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Inline Skating is a Good Workout

An article from the passenger-side newsfeed... A website name of "Popsugar" doesn't encourage one to expect a lot of substance in its content, but here's a nice enough account of someone returning to skating as an adult and appreciating its fitness benefits.

https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Inline-Skating-Good-Workout-44261781

I Started This Workout Out of Nostalgia, but Now I'm Addicted!
November 29, 2017 by Brinton Parker

When fondly recalling my high school rollerskating days as a Sonic Drive-In carhop, I realized that I'd never once felt like I was working out when I skated; however, my body was in the best shape of my life (despite the fast food habit I was admittedly indulging daily). "Why don't I give that another shot?" I asked myself before diving into research about the benefits of skating.

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Crowd-Sourced Color Names by XKCD

Yesterday, I was looking at the formatting options for a graphing package and noticed an option to use named colors "from the xkcd survey."

That was a new thing to me. As it turns out, the author of the xkcd.com comics created an online survey of color names about five years ago and over 200,000 users contributed; discussion of results here. It's pretty funny and it's also real science. Because color names are weird.

You can also look at a list sorted alphabetically by name which reveals some rather interesting properties of the set.

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Marathon swag bags; soap/energy bar mixup; guess the rest

It's been reblogged many times but I just saw this:

Free soap leaves bad taste for Chinese athletes
By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring
25 March 2016

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Chaucer Scholar Analyzes Current Political Tweets

Zero skating content here except that y'all are all of the people I know who would care about this at all.

Breaking: Chaucer Scholar Analyzes Trump Attack Haiku

By Josh Marshall, published March 7, 2016, 10:17 PM EST

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Epidemic of Overtraining Strikes Epidemic of Ultramarathons

Another one that I spotted this week:

Running on Empty

Meaghen Brown, Jun 12, 2015

Quote:

“OTS is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in my 30 plus years of working with athletes,” says David Nieman, former vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “To watch someone go from that degree of proficiency to a shell of their former self is unbelievably painful and frustrating.”

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Exercise! Sedentary Lifestyle More to Blame for Decline With Age Than Aging

Just spotted this one:

Running Into Old Age
Ian McMahan, Apr 22, 2015

Quote:

While some loss of strength is inevitable, the researchers found that older athletes who participated in exercise programs showed significantly more muscle strength that people of similar age who didn’t exercise. Maintaining muscle strength can be a key component of successful aging, as past research has shown that its loss in seniors is correlated to an increased risk of falling, a significant cause of age-related trauma.

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Success Lies in the Quads

New York Times article: Thigh-Popping Success on a Bike Lies in the Quads...

To cycling teams and their support staffs, large thighs are less an Olympic oddity and more a necessity specific to their sport.

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The image, a try-this-on-for-thighs comparison between one German cyclist nicknamed Gorilla (Andre Greipel) and another nicknamed Mr. Thigh (Robert Förstemann), underscored a more serious notion. Namely that cyclists, particularly track sprinters, rely on quadriceps, in all their massive, veined glory, to power them to success. Förstemann’s thighs, each comparable to a watermelon, measured 34 inches — wider than his waist.

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HTC-Highroad Hangs it Up; Most Successful Men's Pro Cycling Team Disbanding

According to ESPN, HTC-Highroad team owner Bob Stapleton has admitted defeat in his search for a title sponsor to replace phone-maker HTC and the men's team will cease operation at the end of this season. 

Owner Bob Stapleton said Thursday that the sport's chaotic economic structure, along with continuing fallout from the convoluted, still-unresolved doping case involving triple Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and the federal investigation of seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong and his past teams, helped doom the quest.

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Nice Write-up: 18th Annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon

Happened to catch this post-event report in the RSN sidebar:

The road was closed for the 18th annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon and Half Marathon so skaters, some Bay Area locals and visitors from France, Germany, Australia and other countries, could have free reign of the course.

“These people live for these types of events, where you get a closed, smooth road and you can skate distances, not just like in a roller rink where you go in circles,” said organizer David Miles, 55, of San Francisco.

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Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period

Typography war on Slate!:

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.

And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.

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What galls me about two-spacers isn't just their numbers. It's their certainty that they're right.

No subtle gradations here:

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Garmin Rides High With Winning Tour de France Team

Good article from last week's Kansas City Star newspaper discussing Garmin's sponsorship of pro cycling:

The Olathe-based manufacturer of GPS devices is the title sponsor for Garmin-Cervélo, a cycling team competing in the Tour de France. On Sunday it won its first Tour de France stage victory in the team time trial. Tyler Farrar won the next stage, becoming the first American to ever win on July 4 and the first to win any Tour stage since 2007.

Teammate Thor Hushovd has held onto the overall lead, and the leader’s yellow jersey, four days into the three-week race.

Sponsoring a pro cycling team can cost millions of dollars. Jake Jacobson, social media manager for Garmin, said the company had spent a large amount sponsoring the team, although it wouldn’t release the exact figure.

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Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star

Davis Junction doctor pursues his speed skating passion - Rockford Register Star

Sure, there were skating parties in Retzer’s childhood, but his true love affair with skates didn’t come until he was in his 30s with young daughters at home. Then, he bought Rollerblades for himself and his daughter.

“Something clicked in me,” he said.

It wasn’t long before Retzer’s competitive side weighed in, and he began doing inline speed skating competitions. He trains with the Rockford Road Scholars and has competed for the past 20 years in places from Minnesota to Georgia. Some races are marathon-length.

Others are nearly 100 miles over hilly courses.

In good weather, Retzer skates daily and logs about 2,000 miles a year. He’s been clocked as fast as 43 miles an hour.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Skater and Cyclist

Just noticed a couple of reports that give a new angle to the story of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her long road to recovery after nearly being assasinated on January 8th. One is that she is a very active inline skater as it turns out. According to this local news story about Rep. Giffords's progress. she was regularly seen skating the asphalt loop around Reid Park in Tucson.

Supporters have become accustomed to a “miracle every 48 hours,” said Michael McNulty, Giffords’ perennial campaign chairman.

“The rhetorical problem is that the doctors always say: ‘Given what she’s been through, she’s doing wonderfully.’ That’s kind of like saying ‘They’re going to China, and given that they have to walk, they’re doing great.’

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Canada Games Oval in Halifax, Nova Scotia Boosting Speedskating Interest

Good article about a long track ice oval in Nova Scotia that roadskater blogged about when it opened last month and its effect on local interest in speedskating:

Nova Scotia's speedskating community says the new long track speedskating oval on the Halifax Common is boosting local interest in the sport.

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