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Skating American Tobacco Trail, plus Toad the Wet Sprocket and Mark Kano of Athenaeum at Cat's Cradle Aug 10 2011

I'm in Chapel Hill at the Panera. I came down to do something near Cat's Cradle in Carrboro this morning. Then I was (and am) planning to do the American Tobacco Trail Wednesday night social skate, as I hear Jay from Atlanta may be rolling in, and Tom GotSkates is likely there, plus skatey-mark and more. 

On the way into town I saw a bus that looked like a rock band bus...nice, but not announcing who they are...toting a trailer, too. I wondered who it might be, figuring they were on the way to the Cradle. 

Location

Cat's Cradle
300 East Main Street
Carrboro, North Carolina
United States
35° 54' 36.9612" N, 79° 4' 8.094" W
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Teaching Skating and What Skating Teaches in War and Peace

This is another piece that ends up leaning toward pimping some brands, but OK, when the brands have put some bucks into helping kids of war learn to skate and love...at least love to skate. What gets me here is how many things Percovich has tried, where he's been, and how exceptionally well he speaks at least in moments of this interview. 

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Speed Skating and Roller Figure Skating Get Props for Boosting Fort Wayne Economy

Here's a brief article giving the speed skating and roller figure skating championships some credit for bringing some money in to a town that can use it. 

Sports tourism a boon for Fort Wayne - News Sentinel -

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Halibut, extra dry, hold the popcorn

I have snuck all manner of food into a movie theater, from fried chicken and burgers, to whole pizzas folded in half. Tonight I boxed up my 2.9 ounces of fish, then bagged it, and smuggled it through the ticket check point in my large black bag. Because of the smell, I had to move to another row for my quick dinner during the previews. I’m just glad I didn’t get bounced. And I’m happy I stuck to my diet.

I apologize to the Academy and the Hollywood foreign press for not buying a 1,000-calorie item from the concession stand. I did pay for a Coke Zero and large water. I hope that helps. OK, I had a coupon for the Coke Zero, but that’s because I spend so much at the movies.

I’m getting closer to my next diet milestone – 40 pounds. Lost another 1.2 this a.m. Tomorrow is another gym workout and I hope to find some buddies for a Sunday morning ride.

Oh, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes was well worth the $9.75.

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The Eight Seconds Workout: Speed Skater Shows How to Sprint and Tweet Your Way to the Olympics or at Least Money

I hope to come back to this (he often says), but I wanted to post it before it's gone. Barry Publow's book, Speed on Skates, had some info on this, and eebee and I actually did some really short workouts one year. I would not call them fun, exactly, but I think they were helpful (along with being younger, lighter, and more obsessed with skating every day). 

 

Hill sprinting part of speed skater's tough work-out - Vancouver Courier -

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I'm starving! But I broke a five-year record this morning

On the heels of my recent article, in which I pledged to take it easy this week, I'm happy to report that I have lost a good deal of weight since Saturday's ride. I'm starving but my next meal is cooking now. It's going to be chicken breast again. Oh boy! And brown rice! Hoorah! I'll get another protein shake and walnuts before bedtime. Just two more days until my next cheat meal.

I gain and lose 5 pounds when I'm not dieting and after recommitting to my diet and weight-loss program, I got down to a five-year low this morning. That's 5.2 for this week. My official total loss is now 35.2 pounds.

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Is Exercise Ruining My Life?

I pondered this question during the rest of my wasted weekend after bonking on the 36-mile TTT training ride in the 100-degree heat on Saturday.

Two good things did happen during the weekend – I posted my fastest average speed for the distance and I got to spend some time with roadskater and eebee. And the September issue of Bicycling magazine arrived in my mailbox.

Besides catching up on what the pros are doing, salivating over new bikes and dreaming of my first grand fondo, I really enjoy reading the Bike Snob’s column. “Fit To Be Tied” was the title of his September column. In this issue he asserts that “Being in shape is a wonderful thing – until it ruins your life.” If you read the column, you’ll see that he equates winning the “fitness lottery” and wanting to hold onto that feeling to a gambler on a hot streak.

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HTC-Highroad Hangs it Up; Most Successful Men's Pro Cycling Team Disbanding

According to ESPN, HTC-Highroad team owner Bob Stapleton has admitted defeat in his search for a title sponsor to replace phone-maker HTC and the men's team will cease operation at the end of this season. 

Owner Bob Stapleton said Thursday that the sport's chaotic economic structure, along with continuing fallout from the convoluted, still-unresolved doping case involving triple Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and the federal investigation of seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong and his past teams, helped doom the quest.

