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  • Reply to: English Fashions   6 years 16 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   6 years 16 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!   6 years 19 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!   6 years 19 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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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