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December 2010

eebee's picture

Roller Skating for...Women Old Enough to Know Better

This originally was a comment to Roadskater's article A Simple Introduction to High Intensity Interval Training for Cardiovascular Fitness, but I got so excited about it, it deserves to appear on the main page.

I tried the 'more' link in the sidebar and found exciting stuff I would not have otherwise, such as this:

Location

18 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois
United States
41° 53' 42.0648" N, 87° 46' 33.672" W
timv's picture

Band of Joy on Tour '11: Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Darrell Scott

Old folks boogie... I like them all individually and they're doing some neat stuff together. Recent UK performance of "Houses of the Holy":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T0qdrf1_Cs

15-show eastern US mini-tour starts next month, and three of them are in NC:

Tour Dates:

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A Simple Introduction to High Intensity Interval Training for Cardiovascular Fitness

I added a new sidebar section on training and some titles look pretty good, but I did not expect too much when I clicked on the article below from fireengineering.com, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it's a simple introduction, but sometimes that is what we need...simple...not easy...and a reminder that training is how we stay fit, but also how we prepare for a variety of situations, especially athletic events.

Location

Madison, Wisconsin
United States
43° 4' 22.9872" N, 89° 24' 4.428" W
eebee's picture

Time-Lapse Video of 3 Foot Snowfall

This holiday season's East Coast storm has been hazardous and beautiful. 

It was a nice 2-3" dusting for Georgia and Alabama, giving them a white Christmas evening for the first time since 1882. 

There are about 6" in the Winston-Salem area, 2" or so in Elizabeth City, and I heard there were 10" in Raleigh.

Anybody care to weigh in? How much snow did you get? What have you all been doing? Snowball fights, skiing, sledging/sledding/sleighing? 

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The bad news is her athletic career's over, the good news is...

Dutch Paralympic medalist Monique van der Vorst can walk again. This year she regained the use of her legs after 13 years of being wheelchair bound, the result of an injury suffered as a teenage field hockey player and complications from a subsequent surgical procedure gone wrong.

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Heather Richardson Interview After Gold

Here's a quick interview article with more from the mom than the skater and coach, taken from email and web material as well. Just like going to sit in the stands for a sporting event. You want to know what the athletes are thinking...not the former ones except for maybe the coach...but you hear the parents of course, coaching from the stands and discussing the logistics, because you're not an athlete down there but a spectator up here. Good reason to have an ipod or talk with the person beside you on stereo headset phone calls! :o)

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Outdoor Skating Oval Opens, Weather Permitting, Halifax NS Canada

Oohwee! Outdoor ice oval in Halifax for the Canada Games open to the public, weather permitting! Here's a great quick read about the opening of the big ice on Halifax Commons, mainly for a dose of excitement about speed skating from our northern neighbors. Interesting that a guy got elected there without skating for 40 years, and that bike helmets are not allowed on the ice, only ones designed for skating. Interesting. Perhaps it's about the aero shape on the back of the head on lots of helmets? In any case, thank you, Canada, for loving skating so well and thoroughly!

Location

Halifax Common
Cogswell St and Robie St
Halifax
Canada
44° 38' 59.9496" N, 63° 35' 20.3064" W
roadskater's picture

Eighty and Still Skatey! 80 Laps for the Lady

Just in case you want another reason to keep on skating, consider Agatha Van Der Starre's 80th birthday celebration on ice. She did 80 laps with friends to celebrate 80 years. Like many who love various forms of skating, she came to it late in terms of joining the speedskating club. Being from Holland and then Canada, it'd be crazy to think she never skated, but it seems her speedskating started some time around 1980 in a serious way. She medaled at the British Columbia games a couple of years later, and fifteen years after that, still going strong...

