TWW Daily Feed (6.11.2010)

Welcome to the end of the week! Hope everyone has a good weekend planned. I don’t know about you guys, but this week has been hellacious. Trying to mix training, work, bartending, more work and more training is slowly turning me into an emaciated and constantly sore Clydesdale. TGIF. The Feed:

late morning dose

If you are in the mood for some early morning politics, head over to the Denver Post to check out what various Colorado candidates for office are doing to ingratiate themselves with the ski industry. My favorite quote, by Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton:

“The days of the federal government cramming wilderness or monument designations down the throats of local communities, recreation enthusiasts and businesses must end,”

Yes, the scourge of protecting Colorado’s natural wonders must stop! How dare the government try to protect fragile forests, wilderness habitats, wetlands and open spaces from the benevolent forces of ATVs, jeeps, hunters and oil and gas companies. The blight of resource protection must be stopped before it is too late!

I’ve been trying to keep abreast of the Portland food cart scene but there seems to be a new cart popping up everyday and keeping track of all of the reviews, changes, openings and closings is something I can’t even come close to doing. So, as I have said before, head over to Food Carts Portland to keep on top of everything. And in lieu of that, at least check out the latest June news for the PDX food cart scene.

The big news yesterday was the plight of 16 year old Abby Sunderland who was trying to sail around the world unsupported. While in the Indian ocean during a storm two of her three emergency beacons were activated and she was feared to be lost at sea. The good news is that she is not, and a rescue boat is on the way. The bad news: another round of “how young is too young?” in the world of adventure sports. I lean towards supporting them, as long as they are able and have the resources to accomplish their goals. Anyone else?

Kind of an interesting look at how internal cycling team politics can really screw up a rider’s season goals. Head over to VeloNews to read about why Chris Horner wasn’t on last year’s Tour de France start line.

The Men’s Journal Perfect Weekend, with one even located in the West, and the others located in places that I purposefully avoid.

I’ve been super behind on some of my favorite blogs. Panacea, the Seattle based Monday meal provider, has the menu up for June 14’s dinner. Head over to the site to check out what’s on the stove and the details for how to order.

A little music video to rock out to before the weekend:

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TWW Daily Feed (6.10.2010)

An intangible event almost two months ago when I signed up, the Pikes Peak Ascent is quickly crystallizing into reality. I’m constantly vacillating between feeling like I’m in a good position and dreading the day where I have to run 7000+ feet in 13 miles. Carrying around about thirty more pounds than my training partners isn’t helping either. I love my Clydesdaleness, except when it gets in the way of my runner-ness. I suppose the one benefit of being a bigger runner is that I can shove the ectomorphs out of the way near the food station. Poppa gets hungry. The Feed:

post lunch dose

Whoa, Lance is angry. In a Twitter post earlier today Armstrong linked to a news article that talks about the French anti-doping agency’s president, Pierre Bordry, calling for more testing during this year’s Tour. Lance referred to Bordry’s requests as “bullshit.” After the last two years of what appeared to be progress on the doping front it is a shame that this is an issue again this year.

The World Cup is here, requiring me to deviate from my usual focus areas and concern myself with 1) watching some quality matches 2) writing a little bit about it and 3) providing some good links for it. So here you go; a little cheat sheet for the matches, which start Friday.

I have generally been a fan of Kevin Kostner, but dude, please stop using the spill as a way to plug your company.

The strange intersection of Transformers 3 and the National Park Service.

Danny Pate, a Colorado native and rider for Garmin-Transitions, might not make this year’s Tour 9 for Garmin. A bummer, but a good sign that the Colorado based team is getting stronger year by year.

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TWW Daily Feed (6.9.2010)

This morning’s NPR news brief touched briefly on the horrific mess in the Gulf of Mexico and BP’s continued inability to clean as efficiently as they tear apart. The topic of this particular news brief was whether there are plumes of oil underneath the surface of the water which would indicate a much bigger problem and more extensive cleanup. Despite numerous reports to the contrary, BP is denying such plumes exist, arguing that it comes down to “how you define what a plume is here.” Awesome. Instead of focusing their work on cleaning up the largest oil spill in the history of the planet they are arguing over semantics. Thanks BP for another great start to the day. Simmering rage. The Feed:

late morning dose

Alec Baldwin is also feeling the rage, and writing well written posts about how BP should just die. Agreed.

