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Congratulations Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on New 400m Oval: Outdoor Speed Skating for Everyone; Medals and Tourists to Follow

OK this is super news from Canada that North America is keeping one grand 400-metre oval for the world to enjoy...and it is outdoors! We've been following this one for a while

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Barometric and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Correction with Cycling Running Skating Global Positioning System (GPS) Data

Congrats to all who are spending plenty of time exercising! Kudos if you do that AND spend lots of time thinking about this while exercising or not. Thinking about exercising is part of actually going to exercise. And any mind game that gets me out exercising is a mind game I like. Also, thinking about scientific and mathematical issues keeps brains exercised along with the rest of the body. If you feel elevation data is irrelevant to your training, you won't want to waste your time reading this article. If reviewing your data informs you and inspires you, read on to see if you agree.

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USA Olympic Long Track Ice Speed Skater Trevor Marsicano Talks About the Bullying He Faced and How He Made it Through

From bullying target to Olympic silver medalist is not too bad. But it is usually harder than it looks. And once in a while someone shares their struggles with the rest of us. Speed Skater Trevor Marsicano is going back to his old school and is visiting other schools to talk to kids about his experiences with bullying as a youngster.

Location

Ballston Spa, New York
United States
43° 0' 3.2724" N, 73° 50' 56.4396" W
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Without Excuses, Like Bacterial Meningitis, Hearing Loss, Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy, She RIdes for Charity!

As I circumparambulate (redundant on purpose, like my excusification day after day through the now passing daylight losing time), others get on with it. My little exercise objections so numerable or down to just one or even none, I console myself with not wanting to burn out over a long season to come. That is OK. I must be doing what I need to do for me overall (or I can hope).

But with myself as a foil, it is inspiring to see a young lady shy of ten years, and to read of her love of wheeled travel such as that I feel, and to see her blossom through the struggles. Please take a moment to read about Lauren, and to see the photos of her in her patriotic colors, repaying generosity in the past with interest, through the spark of happy striving. You go girl.

 

Location

Chippenham
United Kingdom
51° 27' 39.8124" N, 2° 7' 10.1964" W
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Inzell Outdoor Ice Rink Now Indoors; Kia Speed Skating Academy; Sven Kramer Works Out; Havard Bokko Shani Davis 1500m

Alas, a place I wanted to visit no longer exists. Well, not as it was. See m earlier piece, Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race, for a photo of the beautiful outdoor 400m rink in Inzell. But of course, event planners usually don't like to depend on the weather if they don't have to, and an indoor rink probably gets a lot more use and provides a more consistent environment, but wow, what a beautiful place to skate that is now more like all the rest. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4AAdyYwlYI

 

Location

Eisstadion Inzell
Reichenhaller Straße 79
Inzell, Bayern 83334
Germany
47° 45' 9.072" N, 12° 45' 4.896" E
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Tirreno-Adriatico Pro Cycling Stage Race Final Stages Good Stuff!

This is converted from some earlier comments started here (Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race). Now I'm remembering how much I like this one. The Tour de France is huge and flashy and comfy in ways, with better roads and more everything. This is a great alternative to Tour de France, and it appears some teams are splitting their efforts or choosing between Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice (another fun one to follow). 

First, if you're going to just watch a few minutes, here's the finish of Stage 5, the last 7.7km, which are great fun to watch, with a breakaway, small chase breakaway, some major riders dropped, and some major riders in a chasing peleton. Check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sWCGR8ZR50

Location

Macerata
Italy
43° 18' 2.6856" N, 13° 27' 22.5432" E
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Thomas De Gendt Talks Strategy, Sausages and Defending the Paris-Nice Jersey

Here's an interesting interview with a guy who talks and rides well, and seems to have respect for cycling and its traditions...and his team mates and competitors. If his words turn out to be genuine, I could be considered a fan. I haven't followed Paris-Nice well this year, but it is usually one of the first two events I notice a bit each year (along with Tirreno-Adriatico. 

Here's the finish of Stage 1, where you can see Jens Voigt hanging with the young guys again, including de Gendt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo4_lJYfrQ

I thought it was nice to hear what I took to be frank, direct answers to some interesting questions, like how's it different when you go to an international pro team:

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USA Speed Skaters and Short Trackers Score Medals, But Great Britain's World Record Holding Relay Team Crashes Out in Semis

I was trying to see if I could get some streaming video going but I didn't get it all to work in time. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Check myp2p.eu if you're interested. I'm using Ubuntu Linux mostly right now, so it's a bit different to get it all going. 