Location

Bill Copeland Sports Centre
3676 Kensington Avenue
Burnaby V5B 4Z6
Canada
49° 15' 12.024" N, 122° 57' 59.2272" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Raven Rock Ramble May 1st Bike Ride Inline Skate New Hill NC

2011.05.01 7:00 am
2011.05.01 2:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 2011 Raven Rock Ramble to be on May 1st http://www.ravenrockramble.org/

Location

Raven Rock State Park
2112 County Park Drive
New Hill, North Carolina 27562
United States
35° 37' 52.9608" N, 78° 55' 16.2984" W
MikeB's picture

4th Annual Carolina Century Bike Ride Inline Skate October 22 2011 Greensboro NC

2011.10.22 7:00 am
2011.10.22 6:00 pm
America/New York

Look for the 2011 Carolina Century on 10/22/11. A proven EPIC event. More details to come......most certainly. :-) http://carolinacentury.com

[Ed: Thanks, MikeB, for putting this out there early! From here on out this is roadskater speaking.]

With a bike to skate ratio of 15 to 1 or so...This is a bicycle event designed by roadskater to be compatible with slower or heavier cyclists, fast cyclists looking for a rolling but fast course with few challenging turns and no switchbacks, and experienced roadskaters. The Carolina Century even has a sherpa/domestique who will ride in support of a first-time centurion (or a pack of them). Thanks to John Connor for being the Carolina Century guide. We'll be rolling along near the back to make sure that the rest stops stay open and well stocked. 

 

Location

Greensboro
United States
36° 4' 21.486" N, 79° 47' 31.11" W
MikeB's picture

30th Annual A2A Athens to Atlanta Roadskate October 9 Endurance Inline Skate

2011.10.09 7:00 am
2011.10.09 6:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 30th annual A2A 87 mile Athens to Atlanta on 10/09/11. http://a2a.net

Location

Athens, Georgia
United States
33° 57' 20.8872" N, 83° 22' 56.5176" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Tour de Pig, Lexington NC October 8 Bike Ride Inline Skate

2011.10.08 7:00 am
America/New York
Look for the 2011 Tour de Pig in Lexington NC 0n 10/08/11 http://www.barbecuefestival.com/events.html

Location

Lexington, North Carolina
United States
35° 49' 26.4972" N, 80° 15' 12.1824" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Tour to Tanglewood September 17-18 Bike Ride Inline Skate

2011.09.17 7:00 am
2011.09.18 4:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 2011 Tour to Tanglewood on Sept. 17th and 18th. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/NCC/fundraising-events/bike-ms...

Location

North Carolina
United States
MikeB's picture

2011 TarWheels Bikefest in Hillsborough NC August 13 Bike Ride Inline Skate

2011.08.13 7:00 am
2011.08.13 3:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 2011 TarWheels Bikefest in Hillsborough NC 8/13/11 http://www.tarwheels.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=1660&pubmenuop...

Location

Hillsborough, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 31.5048" N, 79° 5' 59.046" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Cup N Cone in Cary NC July 23 Cary NC Bike Ride Inline Skate

2011.07.23 7:00 am
2011.07.23 2:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 2011 Cup N Cone in Cary NC -- 7/23/11 2010 had temps hovering at 100 so the ice cream was especially tasty. The famed Cul d Lystra incline is a 2 mile monster that is chip timed....on the way back down, speeds go to 45+....WEEEEEEEE!! https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=Y2o3bnR1ZTBzZWxldm9yOXM2MTJobT...

Location

Cary, North Carolina
United States
35° 47' 29.544" N, 78° 46' 52.0212" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Tour de Kale June 18th Denton NC Bike Ride Inline Skate

2011.06.18 7:00 am
2011.06.18 2:00 pm
America/New York

Look for the 2011 Tour de Kale on 6/18/2011.  This is a good event.

 http://www.tourdekale.com/

Location

Denton Farm Park Denton , North Carolina
United States
35° 38' 0.4956" N, 80° 6' 57.1716" W
roadskater's picture

Some New Roadskater.net Website Stuff

So I've been busy working on some background stuff for Roadskater.net and I thought Solstice was a good time to unveil some of it. This is just a perhaps brief update. 

MikeB's picture

2011 Tour de Lions May 14 Bike Ride Inline Skate Climax NC

2011.05.14 7:00 am
2011.05.14 2:00 pm
America/New York

Look for the 2011 Tour de Lions to come May 14th.

http://www.tourdelions.org/

Location

Providence Grove High School
5555 Mack Lineberry Rd
Climax, North Carolina
United States
35° 50' 53.502" N, 79° 42' 44.6868" W
MikeB's picture

2011 Miami Great EsSkate Inline Skate Festival February 4-6 South Beach Miami Beach Florida

2011.02.04 7:00 am
2011.02.06 4:00 pm
America/New York

The 2011 Miami Great EsSkate will be Feb. 4, 5, and 6

http://www.thegreatesskate.com/index.php5

Location

Miami Great EsSkate Miami Beach, Florida
United States
25° 47' 26.3544" N, 80° 7' 48.1656" W

What Skate Boots Are You Using and How Well Do You Like Them?

