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2016 9th Carolina Century Bike Ride 'n' Roll Greensboro NC October 22 2016

2016.10.22 7:30 am
2016.10.22 6:30 pm
America/New York

  * Saturday October 22 2016
  * Gospel Baptist Church, 5945 N Church Street, Greensboro NC 27455
  * 102/90/82/72/64/51/40/31/21 Miles
  * 7:30a 10mph+ and 9:00a 12mph+ starts and more.
  * Voted Best Triad Century Ride by Endurance Magazine readers in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  * Full & Half Imperial & Metric Centuries plus Supported Bail-Out Routes.
  * 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride.
  * Preregister on CarolinaCentury.com website.
  * http://BL2U.com/events/carolina-century/
  * Bike Ride'n'Roll to Benefit People with MS and to Fight Hunger Where We Ride
  * Modular Course: Nested loops (21, 31, 51) attached to 51 miles of daisy-chained lassos (64, 72, 82, 102).
  * Clockwise courses emphasize right turns; suburban first while fresh, more rural as courses finish.


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


“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


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. 


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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. 


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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...


Enjoy! roadskater


Place Raoul Dautry
Paris 75015
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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Wooden Bike Brings Together Several Interests and Skills from Guitar Building to Cycling to Marketing

This is a good article about an interesting object: a wooden bicycle which incorporates other materials...notably kevlar. It also shows how varied interests and passions can eventually combine into a new life's work or maybe even career, if all goes well. Rather than repeat it all, here's a link.... 

Wooden wheels - Boulder Weekly -

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