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  • Reply to: International Skating Union (ISU) Long Track and Short Track Speed Skating Live on the Web   5 years 41 weeks ago

    According to this, among USA participants, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson will be skating the 1000m in a few minutes...spoiler alert if you view this Saturday morning, say, after sunrise...

    http://live.isuresults.eu/2012-2013/nagano/d412.htm

     

    After that, Shani Davis is in the next group. 

     
    Sugar Todd, who did well in the 500m, will be in the next group...
     
    Mitchell Whitmore has a decent PB in his group next...
     
    The go at it again overnight tomorrow as well. 
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  • Reply to: First Skating After Carolina Century 102   5 years 45 weeks ago

    Whew. I had a chance to join a slow bike ride but decided I was not sure I was ready to be on the road again with the numbers stated above. Maybe it was laziness! It was tempting to go as some of the CC vols were out there. Finally I opted to eat 2 hamburgers then go skate fun style. 

    When I got to Country Park, I remembered it was 11/11 and thus there would be some ceremony at the war memorial there. It was no problem as long as I avoided the times people were being shuttled in. On lap 2 or 3, I waited while the national anthem was in progress. 

    The data here is cheater data, as I call it. In other words, the time I spent going to the car trunk to get a drink of coke (!) or sport drink is trimmed out. Why cheating? Well my heart recovers, of course, during this process. So the numbers are lower because of that. 

    Except for the 5th lap, where I was rolling along with a longboarder who was trying to sneak in some time, my lap times were within the midrange, I'd say. 

    LapAvgMax
    1152164
    2159166
    3160169
    4154164
    5149160

    Lap 5 was 14 minutes, but my average still stayed up at 149, so I'm not rebounding very quickly (usually don't). Laps 1 to 4 were increasing in peaks until I started goofing off.

    Why goofing off? By the 3rd lap my muscles just felt like all the juice was gone. Maybe digesting the hamburgers was dipping into my strategic reserves! It was worth it. Cook out small burgers, grilled onions, mustard, ketchup, sliced pickles, yum. Not exactly training food, ha.

    Anyway those are my notes for later, except to say that the little injuries are still not there, and balance still good, and I'm working a bit on keeping my ankle back in the pocket of the boot (nothing too focused), and enjoying not needing to look at or work for times (the Forerunner is good enough to not have to try to remember any data if you don't want to). 

    Oh let's see, what else...

    • 2 kids who had been helloing back several laps as they rode their bikes, with their younger brothers I guess, set up at the bottom of the long hill on either side. This was strange and I didn't figure it out right away. I hear a parental bark of concern, but they were grinning. They had set up a mime operation and were pretending to hold a rope across the road, pulling back and forth alternately. Pretty well done and I told them so! Now if I had thought it were a real rope: not funny. 
    • One gentleman older than myself (he probably 60s, 70s) asked me a number of serious and well asked questions about skating. He knows quads and skiing, so I told him no problem, mentioning that K2 skates would be a good starter if he didn't want to go for carbon speed boots. Of course I told him he needs a helmet (probably one with good back of the head coverage), real wrist guards long enough to protect from a break, and optional knee and elbow guards. He was interested in the braking as well, and I of course told him not to start at CP or anywhere not dead or drainage flat. I didn't get his name but hope to see him or get email from him to help get him started. Last year's hero of the park started skating in his late 50s and is enjoying it lots, along with mountain biking. 
    • Lots of leaves fell overnight, as the road was clear yesterday. Today it was hard to see in the 180 where the surface is multilayered. Glad I know where the good spots are, but it was still tricky. 
    • I told the longboarder about the Anniston AL to Smyrna GA longboard day. He seemed starry eyed like many of us when we first heard about Athens to Atlanta. I asked if anybody made a leash like surfboarders wear...saying that would help him get the signs down from the park maybe that discourage skateboarding. I said to be considered a different device...not for tricks...with a tether (to keep it from hurtling down the road if it got away, for example) might help them allow him. I also said demonstrating skill and care and saying hello to everyone (several times) probably would help, too. I told him how we were banned before 4pm for a while and how that all worked out. 
    • There were lots of kids with bikes as usual, and more than usual with razers/scooters, and they seemed to be having great fun. 
    That's it for Day 3 (of skating) post CC. 
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  • Reply to: First Skating After Carolina Century 102   5 years 45 weeks ago

