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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 (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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TWW Daily Feed (5.13.2010)

Last night, after a long and stressful day of work, I wandered home and promptly sunk in a lethargic binge of bad tacos and wine. The perfect way to end three solid days of no exercise. I’ve realized, with a mix of anxiety and curiosity, my addiction to sweating. My descents into irritability and random spouts of anger (see yesterday’s post) are directly correlated with my lack of exercise. The best solution I can think of? Quit my job and dedicate myself to being a fitness nomad. Sounds perfect. The Feed:

10:00am

A Q & A with Garmin-Tranisition’s Tyler Farrar, discussing his prospects for the racing season and his dissapointment that he is not able slam free burritos this year.

A fun graph that shows the correlation between the average miles Americans driver per year as they relate to gas prices. I wonder what a European country’s would look like; especially considering their new-fangled train and subway systems. If only America could discover how such advanced, alien-like urban planning has been accomplished.

Summertime music! Courtesy of Men’s Journal. I have listened to the playlist yet so if it is bad I’m sorry. But if it is awesome, then you’re welcome.

As a denzien of the mountains I have yet to have the pleasure of learning to surf, but Steve Pezman makes it sound like a central component of a beautiful life. I am in.

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TWW Daily Feed (5.12.2010)

Last night we went into downtown Colorado Springs to meet friends for Happy Hour. On the way we passed a bar that was hosting its weekly 5K run through the city. I’ve noticed that this has become a big trend on the Front Range; bars hosting running clubs that start and end their run at the bar and then head in for drink specials. Here is my top 5 list of why bar running clubs are a horrible idea:

#5: Run + beer = total mitigation of benefits from running. You are getting fatter by doing this.

#4: These things tend to draw bigger (read: chunky) folks who can handle a 5K. They then stuff themselves into a bar, resulting in a bar full of sweaty fat people. Check please.

#3: Elevating the heart rate through running increases blood flow. Adding alcohol to a body in which the blood is moving faster results in people getting drunk faster. These people aren’t running back home; they are getting into their cars. Enough said.

#2: We had a theory in college that went something like this: most people do sports for the team and fitness aspect. Some people do sports because it allows them to eat and drink more without completely blowing out. Guess which group the people that join bar running clubs belong to. Minus the early twenties metabolism.

#1: Do you really want to have this conversation with your buddies?: “There was just something about the way she shuffled through 3.2 miles and then pounded beers like a champ that made me want to get to know her better.”

No thanks. The Feed:

9:30am

I know everyone has been waiting with sweaty anticipation for this tidbit of knowledge: Lance Armstrong’s yoga routine. Each pose is demonstrated by a video that you have to get to by shutting the stupid adds that pop up with each slide. Oh well. Just the thought of doing something that Lance does excites me. Deep breath. Relax my racing heart…

A preview of the teams appearing at this year’s Tour of California, in slide show format.

This is by far one of the funniest websites I’ve come across in a while: DontEvenReply.com. A website devoted to a guy finding random ads on Craig’s List and then tormenting them. Priceless.

A cool graph that looks at how much American cities spend on eating out and groceries. I don’t really see a correlation to healthier populations, which is surprising. You would think that skinnier cities (like Denver) would be spending less on eating out; as food in restaurants tends to be heavier on things like butter and calories. Instead you have cities like Milwaukee and Memphis on the frugal diner list. Interesting.

A little music video for you to start your day.

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TWW Daily Feed (4.22.2010)

I’m spending Earth Day driving all over the Front Range. I’m just waiting for this guy to swoop down and do something really unpleasant. Like pour gas over me. I hope that everyone is doing positive things for the planet today, whether it be biking to work, setting up some sort of recycling system for the office or reading tributes to Earth Day while eating some factory derived food. Go America! The Feed:

10:00am

Outside Magazine has a top ten list of things that you can do for the environment, with some actual good ideas that take a long term approach to environmental improvement.

An interesting post from the Adventure Life about the environmental message(s) espoused by Chief Seattle. Seattle’s words have been rallying cries for environmental protection for a long time, and now it appears that some of them have been misrepresented or wrongly attributed.

