The Werx - Issue #2 - September 24, 2023

The Werx - Issue #2 - September 24, 2023




Thank you for being part of the bambū werx family. Cynthia and I really do appreciate the support you've shown us over the past three years!

This photo pretty much sums up the past 7 weeks (hence the delay with our September newsletter). Cyn and I both came down with Covid, despite being double vaxed/boosted. On our backs for ~10 days, then another 3-4 weeks working to regain cardiovascular health and sense of smell/taste. Net/net, please take care of yourselves and those around you: this sh*t doesn't play.

Again, we hope you enjoy these little monthly updates, wherein we aim to provide interesting content on conservation/recycling, endurance sports, and people who have impacted our lives for good.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with suggestions on other topics you'd like us to cover. And if for whatever reason you prefer not to receive these newsletters... just let us know, as we hate junk mail too!

Yours in good health,

Larry & Cyn



Plastic is good: we use it to store food, to construct things (cars, houses, etc.), and to protect ourselves from the elements. One could reasonably argue that over the course of history, few products have improved our overall quality of life like plastic.
However, single use plastic is bad: it pollutes our oceans and forests, it kills wildlife, and according to recent studies, can actually cause cancer and heart disease in humans (via micro-plastic particles ingested in our food supply).
Here are some interesting facts you may not know about single use plastic:
  • Marine biologists predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in our oceans.
  • Over 2MM plastic bags are used every minute around the world.
  • Plastic bags can take up to 700 years to bio-degrade.
  • In the United States alone, over 90MM plastic eating utensils are disposed of every day.
  • Only 9% of all plastic produced is ever recycled.
  • Scientists estimate that humans (globally) consume the equivalent of a credit card in micro-plastics every week.
Some helpful suggestions on minimizing the impact of single use plastic:
  • Use refillable water bottles, and where necessary, filter-equipped water pitchers.
  • Take your own bag(s) to the grocery.
  • Consider using portable utensils (e.g., aluminum straws).
  • Pay to have your city pick up recyclable materials (e.g., plastic, aluminum, paper, glass).
  • Educate your children as to ecology and how the decisions they make will impact the world of tomorrow.


As endurance athletes, we often fancy ourselves self-starters and like to think we can go it alone when it comes to improving our sports performance. But for those who want to take training and racing to the next level, few things will more positively impact us than a dedicated coach.
Because many of our family and friends are coaches, we can't necessarily endorse one over another (that wouldn't be fair). What we can do, though, is provide helpful best practices and tips o' the trade from a variety of coaches we know and respect.
So to that end, we intend to start publishing weekly training tips to our blog: super-short suggestions on how to improve your running, biking, swimming, nutrition, and recovery. We'll rotate our sources among a variety of domain experts, so as to provide different perspectives. Then if something strikes a particular chord with you, we'll happily refer you!
Hope you enjoy...!!


Meet our athlete of the month, Nettey Nonstop!
Lynnette "Nettey" Nygard is a 28-year old athlete who resides in Cary, NC. Originally from Washington state, Nettey grew up running track and field. She then moved into soccer, progressing to semi-pro level before segueing into marathon and eventually triathlon (thanks to her boyfriend, Mark Evans... who we also love!).
Nettey takes inspiration from her father, who woke up at 4:30 AM every day and worked three jobs to provide for nine children. Two life lessons he taught Nettey were "finish what you start" and "do things right the first time." Nettey's family were committed to community service, so she and Mark work hard to "give back" by coaching, guiding, and inspiring other athletes.
To that end, Nettey works as a dietitian and personal trainer. Follow her on Instagram for helpful tips and then if interested to learn more, see Nettey's website here.
Nettey's advice to athletes who may be considering triathlon or another new sport:
Don't be afraid to be a beginner at something. If you never try, you'll never know.


If you've made it this far... thank you! Again, as novice copywriters, we hope our newsletters don't bore you too greatly and look forward to hearing back with any suggestions re: future content.
In closing each month, we intend to give our little mascot, Annie, a place to offer up some final encouragement to you as a friends, family, and supporters. For September 2023, Annie says:

We must be the change we wish to see in the world...!!


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