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The crushing heat of the afternoons this week has been killing any sort of motivation to put running shoes on and hit the trails. Normally I wouldn’t worry too much about my tendency to nap instead of run, but with the Pikes Peak Ascent (and the taunting view of the mountain) looming, my motivation to avoid the sun needs to be quickly put in its place by my motivation not to die while trying to run a half marathon. The Feed:
late morning dose
Thanks to a late start and an overly talkative client this morning I managed to miss an awesome comeback effort from the US in today’s World Cup match with Slovenia. The US was also apparently was robbed of a winning goal. Thanks horrible reffing!
This sounds like a fantastic idea for reducing both driving needs and urban sprawl: create “20 Minute Neighborhoods” that focus on locating schools, homes, shops, groceries and jobs within a comfortable twenty minute walk or bike ride. Fantastic idea Portland.
The Men’s Journal Perfect Weekend, with events in New York, California and Utah.
The US Forest Service has put a kilbosh on a Utah resort’s plan to expand lift access to what has traditionally been back country access only. Head over to the Adventure Life to check out the details. As someone who has watched a lot of Colorado’s traditional hiker only access become decimated by added lifts (looking at you Breckenridge), it’s great to finally see some push back by the Forest Service.
A look at what Lance’s competitors think about his chances in the Tour de France this year, which is now fifteen days away. General consensus: podium.
There is a nifty new music video up on Vimeo for Blockhead’s “The Music Scene.” It’s animated. In a way that makes me ponder whether someone dropped some LSD into my coffee this morning. Enjoy.
This week is getting more hectic as it careens toward the weekend, so sorry about yesterday. Not too much going on in the outdoor world at the moment, but we have a few good tidbits. The Feed:
post lunch dose
Lance is pissed. Yesterday he tweeted a nice little response to the new Outside Magazine cover featuring the big guy in what appears to be a shirt that reads “38. BFD,” along with the usual Outside hysterics asking “is this the end for Lance?” Apparently the cover shot was photo shopped to add the number and the BFD (“big f*cking deal”). And evidently Lance isn’t too happy about it. Steve Casimiro points out that Lance, as one of the most photographed athletes in the world, probably knew about the alterations. One would think that Outside would have presented this idea to Lance ahead of time so I’m with Steve in thinking that this whole thing might be some disingenuous disgruntlement on Lance’s part. Then again, the rest of the cover looks like it the issue is going to focus on some things Lance doesn’t want to talk about which would make me think that the magazine roped Lance in for the cover without disclosing their angle. The mag has responded by…not really saying anything. Big picture: whatever. Lance is a badass, Outside will continue to publish inane content, and I will still question why not one single woman has appeared on the cover in the last 6 months.
This sucks. Have to love escaping the cities and hitting our national treasures only to have to fear for your safety. When words like “National Park”, “trail running” and “situational awareness” are combined, you know something is amiss.
I’m compensating for Outside’s lack of women in their pages with a nice gallery of Megan Fox doing some underwear modeling. I’m pretty sure she would be useless on skis or in the mountains, but she would be fun to come back home to.
There are some mornings where waking up is more of a struggle than you anticipated and running plans get derailed in order to accommodate the body’s need for more sleep. When my morning workout plans are lost to an endless series of alarms and snooze buttons I inevitably start the day feeling anxious and restless, feelings that stay with me as I sit behind a desk and try to concentrate on other things. Damn the rising of the sun and the start of the work day. The Feed:
late morning dose
Colorado Senator Mark Udall has introduced a bill that is designed to create a Federal program to assess onshore and offshore drilling technologies and the safety mechanisms and clean up technologies that are currently available. I hope that this thing is funded by the oil companies.
Batman has a heart of gold.
Lance and his teammates have been rejected as Tour of Spain participants. Pretty shocking considering the strength of Team Radioshack. Potential Landis backlash? Maybe. Potential chance for Lance to hang out in Aspen instead? High.
The best part of this summary of a study that indicates that BPA wrecks sex? The rose. Classy.
For the first time in a while we were able to round together a great group of athletes and head into the Boulder foothills for one of the most challenging runs we’ve done in a while. Twelve plus miles and 4400 feet of climbing in a little over three hours; leg crumbling, soul challenging and ultimately rejuvenating. A perfect way to end the week and prepare for a new one. God bless friends with strong legs and conditioning. The Feed:
late morning dose
One of the best parts about living and recreating in Colorado is the ability to reach incredible outdoor areas with minimal costs and access fees. That may change. Thank you people who don’t realize that there is no one to clean up after your mess in our mountains. I’m going to enjoy paying for your inability to pack out what you pack in.
This is kind of a cool concept: a project designed to create and foster ideas for urban transportation that will (hopefully) result in some revolutionary thinking. Check out the project, and contribute, over at Slate.
The Portland Food Cart Scene (one of my favorite topics) is picking up steam as one of the exemplary food movements in the country, with another great food city, Vancouver, proclaiming the city as a “model to emulate.”