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TWW Daily Feed (6.18.2010)

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:

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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.

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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:

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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 (5.11.2010)

We are well into May and Colorado has yet to fully embrace the heat of the late spring/summer. Days on the Front Range start out sunny, turn into a windy tempest by noon and by the time I want to go for a run around six have devolved into cloudy and cold brick wall upon which my motivation crashes into and dies. Yay for Spring! I’m ready for the summer. The Feed:

9:00am

I wrote about the Giro on Friday and then promptly forgot about its existence. The latest pink jersey leader: Alexandre Vinokourov, a blast from the doping past. Head over here to check out the race report and to view the rather phallic celebration photo of Vino.

This is a great little photo graphic that lets you do a quick calculation of how many watts your appliances are using. When you click on the link all of the appliances have been selected and added to the total. To get a reading for your home just unselect the appliances you don’t have. Pretty cool way to do a quick read of how environmentally irresponsible you are. Go air conditioning!

Crested Butte has been trying to expand its existing terrain; a move that has been geared toward making the mountain more “family friendly” by creating more beginner to intermediate terrain. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your views) the proposed expansion has been rejected by the US Forest Service. Crested Butte is a vibrant town, and the pushback against resort expansion is a nice change of pace relative to the Vail and Breckenridge expansions of the last few years.

Confession: I saw Iron Man 2 this week. I now love RDJ more than ever. The Girl is worried. I’m sorry, but how can you not be enthralled by a dude that manages his propensity to get wasted by engaging in hard core martial arts training.

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TWW Daily Feed (5.3.2010)

1:30pm

New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila is over, with Levi Leipheimer once again taking the first overall position in the race; repeating his victory from last year. Lance took 17th. A shout out to Tom Danielson for his second place finish. Nice work boys.

The recession is really creating a buyer’s market. Especially in the resort towns. Aspen is looking more affordable everyday.

For the most part I feel that “green” gyms are really using environmental consciousness as a marketing ploy rather than a wholehearted attempt to reduce the impact that gyms have. When you have a facility that combines a laundromat, saunas, showers and huge square footage and the attendant heating/cooling requirements the fact that your stationary bikes are linked into the power grid (and produce a tiny fraction of the building’s energy needs) doesn’t make you a conscious gym. It makes you look like you are trying too hard.

About a month ago a few of us signed up for the Pikes Peak Ascent; a half-marathon that winds its way up one of Colorado’s eminent 14’ers, gaining 7,815 feet from start to finish. Yesterday we set off for our first run on the actual course, with the initial goal of reaching Barr Camp and the halfway point of the race. At about mile 1.2 the light snow flakes that were teasing us turned into a full on snow storm; dumping about an inch and a half on the ground before we reached 8000 feet. Due to the weather (and the crushing realization that the first five miles of the run is brutally difficult) we turned around early. Overall, a somewhat frustrating run and that hammered home the sheer difficulty of a run like this. Thankfully it is only May; a fact I repeat to myself over and over as I catch glimpses of the behemoth that will be our adversary come August. The Feed:

8:00am

I mentioned snow on the Front Range above. We had just a taste of what the Central Mountains experienced. Head on over to Jake’s gallery for a peek at why Colorado in the Spring is bipolar.

Oregon is known for its pro-environment policies and its wines. This NYTs article provides a good look at how both elements come together to create some of the most progressive wine making enterprises in the country. I miss Oregon. (Thanks to Brook for the link).

A couple of friends of TWW have been working on a pretty cool gear line that manages to jump outside of the Nike/Adidas box for active wear. Opedix designs active-wear that helps with body alignment and support; making activity easier and recovery faster. I’m hoping that a pair of the running tights might make it less likely that my overly large body does not result in a blown out knee in the coming months.

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TWW Daily Feed (4.27.2010)

I’m back from a short but fun visit to Milwaukee and Chicago, where the highlight, at least fitness-wise, was a run in Chicago’s Lincoln Park during an epic rainstorm. It was incredibly cold and windy, but the scenery was amazing; views of downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan crashing against seawalls and a surprising number of people out for some exercise. A good way to spend a weekend and take a break from the relentless climbing that running in the mountains necessitates. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. The Feed:

10:30am

I have always watched big time cycling races and wondered what happened to the water bottles that riders eject off to the sides of the road. I always assumed that clean up crews (or fans) picked up the empties. Which is apparently somewhat true, but still poses a bit of an environmental issue which has gotten some folks up in arms. I think the bigger issue issue is the hundreds of cars that are involved in big time races.

Cruise over to this link to check out GQ’s assessment of what beers to drink to improve you beer IQ. They are not a bad selection but some of them are some pretty hardcore stouts which seem a bit too much for the burgeoning summer season.

As usual the Adventure Life is featuring some fantastic photography; Ryan Tatar’s surf photography. If you have not become a fan of Steve Casimiro’s site you should. And if you need a break from the monotony of the desk jockeying the surf pictures will either soothe your soul or make you hate your existence. Enjoy!

Some of us spent the weekend shoving cheese, fried food, burgers and alcoholic ice cream drinks into our bodies. Other people did some epic ski mountaineering. Damn you Jake.

Jake on top of Culebra Peak, right before his descent that resulted in a four hour detour.

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TWW Daily Feed (4.14.2010)

Here is the problem with being a coffee snob; it essentially requires you to be a coffee addict. This is extremely problematic because I don’t have access to great coffee all day. My morning cup is usually great, but by the afternoon, when I’m worn down and in need of another fix, I rely on Starbucks or the office coffee machine. The reliance on crappy coffee puts my brain’s snobbal lobe in direct conflict with the addiction lobe. By five in the afternoon they are screaming at each other while the rest of me is huddled in a corner shaking and crying. It’s a vicious cycle. One that I tend to repeat everyday. Damn. The Feed:

9:00am

Today is kind of a compilation of links our friend Jake has sent us. Like this one, about Telluride announcing when Gay Ski Week is next year. I also like to call Gay Ski Week “Jake-a-Palooza.” We support friends here. Friends of all kinds.

This article/blog post is all over the internet right now and if you haven’t read it you need to. And then forward it to your friends. The subject matter? KFC’s new Doubledown Sandwich. The author? One of the angriest consumers I have ever read. The result: priceless. (thanks Jim)

I’m all about time lapse videos. Especially ones showing cityscapes that are as dramatic as Hong Kong’s.

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