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TWW Daily Feed for February 23, 2010

I’m slamming coffee down and hoping that the 2 degree reading on the outside thermometer somehow climbs into the mid-teens

Please stop messing with my salt intake.

in the next thirty minutes so I can head out on a run without worrying about my fingers falling off. I’m also reading an interesting take on the salt debate. As in “should the government regulate salt in foods in order to make America healthier?”. I grew up with the notion that an overabundance of salt was bad and that cutting back on it was good for your heart. But, as with a lot of scientific studies declaring the evils of things like “fats” and ” sugars”, the idea that salt is detrimental to health is not as clear cut as we would like to believe. I mention this article for two reasons: 1) The idea of regulating America’s diet has not really worked, and in many cases has made us fatter. So why does the government keep doing it? Getting rid of vending machines in schools is a good idea. What is not a good idea is trying to push dietary recommendations that have little grounding in fact, and 2) I love the new restaurant Salt in Boulder. Stop messing with its main ingredient. The Feed:

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While we’re on the nutrition kick for a second, check out this graphic of the actual ingredient list for Hot Pockets, as done in a hipster/modern art style to make you feel cool while simultaneously making your stomach hurt. I love that they contain “natural smoke flavor.” Where do you get that in the grocery store?

I love this story: Kelly Hansen is a runner who is trying to become the youngest runner to complete a marathon on all seven continents. She completed her first marathon, the Boston Marathon, because her boyfriend at the time told her she would never be able to complete one. So in a bought of “F you” spiting effort she banged it out and has been doing them since. Most girls would react to a challenge like this by having some sort of epic emotional meltdown that would end with flowers and a nice dinner. Kelly ran 26.2 miles with minimal training. I don’t usually do this Kelly, but I would like to be given the opportunity to be your boyfriend. And drive you into another epic spite filled pursuit.

Some random bike porn for you; the Team Bissellā€™s Pinarello Dogma 60.1. Red makes it look fast.

Guns are now allowed in National Parks. Thanks Congress for making our camping trips that much more exciting. Nothing says “enjoying nature” like strapping on a gun (that’s not allowed to be loaded) and walking around with families in places like Yosemite and Grand Teton. The Adventure Life has a great look at the ridiculous reasoning behind our new found “security” in the parks system.

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TWW Daily Feed for January 19, 2010

Yesterday was one of those days in which my motivation for working out diminished as the day progressed. More and more I’m finding that if I don’t get a run or ride or whatever in during the morning hours I don’t do anything at all. Coming home from work in the dark is not conducive to getting excited about heading out for a run, especially when the trails around your running haunts have names like “Lion’s Den” and “Bear Creek.” Getting mauled by an animal would be the worst way to end the work day. Ever. So I’m going to stick to the mornings, try to get up a little bit earlier, and tell myself that running while slightly groggy is better than running from something that is furry and pissed. The Feed:

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The Tour Down Under is the big race going on right now in the cycling world, opening the proverbial “curtain” on this year’s race events. Want some results from the first stage? Here you go.

New Portland food cart review from the Portland Food Carts peeps. Mono Malo (Area23, NE 23rd and Alberta) provides tapas like dishes featuring various meat and veggie pairings. The menu looks great and the Portland Food Carters seemed to like it.

This year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver marks the beginning of the newest winter sport event: Ski Cross. A mix of racing and high velocity ski-derby, the sport is drawing a lot of older athletes that never medaled in prior games, and see Ski Cross as their last, best hope. Check out the trailer below for the new documentary Appointment in Vancouver, starring multi-Olympic athlete Casey Puckett. I’m excited for this event. Whatever happens with Ski Cross, it’s 1000 times better than figure skating.

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CNN, which I feel is quickly becoming one of the more alarmist channels on TV, has a little photo gallery up of the 12 greenest cars of 2010, in case you are in the market. Aside from that, CNN; let’s have a talk. Your channel hosts Nancy Grace, who not only looks like a cartoon character but has basically created a show in which she acts like a cartoon character, but with headline bulletins. Are you serious? I get physically repulsed every time I see her on the air with her stupid headlines highlighted in yellow, screaming “Breaking News!!” No, it’s not breaking news, it’s a beacon of awfulness. And who does her hair? Take care of this CNN. I’m already cutting you a break for the whole Anderson Cooper thing. You’re pushing your luck.

A couple of weeks ago Portland Food and Drink put together a survey asking readers to rank various restaurants/bars in town based on a number of categories. The first of the rankings are up and provide a good rundown of some really great places to check out the food scene in Portland. I laughed when I read that Wildwood won the place that “Out of Town Guests Always Want to go Here” category. From personal experience, this is definitely true.

This is going to be an intense study, featuring a woman who became an ultra-runner after having a section of her brain removed. Crazy, hopefully informative and groundbreaking, and promising a lot of good pictures.

Mother Nature Network has a review/story about a new book out called Your Eco-Friendly Home. The book provides guidance in how to go about purchasing and remodeling a home in the greenest way possible while taking you through the property buying process. Apparently there is something called an Energy Efficient Mortgage. I had no idea. The book looks like a good resource if you are considering greening up your current living situation. Or impressing your hippy girlfriend.

