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  • Reply to: A2A FIRST TIMER!   6 years 5 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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  • Reply to: 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Great that somebody videoed the whole thing, and great that you found them. This might be good slide-board fodder for winter time training if locked inside during extreme cold weather (45 deg F, in GA). 

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  • Reply to: 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Also, I forgot to note that in the running race, the fastest German Male set a personal best, despite taking a portapotty break along the way, which was...televised...to some extent. Here's a vid that doesn't include the whole run for the border but does show the escape... and has some otherwise good snippets...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOU73LSIXXI

    And here's a women's marathon video that starts out with the same clips as the men's does. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5e2G6yux4g

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  • Reply to: 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Here are three videos consisting of the entire event from the roadskater's eye view...

     

    1 of 3

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

     

    2 of 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMP7pcGZ2m4

     

    3 of 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3i4haRSwNI

     

    The men's race hightlights (running)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1aAqMQreco

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  • Reply to: 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Here's another (less fun) video taken from a static point on the sidelines, of many more skaters, not just the winners. Good quality camera, looks like. Those are some long pacelines!

    How would you like that giant clock to be just a few feet ahead of you all day? 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olGWJ5kbEMI

    Here's a good one, with what looks like video shot of the different waves of starters. I see the skaters get more 'upright' the further back in the field it gets. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP74_erSqp8

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  • Reply to: 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video   6 years 6 weeks ago

    Too strange. I awoke early on this morning and looked to see if there was anything interesting going on in sports. I managed to find the Berlin Marathon coverage and followed the last 30 minutes or so of what looked like it could be a new world record, but missed beating the old record (also set at the fast Berlin course) by a 37 seconds.

    By 41km it was clear they had slowed. Geoffrey Mutai was in the lead with another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, who had won the half marathon before I think, but this was his first marathon. Kimetto seemed to have plenty left to pass Mutai, but it appeared he deferred to his elder, who been left off the Kenyan Olympic team. Mutai had, at Boston, set the fastest marathon time ever (but not qualifying for a world record due to the point-to-point nature of that course). I could be wrong of course, but I think the commentators agreed that Kimetto seemed content to be on the shoulder of Mutai to the finish. 19-year-old Geoffrey Kipsang of Kenya set a new world record for teens, I believe, finishing 3rd not far behind the other two.

    Commentators mentioned that perhaps Kimetto thought there might be a tie, but there was no raised handholding going on, so I hope he knew fully what was going on. I feel confident he did. The commentators said they thought such a thing would not be allowed with this much money and this many series points on offer (or something like that). 

    The women's event was less spectacular as I recall, somewhat fuzzily. I think the coverage switched to the under-17 women's world cup football soon after the first few women crossed the line. 

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/kenyas-geoffrey-mutai-wins-berlin-marathon-ahead-of-compatriot-dennis-kimetto/2012/09/30/21a76170-0b03-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html

    I note the roadskaters appear to have made a deal to finish strongly together then signal a tie with hands held aloft. But I think one of them was declared the winner, per the results page. Again I hope they knew what was going to happen with that! 

    The two finished in 1:04, or 26mph average. That's a fast course with fast roadskaters. 

    http://results.scc-events.com/2012/?content=file&file=MAIB_Gender.pdf

    Funny I had started to write about a NZ roadskater winning in Lyon, France...

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/sport/7728889/Michaels-marathon-effort

    If you find more video, please comment. It was great, especially after having seen the running finish Sunday morning around 330a or so. 

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  • Reply to: No Recovery Necessary? Hypothyroid Ultra-Cardio Training While Eating a Paleo, Primal, Wheat-Free Diet.   6 years 6 weeks ago

    I wanted to add that I did not set out this year with the thought that I was going to 'ban' myself certain foods or food groups. I have tried that before and it just doesn't work for me. 

    I read about something, identified with it, tried what helped others, and if it worked for me, I stuck with it and enjoyed even further benefits. I continued reading, found more suggestions (scientifically tested or suspected by other sensitive folk), tried that on myself too, it worked, so I carried on with that too.