I wondered what skate boots you are using now and how well you like them? Why? How long have they lasted? Are you thinking about buying new boots in the next twelve months? Why? We want to know!

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Burning the Calories Before Refueling? Should we be Exercising in a Fasted State?

We've talked about the idea of bonk training before, and I don't claim to know a lot, but know I have done it. Often it was not "breakfast" time, but for various reasons it was still over 6 to 8 hours, sometimes more, since the previous meal. This might have been due to odd work hour schedules or preoccupation with all sorts of things, but sometimes I showed up at the park to skate in a fasted state. 

Location

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
Belgium
50° 52' 42.5928" N, 4° 41' 59.3592" E
eebee's picture

Roller-Journalism on CNN: Gary Tuchman in Haiti

There's a video on CNN's blogs about a journalist who skates around Haiti.

roadskater's picture

Cannondale Bicycle Manufacturing Fabricating and CNC Shop Photos

Dale of Cycles de Oro posted this photo link to local some groups . I take it Cannondale bicycle manufacturer is up for sale. Meanwhile, if you like to see where things were made, there's a lot to see here. I think the sale is over so I'm not sure how long these will be up. Boring for some; heaven for others!

Location

Cannondale former manufacturing facility
172 Friendship Village Road
Bedford, Pennsylvania 15522
United States
40° 2' 39.8004" N, 78° 31' 26.2344" W
timv's picture

Pomplamoose music, Hyundai holiday commercials

Too cold to skate so I've been watching a lot of TV and noticed a young couple singing and clowning around in some car ads. Something about the way they were shown made me think I was supposed to know who they were. It only took one search for "hyundai singing duo" to find out that they were Pomplamoose, multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn who've become YouTube sensations over the past year and a half or so.

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How did the Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome Collapse?

Since the spectacular collapse of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium on Sunday morning (Dec 12th 2010), I have been itching to find out exactly what caused the teflon and fiberglass bubble to burst. Or rip.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAyLX2hY7E0

 

Location

Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome
900 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
United States
44° 58' 26.0076" N, 93° 15' 29.2392" W
roadskater's picture

Davidson College Long Track Speed Skater Earns Ice Time and a Job to Help with Training near Charlotte North Carolina

While he might want to do a little more research on long track skaters from the Southeastern USA, I am glad to hear that Erik Ducker, 18, is getting ice time and work opportunities to keep him going as he trains to qualify for the USA long track speed skating team. I'd love to share some of that ice time, but I doubt that will happen! I'd need to get some ice speed skates and gasoline to get there of course!

Location

IceHouse
416 S Main St
Davidson, North Carolina 28036
United States
35° 29' 45.8952" N, 80° 51' 11.4372" W
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NC's Heather Richardson Big Winner in Speedskating; Shani Davis So Great We Notice When He Loses

Congratulations to Heather Richardson (from High Point, North Carolina) for a second 1k win in World Cup speedskating! Richardson won yesterday and today in the 1000 meters, and has taken the lead in the World Cup standings for the event as well.

500m First Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTvEBBQyvfU

500m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mqZwiVjU5U

1000m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iZQNr-RPE

Location

Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval Obihiro, Hokkaido
Japan
42° 53' 42.2412" N, 143° 8' 22.686" E
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Tiny Nation Hosts Huge Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project with the Schlecks, Cancellara, O'Grady, Voigt

Get ready to cheer for the mouse that roars (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/) as Fränk Schleck and Andy Schleck plus former Saxo Bank riders (and others) will be joining them for a super team that looks pretty exciting. Other squads are looking strong, too, especially with some of the recent consolidation of major teams. 

Location

Luxembourg
Luxembourg
49° 36' 36.0144" N, 6° 7' 46.5456" E
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