    OK. Great weather in the 70s today. I got out late as usual. So theoretically my max is 190 but I haven't tried to reach that in some time, and haven't done any other tests in a few years, yep. If max hr decreases with age by 1 per year, then it's probably lower. But that's an if. If I take 190 max and guess at 50 resting, then the diff is 140, so 14 beats per 10% between. That means 90% of available would be 14 less than 190, or about 176. That does feel about right as a figure for 90%, which I guess should be doable for a few seconds to a minute when needed. 

    Having said that, today I made it to 176 and I wasn't chasing speedkids at a roller rink. 

    I started just before 4pm, and figured I'd probably just do 10k (4 laps).

    Starting hr was 122, still high. I was up to 158 by 3 min. Lap times were average to 30 secs faster. Avg and max hr for the 4 laps: 

    LapAvgMax
    1155167
    2168174
    3169176
    4166174

    So unless I've really cranked up my abilities by not skating, these should be unsustainable numbers. Only once this year did I sustain 160 for an hour, and that was early and totally flat. I need to look back at prior events, and hour long training sessions, but I doubt I'll find anything over 156 sustainable. I'd say these averages are more like my maxes before Tanglewood or A2A, when training gets harder because of Tanglewood team and Carolina Century duties, as I've said, likely often. 

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  • Reply to: English Fashions   5 years 45 weeks ago

    I doubt you'd wear those due to the heels, right? But yes, it would get attention, and some people couldn't help being threatened or judgemental, I guess...like some are when they see skaters.

    But many others would think, wow, I that's cool, and are inspired, like the lady on Vance Rd during Carolina Century, who I was sure was going to say something negative, but she said, "I wish I could do that!" I of course said, "You can. Come on and join me!" or something like that.  I think you had just caught up to me again in the miniSAG car? It's all fuzzy because it was a leapfrog thing and I was a bit stressed going up that long hill on Vance Rd. 

    You can (barely) see the lady talking to someone (way in the distance on the hill) here...

    Lady talking to man on the hill in the distance on left.

    Hope you bought some clothes you like and took pictures of clothes you liked, too. It's fine to post them here, but you knew that! 

    It was a good time to be there with everyone partying for Guy Fawkes and in a good mood, hopefully. 

    I assume they had wifi on the 8-hour bus ride? Outlets for the phones (that'd probably be too much without being in some business class section). I think the PART buses that go from city to city here have wifi, but I think you'd better have a good battery when you start. 

    Sounds like a fun trip. Bet you saw some skaters! 

    Oh I see on the right sidebar that Bradley Wiggins had a bike crash. You didn't see him, did ye? It's a small country, you know? 

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  • Reply to: Carolina Century 2012 Bike Ride and Roll for Multiple Sclerosis: 21, 31, 51, 64, 72, 82 or 102 miles, 10-Hour Support   5 years 45 weeks ago

    Next year's tentative date is October 19, 2013. Gospel Baptist Church sets their schedule first, then we try to fit in there. Usually the last weekend of October is taken, so we go for the next to last Saturday when we can. As soon as we KNOW the date and know we have sufficient volunteers lined up, we remove the tentative tag from the carolinacentury.com website and get ready to register people. 

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  • Reply to: English Fashions   5 years 46 weeks ago

    No it's mostly just sturdy, warm footwear and boots that are made for miles and miles of daily walking. If you don't wear boots here, you are a tourist.