    I don't seem to be able to do willpower.

    You are doing better at that than I did, Roadskater. I was always unable to 'just' eat one item, one evening a week and not want to go out and eat it every day thereafter.

    But the Ichiban Grill is perfect! Enjoy it while it lasts, or is affordable. The stuff on the buffet trolleys is appetizing too, but a minefield for someone like me with all these aversions to common ingredients such as soy & wheat. So it feels good to be able to pick my own raw ingredients (much like the Mongolian Grill type places) & have my own plate cooked. 

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  • Reply to: No Recovery Necessary? Hypothyroid Ultra-Cardio Training While Eating a Paleo, Primal, Wheat-Free Diet.   6 years 6 weeks ago

    I just wanted to add that I've lived through these changes to some extent (I eat much like I did before but have changed a bit of what I do based on eebee's results), and it is amazing to see someone REALLY change their diet (not on a diet). As with so many related diet issues, it's not so much having to not eat and not feel full, but to change what you eat (sometimes knowing the new food will help you to feel full, somewhat). 

    I still eat wheat, but after hearing about the Wheat Belly book comments and listening to eebee describe the difference, there are many times now where I eat none or less of the bread I see around me. Before I would eat every bit of bread in sight! 

    Also, for me, reading How We Get Fat last year helped me see that I might test another way of eating at least for certain weeks of the year. For me, eating more fat and protein and less carbs (except 30 minutes before and during workouts) was the way for me to drop some pounds without feeling punished or denied.

    I'd like to add that I still have the weekly half of a medium pizza split with timv (either garlic & onions or cheese) as we have done for so many years on Tuesday nights after inline skating at the park. I still occasionally (every few weeks) have a subway sub. I allow myself more at restaurants when I'm with people I don't usually see, because it is festive and special. 

    Another switch has been due to a couple of restaurants where lunch and dinner can be had at decent prices. I love the lunch special at La Bamba and I get the steak fajitas without the wraps there for $5.99 including a drink (and switching to Diet Dr. Pepper is tolerable). I still eat the rice, beans and some of the chips, so I'm getting plenty of bad carbs there, but fewer than before. Also, the new Ichiban Buffet in town has a Hibachi Grill where the meat and vegetables are there for you to plate and hand to the chef. When I go there, I have been able to avoid all of the buffet items except fresh fruit sometimes, and ice cream (awesome bad) even fewer times. I still eat a lot, but I am focusing on the healthier carbs and proteins.

    Overall it adds up to less sugar, and guess what, that seems a bit healthier. 

    It's important to reiterate that when I'm on the way or just arriving at the park I try to remember to drink some skaterade or a goo (gel, powergel, gu), especially if I have not had much food that day. And I try to keep fueling the workout as I go, with one of these items every 45 minutes after that. 

    Great job on this, eebee, and thanks for sharing it online

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  • Reply to: Hello roadrash, my old friend.   6 years 6 weeks ago

    In my experience when I let some roadrash 'air dry' the good old-fashioned way, it healed ugly! That is, it left a horrible scar about the same size as the initial wound. I wish I had slapped some hydrocolloid patches on there, so at least it would've shrunk a bit, and the scar would've been smaller. 

    Additionally, if it's on a joint (elbow, knee), it's far less agony to keep the wound moist the whole time until the new skin takes over. A deep, crusty scab is no picnic when it cracks as you bend your knee. Bleurgh!

    I do know what you mean about not wanting to spend that money on a pack of supplies you might not need for another year or so. 

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  • Reply to: Hello roadrash, my old friend.   6 years 6 weeks ago

    I'd never tried one of those dermal patch kits before. I grabbed some 4x6 patches at a drug store the next day and put a couple on. The results were less than satisfactory, but I'll give 'em another shot. Fortunately I don't do the office thing, so I can leave it free-range most of the time and wear sweatpants to bed to keep it clean.

    I'll check into the ToughPads, though. If my long-term averages hold it should be a year or two before I deal with this again, but now that I've said that out loud...

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