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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 (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:


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 (4.19.2010)

I’m on a new yoga kick, which has been great for my flexibility but horrible for my athletic ego. When I walk into a yoga studio I transform from able runner and cyclist to a sack of un-athletic muscle and bone. I am paranoid that everyone around me thinks I’m going to pass out and I’m pretty sure that the instructors purposefully hover near my mat to make sure I don’t do something that will tear innumerable tendons and ligaments. At this point I still enjoy it immensely, even if my warrior pose looks like something from the “How Not to Practice Yoga” manual. The Feed:


This weekend’s New York Times Magazine featured numerous articles about health and exercise that are worth reading, especially this one that looks at whether exercise is truly a viable tool for weight loss (based on how you look at it; not really). However, the article discusses some interesting findings, including this; people who consistently work out tend to keep weight off, and when they stop working out and gain weight they gain less than those who never worked out in the first place. Lesson? Make sure you line up a lady/man who works out now so that when they get lazy later in life they don’t completely blow out.

Bicycling Magazine’s Editor’s picks for 2010 road bikes, in picture gallery format. Their categories are a little silly; “Dream Road” and “Recreational Road”, but the pictures are pretty and it gives you an idea of the prices ranges out there.

I’m always weary of corporate “environmental initiatives”, but IBM’s new policy is sounding somewhat legit. The company is requiring its suppliers to track their environmental emissions, and those of their subcontractors. Along with the tracking, the companies have to meet certain environmental benchmarks if they want to remain as suppliers. Impressive IBM.

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TWW Daily Feed for February 5, 2010

I’m in Wisconsin for a short visit and to this point, less than 12 hours into my stay here, I’ve managed to consume about half a pound of cheese in various forms. Add to my typically altered diet when I’m here the horizontal snow and ground that has been frozen since November and you get a visit that is long on food and relaxing and short on working out. My usual solution is to bundle up and head down to the Lake Drive Loop, end the run with some Alterra and hope that my fingers start working again in time for dinner. Otherwise I work out by bringing the beer to my face. The Feed:

1:15pm – Fiddleheads has great coffee

This is not good news for some people intent on running a marathon in their lifetimes; a new study demonstrates that one out of every five people will not be able to increase their endurance through exercise. Their genetic makeup prevents their body from increasing its natural VO2 Max, a key indicator of endurance. 1 in 5! My girlfriend checklist just added another item.

Valentine’s Day is a stupid, made up holiday that forces romantic situations that reduce the overall spontaneity of a relationship and basically kill any desire to spend time with your significant other. At least that’s my view. But just in case you plan on going all out, a gallery of Valentine’s Day presents for your loved one who cycles. In the meantime, someone stab me in the eye.

I’m in love with coffee and Vimeo:

8:30am – I’m on Wisco time, which involves a lot of slumber

Last weekend Craig and I were put through some pretty straightforward but incredibly difficult back and ab exercises. As athletes that run and ride for a majority of our workouts our backs and abs were understandably weak. The exercises annihilated us, and led to a realization that we both need to do more core support exercises. Thankfully, the Adventure Life guy is in the same situation, and provides a good primer on how to get your back and abs in the shape they’re supposed to be. As Craig put it best: “Your body is like the Golden Gate Bridge, and it needs A LOT of suspension.”

I think I missed one, but here are the next results from Portland Food and Drinks Restaurant Survey (numbers 25 thru 25). Somewhat ironic reading the results now that I’m in a state where bacon is often used as a substitute for peanuts at the local bars.

The Men’s Journal perfect weekend post, with 0 activities in the Western US. However, if you happen to be in Texas or Vermont make sure to check it out.

I have to admit that while I love Lindsey Vonn, I’m a bit tired of the extent of the media coverage about her. She is literally everywhere. So while the video below does feature her (and makes me a raging hypocrite) this link to one of her more attractive and talented teammates, Julia Mancuso, should mitigate the Vonn-dom.

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TWW Daily Feed for January 27, 2010

Good morning all you outdoor sports fans. Another gorgeous day here in Colorado. Temperatures are more winter like today, with highs in the mid-30s. Expect some snow along the Front Range and in the high country, continuing into tomorrow. Along the Front Range, the snow will move in today and increase through the night, snowing most of the day tomorrow. So get ready to finally unpack those winter coats, winter is on its way! (the following announcement brought to you by the weather experts at NOAA). The Feed:


Yep, that’s right, the clock almost hit 8am before I got my ass out of bed, guzzled down my first cup of coffee and popped open my computer. I had a lovely couple last night at the bar that insisted on using the place as a make out den, complete with music, the smell of old beer, and a pool table. Romance! Anyway, I hope none this applies to you now ladies, but keep it in mind when the 50s approach; strength training later in life can improve your cognitive function. Excellent. Why is it that when women strength train they get smarter, but when men do it they just become muscle bound monkeys that think grunting excessively in the gym is a sign of strength?