I don’t really enjoy the song, but the video for it is pretty cool, and almost makes me want to reset to mid-February.

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TWW Daily Feed (4.21.2010)

It’s a cold and slightly misty morning on the Front Range; weather that reminds me of Portland and is making me a bit nostalgic for the Northwest. The thing I enjoy most about mornings like this are the way that my morning run is much more fragrant that usual. The moisture accentuates the smell of the grass, trees and flowers; making the olfactory workout almost as intense. These days are the reason why I love the spring. When a morning run is imbued with the smells of reawakened trees and plants it puts an extra spring in my step and makes me excited for the day. The Feed:

2:00pm

The rights of commercial river guides to access Colorado rivers that run through private property has become a big issue lately. Sadly, a bill that sought to define the rights of paddlers v. property holders has been stalled. Right in time for the summer season. Great timing.

The FDA is preparing to start attacking salt as an ingredient that American’s apparently need to shed from their diets in order to stop being so fat. Forget the fact that salt is not the problem; fast food is the problem. What an incredibly dumb way to deal with a bigger issue. Institute a fast food tax. That would solve way more than telling us how much salt we are allowed to have.

10:00am

I’m more of a beer and wine guy but I like my hard liquor every now and then. The Portland Food Dude has a good post up about some Portland area distilleries.

Lance is racing in this year’s Tour of the Gila. I always hear a lot of great things about this race so it’s cool to see that it is growing in stature every year. Although it has to be frustrating for the weekend warrior guys who probably populated this race en masse before Lance found it. Getting crushed by some pro riders at the beginning of your season could really put you in a funk for the rest of the season. Bummer.

A few of our friends went out to Coachella this year which piqued my interest in the music festival for about 2 seconds before I realized from a bit of research that it is 1) about 100 miles away from L.A., which means a bunch of southern Cali kids who think that Paris Hilton is a role model, 2) composed of a fan base that seems to be more focused on the fact that it’s a place to be seen instead of a place to listen to incredible music and 3) composed almost entirely of white people that suck at dancing. No thanks. That said, I can always appreciate the fantastic scenery at the festival.

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TWW Daily Feed for March 10, 2010

Sign that Spring is almost here: attractive women, hiking the Incline, in the morning, in shorts. Lord have mercy! I have loved every second of this winter, but the anticipation of warm sunny days and mornings that don’t required eight layers is tempting me beyond belief. I’ll be sad to bid the snow season adieu, but welcoming the Spring (and the girls) with open arms is going to quickly become my new favorite past time. The Feed:

3:45pm

Updating a little late into the day due to my eyes feeling like someone is stabbing them with a fork. I can’t tell if it’s because the air is dry, I’ve been staring at a computer screen for most of the day or if my contacts are finally ready to move on. I look like I’ve been smoking pot all day. Anyway, this gallery made my eyes feel better (LSFW).

While we’re on the gallery kick, the Adventure Life has a weird little gallery up of some of the oldest things on the planet.

The Teva Mountain Games has officially opened its registration. Head on over if you like mud, rock climbing, kayaking and hanging out in a town where the female population is more dangerous than the wild animals that have inspired their hunting tactics.

9:00am

Google is killing it. Finally (finally!) the company has added a bike directions feature to its online map tool. The new feature allows you to find directions from point A to point B via bike, and also provides information on bike lanes, bike friendly roads, etc. Check out the Bicycling Magazine article for a full rundown. Thank you creepy, privacy invading geniuses!

I realize that New York is well East of TWW’s area of general concern, but I have to give a shout out to any city that has begun to realize that coffee can be so much more than a stop at the local Starbucks. New York City is the midst of a coffee revolution, inspired by the influx of West Coast coffee roasters. Although I’m not too sure the East Coast denizens need more potent sources of caffeine.

I realize that Vampire Weekend is not everybody’s favorite band, but their videos are actually pretty fun to watch. Especially when Jake Gyllenhal makes a pretty awesome cameo. Turn up the speakers, enjoy, and have a good start to the morning.

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