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My Money is On Red: Guessing the Roadskater.net 2011 Skate and Bike Jersey Mystery Colors

At Saturday's TTT training rest stop the roadskater.net mystery color jersey was the hot topic at Rest Stop 1. One of our teammates -- I will keep her identity a mystery -- went through the full spectrum of colors and said with confidence that it would be red this year. I let her know that if roadskater finds out she knows that the color will change. "It's already gone to press, it can't change," another said. We who buy the jerseys year after year and try all means of trickery to get roadskater or eebee to slip up and tell know that this is not the case. In fact, if you guess too hard and are close to the new color, it is my understanding that roadskater indeed has the power to change the color. My money was on a gray/black combo this year becauase that would go nicely with my new black, gray and pink bike (hint hint for future years). I do know this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE every roadskater.net jersey that I own. And after this year, I will have them all.

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Hot Tires in the City: Tanglewood Bike Training Ride and Heat Exhaustion, Dehydration or Rest Stop Calories

If any of you reading this has experience with heat exhaustion or dehydration I would appreciate your comments. Yesterday ended badly and yesterday’s headache is still with me. I’m wrapped up in a blanket with the A/C cranked on meat-locker cold.

It was already 82 degrees at 7:30 Saturday morning when I packed up my bike to head to the Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride. There was no way I was going to miss the ride hosted by my favorite bike shop, Cycles de Oro. I prepared for the ride with a decent night’s sleep and a protein shake packed with oats and almond milk. I rode with two full water bottles, each containing a small scoop of Shaklee Performance, and my last pack of GU. Distance choices were 10, 20 and 36. I was happy to learn that I didn’t have to make the choice between 20 and 36 until 9 miles in, at the first rest stop.

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License to Eat: Does Training Hard on My Bike Mean I Can Should Eat More? What and When?

I met with a nutritionist and training coach this afternoon, armed with my "data," favorite diet books and must-haves for the next phase of my brain/body makeover. I fully expected to leave that meeting with a license to eat anything on a heavy training day. What I left with was some great information, a renewed commitment to reaching my weight-loss goal and a grapefruit to add to my daily diet (yay!). I also get a banana on Tour to Tanglewood training days. 

RSNBiker in the Tangerine Roadskater.net JerseyRSNBiker in the Tangerine Roadskater.net Jersey

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Yes People Do Still Figure Skate on Quad Roller Skates and They're Doing it Now on the Internet Free

Not much time to comment, but while looking up some results from the USARS speed skating, I noticed that the streaming links for that are still working. The current competition is figures and it appears to be compulsory routines. There's a chat box so you can learn a bit about what's going on. I don't know why but this gave me some encouragement at times today when I needed a short break. It's fun to see people enjoying the various ways of rolling on various kinds of skates. Looks like pairs is beginning as I wrap this. They're a couple of hours behind schedule, it seems!

Check it out:

http://skatersplace.com/Streaming.html

or...

http://www.justin.tv/tvmr?utm_campaign=live_embed_click&utm_source=skatersplace.com#/w/1534434384/14

Here's more info:

Location

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States
41° 4' 45.3828" N, 85° 8' 21.6636" W
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Year 2 of the Brain/Body Makeover: Losing Weight in the Off-Season, from Weight Training, and by Riding My New Bike!

It's been a while since we've talked. So I'll update my fellow dieters on my progress since my last post. After 15 months of diet and exercise, I'm happy to report a weight loss of 35 pounds. Last year during the active cycling season, I maintained my 25-pound loss. Until about October. In October and early November, I continued to eat at the same pace but cut back on my calorie burn. I reclaimed 8 of those lost pounds. With the help of my trainer and the diet body builders use when training for competion, I lost 17 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I believe that I have lowered my body's set point and now I gain and lose the same five pounds, but starting at a much lower set point. 

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A 3,500 Calorie Deficit to Lose a Pound of What, Exactly?: Cutting Back Calories Carefully to Lose Fat Instead of Muscle

Roadskater posed the question briefly during one of our recent Silver Comet Trail skates: "What's that calorie-per-pound number again?". I believed I knew the subject well until I started to try to talk about it, whereby I realized the 3,500 number pertains only to fat loss. So I made a note to revisit an article I had read by Tom Venuto, on fitwatch.com. 

Venuto refers to a study by Dr. Kevin Hall (an 'investigator' at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD) published in the International Journal of Obesity sometime in 2008, researching the 'mechanisms regulating human body weight'.  

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Nice Write-up: 18th Annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon

Happened to catch this post-event report in the RSN sidebar:

The road was closed for the 18th annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon and Half Marathon so skaters, some Bay Area locals and visitors from France, Germany, Australia and other countries, could have free reign of the course.

“These people live for these types of events, where you get a closed, smooth road and you can skate distances, not just like in a roller rink where you go in circles,” said organizer David Miles, 55, of San Francisco.

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