Tips for Bike Lovers: How to Prevent Bike Theft

 

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How to Prevent Bike Theft
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As a realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Roxanna Anspach Devlin helps Nashville, Tennessee area families find their dream homes. When she is not working, Roxanna Devlin can often be found rowing, swimming, or cycling.

Having a treasured bicycle stolen is one of every cyclist’s worst nightmares. Unfortunately, it happens all the time and is only becoming more common. To protect your bike, consider the following tips from Bicycling Magazine.

1. Lock your bike every time, even if you are dashing in somewhere for just a second, and even if your bicycle will be within your sight. Make sure it is locked to something sturdy too. Small trees, posts without signs on them, and removable scaffolding are all unwise choices.

2. Choose a sturdy U lock, not just a cable lock. Cable locks are easy to cut and can be severed in a matter of seconds. Consider using both a U lock and a cable lock so you can secure the frame to a rack and then secure the wheels to the frame.

3. Give thieves as little room to work in as possible. A U lock loosely dangling from a top tube offers thieves room to maneuver tools and even use the top tube as a lever. Consider securing the lock to the downtube or through the chainstays and wheel.

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Improving Your Freestyle Swimming Technique

 

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Nashville realtor Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents buyers through Keller Williams Realty. A proven leader, she previously co-founded Triangle Trade Corp. and served as senior vice president at Paine Webber (now UBS) in New York. In her free time, Roxanna Anspach Devlin is an avid swimmer

The freestyle stroke is one of the basic strokes that many beginners learn, but even advanced swimmers can struggle with their technique for this stroke. To improve your freestyle, you will need to pay attention to your body’s position in the water. Your head guides the direction of your body while in the water, so keep it pointing forward and line your forehead up with the water’s surface. Meanwhile, your body should be flat with your stomach facing the bottom of the pool, and you neck muscles should be relaxed. As you rotate your body to take a breath, fully turn so that one side of your body faces the bottom of the pool while the other side faces the sky.

Your freestyle technique may also be affected by a poor breathing technique. Rather than focusing on inhaling whenever you turn your head, focus on exhaling. It is better to exhale while under the water. This relaxes you and lets you inhale more air each time. Further, when you do turn your head for air, do not lift it up above the water. As you swim, your head creates a small pocket of air near your ear that you can breathe from. Lifting your head up slows you down and makes it harder to get back on track. Over-rotating your head or moving it when you aren’t breathing causes similar problems.

The Basics of Badminton

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Basics of Badminton
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Roxanna Anspach Devlin provides buyer representation to clients seeking condos, single-family homes, and investment properties. When she’s not working, Roxanna Devlin enjoys playing badminton.

Played between either two players or two teams of two, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock, or birdie, over a net in an attempt to score. Similar to tennis, the sport is played on a court that is divided into different sections by lines. A small stringed racket is used to hit the shuttlecock to the opposing side, and it can only be hit once before it goes over the net or hits the ground. Typically, winning the game requires one side to win two different sets. Each set is won by the player or team who reaches 15 points first, though there are some exceptions. Points can be won during a serve from either side.

There are a few basic rules badminton players must follow during a match. When serving, the shuttlecock must be hit diagonally across the net. Serves alternate between sides once a point is won and a player faults if they swing and miss their serve. After the serve, players can move and hit freely within the court. During a set, players cannot touch the net with their rackets or bodies. However, the shuttlecock is allowed to touch the net as long as it falls to the opposite side. If it remains on the net or falls onto the same side, it is considered a fault.

The Simpson-Yule Effect in Tennis

Roxanna Anspach Devlin, a former vice president with Paine Webber (now UBS), currently works as a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. Roxanna Devlin spends her free time engaged in rowing, tennis, and other athletic activities.

In probability and statistics, Simpson’s paradox describes an occurrence in which multiple sets of data demonstrate a shared relationship or pattern that gets reversed or otherwise changes when two or more sets are combined. The paradox, also known as the Simpson-Yule effect, is sometimes seen in professional sports like tennis.

A professional tennis match generally consists of three or five sets of six games each. In order to win a game, players must score a minimum of four points. If opponents tie at three points apiece, however, the game is knotted at deuce and continues until one player scores a two-point advantage. Similarly, players who tie at six games each enter into a seven-point tie break. A tie break must also be won with a two-point advantage.

Due to the deuce and tie break scoring structure, however, an individual who wins fewer overall points can still take a set. For example, Player A could win each of his or her service games four points to zero while losing return games five points to three. Player A could go on to lose a tie break seven points to five. He or she would have 47 points for the set, compared to 31 points for Player B. Despite the 16-point disadvantage, Player B would win the set, illustrating Simpson’s paradox. Roger Federer, a winner of 17 major championships, has lost 24 of the 28 Simpson’s-paradox matches he has played over the course of his career.

Badminton – From Backyard Pastime to Olympic Event

A former senior vice president of equity derivatives at Paine Webber in New York City, Roxanna Anspach Devlin now works as a successful realtor in Nashville, Tennessee. In her free time, Roxanna Devlin enjoys a number of activities, including cycling, rowing, swimming, and playing badminton.

A racket sport with ancient origins, badminton is based on battledore and shuttlecock, two games that were played in Europe and Asia approximately 2,000 years ago. During the 1800s, a more modern version of the sport called “poon” was popular throughout India. Soon, British officers serving in the country became fond of the sport, and they eventually introduced it to royalty in England, where it was renamed “badminton” after the Gloucester estate owned by the Duke of Beaufort.

Over the years, badminton’s popularity grow in England and other countries, including Denmark, Canada, and the United States, which were all participating in badminton tournaments by the mid-20th century. Badminton was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1992 and will be featured in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Advantages of Playing Tennis

A resident of the Nashville, Tennessee, area, Roxanna Anspach Devlin enjoys a variety of hobbies and activities in her free time. Among Roxanna Devlin’s many interests are sports, including tennis.

Playing tennis is not just a way to have fun. It is also an activity with many physical and mental benefits. People who play tennis at a relatively vigorous intensity cut their risk of death in half, according to the findings of Ralph Paffenbarger, a doctor who has studied thousands of individuals over 20 years.

Additionally, tennis burns more calories than some other activities, including aerobics. Therefore, for those looking to manage their weight, tennis is a great option.

The mental benefits of playing tennis are impressive as well. For example, the game requires tactical thinking and alertness. When players exercise their mind during a game of tennis, new connections between the nerves in the brain form. Playing tennis is also associated with increased self-confidence and optimism, important factors in a person’s emotional well-being.