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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:

late morning dose

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 (6.15.2010)

There are some mornings where waking up is more of a struggle than you anticipated and running plans get derailed in order to accommodate the body’s need for more sleep. When my morning workout plans are lost to an endless series of alarms and snooze buttons I inevitably start the day feeling anxious and restless, feelings that stay with me as I sit behind a desk and try to concentrate on other things. Damn the rising of the sun and the start of the work day. The Feed:

late morning dose

Colorado Senator Mark Udall has introduced a bill that is designed to create a Federal program to assess onshore and offshore drilling technologies and the safety mechanisms and clean up technologies that are currently available. I hope that this thing is funded by the oil companies.

Batman has a heart of gold.

Lance and his teammates have been rejected as Tour of Spain participants. Pretty shocking considering the strength of Team Radioshack. Potential Landis backlash? Maybe. Potential chance for Lance to hang out in Aspen instead? High.

The best part of this summary of a study that indicates that BPA wrecks sex? The rose. Classy.

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TWW Daily Feed (6.14.2010)

For the first time in a while we were able to round together a great group of athletes and head into the Boulder foothills for one of the most challenging runs we’ve done in a while. Twelve plus miles and 4400 feet of climbing in a little over three hours; leg crumbling, soul challenging and ultimately rejuvenating. A perfect way to end the week and prepare for a new one. God bless friends with strong legs and conditioning. The Feed:

late morning dose

One of the best parts about living and recreating in Colorado is the ability to reach incredible outdoor areas with minimal costs and access fees. That may change. Thank you people who don’t realize that there is no one to clean up after your mess in our mountains. I’m going to enjoy paying for your inability to pack out what you pack in.

This is kind of a cool concept: a project designed to create and foster ideas for urban transportation that will (hopefully) result in some revolutionary thinking. Check out the project, and contribute, over at Slate.

The Portland Food Cart Scene (one of my favorite topics) is picking up steam as one of the exemplary food movements in the country, with another great food city, Vancouver, proclaiming the city as a “model to emulate.”

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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 (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:

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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:

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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 (6.6.2010)

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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