathlete influenced her clothing line and how she's changing her community.

See also: Street Boutique Fashion Truck Spreads Style Around Denver

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Five Ways to Not Be a Jerk at the Gym

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Hi, we're waiting for you to get off the treadmill so someone else can use it.
New Year's Day is my favorite holiday. Resolutions are better than presents to me: I love to make them, and I love to hear about other people's plans for the coming months and champion them along the way. Like many people, getting in better shape was on my list for 2015 for sure. Though I'm a gym rat, I go through times in my life when I just can't bring myself to set foot inside my place of worship. But in 2015, I moved to erase that can-don't mindset and began an intense workout regimen and fairly sensible diet plan that I am now successfully five days into.

Over the five days that I have spent calorie-counting and planning my workouts, I have become reacquainted with the gym and all of my favorite fellow fitness freaks. But stepping off of the StairMaster the other day, I was startled by an older gentleman -- shirtless, wearing only cargo shorts and white Seinfeld tennis shoes -- flexing his pancakes in the mirror. In shock but motivated, it was this immodest public atrocity that inspired me to share five things that I think we can all do to make the gym a better place (and, yes, wearing a shirt is one of them).

See also: Fitness fads of yore, or ten ways to work out at home without anyone seeing you

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Reverend Phil Discusses Bicycle Erotica and Watching Porn in Public

Categories: Events, Sex, Sports

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Reverend Phil, Founder of Bike Smut
Still shot from Bitchy Tutorial: Volume 1, one of the Bike Smut films.

Some people get off to porn, other people get down to BDSM role play. And then there are those people who are turned on by bicycles. Bike Smut is a collection of short erotic films that have everything to do with bikes. This DIY bicycle-themed festival has been traveling across the country for eight years now, showcasing the sexual fetishes of cyclists. Bike SMut pedals through Colorado November 8-12, with stops in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

Westword recently caught up with Reverend Phil Sano, founder of Bike Smut and an ordained minister with the Seattle Dead Baby Bike Club's Church of Bicycle Jesus, to talk more about those who get on their bikes to get off.

See also: Photos: Bike Porn Party at Open Media, 12/4/10


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There's a Lot to Love at Loveland This Ski Season

Categories: Sports

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Dustin Schaefer
Because of warm weather, the Colorado ski/snowboard season got off to a slow start -- but Loveland is open for business. And with temperatures dropping and snow falling, the rest of this state's resorts will soon be online.

We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season that's inserted in the November 6 issue of Westword; we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open. Keep reading to find out what's new at Loveland.

See also: Arapahoe Basin Gets an Edge on the 2014 Ski/Snowboard Season


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Arapahoe Basin Gets an Edge on the 2014 Ski/Snowboard Season

Categories: Sports

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Brandon Marshall
Opening Day 2014 at Arapahoe Basin.
Because of warm weather, the Colorado ski/snowboard season got off to a slow start -- but not at Arapahoe Basin, which was again the first resort to open not just in Colorado, but the nation. And with temperatures dropping and snow falling, the rest of this state's resorts will soon be online.

We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season that's inserted in the November 6 issue of Westword; we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, starting with A-Basin.

See also: Photos of Opening Weekend at A-Basin

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Veda Salon and Spa Introduces the Mandala Club, an Urban Oasis

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
CEO of Veda Spa and Salon Carrie Perkins outside 1717 Champa Street.
Veda Salon and Spa, a small, Colorado-based chain, has had a location in the Hotel Monaco for almost two decades -- but the downtown Denver spa just launched a new VIP program, The Mandala Club, which offers amenities that are guaranteed to calm your chaotic urban life. We recently visited Veda and chatted with CEO Carrie Perkins about the spa's services and the new club.

See also: Pura Vida's Sunday Afternoon Meltdown Invites Yogis to Decompress and Meditate in style

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This Weekend: Eat Like It's Still Summer and Help This Refugee Soccer Team Get a Ride

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Jason Hicks (third from right) and his hot kicks, The Niyakko Rush.
Here's an idea: If, like me, you are bored to tears with the corporatization of sport and want to celebrate in some way those who play for pure love of the game -- and maybe grab a burger, some hot dogs, and a cheap car wash in the bargain -- then I've got a deal for you. Point your car to the heart of Aurora this Saturday afternoon and make the acquaintance of Niyakko Rush, a grass-roots soccer club of talented and dedicated young refugees who just really, really, really want to play.

See also: City Lax Brings Lacrosse to Inner-City Denver

For a modest donation -- whatever you, Mr. or Ms. Consumer, feels is fair -- you can get your car washed and be well fed. And meet some soccer fiends who are so tight, so wildly enmeshed in this idea of teamwork, that they named their club after a Burmese term that means "brother."

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Photos: Beer, Bikes and Outrageous Costumes at Tour de Fat Denver

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Denver cyclists donned wacky outfits Saturday to ride in New Belgium Brewing's traveling Tour de Fat beerfest stopover in City Park. The day kicked off with a bike parade and ensuing festivities included contests, live music, a side-show performance by the Handsome Little Devils, a costume fashion show and overflowing suds. Photographer Ken Hamblin was there to snap these shots of the costumed revelers.

See also: Photos: Comedy Fans Having Too Much Fun at the Curtis Club


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The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver this September

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As the year lumbers toward autumn and Denver shakes off its summer-festival hangovers, our city's bleary-eyed revelers have few better live entertainment options than comedy. From a nice roster of comedy-club headliners rolling through town to a banner month for some of Denver's most esteemed local showcases to a greedily stacked comedy festival, comedy fans have solid options nearly every week. Seriously, September is packed with so many great shows that we could easily double the list and glaring omissions would still abound. And the lineup gets off to a very strong start today.

See also: The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in September

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Photos: The USA Pro Challenge Races Into a Fabulous Finale at Civic Center Park

Categories: Photos, Sports

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After mastering a grueling and spectacular seven-stage route through scenic valleys and over mountain passes, the cyclists of the USA Pro Challenge 2014 rolled into town for an urban finale on Denver streets. Not surprisingly, U.S. cyclist Tejay Van Garderen rode away with the overall title for the second year in a row. All photos by Ken Hamblin.

See also: Photos: Rollergirls Skate Through Fillmore Auditorium


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