Roxy Outdoor Fitness: Take the Long Road

As the days draw out and get warmer, why not take the long road to the beach? Roxy ambassador and blogger Devon DeMint of ‘The Mermaid Chronicles” looks for diverse trails to bike because the various terrains help work a variety of muscles. Plus, surf spots and beaches that require an effort to get to are usually less crowded and lead to more quality time with Mother Nature.

Here’s how to prepare for taking the road less traveled:

1.    Wear layers.  I Always include a quick dry bikini, form fitting pants that won’t get caught in my bike chain, a tank top like the Perfectly Seamless Tank with built in ventilation, flexible boardshorts and a top with long sleeves just in case.

2.    Pack smart. Bring only what you think you’ll need and distribute the weight of these items evenly to balance out the load. Bring a wet bag to carry your sea-soaked suit after you get out of the ocean.

3.    Plan ahead. Know what to expect before you get there. Of course, Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes us, but checking surf and weather forecasts before you go will help you know what you’re in for.

4.   Be resourceful and utilize the environment around you. Driftwood found on the beach makes for a great shelter or changing room!

5.    Don’t forget food, water and sunscreen! When I’m packing a snack, I love to bring something light and high in vitamins like kale chips.

Here’s a basic recipe you might want to try:


Kale Chips

Serves: 2

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and dried well
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A few pinches of Himalayan sea salt
  • Preheat oven to 300º F.
  • Tear large pieces of Kale off the center rib. Place the leaves in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss until coated.
  • Place the kale on 2 baking sheets. Arrange it in a single layer and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until crisp. Place in a container you can easily seal and transport in your pack. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Scott DeMint | themermaidchronicles.com

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  1. Joanie sapienza says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    That sounds soooooo good!!!! I love kale!!!!!!!!

  2. Haley Holt says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    What beach is this at??

  3. carlybennett says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    we do too! Glad you like!

  4. carlybennett says:

    April 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Not sure! We’ll ask Devon!

  5. Devon DeMint says:

    April 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    @Haley It’s Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur. One of my favorites for sure!

  6. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says:

    May 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Love these tips and love seeing Devon here!

  7. CJ says:

    May 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Beautiful pictures. And I love kale chips – in fact I grow kale just for this purpose. Form fitting pants are a definite good tip – I’ve actually fallen off from getting clothes caught in a bicycle chain. And people laughed!

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