A fairly long but interesting article about Fergus Henderson, regarded as one of the most influential chefs in the world, who specializes in making almost every part of an animal an upscale dish. Pig’s poop tubes are among his specialties. A heads up; some of the descriptive language at the beginning is a little graphic. Especially if you love animals.

I wanted to post this yesterday but got sidetracked. The Adventure Life has a gallery of some cool outdoor oriented art by Danna Ray.

Seattle has a new restaurant. One that sounds delicious, localized (as in uses a lot of local produce and meat) and well thought out: Emmer and Rye (1825 Queen Anne Ave.). The more I learn about Seattle’s food scene the more intrigued I become.

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TWW Daily Feed for January 13, 2010

I’ve been dedicating my late night TV watching solely to Conan O’Brien. This whole mess with Leno (who is lame) and NBC trying to move the Tonight Show has made Conan the most amusingly irate person in the country. Watching him lob bombs at the NBC executives while on national TV is possibly one of the most entertaining things on television. Admittedly I’m a big Conan fan, so watching him in his unhinged state is nothing short of amazing. Check out this Hulu clip for a good example of how Conan is fighting the good fight, with international political leaders on his side. Keep fightin’ Conan, keep fightin’. The Feed:


A Q&A session with the Outside Online gear guy about whether a emergency blanket can be used as an alternative to a sleeping bag. It’s never the sleeping bag that makes camping uncomfortable. It’s the cold.

Jack Bauer is an environmentalist. At least that’s what Kiefer Sutherland is trying to tell us about 24’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its production. I would argue the point but for some reason I’m afraid that Jack is going to bust down my door, scream at me a bit and then attach some sort of electrical probe to my nether regions. No thanks.

Who is everyone afraid of in the 2010 Tour de France? It’s not Team Radioshack. I wonder if Lance is going to say “F it” this year and just relentlessly sandbag Contador to get in his head. That’s the route I would go. Contador looks like he might be emotionally vulnerable. Go for the throat Lance!


Going with the whole ‘support Conan’ creed of the site today, check out his statement regarding his potential move from the traditional Tonight Show slot. I want to know what Jay Leno is doing with all of this. He sounds like an underhanded big-chinned weeny.

Chart Porn has a couple of really cool graphs up of historical events. This one, detailing the history of Everest climbing expeditions, is incredibly detailed (and large). You have to play around a bit with the zoom but the presentation is pretty cool and worth taking a peek at.

No one is claiming that the movers and shakers for sustainability improvements are the smartest cookies. The solar powered dog is possibly one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a while, but whatever, at least these people aren’t making the green movement seem fringe and irrational. Oh wait…


To start the day check out this list of 11 foods you need to be eating, but you aren’t. Because really, how often do you think of what to eat for dinner and sardines pops into your head? Regardless, some good things to add to your shelves for some healthier options.

With the cycling season coming up the pro teams are getting prepared to launch 10 month assaults on the racing world. If you’ve ever wondered how a team prepares for the season behind the scenes, check out this article from Velo News about what it takes to get a typical pro team up an running for the year. Pretty crazy logistics. Head over to the photo gallery to stare enviously at endless supplies of Clif Bars and bike gear.

Two days in a row of Anthony Bourdain’s crazy antics. Today, check out the Eater PDX recap of the debut of the 6th season of No Reservations in which Anthony manages to get drunk in one of the most violent drug countries in South America. And then below check out the video of him helping to cook some cocaine. Awesome.

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TWW Daily Feed for January 8th

Tomorrow is Manitou’s annual Fruitcake Toss, where a mix of engineers, enthusiasts and loonies gather together to launch fruitcakes as far as they can. I suppose the festival is a good way to bring people in to town during what is otherwise a pretty slow time of year. I think of it as the symbolic end of the Holiday season. When hundreds of people show up to start throwing a holiday food item around it’s time to pack up the tree and lights. The Feed:

V02 testing typically involves a lot of tubes, monitors and treadmill or bike work inside of a hot building. For a lower tech way to test your V02 head over to Rockport Fitness to use their low tech VO 2 calculator and test which consists of a walk around a track, a heart rate monitor and an online calculator. Break 70 and you can start thinking about taking Lance down.

Everything I’ve read this week is indicating that the Portland restaurant scene is in a crazy state of flux, with a ton of restaurants (mostly in the Pearl) shutting their doors. There are bright spots, such as Slap Happy (4246 SE Belmont St), a restaurant that specializes in make-it-yourself pancakes. Basically, they have created stoner Shangri-la.

A little beer review for you: Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti, a winter stout that sounds great for cold nights.

Some Friday fun for you: a collection of the best “fails” from 2009, from the people at College Humor. The best one is at 1:40 in, when the music has shifted to trance and the dude stealing the purse runs toward the wrong pedestrian (safe for work as it depicts general scenes of mayhem, no nudity, and a weird soundtrack. You’re welcome).

Alright then. Hope everyone has a great weekend full of fun and adventure. We’ll get back on Monday with a new version of the Daily Feed.

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