I\’ve been in need of new running shorts for a while now. Especially since warm weather is officially here and rotating two pairs of shorts, one of which feels far too long, is becoming a bit tedious. It literally took me a day to decide which shorts to get from the Sugoi lineup.
Ultimately, I decided on the Sugoi Spearhead Short. When they came and I took them out of the packaging, it was like I was holding tissue paper! They are so incredibly light, but just be sure that I wouldn\’t bust through them at first stride, I gave them a firm tug. Sure enough, the Hexlite fabric the shorts are made out of felt as strong, yet supple, as anything I\’ve gotten my hands on before, if not far more so.
On my first run in the shorts, the only thing that told my that I wasn\’t running down the road naked was the also super light mesh liner. The length of the shorts is perfect for my taste; not too short and not long at all. They gave a perfect range of motion and offered now resistance to my legs at any point during my run.
One thing I will point out that may be an issue for heavy sweaters like myself is that, with fabric so light, if it gets wet with sweat, it tends to stick a bit. I noticed this on my first run, which was a rather hard tempo of ten miles. On my second run, which was much longer, coming in at 20.5 miles, I was wearing my usual compression liners which had been absent on my first run. This time, there was no sticking at all and the shorts continued to wear like a dream.
I\’m sure that I\’ll have more to say about these shorts as I get many more runs in them under my belt, but for now, if you\’re looking for a super light, comfortable and strong running short, this is a great place to begin and end your search. [LINK]
Now that we\’re officially in race season across the country, and the world for that matter, I wanted to give a shout out to some friends who\’ll be racing soon.
Kevin from KC Tri\’s (and fellow Newton Running devotee), whom you may remember was a massive help to me and my wife during Ironman Wisconsin last year, is about to do his first ever marathon! Kevin will be running the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon this Sunday and his bib number is 929 (race tracking HERE). Kevin has been and continues to be a huge supporter of me and my show and I could not be more excited for him to take this huge step toward his first Ironman (Ironman Wisconsin 2011)!
Also racing this Sunday is my friend Ari from Run Ansky Run! Ari is always an amazing supporter of my site and show and he\’ll be running the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon! Ari has been coaching with my coach, Jeff, and ALL signs are pointing to him busting out a huge PR!
Finishing out the across the country marathon weekend is Colin from Resurrected Runner. Colin is also about to do his first ever marathon this Saturday in the Windermere Marathon in Spokane, Washington (for those from the South, like me, that\’d be \”Warshington\”) Colin has been a tireless supporter of me and my site, always in the live chat for my streaming shows. I have a sneaking suspicion that Colin is going to completely destroy his expectations in this race and I cannot wait to see the results!
On the triathlon front, I am so excited to see Incredible Jane go kill it in the UBC Sprint Triathlon this Sunday! I\’ve been following Jane since day one of her quest and through ups and downs and finding that \”life happens\” more than we can ever expect, Jane has been an amazing force of positive energy. Also coaching with Jeff, Jane has seen herself crossing the finish line at the Rock \’n Roll Las Vegas half marathon and starting a regular running group and training session with the awesome folks at Sugoi! I\’m so excited to see what she can do!
Not this weekend, but on May 30, Lam of The Running Laminator fame, is debating running the Buffalo Marathon. His original spring marathon had him running the New Jersey Marathon a couple of weekends ago, but alas, the bubonic plague or something saw him shivering in bed for the week leading up to the race (though, I assume he lost several brain cell due to his illness as he STILL found the balls to run the half marathon at the same event!). As you may or may not know, Lam is a very fast and very smart runner. He is aiming for a sub-3 hour marathon this year and I, for one, think he\’ll have no problem attaining that time. His body (for the moment) may have other ideas according to him. In any event, I look forward to seeing Lam kick some more ass.
I\’m positive I\’m missing people, and if you\’re of of the missing, please don\’t be offended. Send me your information (name, race name and bib number) and I will be more than happy to put the word out!
Place garlic, chile, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, and oil in a mini food processor and process until smooth. Place beef in a small baking dish, pour the marinade over, and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the grill to medium-high. Remove the beef from the marinade and season it with salt and pepper. Grill meat until charred and cooked to medium-rare doneness, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1/4-inch thick slices.
In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, chiles, mint, vinegar, sugar, and fish sauce. Set aside. In another bowl, toss the lettuce leaves and watercress together and then arrange the mixture on a platter.
Combine the papaya and carrots in a medium bowl. Evenly distribute the papaya mixture over the lettuce. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the dressing. Arrange the steak on top and drizzle steak with some more dressing. Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.
Do you want to go the distance…all 26.2 miles across the five boroughs of New York? Team Lifeline is ready to give you the chance with the first ever “Team Lifeline New York, New York Video Contest.” In this contest, avid and aspiring runners are invited to submit a short video that will convince a panel of distinguished judges why they deserve the opportunity to run in the ING New York City Marathon, the world’s largest marathon. Twenty lucky individuals will win exactly that — guaranteed entry into the marathon, which takes place on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Team Lifeline encourages creativity, so don your director’s cap, pick up your flip camera and start shooting. Video submissions must be two minutes or less and should convey why you, the runner, deserve a spot in the marathon. Be spontaneous, hilarious, serious or dramatic, but go the distance to win one of the highly coveted spots. The videos will be posted online for the public to view at www.teamlifeline.org and on Team Lifeline’s Facebook page. Submissions will be accepted through May 24th, 2010, and the winners will be announced May 28th, 2010.
“As the song goes–If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere–but first, you do indeed have to make it there,” said Ari Weinberger, Team Lifeline Captain. “Team Lifeline is thrilled to offer this amazing opportunity to runners around the globe. We hope that the first ever video contest will help raise awareness and funds for a truly inspirational organization.”
Team Lifeline is an endurance training program that proves that “you can go the distance,” by providing individuals of all ages and skills with the tools to complete a marathon or half-marathon. In exchange, team members raise much needed funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network dedicated to bringing joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families. The funds raised by Team Lifeline are earmarked specifically for the organization’s Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, incredible overnight summer camps designed to meet the unique medical and social needs of children and teens with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses.
Last year, over 300 dedicated Team Lifeline runners laced up their running shoes for the ING New York City Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon, and ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, raising more than $1.35 million for Chai Lifeline programs and services. This year marks the first time that Team Lifeline will be participating as an official charity team in the ING NYC Marathon.
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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust lightly with flour and shake out the excess.