So here are a few links pointing to some of the latest in a big weekend for the USA both in the original speed skating (long track), where they skate against the clock and contact is rare, and the more television-friendly contact sport, short track, where anything can happen. (Yes I like the more boring event better when they broadcast it all and I don't know the winner in advance, at least. Short track is good fun, too.) 

Shani Davis is going great and Heather Richardson won at least one bronze on the 400m track, but now the USA has skaters at the top of short track in male and female divisions. Nothing can help skating of all kinds like seeing some USAmericans bringing home medals. 

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Dale Brown's Photos from the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin, Texas

I received a note from Dale Brown regarding his photo sets and wanted to pass it along...nice shots of handcrafted cycles. 

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Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race

 

Just some quick notes here to remind that the World Single Distance Championships are under way in speed skating (they seem to like to have several kinds of world championships, ha!), and the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race started yesterday with a team time trial. I followed the T2A (as we roadskaters might dub it) in past years and found it very entertaining, through territory reminiscent of the mountains of NC as I recall. 

Location

Ludwig-Schwabl-Stadion (Eisstadion Inzell) Inzell, Bayern
Germany
47° 45' 47.0484" N, 12° 44' 49.0488" E
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Great Gallery of Fun Roller Skating Photos from San Francisco

I won't spend much time describing this gallery but let me say it is a really fun look at photos of the type you take with black and white film, you dodge and burn, you hold in your hands, mark up for cropping, and put in the newspaper. I also usually stay away from comments after most newspaper or television website articles, but I looked at these and I was glad. Most were happy. Some were very well written and added to the positive aura of the page. What I notice is what so many noticed, that these were shots of people having fun skating. I hope today's kids are having as much fun as safely as these. And notice how many adults are in on the fun too.

 

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Skater Felt Burning Sensation in Her Chest: After Several Coronary Microvascular Disease Heart Attacks, Skates Five Days a Week

Even if you feel healthy and are active, this skater's story points out that it's important to know and pay attention to symptoms, then to seek attention when you feel an out of the ordinary pain or discomfort. Then after an initial diagnosis, when pain returns, get more diagnosis! At a time when I let a lot of things keep me from going skating, this woman is an inspiration to exercise and to seek help if I feel similar symptoms. Other brief stories here tell how others have faced their heart attacks. 

Heart disease: They didn't know what hit them - USA Today -

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The Simple Joy of Community Skating...And Some Shoveling

I took a break from working on the website and some family health issues, and from photos and video of the US Figure Skating Championships, to read this nice story of a day out at a new rink...in a snow storm. There's a balance of thoughts on the rink and the money and the goals, but really, to me, it sounds like the start of something beautiful in Toronto. Community and physical activity often amplify each other well. If you have a minute, read this journal entry of the brand new shovel and brand new skating rink. 

Skate Across Toronto: The best $9.99 the National Post ever spent - National Post -

Location

Sherbourne Commons Skating Rink
140 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2R6
Canada
43° 39' 21.9168" N, 79° 22' 12.2844" W
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Skating Away With the Cirque du Soleil: Katie Ketchum Rolls and Balances in Buffalo, Tehachapi and Manhattan

I found the link to this article pondering about do what you love and all that over on an inline instruction email list, and they were joking about running away with the circus, so I should credit them for the idea of my title, too! I never found any video of Katie Ketchum in Cirque du Soleil, but I found two nice ones of her burning up with some sweet style on one of her favorite indoor street courses...She seems to focus on intricate, precise landings, but can pop a spin (see 0:52 or so). Mostly though it's less rotational and more flowing moves with stylish finishes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfC53VJ7pE

Location

Woodward West
28400 Stallion Springs Drive
Tehachapi, California 93561
United States
35° 4' 50.8296" N, 118° 38' 7.71" W
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Cool Ten Year Old Inline Skater Tommy Hoggan from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Spins and Flips the Street Courses of the United Kingdom

What is it about a young kid only skating for twenty percent of his life that can fascinate and inspire? Maybe it's the low center of gravity, little awareness of pain, and ability to spin without expelling previously ingested appetizers? I don't know, but as much as I love road skating and find most street and vert performances to be a bit repetitive, I enjoyed watching this young Scot hit the ramps. Here's a bit of viddy with more available. If you only look at a few seconds, start at 2:30 or so to the end to see some front and back landing spins and some post ramp flippage. Nice! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAp39F_fT8

In this video, starting at about 1:00 in, he hits a jump, then misses a flip, but goes back again and does it...a back flip off the rim of a vert ramp, landing on the next vert ramp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8syOxEb7aTw

Location

Kirkcaldy, Fife
United Kingdom
56° 6' 46.17" N, 3° 9' 38.6172" W
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