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This Week in Sports and Outdoors: February 26, 2015

The performance benefits of sleeping in pods, an organic drinkable meal substitute, how some women live to 115 years and more.



The Upside of Sleeping in a Pod
Any athlete chasing better performance has considered sleeping in a hypobaric chamber, or at least getting one of those Bane-like altitude masks. Then we realize that the gains we’re looking for can be achieved through training more than three days a week. But for the truly elite, chambers may provide the edge. Outside investigates the Cycling Variations Conditioning machine to see if it’s the real deal. outsideonline.com

New Nutrition Guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the panel that comes up with the official USA dietary guidelines, convened after five years of quiet to hand down the new rules. The big findings? Eat less sugar, and most of the conventional wisdom that advised against consuming cholesterol from things like shrimp and eggs was bogus. nytimes.com

How to Live Forever
We’re always keen to hear good advice from women, especially when the women in question have accumulated wisdom for more than 100 years. Marie Claire interviewed six women ages 100 to 116 to ask their secrets to longevity. marieclaire.com

Pow Photos, Plain and Simple
If you just need something to stare at with your jaw slack for a few minutes, check out a season’s worth of fresh pow photos. skinet.com

Never Eat Again
The organic alternative to Soylent has arrived and it’s called Ambronite, a 500kcal drink mix that’s meant to taste of “oats and fresh nuts with a hint of Nordic herbs and berries.” They also claim that you’ll never think about steak again. Just kidding. They didn’t say that. $100

Interview with Greg LeMond
The Los Angeles Times sits down with Greg LeMond to talk Lance Armstrong, working out and why he can’t ride a bike for more than an hour. latimes.com

Will Steger’s Ice Ball
Polar explorer Will Steger has turned a chore — cutting lake ice for refrigeration — into a cause for celebration and fellowship. He calls it the Ice Ball. Read this story
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