Reserve half of the raspberries, and combine the other half with 1 tablespoon sugar and crush with a fork. Set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, stir with a fork to evenly combine the ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
Whisk together eggs, egg whites and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until it holds ribbons, about 2 minutes. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the buttermilk mixture in 2 parts, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir together by hand until evenly combined and no lumps remain.
Pour the batter evenly into the pans. Bake in the center of the oven until a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to cool completely.
Frosting: Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold an electric mixer bowl above the water. Whisk the sugar, egg whites, water, cream of tartar, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set the bowl above the boiling water and beat with an electric hand mixer at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; beat in the lemon zest and vanilla.
To assemble the cake: Place 1 layer on a flat serving or cake plate, top side down, and spread with crushed raspberries. Top with 3/4 cup frosting, spreading gently on top of the raspberries. Place the second cake layer on top, top side up, and frost the top and sides. Decorate with the reserved raspberries.
Food Network Kitchens created this lightened-up recipe from a user submission. Click here to see the original recipe.
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Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories 315; Total Fat 7 g; (Sat Fat 1 g, Mono Fat 4 g, Poly Fat 2 g) ; Protein 5 g; Carb 58 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 36 mg; Sodium 285 mg
I wanted to mention a new race coming up in California that is an absolutely perfect place for a weekend getaway with an awesome half marathon thrown in for good measure! The Salinas Valley Half Marathon takes you through the vineyards and near Monterey Bay with a scenic point-to-point course.
I\’ll be posting more this race soon, but I wanted to tell you NOW that I\’ve got a $5 discount code for registration right now! Click the link below to the registration page and use the discount code: \”IronBrandon\” and sign up now!
My daughter Sydney came home from the hospital on Friday, April 2, 2010. The following day was the Santa Anita Derby which was being broadcast on NBC. My dad and stepmother were in town to see Sydney for the weekend and we were all sitting around watching Sydney with rapt attention only taking brief glimpses at the television (it\’s amazing how a sleeping baby can grab your attention).
The coverage of the horse race on TV began to give the background of the horses, jockeys, trainers and the usual commentary leading up to the start of a major race (the Santa Anita Derby is a major run-up race to the Triple Crown). As it happened, one of the horses was named \”Sidney\’s Candy\”, and he was going off at 7-2 odds. We all got so excited at the happy coincidence and my dad decided to place a bet (online) on Sidney\’s Candy to win. At this point, he was not the favorite in the race, but was still in good standing. So, we placed a $20 bet and got ready for the race.
I\’ll save you my novice commentary on the race, but suffice it to say that Sidney\’s Candy went wire to wire to win the 2010 Santa Anita Derby! On top of that, my dad turned his $20 bet in $98.60 (some odd bonus thing)!
Tomorrow will be the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. As of this writing, Sidney\’s Candy is one of the favorites at 6-1. The race is expected to be quite the mud-fest with torrential rains coming in tomorrow and we have placed all $98.60 on our horse to win! So here\’s hoping!!
April 28, 2010 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.)
Honey Stinger, the manufacturer of honey-based nutritional foods, announces a partnership with professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. In addition to future product development and endorsement of Honey Stinger energy gels, bars and organic chews, Armstrong becomes part of the ownership team in the Steamboat Springs-based company.
“I first tried Honey Stinger products during a mountain bike race in Colorado,” says Armstrong. “I was impressed with the great taste and energy they provided. Honey Stinger works for me in training and racing because you want to eat them and they work. I like the whole team – they understand what athletes need and they’re great to work with. I’m excited to be part of the Stinger team and work with them on expanding the products and business.
Armstrong first met Len Zanni, Honey Stinger’s marketing director, when they teamed up to race the 12 Hours of Snowmass mountain bike race outside Aspen in 2008. The foundation for a new business partnership was hatched over the course of long bike rides and get-togethers with company leaders.
Bill Gamber, an athlete/ entrepreneur, teamed up with his father William, a honey industry veteran, Bob Stahl, a food product developer, and John Miller, a professional beekeeper, to found Honey Stinger in 2002. Today, the company produces over 20 honey-based energy products that are distributed internationally at specialty sporting goods retailers and natural food grocers.
“We’re thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with an athlete of Lance’s stature. Beyond his athletic achievements, Lance is an inspiration and a leader in the fight against cancer,” states Bill Gamber. “Our relationship with Lance comes at a time when Honey Stinger is riding a wave of momentum and this partnership is a major step for our brand.”
About Honey Stinger Located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Honey Stinger makes convenient, nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, gels and organic chews. Honey Stinger fuels some of the county\’s top cyclists, runners, triathletes and teams including Tinker Juarez, Jeremiah Bishop, Katie Compton, the Giant Mountain Bike team and the Trek Livestrong U23 cycling team. The Colorado Office of Economic Development recently honored Honey Stinger as one of 50 “Colorado Companies to Watch.” Honey Stinger products are available at specialty sporting goods retailers, natural food grocers and www.honeystinger.com.
For more information, contact:
Mike McCormack, Backbone Media
970.963.4873 ext. 123
April 21, 2010 Cincinnati, Ohio/San Diego, California
INFINIT Nutrition and Speedfil Hydration System, two innovative and industry leading products have joined forces to enhance athletic performance with a simplified and creative solution for athlete nutrition and hydration.
INFINIT is customized nutrition.
Speedfil is aerodynamic hands free hydration.
“The ability to simplify and maximize performance is critical to triathlon racing. Using the Speedfil to deliver INFINIT\’s customized nutrition to the athlete represents a critical performance breakthrough for the athlete\”, says David Dietterle, co-founder of the Inviscid Design, Inc – creator of the Speedfil Hydration System.
\”We are thrilled to offer a complete and efficient solution which has a monumental direct impact on training and racing performance”, says Jeff Smith co-founder Inviscid Design, Inc.
Michael Folan, creator of INFINIT Nutrition or Chief Powder Maker as he prefers to be called added, “It is a relationship that makes sense. INFINIT will give you all the calories and nutrition you need to go all day long and Speedfil gives you the best possible means to carry that nutrition. It is a natural partnership.”
Labeled, \”The World\’s Fastest Tire\” on the Bontrager website, the R4 Aero brings ultra-low rolling resistance and their \”aero wing\” technology to a clincher. The price is pretty much on par with most higher end tires, and they\’re far cheaper than any tubulars out there. With a claimed 37 second advantage over their closest rival in a 40K time trial, I cannot help but drool a little and really want to get my hands on some of these beauties.
