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Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail

So many times as an adult I have longed for the joy I felt during childhood. At times I find life as an adult to be a challenge as my own fears collect and hinder over time like pine straw in a skate brake!

How to recapture the giddy hysteria of childhood antics without the aid of mood-altering pharmaceuticals?! Should I go back to Bournemouth and find a white/blonde-haired kid with which to play hide and seek in the bleached stucco stair wells of the grand houses near the Winter Gardens? One of my sisters might oblige these days but they'd secretly think I was just a sad remnant of a previously well-adjusted person. I could say hang it all and move to the beach...any beach...and hope to recapture the magic of simply standing on the sand, enthralled for hours by the sun-sparkles on the water surface.

Location

Silver Comet Trail
Mavell Road
Smyrna, Georgia 30082
United States
33° 50' 40.5024" N, 84° 30' 59.5404" W
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Alabama Tornado Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Pleasant Grove, Volunteer Information: How Can I Help?

Of course you can always donate money to the Red Cross and countless other organizations (please do), which you can find listed alongside many tornado outbreak news articles. But it's a little harder to find where to actually show up or who to call to register for hands-on help in Alabama, probably partially because thousands of volunteers showing up out of the blue might add to the problem. However, there are some smaller organizations advertising for volunteer help needed. I know other states were hit too, including the state where I live, but I believe it's a Cat-in-the-Hat situation in Alabama (...And this mess is so big and so deep and so tall, we cannot pick it up, there is no way at all). I think the ratio of hands to rubble is far worse than in Georgia.

New info added April 30th 2011!!

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Tornado Outbreak April 27th 2011

If you still aren't taking this spring's tornado warnings seriously, this ought to change your mind:

 

http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/Tuscaloosa-tornado-caught-on-tape-wreaking-havoc/hsK7dFmlUku5YlvteTFy6A.cspx

The weatherguy did an awesome job staying composed here. 

In thirteen years of weather obsession, I have never seen supercells with rotation this big on this side of the country. In Oklahoma, maybe.

For those in MS, TN and AL so far today, I'm sorry :-(

 

Stay safe! 

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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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Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star

Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star

Sure, there were skating parties in Retzer’s childhood, but his true love affair with skates didn’t come until he was in his 30s with young daughters at home. Then, he bought Rollerblades for himself and his daughter.

“Something clicked in me,” he said.

It wasn’t long before Retzer’s competitive side weighed in, and he began doing inline speed skating competitions. He trains with the Rockford Road Scholars and has competed for the past 20 years in places from Minnesota to Georgia. Some races are marathon-length.

Others are nearly 100 miles over hilly courses.

In good weather, Retzer skates daily and logs about 2,000 miles a year. He’s been clocked as fast as 43 miles an hour.

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