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Fuel Your Workout? Or is Fasting and Exercise Better?

I don't have a lot of data here, but I certainly know that I have bonked plenty of times and not enjoyed skating at that moment. However, some research in the last couple of years with (not exactly) fasting has been interesting. I watched a BBC special with eebee about fasting on alternate days (named variously but lately called the 5:2 diet), but I never tried that. (Neither did I specifically try the high intensity training 3 x 20 mins per week that was in another special with the same BBC correspondent, Michael Mosley, but seriously, that's what my skating is like some weeks.) I tend to feel it's a great idea to have breakfast before and endurance event, and I guess the most often workable thing has been dried cranberries and oatmeal with enough water to undry the oatmeal and the cranberries. I also note they mention the only eat during 16 hours of the day idea I've heard lately.

So I mainly added this marker so we could comment on it. Any thoughts?


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NC, a Hotbed of Olympic Speedskating

North Carolina becomes a hotbed of Olympic speedskating

William Douglas, McClatchy News Service, February 16, 2018

The U.S. Olympic speedskating team at the 2018 Winter Olympics has a North Carolina accent.

Long track skater Heather Bergsma and short track coach Anthony Barthell hail from High Point, N.C., while long tracker Kimani Griffin is from Winston-Salem.

The Tar Heel State isn’t known as a hotbed for ice sports. But the state has a reputation as a mecca for inline skating, which has increasingly become a key supplier of talent for the U.S. ice speedskating program.

There's quite a lot in this piece about the High Point Speed and Piedmont Speed skating teams and their impact on ice speed skating at the current Olympic games.

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Heart Rate Monitors, Fitness Trackers, Garmin Vivosmart HR & Fitbit Charge HR

I love my Garmin Forerunner 310xt for the GPS, 20-hour battery, big display (even if a clunky housing), and for me, good solid HR readings. I usually don't mind wearing the strap, but sometimes, it is a drag...especially on really hot sweaty days. I'm interested in any experience people have with

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Sound Doll/Bran Doll

The North Carolina license plates have worked their way through the "E"s, and recently I have found myself with "Ella, elle l'a" stuck in my head after stopping at a traffic light behind an "ELA" tag. I was sad to hear of France Gall's passing today. Her song about Ella Fitzgerald was a hit when I was in France in the eighties. Gall had won the Eurovision Song Contest for France in 1965 at age 18, with "Poupee de cire, poupee de son", written by Serge Gainsbourg.  I had a hard time making sense of the title until I remembered the term 'son de blé', and that a rag doll I guess could be filled with wheat 'bran' (how very 1980s healthy of her).

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53-Year-Old Speed Skater Attempts to Make US Olympic Team

Theron Sands is 53 and he skated in the 10,000 meters at the 2018 US Olympic Trials in Milwaukee on Thursday. I won't give away what happened beyond him reaching the qualifying standard for the trials (it takes about 10 seconds to find out) but here's a video made as part of his GoFundMe campaign while working toward it. There's a lot to appreciate about his training and preparation in here, even some wheeled skating.

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Inline Skating is a Good Workout

An article from the passenger-side newsfeed... A website name of "Popsugar" doesn't encourage one to expect a lot of substance in its content, but here's a nice enough account of someone returning to skating as an adult and appreciating its fitness benefits.


I Started This Workout Out of Nostalgia, but Now I'm Addicted!
November 29, 2017 by Brinton Parker

When fondly recalling my high school rollerskating days as a Sonic Drive-In carhop, I realized that I'd never once felt like I was working out when I skated; however, my body was in the best shape of my life (despite the fast food habit I was admittedly indulging daily). "Why don't I give that another shot?" I asked myself before diving into research about the benefits of skating.

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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! 


Pim Mulierlaan 1
Heerenveen, Friesland 8443 DA
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

• 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


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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