A positive sign in the late of big oil messes, the Denver bike share program is in full swing and is going strong, with use rising and a large number of registered users. Kudos.

Being a male the concerns of traveling along don’t cross my mind very much. For a woman, the same situation can be much different. Thankfully, there are outfitters and guiding groups that cater to the single female adventurer. Creepy single traveling dudes just let out a disgruntled sigh.

Today is not a good news day; champion freestyle skier Arne Backstrom has passed away while skiing in Peru. Sad day for everyone. Check out the Warren Miller tribute video to Arne below:

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TWW Daily Feed (6.8.2010)

Funny how when I’m not motivated to exercise a slight irritation in a knee or hamstring becomes excruciatingly painful. That is what happened to me yesterday, when my afternoon plans to run quickly succumbed to my desire for a late afternoon nap. With a workout bag packed and on the road to the venue of the day I realized that a nap sounded better than 6 miles, and suddenly my knee started to “hurt.” Thanks Brain for playing along with that one. I appreciated it. The Feed:

Afternoon dose:

We’re going to head south for a minute so that Steve at the Adventure Life can show off some amazing pictures of lava flowing from Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano. Thankfully, it appears that the tourists and bystanders in Guatemala have a much greater ability to restrain themselves than American tourists. I was in Yellowstone once and watched a tourist try to sneak up behind a moose. I can just imagine that same guy trying to get a sense for exactly how hot the lava is. Kudos Guatemala.

I was a little bit crushed with the Phoenix Suns lost in the Western Conference Finals. I have to admit I have a bit of a man crush on Steve Nash. The dude just seems super cool. He is known in the league as a bit of a fitness and nutrition freak, so his Men’s Journal blurb about what sort of natural supplements he likes caught my attention. Good advice, especially for the aging athletes out there.

In case you were curious; the latest in Landisgate 2010: The Doper Sagas. Basically; accusations from everybody, everyone telling Landis to be quiet, Armstrong and others denying everything and the usually cycling world speak when it comes to this stuff.

This is a pretty interesting study: vigorous exercise has been linked to better grads. My assumption when first reading the headline was that people who have the discipline to exercise regularly probably have the discipline to study more. And the study says? Basically the exact same thing.

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TWW Daily Feed (6.6.2010)

Work, moving and vacation have combined to squeeze out any free time I thought I had, resulting in a dusty wasteland for TWW. My apologies. Trying to straighten everything out, albeit slowly. The last couple of weeks have been pretty eventful in the sport world, with the whole Landis/Armstrong thing, the Teva Mountain Games, assorted cycling races, and of course the Bolder Boulder. Hope everyone had a good weekend. The Feed:

Morning dose

There is a renewed surge of attention on the cycling world after Floyd Landis decided to implicate almost the entire elite level cycling ranks in intricate doping schemes. As a fan, it has not been very fun to watch. Even less fun are the new rumors that arise to explain a cyclist’s incredible performance during a race. This is one of the more absurd (but plausible?) things I have seen in a while.

I’ve been to Salt Lake City a grand total of two times, so I don’t have much insight to where the cool parts of town are or if drinking in a Mormon epicenter is really that much more fun, but the NY Times thinks it is. Check out their 36 Hours in SLC feature.

A new restaurant has popped up in Portland called Gruner, with cuisine that focuses on the “Alpine” regions of Europe. It sounds amorphous, but read the review and you’ll realize how amazing Alpine food apparently is. On the list of places I need to eat.

The World Cup is almost here, and if the blitzkrieg of ESPN and American based sports marketing hasn’t captured your attention just a little bit, then the simple fact that it is one of the coolest sporting events in the world should. But when are the games?! Here you go. You are welcome.

Thanks for F’ing the planet even more car companies. There is a special circle in hell waiting for you.