A lot of aerobars offer adjustment only in the way of moving the actual extensions in and out if they offer any adjustment at all. With the Black Dog, HED brings a ton of adjustment to the table with 3 different base bars, 3 extension bars and 3 way axis adjustment just to name a few . I find this important because of the changes we may go through as athletes in terms of finding the most accurate fit. On top of that, these carbon beauties have fully integrated brake levers and internal cable routing. While they are a bit pricey, if you\’re going for weight and customizable fit(and have an extra roll of cash laying around), these are where it\’s at.
I\’ve been eying Tanita\’s scales for longer than I\’d like to admit. These aesthetically fantastic scales not only do the usual weight thing, they give you an insight into your body\’s intricate details that often go overlooked. The BC-1000 monitors weight, body fat percentage, and hydration levels but it goes a step further and provides measurements on muscle mass, overall physique rating, daily caloric intake, metabolic age rating, bone mass, and visceral fat! The BC-1000 can also wirelessly link up with your Garmin 310XT and your computer for tangible data. I REALLY want one of these…just saying.
This link may be pulled down after a bit, but here\’s live coverage!!!
To watch the 114th running of the Boston Marathon live online you can view it via WBZ-TV at this link (I am getting some reports that this is not working outside of New England, but it\’s worth a shot):
Alternatively, WBZ Radio says they will have audio coverage of the men\’s elite start. You can listen to that station here:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 13 /PRNewswire
Polar (www.polarusa.com), the leader in heart rate monitoring and fitness assessment technology, today announced the launch of the CS500 – a new cycling computer that is the first in the market to offer rocker switch operation and a sleek, extra-large display screen. The CS500 is also compatible with the wireless Polar Power Output Sensor W.I.N.D., which provides the rider with cycling power, enabling the highest level of professional training.
Event riders have long desired cycling computers with simpler button-pushing and a display screen with large, easy-to read digits – especially at high speeds. The CS500 meets these demands with two exclusive design features. First, with an extra-large and aerodynamic display – the CS500 offers outstanding visibility, and allows more information to be viewed on the screen, creating a data-rich, cycling computer. Second, the diamond-shaped handlebar unit sits on a pivoting, two-way rocker switch. When cyclists want to change the screen to view different data, they no longer have to take their hands off the bars – they simply use their thumb to lightly tap the left or right side of the CS500, and the screen instantly flips to reveal a different set of performance data. With this unique design, cyclists can better concentrate on their ride.
\”With the CS500, Polar is revolutionizing the way cyclists view, track and monitor their data,\” said Jeff Padovan, President of Polar USA. \”From design to functionality, cyclists can train at a higher level with features including the industry\’s first two-way rocker switch that allows users to easily view data and rich feedback such as speed, cadence and power. Additionally, the option to add accessories separately gives the cyclist the flexibility to customize their training based on their changing needs.\”
Designed with competitive riders in mind, the CS500 combines the precise and leading Polar heart rate technology with advanced cycling features. The CS500 tracks speed, distance, cadence, heart rate, calories burned, incline, altitude, ascent and descent and temperature. Up to four different data points can be displayed on the extra-large screen and using the auto-lap splits feature, miles automatically roll-over and cyclists can see a snapshot of their data per lap. To simplify training at the right level and help cyclists get a better workout, the exclusive Polar OwnZone® feature provides a personalized, target heart rate recommendation on how hard to ride.
When paired with the Polar Power Output Sensor W.I.N.D., a separate accessory, the CS500 can track high-level cycling data such as power output. With power meter compatibility – available at an affordable price – the CS500 can evolve with a cyclist, as they become more advanced and their training needs expand.
The CS500 syncs with polarpersonaltrainer.com, which is a free, online training journal, where cyclists can easily set goals, track progress, analyze results and challenge friends to a common goal. After a workout, data is uploaded to the site via the DataLink, a new wireless communication device from Polar, which includes Mac compatibility. The DataLink plugs into the USB port on a computer, and automatically detects the CS500 in the room, instantly uploading new workout files to a user\’s personal profile. In conjunction with the CS500, polarpersonaltrainer.com has been redesigned with new, cycling-specific features, such as \”Training Load,\” which helps cyclists make smarter decisions by interpreting how hard a specific workout was, and advising when you have recovered from the previous workouts.
Utilizing Polar W.I.N.D. technology, the CS500 eliminates the issue of data drop-outs or cross-talk between cycling computers, as the powerful, 2.4 GHz transmission signal ensures disturbance-free training. The new Dual Lock Bike Mount, made of reinforced composite metal, guarantees sturdy, rock-solid attachment to the bike, making it ideal for both road and mountain biking. The CS500 can easily be customized and used on up to three different bikes, and also features a \”Drink Reminder,\” prompting cyclists when hydration is needed during a ride.
To see a video of the CS500 in action and its unique functionalities, visit the Polar USA YouTube Channel.
The CS500 is available as a base set, or bundled with a cadence sensor. The base set includes the handlebar unit, WearLink W.I.N.D. fabric chest strap, CS speed sensor W.I.N.D., and Dual Lock Bike Mount, and is available for a suggested price of $319.95. The CS500 cadence set is available for a suggested price of $359.95. The Power Output Sensor W.I.N.D. is available as a separate accessory for a suggested price of $359.95. The DataLink is also available as an accessory, for a suggested price of $54.95. All products are available online or at specialty stores.
Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010
The Blazeman Foundation for ALS has partnered with the Columbia Triathlon Association to offer 20 “select” community slots slots for EagleMan to benefit the Blazeman Foundation for ALS. As you may know, EagleMan remains one of the most popular 70.3 races in the country.
We hope and encourage all Blazeman Warriors and supporters to take this opportunity to race for a cause that is “bigger than themselves”. The slots are $500.00 and will benefit the Blazeman Foundation for ALS for a new endeavor in research.
The proceeds of these slots at the EagleMan 70.3 will benefit our next goal of providing brain and tissue sample for ALS research. This area of research has been very limited in this disease and is key to finding an effective treatment and eventual cure for this fatal disease.
The EagleMan 70.3 is also the event where the Blazeman Spirit Award is given annually to a triathlete that exemplifies the tenants of Jonathan Blais. Jon faced this disease with courage, commitment and dedicated the remainder of his life “putting a face on ALS. Jon also in his life before ALS overcame many obstacles in becoming the wonderful teacher he was…opening up a world of the outdoors and athleticism to underprivileged and emotionally challenged students.
