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Rat Has No Control: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cane Sugar, Glucose, Sucrose

Many years ago I saw a documentary on PBS. Something about stress in animals, including, supposedly, humans. Anyway, as they were interviewing some human, a sign on one of the cages in the background read, "RAT HAS NO CONTROL." I have almost never stopped laughing about the beautiful truth of those four words of homemade bumper sticker. This is the answer to the majority of the world's questions. 

To be fair, there must have been another cage back there that had a sign reading, "RAT HAS CONTROL." This was the point of the experiment, to show that rats with some control (and predictability of circumstances, as I recall) were much more able to handle rat stress induced upon them by humans. Anyway, great show, and one I've remembered for a long time, eh? 

This site mentions the experiment (check out the base url!):

Location

Princeton University Princeton , New Jersey
United States
40° 20' 55.3848" N, 74° 39' 32.5692" W
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Of Course a Fatigued Brain Might Just Want to Give Up and Stop Skating or Cycling Sooner

This article reminds us of some simple ideas but with some testing to back it up. Even in sports requiring lots of sprinting, there are moments that depend on endurance. In roadskating and roadcycling, that's certainly true, especially in the distances we love, some of us. The basic idea was to test whether watching relatively neutral documentary shows vs. taking a fairly mentally tough test would produce an effect on subsequent endurance athletic tests.

Although the cognitive test didn’t produce any physical fatigue, the volunteers gave up on the cycling test 15 per cent sooner when they were mentally fatigued compared to when they had simply watched the documentaries.

So I'm OK to watch some PBS before long distance workouts it seems.

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Sports Medicine: Science or Celebrity

I'm not sure about access to this article for everyone, but the New York Times had an interesting piece on sports medicine, a booming segment of health care, and one in which roadskaters and roadcyclists are definitely interested. But how do we know there's real science behind the treatments and techniques on offer? The article is interesting on multiple levels, since the author received one of the treatments and wrote about it in an earlier article referenced within.

Fortunately, some people out there are trying to do the follow-up, but most of us wanna be like mike or whatever, so we are susceptible to celebrity ads or buzz. Anyway, not much to say, except this article seems worth a read as background for life on the road. I"m interested in others' thoughts and experiences. I'm certainly not saying that sports medicine has nothing to offer, but like most things that involve hope and money, it's hard to know what's real. 

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Frozen Cafe Bustelo in Gatorade Grippy Bottle 24 Ounces (24oz.) of Cafe Americano Heaven for Skating or Cycling

Frozen Cafe Bustelo in Gatorade Grippy Bottle 24 Ounces (24oz.) of Cafe Americano Heaven for Skating or Cycling

As oft told, sometimes the best thing to get kick started is some thawing frozen cafe bustelo. It's the cheapest easiest closest thing to the venti cafe americano. Freeze it in a grippy gatorade bottle or pour it over ice in said vessel. Yummation! 

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Failure to Plan on Their Part is Not an Emergency on Their Part

Failure to Plan on Their Part is Not an Emergency on Their Part

Well I laughed as I left after paying the tax on my car, not because that felt good, but because the Planning Department must not have done such a great job of planning on their sign. 

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36 Miles at Greensboro Country Park Thanks to Staff Who Kept the Road Clear After Hurricane Irene

This weekend we hoped to do lots of miles roadish and as mentioned yesterday (http://roadskater.net/how-i-wasted-or-enjoyed-morning-danny-macaskill-tr...), we bailed on the training ride and ended up feeling OK about doing alternative activities. But we still needed to skate. So we went for Indian food, then went for a walk in the Dollar Tree, ha, then decided to check the weather.

It was windy with some threats of rain, but the radar was clear so far, so we headed up for Country Park. When we got there, we caught a ride on the tram, which was driven by Geoff, who played dixieland jazz on the CD player for passengers in the tram. We told Geoff we were thinking about inline skating but wanted to check out the road junk first.

Location

The 180 at County Park Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 28.7832" N, 79° 50' 22.0164" W
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How I Wasted (or Enjoyed) a Morning of Danny MacAskill Trick Bike Videos

With the weather being windy and uncertain at 5:45am when we had to get going if we were going, we decided to bail again on the training ride.

We sat outside for a while around 6am looking at the wind bending the trees and looked at radar on our phones. The 20 was not worth driving that far for, and if we did the 41, we were afraid there would not be many other riders (or skaters) at our pace doing that distance.

Not wanting to be a hassle, and not wanting to face strong winds, especially if the event were not well attended, we excused ourselves (after conferring with some mates on it).

So I got an email from Sparky of the Tater Rides about some video of a rider. The video seems indie movie and I usually love that but I almost stopped it. Wow am I glad I watched.

Locations

Edinburgh Scotland
United Kingdom
55° 57' 0.6336" N, 3° 11' 15.1296" W
Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye
United Kingdom
57° 26' 12.2172" N, 6° 34' 29.8308" W
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Hurricane Irene: Cone of Uncertainty, Hurricane Tracker, Storm Surge

I feel compelled to air some thoughts about the current hurricane threat, and to throw in some useful links. I'm sure anybody in the path of Hurricane Irene knows  where to go for the latest satellite, radar and projections. I'm hoping they are also giving a great deal of thought to a Storm Plan, in case things get rough. 