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TWW Daily Feed (5.19.2010)

Monday, May 31st is the 32nd running of the Bolder Boulder, one of the country’s most popular races and a great way to start the Colorado summer. I haven’t participated for the last several years, due to a variety of reasons (out of town, school, broke). But the main reason I haven’t returned to the starting line is the “Incident of Aught-Seven.” That year I had completed, and done well in, a couple of races. Including my first marathon and half marathon. I was primed for the Bolder Boulder; hoping to drop my personal best into the low 40s, if not under 40. But then fate intervened. Near the start line I hopped out of my wave to grab a quick bathroom break, and on my way back to the start I somehow got turned around and ended up near the actual start (the waves are stacked from the start line back). The problem? I was on the wrong side of the barricade. Not a huge deal, until the starting gun went off. Because each runner is timed from when their wave starts it was imperative that I get back to my group.   Desperately I tried to find a break in the barricade to let me back in, but to no avail. I tried climbing it a few times only to be screamed at by ectomorphic runners and irritable race officials. By the time I found a way around the barricade and into the waves I was well behind my group and found myself in the midst of the typical Boulder wave (think people in costumes, walkers, and runners who may or may not have fueled for the race with beer). I essentially started five minutes behind my group and spent the first three miles of the race desperately trying to dodge people in tutus wearing fairy wings. It was one of the most frustrating races of my life. My time went from a hopeful low 40s well into the 50s. I crossed the finish line with my head down, frantically hoping that my friends hadn’t left me for dead. Not this year Bolder Boulder! You will not foil me again. The Feed:

9:30am

This is kind of a weird and random study, and even more of a reason to marry an athlete: it looks like genes may influence our desire to lead active lifestyles. Bottom line: don’t get involved with the chick that likes watching movies over going for a hike.

The daily cycling updates are showing that there has been a major shakeup in the Giro d’Italia GC. Head over to Velo News to check it out. Also, the Tour of California is heading into Stage 4, but for some reason I can’t find any sort of report on it. So head over to the photo gallery of Stage 3 instead.

In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, this season’s Everest summit push includes a 13 year old who is attempting to become the youngest person on Everest. Head over to Outside for the details.

This is no good. Careful if you are a spring skier. It might be better to consider a vacation to Hawaii or Australia to get your surfing fixes in.

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TWW Daily Feed (5.18.2010)

Colorado is turning into Portland. I’ve seen the sun once in the last four days. It’s either a weird, wet springs or the vampires are trying to take over. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Sorry we’re late to this week. The Feed:

10:00am

We’re leading off the third week of May with one of the coolest snow-based accomplishments in the West: Christy Mahon has become the first woman to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. A huge accomplishment, especially because of the “Davenport Rule”, which dictates that a mountain has not been skied unless it is skied from the summit. Anyone having stoop atop some of Colorado’s 14ers realizes how preposterous that sounds. Nonetheless, Christy killed it. Head over to Ted Mahon’s site for a guest post by Christy herself and accompanying photo galleries (click on the dates) and then check out the Denver Post’s article about the accomplishment. Congrats Christy!

Some cycling racing check ins: The 2010 Giro d’Italia is heading into its tenth stage and Alexander Vinokourov has ascended the peloton’s ranks and is riding in pink. The Tour of California, which, based on Lance’s twitter page, sounds like it has seen more rain than sun, is heading into Stage 3. Check out the GPS tour of Stage 3 here.

I’m fully embracing yoga these days. Apart from the fact that it forces me to stretch and work on my core (two things I never do when exercising) the classes are full of incredibly attractive women. Really, its a win-win. Check out this cool graphic about the prevalence of Yoga.

The Adventure Life has a video up of Yosemite’s strange spring phenomenon, known as “frazil ice”; a mix of water, slush and ice that flows through the park during the Spring thaws. It’s an interesting phenomenon, but I think the video is more worth watching for the various Yosemite sites. Good way to start the day.

This is so F’ing frustrating: The Environmental Performance Index, a joint collaboration between Yale and Columbia that ranks countries based on various indicators, has placed the United States at number 61. Behind such environmental luminaries like Mexico and Canada (Canada! Where they have actually turned Alberta into one gargantuan landfill to mine oil). From the site:

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals. The EPI’s proximity-to-target methodology facilitates cross-country comparisons as well as analysis of how the global community is doing collectively on each particular policy issue.

You would think that a country that insists on telling other nations how to operate and gives tons of lip service to “environmentalism” and “green job creation” would maybe, just maybe, be a little higher on this list. But then again, this is the same country that allows oil companies to drill in oceans with little to no oversight, and formulates plans to stop the Gulf oil leak that involve shooting golf balls and garbage into the pipe. Fuck.

Done ranting. A music video for you from The National:

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