The application process for the Blazeman Spirit award will begin shortly in April.
Applicants will be able to download the application and email it to the link provided. For more information, visit www.waronals.com.
Please email Rob Vigorito to register for EagleMan in one of these select Community Slots.
Thank you all and look forward to seeing you on race day!
In Strength, Honor and Freedom,
Mary Ann and Bob Blais
Jon’s mom and dad
Today, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series, announces modifications to several rules and regulations relating to the swim at U.S. races. Effective September 1, 2010, which is the start of Ironman’s 2011 competition season, new rules for apparel and wetsuits will apply at all Ironman and 70.3 events in the U.S., including both World Championships. The amendments were made to further standardize rules in the Ironman/70.3 Series and ensure a fair playing field at events around the globe.
The changes will include the following:
“Ironman recognizes the importance of showcasing the competitive element at all events. We believe these amendments place more emphasis on performance and function and less on technology, therefore staying true with the Ironman spirit,” says Ironman’s Head of Officials, Jimmy Riccitello.
Ironman’s rule changes are consistent with rule changes adopted by swimming and triathlon’s international governing bodies, FINA and ITU, respectively.
Running America (www.runningamerica08.com) is premiering in Pittsburgh on Monday, April 12, 7pm at Showcase Cinemas West (here\’s the event link – http://store.nehst.com/rascr41210pa.html) This is the first time the film will premiere and Producer / Ultra Marathoner Charlie Engle will be there for a post film Q&A session, so it\’s a pretty exciting. It\’s also sponsored by Elite Runners and Walkers
Mother\’s Day is just around the corner and flowers may be the old standby, but why not get the mothers in your life something they can really use this season. Here are a handful of the newest women\’s offerings from the Backbone Media client roster. Media samples are available for all of the products below as well as high res images. The contact for each brand is also listed alongside.
Cloudveil Women\’s Canopy Shirt
Made from PACE bamboo fabric, this soft and lightweight sun shirt has natural anti-microbial fibers and a wicking finish for high-octane workouts but soft enough to hang out in all day. It also has a UPF rating of 30+.
The Lilypond Switchgrass Carryall Backpack
This bag is perfect for moms running to the farmer’s market, picking up kids from school or just for a day in the park with the family. This bag can be used either as a backpack or a tote and has one exterior and one interior zippered pocket and plenty of pouches for organization. With two great colors, this bag is great for moms on the go.
1% FOR THE PLANET-Hillary@backbonemedia.net
1% for the Planet: The Music
Forty-one artists have donated tracks to be in included in this compilation, of which all proceeds go to 1% for the Planet member non-profits. Artists are incredibly varied and include Jack Johnson, G Love, Grace Potter, and Josh Ritter, among others. The digital album can be purchased online or via eco download card in retailers across the country.
Insulated WIDE bottle-This new double-walled Kanteen keeps hot beverages hot for up to 6 hours and cold ones cold for up to 24. Can be used as a food container well. Available in 3 sizes.
Also check out the Klean Kanteen New Spring Colors
Arc’teryx Caliber Hoody Vest
MMade from Polartec® Classic Micro Velour Cord fleece, the Caliber Hoody Vest features a relaxed fit, casual styling and articulated athletic patterning for a versatile garment that’s lightweight, warm and breathable.
SOLE Sport Flips
The Sport Flips are accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association and feature a wear moldable footbed, a metatarsal support pad, adjustable arch support, a deep heel cup and a hidden toe ridge.
The Tirra was designed specifically for a woman’s foot in order to provide unmatched comfort and performance in the water. With its unmistakably feminine strap configuration and multiple adjustment options for a secure fit, the Tirra can tackle any obstacle with ladylike grace – just like you. $70.00
Lake CX170 Cycling Shoe
All leather, all BOA, all race….
Closure: Heel mounted push/pull BOA lacing system
Upper: action leather
Outsole: Competition fiberglass-injected nylon sole.
Compatibility/Drilling: Three hole compatible with optional SPD® compatibility.
Hydrapak Chute pack
A light minimalist pack with our smallest reservoir for 1 – 2 hour excursions.
Storage: Small zippered pocket on front flap w/key clip. Main compartment holds reservoir.
Other Features: Slider Buckle Chest Strap Ready
Fixed Reservoir Tube Connector
Top or Bottom Tube Routing option
AxlsCloset.com is a brand new one-stop shop for busy mom\’s looking to shop for stylish clothes for their kids from all of the top brands in the outdoor, surf, skateboard and active lifestyle markets. Axl\’s Closet combines youth collections from high-quality and stylish brands like DC, Patagonia, Volcom and Roxy with unique, hard to find youth pieces from the art, music and fashion communities. Through its 1% for Kids program, Axl’s Closet will also feature one unique children’s organization every month and use the site to raise funds and awareness to support that organization’s mission. For more information, go to www.AxlsCloset.com.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Place ricotta in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add sour cream, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Process until well blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the center is just set, 50 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
Put the cherries, honey and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. In a small bowl stir the gelatin in the warm water until dissolved then stir the dissolved gelatin into the cherry mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, until the mixture is thickened but not yet formed to the pan.
After the 3 hours chilling, top the cheesecake with the cherry mixture and then serve, or keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
Calories 290; Total Fat 12g; (Sat Fat 7 g, Mono Fat 3.5 g, Poly Fat .6 g) ; Protein 12 g; Carb 34 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 115 mg; Sodium 230 mg
Excellent source of: Calcium, Protein, Selenium
Good source of: Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Vitamin A
Professional triathlete, Jordan Rapp, winner of the 2009 Ironman Canada and Ironman Arizona was involved in a car accident on the evening of March 23. He is currently in the intensive care unit at St. Johns Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California.
For complete coverage of news related to Jordan\’s condition, please visit the following:
Big congratulations are in order to NBC Sports for garnering three Emmy nominations for their coverage of the 2009 Ironman World Championships from Kona, Hawaii! Personally, I am always moved and inspired by their coverage. Their attention to detail while covering the professional race as well as some of the age group drama is enough to pull in eve the most jaded athlete.
Published Thursday, March 18, 2010
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 31st Annual Sports Emmy® Awards at the IMG World Congress of Sports at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. The 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship coverage that aired on NBC received three nominations in the categories of Outstanding Edited Sports Special, Outstanding Camera Work and Outstanding Editing.
