Yudha Tirtadani

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The Best Holiday Crawl in NYC

Every once in awhile my husband, Andy, and I make an effort to step out of our routines and remember why we chose to live in this chaotic, wonderful uproar of a city–and this month seemed like a good time to take advantage of one of the most festive places in the world.<p>When the city puts on its …

Top 10 bungee jumps in the world

"I still recall my first jump," reminisces New Zealander AJ Hackett, the man who launched commercial bungee jumping 25 years ago today. "I had the most amazing sensation."<p>At the time Hackett was running a struggling ski shop but inspired by British daredevils The Oxford University Dangerous Sports …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Can You Train Your Breathing Muscles To Get Faster?

A new meta-analysis examines "inspiratory muscle training."<p>When I was a kid preparing for one of my first ever track meets, my family was invited to dinner at the home of a colleague of my dad's who had been an Olympic 800-meter runner for Ghana (he qualified for the 1980 Games but didn't get to …

Why Are Women Runners Less Competitive Than Men?

Several studies confirm the basic finding, but differ in their explanations.<p>A half dozen years ago a marathoning psychologist named Robert Deaner began publishing papers (find them here) that seemed to show women athletes are less competitive, on average, than male athletes. A number of his studies …

Pain Relief for Patellofemoral Syndrome

Strengthening foot and hip external rotator muscles will help ease pain.<p><i>Hi Dr. Roberts-</i><p><i>I was diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome about eight weeks ago. The pain developed around the right side of my knee cap and right lower thigh area. I understand that patellofemoral syndrome in my case means</i> …

How to Pace Your First Half or Full Marathon

The key is to run by how you feel on race day.<p><i>Sandra asks: I’m running my first marathon in</i> <i>Cleveland</i> <i>this May, and I’m wondering if you have any tips on pacing. How fast should I start? Should I use the Pace Team?</i><p>Excellent choice in races, Sandra, and a great question too! My racing philosophy is a …

Should I Eat Breakfast on Race Morning?

I usually run on an empty stomach in the early morning.<p><i>Hello,</i><p><i>I am 42 years old and just started running about three months ago. I try to train at least two or three times a week with a half-hour run. I ran my first 5K in December and finished in 26:29. I only have time to train when I get up at</i> …

7 Amazing Tricks to Lose Belly Fat!

Use these expert tips to burn flab, gain strength, and feel your best!<p>1. Run.<p>2. Run.<p>3. Run.<p>4. Run.<p>5. Take it easy for a day. You don’t want to burn out or get hurt.<p>6. Run.<p>7. Run.

Breathing Tips for New Runners

How to breathe while running to avoid exhaustion and side stitches.<p><i>Hi! I'm a new runner and I'm experiencing a problem with controlling my breathing. Though I don't feel any soreness or pain in my legs, in about 200 meters, it gets incredibly hard to breathe. It feels like my lungs are resisting</i> …

Why Do Female Runners Get Amenorrhea?

Loss of a menstrual cycle during training is a result of an energy deficit.<p><i>Dear Sports Doc,</i><p><i>I trained for and ran my first full marathon this past spring. Before training for the marathon I had run 2 half-marathons and consistently maintained my weekly mileage. However, while training for the</i> …

Five Reasons for Training Fatigue

Here's why you may be experiencing mid-season fatigue--and how to overcome it.<p><i>I'm training for my fourth marathon this fall and attempting to improve my time. This season I'm struggling with lack of energy and strength in my workouts. The reason I'm writing is that it's lasted for several weeks</i> …

Why Are Kenyan Distance Runners So Fast?

New study of Kenyan youth suggests it might be their extreme thinness.<p>If you were parent to a 14-year-old American boy with a BMI of 15.5, the neighbors would whisper about neglect, and possibly report you to Child & Family Services. In Kenya, on the other hand, your home might be considered an …

Three Ways to Safely Run in a Heat Wave

Got an upcoming race? Here's how to stick with your training plan through extreme weather.<p><i>I live on the East Coast, and I'm training for a half-marathon this summer. I don't do well in the heat, and we're in a heat wave this week. Do you have any tips for running in this energy-sucking heat?</i> …

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe

<b>Serves 12</b><p>Ingredients<p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature<br>• 1 3/4 cups sugar<br>• 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest<br>• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 1 tsp. …

How to Protect Yourself Against Camera Gear Theft as a Photographer

In case you don’t know it, cameras and lenses are prime theft targets. You may never think it’s going to happen to you, but almost every day I hear …

An Introduction to Buying Used Lenses

Let’s face it– photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive profession. Camera bodies, speedlights, reflectors, memory cards, …

Photography

How to photograph the supermoon

When the full moon coincides with the closest point between the moon and Earth in the lunar orbit, a supermoon occurs.<p>In 2014, the moon will appear …

Cameras

How to Create the Misty Water Effect in Photography

Have you looked at a landscape photographer’s photo and wondered how they got the water coming down from a waterfall to look so misty? Or how they …

Landscape Photography

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

I made this cake on a whim. I didn’t feel like making ganache, so in desperation, I reached for the the half-eaten tub of Nutella I’d hidden on the …