    I don't know why I'm so obsessed with this. I think it's just so rare that I actually see clothing that makes sense, so when I do, I get excited about it and want to study it. I want to ask people their thought processes behind deciding to wear those pants or shoes and that jacket. Many people are wearing hats but as of yet it hasn't been cold enough to warrant the colossal static hair mess, for me.

    It snowed in England yesterday. We froze our butts off in London yesterday, doing the Eebee & Kids' Haphazard Surprise Tour, where we literally stumbled upon The National Gallery, The Golden Hinde, The Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, and my son bought shoes in a Carnaby Street store called The Office (but Boots is a Pharmacy). I imagined the scene if I showed up anywhere in Georgia wearing these. Carnaby Street was decorated with a Rolling Stones theme. As we passed Southwark ("Suth-ukk") Cathedral, some bell ringers were pealing up a storm. We stopped into Pizza Express on the Thames and caught some fireworks going off behind St. Paul's.

    Took a National Express Coach (bus) from Milton Keynes to Glasgow today. 8 hours. The Lake District peaks are already snow-capped. As we crossed the border (didn't see Hadrian's Wall but did see plenty of Ristorante Adriano's and the like in Carlisle) I noticed the sun was going down on the horizon. An hour and a half later it was finally dark! That's some twilight.

    I brought my sunglasses but even on the sunniest days I don't need them! The sun is further away than in Georgia, apparently.

    It's Guy Fawkes Night tonight so my sister set off some backyard heat-seeking missiles. I don't believe they sell these industrial-strength fireworks to the general public in Georgia! Besides, the grass here is already damp and frozen, so I don't think they are too worried about the big black scorch marks on the lawn.

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  • Reply to: English Fashions   5 years 46 weeks ago

    Ha good to hear the shopping has commenced! Blue shoes seem good. I had some blue and silver Verducci V-Tecs I loved! Right now might not be a good time to remember V-Tecs for you though, after the Tour de Tammy, Athens to Atlanta (A2A) and Carolina Century pain. I bet Olympic souvenirs are starting to be at a nice price?! I remember when the Atlanta Olympics tees hit Walmart in Greensboro. I had to have one, of course, so I could be a poser (though I did run a lap at the track one night after a Braves game in the old round stadium when the paralympics were still on but done for the day...snuck in through a tunnel). 

    Anyway I am sure the beach is cool and misty and nice for those who grew up with that! Hope you get a nice day to obambulate. 

    What were the outfits you liked like? Knowing you I am sure they were not "revealing" or any such, but am assuming they were just stuff that only young people get away with wearing in the USA, maybe not always because of the cougar accusation/compliment. But it's interesting you found things you'd like to wear as this happens seldom in stores here if I am correct. 

    Seen many bikes, skaters, boarders?

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  • Reply to: David Millar: Say It Ain't So, Vino (Alexandre Vinokourov); plus Michael Rasmussen, Floyd, Lance   5 years 46 weeks ago

    Here's an article mentioning some of the non-journalists (non-paid journalists) who kept the questioning alive when mainstream media got bored or scared and moved on. If we were doubtful by 2006 and publishing it in 2007, the web record must be full of people less careful or more knowledgeable or both? In any case, worth a quick read perhaps....

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/business/media/chasing-lance-armstrongs-misdeeds-from-the-sidelines.html

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  • Reply to: A2A FIRST TIMER!   5 years 49 weeks ago

    no problem eebee Good job on finishing in pain! Excited to see all the pictures roadskater took!

     

    off to work...

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  • Reply to: A2A FIRST TIMER!   5 years 50 weeks ago

    I'm so sorry! I had no idea that was you, as when you came up behind us (before passing us) and you told Blake who you were, I didn't hear anything due to the wind in my ears, and the pain accumulating in my left ankle/shin (lace bite). 

    Sorry for not at least giving you a more enthusiastic hello. I was in hell and stayed there the next seventy miles. I will post a self-pitying write up at some point.

    Congrats on your first Athens-to-Atlanta (Dacula) 38 miler! Those hills going into Dacula are no picnic. 

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