At the 31st Annual Sports Emmy® Awards, winners in 32 categories will be honored. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on April 26th, 2010 in New York City.
The Ironman show, which has received 15 Emmy Awards, received nominations in the following categories (other nominees are included):
Outstanding EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL
2009 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC Ironman Productions
America\’s Game – The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Network NFL Films
Incident At Candlestick MLB Network Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream MLB Network
MLB Productions Mayweather-Marquez 24/7 HBO Sports
Outstanding CAMERA WORK
2009 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC Ironman Productions
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals HBO Sports NFL Films
Inside the NFL Showtime NFL Shots of the Year NFL Films
Pacquiao – Cotto 24/7 HBO Sports
The Iditarod – 2009 Versus Blink Productions
2009 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC Ironman Productions
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals HBO Sports NFL Films
Mayweather-Marquez 24/7 HBO Sports
NASCAR Cup Season in Review ESPN2 NASCAR Media Group
NBA on TNT TNT
Pacquiao – Hatton 24/7 HBO Sports
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Guacamole: Coarsely mash the avocado in a large bowl. Add the tomato, scallions, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic until blended. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Lightly spray a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Crumble and set aside.
To the same skillet, add the scallions, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Cook, stirring often, over medium heat, until the scallions are soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Place the tortillas on the baking sheet; sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese, 1/3 of the scallion mixture, and 1/3 of the bacon over half of each tortilla. Fold the unfilled half of each tortilla over the filling. Lightly spray the quesadillas with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.
Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges and serve with the guacamole and sour cream, if using. Garnish with cilantro.
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Nutritional analysis per serving: 3 wedges with 1/4 cup guacamole and 1 tablespoon sour cream
Calories 320; Total Fat 18 g; (Sat Fat 6 g, Mono Fat 6 g, Poly Fat 2 g) ; Protein 18 g; Carb 26 g; Fiber 7 g; Cholesterol 32 mg; Sodium 630 mg
Consecutive Days Run: 78
Runner: Brandon Wood
Shoes: Newton Gravitas
Location: New York, NY
Type of Run: Recovery
Time of Day: 6:19 PM EST
Distance Run: 6.27 miles
Time Run: 00:45:33
Average Pace: 07:15 per mile
Weather Conditions: Amazing (64 degrees Fahrenheit)
Link to Run Detail: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/27445321
About the Run: After yesterday\’s disaster of a run, I felt like I needed to prove something to myself. So, I may have slightly ignored my assigned effort for today\’s run. Coach Jeff gave me a 45 minute recovery run. This calls for a nice, easy run with not much effort. I tried that for about two minutes and then decided to ramp it up a few notches.
My run took me on my usual route on a, once again, beautiful evening. It turns out that my body is a bit in shock about the sudden temperature shift, but I need to get over that ASAP. As I reached the turn around point of my run (I had no idea of pace or distance as I don\’t watch those things when I run, only heart rate and total time), there was a runner ahead who would be behind me as soon as I did an about face. As I did, I heard his footsteps about ten feet behind me and relished the chance at an impromptu challenge. At this point, I was right about seven minutes a mile, and the other runner, who I thought was a bit faster than that, had dropped off my wheel in short order.
The run went very well, but did leave me wondering how I\’ll stay hydrated for my LSD run of two hours, fifteen minutes on Sunday. You see, during the Winter, all or almost all of the water fountains in the parks of New York City are turned off to avoid freezing. I have a Fuelbelt, but it only holds two, eight ounce bottles. Maybe a four bottle version is called for!
As one of the leading triathlon and bicycle retailers in the U.S. that supports athletes, all3sports.com is proud to announce that it has added Mirinda Carfrae and Heather Gollnick to its family of world-class professional triathletes.
“I am thrilled to be working with a company that supports their athletes and customers to race at their best,” said Carfrae. “all3sports.com offers the widest array of products and is my ‘one-stop’ triathlon shop, with great people and incredible service.”
A native of Queensland, Australia, Carfrae has dominated the Ironman 70.3 series for the past 2 years, posting 9 wins including the 2007 Clearwater Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Carfrae’s debut at the 2009 Ironman World Championship proved that she has what it takes to win the Ironman World Championships in coming years. In only her first attempt at the full Ironman distance, Carfrae finished second overall and ran a marathon course record of 2:56:51.
“all3sports.com truly appreciates the technical needs of triathletes, and they work hard to provide every advantage possible when it comes to product knowledge and competitive prices,” said Heather Gollnick. “If you have a passion for triathlon and desire a relationship with a first class organization that can fully support your triathlon dreams, look no further than all3sports.com. Their motto, “Dream Big – Dream Fast” is one I can fully identify with.”
Alongside her 5 Ironman victories, Gollnick also has two Ironman 70.3 titles on her triathlon resume. A seasoned multi-tasker and ex-gymnast, Gollnick’s repertoire also includes managing a successful coaching company, directing the marketing for the flourishing Rev3 Triathlon Race Series and finding time to chase after her three active children.
“Mirinda and Heather are two remarkable women who embody the friendly yet competitive spirit of all3sports.com,” said Morgan Clark, President of all3sports.com. “They shine in their pursuit of excellence on and off the course and we’re proud to be able to support them.”
Carfrae and Gollnick join 2-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander, and first year triathlon pros Mary Miller and Eric Bell as part of the all3sports.com growing family.
This is not a review of Sugoi R+R socks per se, rather it is a giant THANK YOU to the folks at Sugoi for helping my wife tolerate some of the annoyances of being pregnant.
If you\’ve ever been pregnant, or near someone during the course of their pregnancy, you are probably more aware than you\’d like to be of the swelling that can occur in the feet and legs during this time. My wife is no different. What began with her ankle area quickly began to vacillate between there and her feet, if not both places at once.
The first thing that I did upon noticing this was to run to my sock drawer and grab two pairs of socks. The first was just for her feet and it was the Sugoi R+R Compression Ped Sock. Almost immediately, this little gem of a low-cut sock began to improve the circulation in her feet and reduce swelling.
The second pair of socks I grabbed was what most of us recognize as a compression sock, the Sugoi R+R Knee High Compression Sock. This took care of any ankle and lower legs swelling in short order!
So, to sum up, even if you\’re not killing on your feet or on two wheels, these sock do what they say they do. Ladies, if you need some help with swollen ankles and such during pregnancy, or any day for that matter, check these out!
Congrats to all the racers!
