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Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters

This is a brief note to point to an article about pro long track speedkating season. The one that matters to me, at least. No disrespect intended to the short track derby, but I like mostly non-contact sport contests of speed. The first turn of an F1 race is admittedly often an exception.

This weekend pro long track starts again, and TeamUSA has some experienced skaters leading up to the Olympics. Notably, Shani Davis, a great speedskater over the years, returns. Also Heather (Richardson) Bergsma, from High Point, NC, is back on the ice for another year always being a threat to win the gold. I don't know how or if I'll be able to catch this off the airwaves or streams, but might make an attempt. Former inliner Joey Mantia will also be on the team! 

Location

Thialf
Pim Mulierlaan 1
Heerenveen, Friesland 8443 DA
Netherlands
52° 56' 19.23" N, 5° 56' 35.5812" E
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Ok. But Can It Do Crazylegs?

Revealed earlier this year, Handle the robot, by Boston Dynamics has legs and wheels.  While watching this video over and over I recognized skate mechanics and hints of unicycling.  I wonder if the creators studied those sports. Handle would have no problem with the Art Museum Steps in Philly.  Twirl Girl with one hell of a knee bend angle. 

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11th Carolina Century Bike Ride 'n' Roll Roadskate Greensboro NC October 20 2018

2018.10.20 7:30 am
2018.10.20 6:30 pm
America/New York

11th CAROLINA CENTURY Bike Ride'n'Roll 21 to 102 Miles for MS & More.

• Voted Best Triad Century Bike Ride by Endurance Magazine readers 5 years in a row.
• Free Carolina Century Hat included for the first 300 registrants (pick up event day only).
• 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride for 730am start.
• 102/90/82/72/64/51/40/31/21-Mile routes.
• Hot Chili, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Fresh Salad Post-Ride Meal

MORE DETAILS:
• Full & Half Imperial & Metric Centuries plus Supported Bail-Out Routes.
• Decide on any distance at mile 12; choose 72, 82 or 102 at mile 63.
• Supported cutoff reduces 51 to 40, 64 to 52, and 102 to 90 miles (follow the 31 home).
• Painted Routes • Color Laser Maps • Turnsheets • Abundant Rest Stops
• Fast Hills • Smooth Rollouts • Rural Views • Crisp Skies • Autumn Joy

Location

Gospel Baptist Church
5945 N Church Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455
United States
36° 13' 28.9308" N, 79° 47' 28.014" W
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Interesting Article on Tramadol in Cycling and Other Sports (WSJ)

This article is interesting to me mainly for what it explains about how they decide what substances should be banned, and why cyclists or at least their managers would want to have a drug banned. If there's no performance enhancement, OK. But I'd say being able to not abandon the next day is a sort of performance enhancement. What seems clear to me after this year of delayed startup for skating is that Tramadol makes some people l "loopy," and for others, it's a disappointment. :o) I took various pain killers in fear of how great they might me feel. I still never felt amazing! Oh well.

Anyway, not a bad article to remind us all to be careful what we take before going on the road in a car or on wheels.

I wonder what percentage of drivers on the road are actively under the influence of an opiod, alcohol, or other performance disenhancer.

I usually don't like reading the comments section, but even early on there are some funny responses.

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Crowd-Sourced Color Names by XKCD

Yesterday, I was looking at the formatting options for a graphing package and noticed an option to use named colors "from the xkcd survey."

That was a new thing to me. As it turns out, the author of the xkcd.com comics created an online survey of color names about five years ago and over 200,000 users contributed; discussion of results here. It's pretty funny and it's also real science. Because color names are weird.

You can also look at a list sorted alphabetically by name which reveals some rather interesting properties of the set.

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Marathon swag bags; soap/energy bar mixup; guess the rest

It's been reblogged many times but I just saw this:

Free soap leaves bad taste for Chinese athletes
By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring
25 March 2016

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Clarinet: Middle Aged Woman Dares To Learn New Musical Instrument

I have already let a year pass without chronicling my journey into learning a new musical instrument as a middle aged adult. I'll start now because I'd like to use any extra help I can get, in case anybody has any. It helps to write it all out.
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Chaucer Scholar Analyzes Current Political Tweets

Zero skating content here except that y'all are all of the people I know who would care about this at all.

Breaking: Chaucer Scholar Analyzes Trump Attack Haiku

By Josh Marshall, published March 7, 2016, 10:17 PM EST

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Epidemic of Overtraining Strikes Epidemic of Ultramarathons

Another one that I spotted this week:

Running on Empty

Meaghen Brown, Jun 12, 2015

Quote:

“OTS is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in my 30 plus years of working with athletes,” says David Nieman, former vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “To watch someone go from that degree of proficiency to a shell of their former self is unbelievably painful and frustrating.”

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Exercise! Sedentary Lifestyle More to Blame for Decline With Age Than Aging

Just spotted this one:

Running Into Old Age
Ian McMahan, Apr 22, 2015

Quote:

While some loss of strength is inevitable, the researchers found that older athletes who participated in exercise programs showed significantly more muscle strength that people of similar age who didn’t exercise. Maintaining muscle strength can be a key component of successful aging, as past research has shown that its loss in seniors is correlated to an increased risk of falling, a significant cause of age-related trauma.

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2014 Berlin Inline Skate Marathon Video

Here's another skate marathon video (helmet cam) from Europe in 2014. The road surfaces look great! Video is over 1 hour long. 

The packs start to thin out after about ten minutes. Closed roads. Church bells. Bystanders cheering. Tramlines. "Paß auf!". Street musicians and the Doppler effect. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaGtm8jFas

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Puente la Reina 2014 Inline Speed Skating International Marathon

This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it. 

 

I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo

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Photos of Roadskating Around Paris France from 2003 2004 2005 (Inline Skating Pari Roller and More)

A tweety one. While looking at great free software for fat32/ext3 (TestDisk), I found...

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Roller

Enjoy! roadskater

Location

Place Raoul Dautry
Paris 75015
France
48° 50' 30.2676" N, 2° 19' 14.1888" E
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30-Day Challenge: Asthma, Allergies and Kick-Starting Fitness 2013

Let's see, where was I? Oh yeah. I was slowly making zig-zagging headway with various elimination diets regarding my various allergies and autoimmune issues. Also, there was some recent talk behind the scenes about skaters and their training and/or weight loss goals for the upcoming training season. All of the above, plus a couple of 20 minute flat skating sessions this week that left me gasping for oxygen, has prompted me to try my own 30 Day healthy eating Challenge. I'm hoping to make it past day 4 this time.

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