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TWW Daily Feed for December 9th

I recently had a brief foray working in the corporate restaurant scene. I was looking to pick up another bartending gig and I made the rash decision to call in a favor and get a job working in a brewery/restaurant in Denver. Having never worked in a corporateĀ  environment I was definitely caught off guard by the focus on quick turnover, ridiculously scripted table side presentations and the abject loathing that I felt every time one of the managers quizzed me on my “5 Principles of Service.” Like a true gentlemen, I resolved the situation by not showing up for my last training shift. Classy stuff. But here is why I don’t feel bad: instead of driving to Denver to hate my life for about 5 hours, I went for a great swimming lesson at the CU Rec Center. Totally worth it. The Feed: Continue reading

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TWW Daily Feed for November 23rd

I’m in Milwaukee for a short trip and although I’m not sure I could live here again, visiting is a lot fun and hanging out in downtown Milwaukee is always a good time. My favorite part of yesterday was rolling down to Milwaukee’s East Side for brunch with a friend. While we were parking I noticed two people that really symbolized the city for me. Running by was a woman, obviously in shape and out enjoying a jog in the nice weather. Getting in to the car in front of us was a rumpled guy, who looked like he spent Saturday night drinking, slamming a Pepsi and smoking a cigarette and generally looking like he was off to a rought start for the day. The dichotomy was pretty amusing, and represents what downtown Milwaukee is like: it’s pretty common to see a lot of runners. It’s also pretty common to see good, hardy drinking folk who know how to have a good time. Wisco!! The Feed:

I like eating out a lot but in no way does that make me someone who knows how a restaurant should be run, so I’m at a bit of a loss for how to react to Vadim Ponorovsky’s email to his employees at NYC’s Paradou. On one hand, I can understand his annoyance (which morphs to outright vicious anger later in the email) about his employees not following directions. On the other, he sounds like a dick and I can see how his employees don’t care what he says. I picture him looking like this guy. Either way, a funny tidbit and a good reason to check out other restaurants in New York.

The USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council (what?) has announced the Runners of the Year. It’s cool to see what some of these runners have accomplished. Also cool to see that so many of them come from Colorado.

Heidi has a new Tempeh Curry recipe up. Recipes like these are great because they can be made in one large pan and have a ton of good vegetables; making them hearty and healthy meals that are easy to put together. I also like this recipe because it really helps me visualize Heidi in only an apron.

A disturbing economist view of domestic violence and potential triggers. Why the hell am I posting this? Because it’s good to be aware, it’s interesting and it involves football (which doesn’t have much to do with the site, but whatever).

On a brighter note, Colorado ski resorts have been taking some major steps to reduce their environmental impact. I realize that skiing is one of the reasons that thousands of cars head into the mountains every weekend (where is the high speed train Colorado?) but at least the resorts are trying to do something to reduce the impact of well to do city-folk.

A funny Venn diagram of the male/female dynamic, from the man’s point of view. I love Venn diagrams. And Null Sets.

That’s it for now. Hope everyone is enjoying the short week and gearing up for an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday.

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TWW Daily Feed for November 20th

Last night we had a swimming lesson in slow preparation for next summer’s 5430 Sprint Triathlon in Boulder, CO. I haven’t been in the pool since this summer so it was a bit of a jolt to be back in the water again. We had a wonderful instructor that provided some good drills and a quick workout. Apart from feeling like my brain was dying from lack of oxygen I felt okay, until our instructor noticed I was having a hard time popping up to breathe. Her assessment? Apparently I swim much lower in the water than normal; I am, in effect, too dense to swim properly. My Clydesdaleness is going to fight with me on this one. Awesome. The Feed: Continue reading

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NCAR Climb

We briefly wrote about the NCAR Climb, located in Boulder, CO, in our route guide of the NCAR/Eldorado Canyon Loop, but this one deserves a guide of it’s own. Its a good, quick climb that is great for hill intervals or just as a warmup or cool down piece.

The NCAR Climb generally begins at the intersection of Table Mesa Drive and Lehigh Street, in South Boulder. From the intersection, the route begins a moderate climb up Table Mesa Drive as it cuts northwest through a neighborhood before it turns into Ncar Road. After the ride passes the neighborhood the climb becomes less steep and maintains a fairly consistent grade to the summit. The Ncar Road portion of the climb winds through a wide meadow and along the foothills of the Flatirons, providing for a lot of great views of the mountains and the plains that surround Boulder.

At the top of the climb is the National Center for Atmospheric Research building (hence NCAR), which is where we turn around and head back down (the road dead ends, you have no choice). The descent is one of the fastest and most fun in Boulder, with one straight section that provides for a lot of efforts at obtaining top end speeds on the bike. Once we hit the Table Mesa/Lehigh intersection we either turn to head back home, or continue on to the longer loops in the area, such as the El Dorado Canyon Loop mentioned above. This route is also a great place to log some miles and hill work in the running shoes.

Do it because: it’s quick, accessible and provides a good hill workout and a great place for intervals. The descent is incredibly fun and the views are great.

Distance: 1.8 miles for the climb (starting from the intersection of Table Mesa and Lehigh). It’s about a 11.4 mile roundtrip if starting in downtown Boulder (at the intersection of Pearl Street and 9th)

Directions: From the intersection of Pearl Street and 9th, head south on 9th and hop on the Boulder Creek Bike Path and take it East. At the Broadway spur head south on Broadway and remain on the bike path which will eventually take you all the way to the intersection of Broadway and Table Mesa Drive (make sure to check out our map). Take a right on Table Mesa (there is a bike lane) and continue on. The climb starts at the intersection of Table Mesa and Lehigh Street.

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TWW Daily Feed for October 28th

It’s a slow motion morning already; the weather is cold and threatening slow, I had a late night bartending last night and instead of doing the smart thing and going to bed right when I got home I stayed up for a while watching Mad Men. Mad Men is possibly the strangest/best show on TV right now. I don’t know how to describe what makes it so good. It has layers of inter-office politics and drama, but is so well acted that you have to pay attention to all of the little nuances to understand whats going on. Check it out, it’s good. And the red headed chick is incredibly attractive. The Feed: Continue reading

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