Consecutive Days Run: 72
Runner: Brandon Wood
Shoes: La Sportiva Wildcat GTX
Location: New York, NY
Type of Run: Quickie (Part 2 of my brick workout, following a 3.5 hour spin)
Time of Day: 6:14 PM EST
Distance Run: 2.66 miles
Time Run: 00:21:22
Average Pace: 08:02 per mile
Weather Conditions: Cold-ish (45 degrees Fahrenheit) WINDY (Gusting PAST 50 miles per hour), Raining
Link to Run Detail: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/26907062
About the Run: My run today was the second part of a brick that began with a three and a half hour ride on the trainer. I also knew that the run would be taking place in some INTENSELY wicked weather. The rain was coming down hard and the wind was gusting far in excess of 50 miles an hour.
I geared up and headed out the door. My legs felt remarkably alive, not fresh, just really ready to run for having just gotten off a very long trainer ride. I headed on what has become my normal route toward Inwood Hill Park. The wind was already firing the rain at my face like a swarm of angry bees, but I just put my head down and went.
When I got to the park, I decided to go up into the hills to get in my assigned 15 minutes of running and to throw some difficulty at myself to see what I could do. I may have spoken about it before, but if not I cannot say enough about my headlamp. I use the Sprinter by Black Diamond Equipment, and were it not for that amazing little lamp (designed specifically for running), I would have been in some serious trouble with all the branches and several trees that had fallen into and across the path.
When I came down out of the hills, the portion of the park that runs right beside the water was, in fact, UNDER water. So, I had to backtrack around the loop I was on before heading home. The entire time I was out, the wind sounded like a massive freight train thundering by. Tomorrow, I fear, will be more of the same and so I believe that my long, one hour, forty-five minute run will have to be on a dreadmill.
If you are even tangentially involved in triathlon then you have likely heard something about what is one of the year\’s most anticipated new races, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.
The race, which takes place tomorrow, March 13, 2010 is boasting a completely stacked Men\’s and Women\’s professional field which includes names such as Faris Al-Sultan, Eneko Llanos, Julie Dibens and Tereza Macel.
The course itself caters to racers who are stronger cyclists. The course features a 3K, 2 lap swim, a 200K bike and 40K, 2 lap run. This should allow for those racers who are often run down in some races after a strong bike leg, to not have so far to carry their lead off the bike.
To see the odds for the professionals, click the links below:
The prize money breakdown is as follows:
Position Male Pro Female Pro
1st $50000 $50000
2nd $20000 $20000
3rd $15000 $15000
4th $10000 $10000
5th $7500 $7500
6th $5000 $5000
7th $3000 $3000
8th $2000 $2000
9th $1500 $1500
10th $1000 $1000
Total $115000 $115000
Age Group Male Female
>19 $1000 $1000
20-24 $1000 $1000
25-29 $1000 $1000
30-34 $1000 $1000
35-39 $1000 $1000
40-44 $1000 $1000
45-49 $1000 $1000
50-54 $1000 $1000
55-59 $1000 $1000
60+ $1000 $1000
Total $10000 $10000
LEXINGTON, MA (March 10, 2010) – Saucony, Inc, a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced the signing of Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, ranked 10th in the world and top American in 2009, and Sarah Groff, a member of the USA Triathlon National Team, to multi-year endorsement contracts. Shoemaker is the winner of the 2009 Hamburg World Championship Series Race and the ITU Duathlon World Championships, while Groff, who competed in her first World Cup race in 2005, vaulted to the #4 World Cup ranking and top American in 2008.
\”Saucony has such a rich history in the sport of triathlon, and I’m thrilled to have a partner with the experience, knowledge and products to compete at the highest levels,” said Jarrod Shoemaker. “The brand’s focus on innovation is really apparent in their training and racing gear. Their AMP PRO2 training and recovery apparel is allowing me to train harder and recover faster. I look forward to proudly representing Saucony as I continue in my quest for the 2012 Olympics.”
Shoemaker qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing as the top American 11th overall at the 2007 ITU Beijing World Cup. He earned his first world cup podium finish with second at Edmonton in 2006 and in 2004 he was the Under 23 National Champion and the 2005 Under 23 World Champion. In 2009 Shoemaker was named USAT Elite Triathlete of the year. Shoemaker is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
\”I’m honored to represent a brand that is both motivating and authentic,” said Sarah Groff. “Saucony truly appreciates the technical needs of the triathlete and they really work hard to provide every advantage possible when designing footwear and apparel. I’m thrilled that Saucony is now part of my Olympic focus.”
Groff’s other accomplishments include winning the 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Championships, finishing 2nd at ITU World Team Championships, finishing 4th at Edmonton World Cup in 2007 and earning All-NESCAC and All-American honors as a freestyle swimmer at Middlebury College.
“Jarrod and Sarah are an exciting addition to our Saucony triathlon roster,” said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. “Both embody the competitive spirit of the brand and their passion for winning is an inspiration to the whole Saucony team. We look forward to their input as we continue to develop the finest performance footwear and apparel for runners and triathletes everywhere.”
Both Shoemaker’s and Groff’s race schedules for 2010 include:
· ITU World Championship Series – Sydney, Australia
· Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup – Des Moines, Iowa
· ITU World Championship Series – Hamburg, Germany
· ITU World Championship Series – London, England
· ITU World Championship Series – Kitzbuehl, Austria
· ITU World Championship Finale – Budapest, Hungry
Shoemaker and Groff join other Saucony triathletes, including: Ironman World Champion Kate Major; 11-time Ironman champion Lisa Bentley; 2-time Ironman champions Dede Griesbauer and Michael Lovato; Longhorn 70.3 champion Richie Cunningham; and top U.S. triathlete Linsey Corbin, among others.
Shoemaker lives and trains in Maynard, MA and Groff in Hanover, NH.
About Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
A helmet may not be enough to protect cyclists from Google Maps\’ latest feature.
The search engine rolled out a \”bicycling directions\” option yesterday that is filled with potentially fatal flaws, including routes that cut across Central Park\’s treacherous tranverse roads and steer cyclists to truck-riddled thoroughfares.
A Post reporter rented a bike on the Hudson River Greenway at 42nd Street and plotted a course to Hunter College — and quickly discovered the hard way that Google has a lot to learn about the streets of New York.
After a traffic-snarled ride up Eighth Avenue, our intrepid cyclist was sent on a semi-circle around Columbus Circle, and soon found himself holding up a line of 15 angry motorists — many leaning on their horns — on the narrow and frightening 65th Street Transverse, which does not have a bike lane.