Of interest with Hurricane Irene are the Northeast States, if only for their dense populations. As with NOAA's SPC and the deadly Missouri-Alabama-Tennessee tornado outbreak in April this year, the NOAA National Hurricane Center has been pretty sure about this particular storm's trajectory now for the past 3 days. Perhaps that's the nature of the East Coast storms, as opposed to those in the Gulf of Mexico. It seems to be clear to those monitoring the tropics by the time a storm has approached the Bahamas, as to whether it's going to head out to sea, or make for the US coast. 

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Washington Area Roadskaters Can Show You Some Inline Skating Fun All Around DC, Maryland and Virginia

These guys have a great group, a fine email list (yes they still exist and serve a nice niche), and they do lots of free skate-ups. I am really glad to see they got a nice write-up with some visibility for their happy efforts. If you're going to DC, you really should bring your skates and get hooked up with these guys for some rollaround time. With a backpack for your skates an a pair of shoes, you can go far on your own, but drop that stuff in the room and cruise with WAR for some roadskating thrills and probably some hills. 

SkateDC is a free and fun skate weekend where the roadskaters host rollers from out of town. It's a good time for skaters, and their families can find plenty to do around DC in May (when it is usually held). If you're into racing, I believe they still do the Skate of the Union (coming up soon I believe), where they take over the driving course for a local law enforcement agency to do laps on the track. 

Location

White House at Lafayette Square
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
38° 53' 55.554" N, 77° 2' 11.6232" W
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Taylor Phinney Blogs Through the Burning Hot Hills of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain Pro Cycling Race

While we've been focusing on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge somewhat, the Vuelta a Espana is well underway, just not on my television. Well, neither is the USAPCC, but I've been finding ways to get a look in through the kindness of strangers. Anyway, I took a look at the Universal Sports page at the bottom there, which links to Taylor Phinney's blog here...

http://taylorphinney.com/2011/08/24/an-amateur-end-to-one-of-the-most-difficult-days-ive-ever-had/

There's something very relevant about these descriptions of pain and doubt. Something very easy to remember, but easy enough to forget, so we go out and do it again. Phinney has a good way of expressing it so that even those of us who've never been front runners like he has can at least know we share some of the same emotions and sensations. 

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Fix Inline Speed Skates: Boot Mounting Block Repair How To Cheap DIY for Powerslide C4 or Other Carbon Fiber or Fiberglass Boots

I am not recommending anyone else do this, just telling what I did and showing some of it. If you can't do this or don't think it is a good idea, get some professional repair help, or better yet, buy new boots! 

A few years back I replaced my Mogema and my beloved Verducci V-Tec boots after deciding they were too far gone to fix. Believe me. If I can't dream up a fix (whether or not it would work) they really are toast.

Many of my repair dreams involve various types of epoxy (either the two-bottle, dual-syringe, two-tube or the single-tube-of-putty sort made like caramel creams, e.g. waterweld) plus various "found objects" like used USPS Tyvek envelopes (as it's not nice to use the new stuff, ya know?), various kinds of plastic sheeting, air sole material, stuff like that. (Tyvek layers epoxied on can make a decent patch to strengthen some weak carbon spots, in my opinion.) 

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Television Weather Girl Skates Away Birth Pounds Preparing for Inline Skating the Goodwood Roller Marathon on Motor Circuit

Let the hot button pressing phrases begin. This article is a true kiss-kiss but it sure does speak well for the benefits of inline skating! Off we go.

First, of course, we learn that Ms. McCabe is "never been one to shy away from a challenge" and is "back in her size 10 jeans and has just completed a 27-mile rollerblade marathon." She is of course, "loving life and despite juggling motherhood and a busy career." 

That's a beautiful life. Almost like a movie. How was the training? Oh you took your baby skating? Seems like it. “Every weekend, I had my rollerblades on pushing the pram through our local park and trying not to fall over.” Good job you didn't tip over the pram! Well no harm no foul. I'm sure baby wore a helmet. 

Location

Goodwood Motor Circuit
Claypit Lane
Westhampnett PO18 0
United Kingdom
50° 51' 39.15" N, 0° 45' 35.3376" W
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Quad Skating Is So Boring: This Couple Makes Skating Steamy in a Very Small Rink

Who says skating, especially quad skating, especially among marrie couples, is tame or lame? Check out this video. It's amazing what these two skaters accomplish in such a small space. It would be impressive in any space.

Of course, it would be nice if skating got popular because it is a nice, boring, healthy pastime, participated in by very ordinary individuals. Well that's true, but you won't hear so much about it and they'll avoid videos mostly! But in this case, it's made for media, so let's hope it inspires some people to get buff and get skating!

The two skaters talk about a huge factor in any kind of couples or team or group skating...trust. It is one of the great treasures of skating with people you know well, whose motives and skills you know, and are comfortable with. 

This couple clearly love each other and love the speedy spining and being in control amidst the danger. They seem to want to share it, to spread it.

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