Google overlooked the far safer Park Drive that loops through the park.
In Brooklyn, Google steers cyclists into the path of anti-bike Hasidic Jews by designating Bedford Avenue between Division and Flushing avenues in Williamsburg as a legitimate bike route. The city sandblasted away that street\’s bike lane last year after protests.
Google mappers owned up to the woes. \”The team does know about some of the problems in New York,\” said spokeswoman Elaine Filadelfo.
There were more problems with the parks.
Inside Central Park, Google shows The Mall and some footpaths south of 72nd Street as bike paths — although park rules make them definitely off-limits.
\”The parks are one of the things we need to work on,\” Filadelfo admitted. \”We don\’t have great data for them.\”
Among the other problems: Google directs New Jersey-bound cyclists over the north path of the George Washington Bridge, even though the bridge\’s official bike path is on the south side.
From Midtown to Yankee Stadium, Google Maps sends cyclists up Central Park West and then on a hazardous 30-block stretch of Frederick Douglass Boulevard to the Macombs Dam Bridge.
A safer pick would have been up St. Nicholas Avenue and eventually over the Madison Avenue Bridge.
Bike advocates like Google\’s effort, and say it will help recreational cyclists find safe paths.
\”The fact that Google is taking it on brings it to millions of mobile devices and computers,\” said Wiley Norvell of Transportation Alternatives. \”We\’re enthusiastic.\”
By New York Road Runners
NEW YORK — A knee injury has forced 2009 ING New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi to withdraw from next week\’s NYC Half-Marathon, it was announced today by New York Road Runners officials.
The NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday, March 21, is the richest half-marathon in the United States, with a prize purse of $100,000. The race boasts a men\’s field led by marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, two-time ING New York City Marathon winner Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, and United States Olympians Anthony Famiglietti and Abdi Abdirahman. The women\’s field features 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor of the United States and 2009 London Marathon runner-up Mara Yamauchi of Great Britain.
\”Due to a setback in my training a few weeks ago, I will not be prepared to compete in the NYC Half-Marathon,\” Keflezighi said in a statement to NYRR officials. \”The New York Road Runners have assembled a great field once again, and I was looking forward to being a top contender. But I developed soreness on my left knee that required me to take several days off and cut back on mileage for a few weeks. Since I lost most of the build-up phase of my marathon training in February, I will have to pass on a tune-up race and focus my time on preparing for the Boston Marathon [next month].\”
Keflezighi has not raced since his historic victory last November, when he became the first American winner in New York since 1982, when Alberto Salazar won the last of his three consecutive titles.
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Tampa, FL (Vocus) March 11, 2010 –Magnetic, a full-service web design and development company based in Tampa, Florida, today announced the launch of the new e-commerce web site aimed towards triathletes and endurance sport athletes of all abilities. Triathletes from around the world will now be able to purchase their favorite swim, bike, and run products online at the new Ironman360.com (http://www.ironman360.com) web site.
\”We investigated several custom website development companies (http://www.magnetic.com/web-development/) before we contracted with Magnetic,” said Hunter Jewett, Vice President and General Manager of World Endurance Sports, LLC. \”We knew that we wanted a sophisticated and professional site, but it also had to incorporate the latest flash development, social networking and ease of use functionality. Magnetic\’s marketing team led us through a site development plan with a look and feel that epitomized what we were after.\”
The new site contains a fully-functioning shopping cart system which will allow customers to browse and then purchase triathlon-related products from an inventory of several hundred products from the most well-known brands for Ironman (http://ironman.com/) triathletes. While shopping on the site, customers can navigate through the inventory by category, brand, or even by products that their favorite professional triathlete uses.
“As a company that encourages fitness and a healthy lifestyle for our employees, we are extremely proud to be partnering with Ironman360,” says Jennifer Bakunas, President and CEO of Magnetic. “We have a number of employees who compete in triathlons and running races (http://www.magnetic.com/recent-news/Magnetic-Places-1st-In-Gasparilla-15K-Race-Mixed-Team-Division), so our enthusiasm for fitness mixed with our web development services have allowed us to create a site that will grow into an exciting online resource for endurance sport enthusiasts.”
In addition to the new web site, Ironman360.com recently opened a physical store in Tampa. The 4,000 sq. ft. store is outfitted with a full complement of the latest triathlon products and also includes a service center where customers’ bicycles can be upgraded and fixed.
“Their developers and project manager created a fantastic site that would allow a user to identify products quickly, with easy navigation and thoughtful controls. The whole experience in dealing with Magnetic was a pleasure and I cannot say enough good things about them,” Jewett continued. “For 31 years, Ironman® has been recognized for excellence, performance and quality products. With Magnetic\’s help, we can now offer the best multi-sport products available to endurance athletes around the world!\”
San Diego, Calif. – The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a world leader in helping challenged athletes get involved – and stay involved – in sports announces the launch of two of their premier fundraising events: CAF Million Dollar Challenge, Presented by Qualcomm – a 7-day, 620-mile fully supported cycling adventure down the California Coastline from October 16-22, 2010 and the 17th Anniversary Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge – a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run distance triathlon and festival in La Jolla, CA on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Both events raise more than $1 million each for CAF and help physically challenged individuals get off the side-lines and into the game.
CAF MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE, Presented by Qualcomm – October 16-22
***CELEBRITY GUEST PARTICIPANTS***
• Former UCLA and pro basketball star Bill Walton.
• Top pro riders from Garmin-Transitions professional cycling team.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge (MDC), Presented by Qualcomm, will take-on the rugged California Coastline during a 7-day, 620-mile unforgettable charity ride, which has earned a reputation as one of the premier cycling events in the country. The ride combines a challenging personal journey for participants with the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others. MDC combines world-class service from a team of ride support professionals with premier accommodations, fabulous meals and amenities.
This year will be filled with stand-out special guests including top pros from the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team and former UCLA and pro basketball star Bill Walton, who after 36 surgeries himself, understands the importance of good health and the role of fitness and sport in enhancing peoples’ lives. He shares the following sentiments when asked about the value of CAF’s mission: “I support the cause because it’s about dreams and sports for everybody.”
When Bill says “everybody,” he means everybody – size, ability or physical disability shouldn’t impede an individuals opportunity to be active. This includes his new friend and current UCLA student Scout Bassett. The two athletes – Bill towering at 6’11” and Scout standing tall at 4’8” – share the same love for the UCLA Bruins, both have custom made bikes from Holland (due to their size), share a passion for cycling and will lead out one day of the ride. Together they are proof that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. (See the attached images for the dramatic effect)
Aspen Medical Products SAN DIEGO TRIATHLON CHALLENGE – October 24
***LIMITED-TIME SPECIAL OFFER***
10% OFF the San Diego Triathlon Challenge Entry Fee (Extension)
Register before 3pm (PST) on Friday, March 12 to receive the discount.
CAF’s Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge, a half-distance triathlon and festival, began almost two decades ago as a fundraiser to help a fellow injured triathlete and has grown into a celebration of life and sport that is making a difference in the lives of physically challenged athletes around the world. It is an event unlike any other in the world. Inspiration, perspiration and determination are the words of the day, as more than 125 of the world’s top physically challenged athletes take on this grueling yet rewarding course alongside 550 able-bodied triathletes, celebrities and pros.
“The CAF event in San Diego is the greatest day in our sport” said 2009 SDTC participant, professional triathlete and 2007 Ford Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack. “What I experienced in San Diego with CAF was the most inspiring day of my life. To be a part of what this amazing Foundation does and how they change lives for people was so motivating; it gave me a purpose. I was inspired, and wanted to do more.”
Don’t miss your chance to participate, sponsor, donate to an athlete or volunteer for one of these life-changing events.
Consecutive Days Run: 67
Runner: Brandon Wood
Shoes: Newton AW Trainers
Location: New York, NY
Type of Run: Quickie
Time of Day: 6:20 PM EST
Distance Run: 1.71 miles
Time Run: 00:17:43
Average Pace: 10:20 per mile
Weather Conditions: Cool (51 degrees Fahrenheit)
Disposition: Good, but with tired legs
Link to Run Detail: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/26505486
About the Run: Happy tenth birthday to our baby girl Annie! No, not the human baby girl, but the canine version of our baby girl. She is ten years old today and for her birthday, she wanted to go for a run with her dad and I was more than happy to oblige.
Whenever I run with either of my dogs, it really give me a chance and pause to see how they literally stop and smell everything. Even when they don\’t stop, they\’re still taking in everything around them. They aren\’t jaded or oblivious to the incredible world with which they are surrounded, they are simply fascinated to be in it. This innocence always touches me. Even when I get upset with one of our dogs, they will always say they love me no matter how angry I am.
The run was good, but slow. Don\’t be fooled by her age, Annie is fully capable of breaking down and going far faster than I am, but she just likes to take her time. My legs are a bit weary so it was probably a good thing to take it easy.
I rescued Annie from the Albermarle County, Virginia SPCA when she was just eight weeks old. Our other dog, Bubba was rescued from the North Shore Animal League two years ago. Danielle and I strongly support rescuing dogs and cats and other animals from humane shelters. Please consider donating to Me and the Road and helping to support the North Shore Animal League. You can donate by linking through Me and the Road or by going directly to the donation site located at: http://meandtheroad.bbnow.org
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.
To prepare the crust, put the oats, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 12 times, until you get a pebbly course texture. Add the buttermilk and pulse 3 to 5 times more to combine. Form the mixture into a ball and place it between 2 large pieces of waxed paper. Roll out into a circle about 10 inches in diameter.
Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. Transfer the crust, still on the other piece of waxed paper to the pie dish, then remove the waxed paper from the top. Press the crust gently into the dish. Bake for 9 minutes, then let cool.
To prepare the filling, heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have released their water and begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the onions back to the pan, stir in the salt, pepper, mustard and thyme.
In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, egg whites and evaporated milk.
Sprinkle the cheese into the pie crust. Top with the mushroom-onion mixture and pour the egg mixture on top. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into 6 wedges and serving.
Nutritional analysis per serving (Serving size: 1 wedge)
Calories 270; Total Fat 14 g; (Sat Fat 6 g, Mono Fat 5 g, Poly Fat 1 g) ; Protein 14 g; Carb 24 g; Fiber 2 g; Cholesterol 125 mg; Sodium 430 mg
Excellent source of: Protein, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Selenium
Good source of: Vitamin A, Niacin, Vitamin D, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Potassium
Consecutive Days Run: 63
Runner: Brandon Wood
Shoes: Newton AW Trainers
Location: New York, NY
Type of Run: Middle distance for endurance
Time of Day: 2:26 PM EST
Distance Run: 9.14 miles
Time Run: 01:09:09
Average Pace: 07:33 per mile
Weather Conditions: Cool (45 degrees Fahrenheit)
Link to Run Detail: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/26095528
About the Run: My assigned run for today was: Run a nice relaxed pace. Zone 2 Nice relaxed shoulders and hands. Tall and quiet. I took this very much to heart and was sure to take what felt like a very relaxed pace and posture. During this run I made a point of looking around and enjoying the scenery and ignoring anything to do with pace or effort, which is to say, I relaxed. I kept this up for the entire run, having no idea what my pace was the entire time. It felt good.
Since I usually do an out and back route when I run during the day, I got some wind in my face today. It wasn\’t tremendously windy, but there was enough that it felt completely still on the way downtown. Once I turned around and headed back uptown, the wind hit me a little more. I remained relaxed as much as I could but I did catch myself picking up the effort more than I should have a couple of times. All in all, a very good, relaxed run.
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The City of New York and the New York Road Runners who hosted the somewhat infamous Men\’s Olympic marathon trials before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are a little less than thrilled with some news today. If you recall, it was in those trials that Ryan Shay tragically passed away, five and a half miles into the race. The city was hoping that they would again be given the trials for the 2012 London games, however USATF has granted the trials to the city of Houston.
One point in favor of Houston was the $1.7 million in private and public funds that were put up for the event. Here is what NYRR CEO, Mary Wittenberg had to say:
“As an organization fiercely committed to our sport and our athletes, I have to be honest and say that we are disappointed by today’s announcement that both Trials races will be in Houston. It seemed such a win-win to split the genders and to give the fans of two markets the chance to experience the Trials in an up-close-and-personal way. The NY and Boston Trials were unqualified successes. It would have been nice for at least one of us to have had the chance to build on that success and to capitalize on the momentum of the last Trials.
“For us at NYRR, our commitment to our athletes and our sport has always gone way beyond any one day. All of us at NYRR were, however, hoping to have the chance to work with USATF and the USOC to make the very most of that one Trials day for the good of our athletes and our sport. We will look forward to continuing to host our American athletes often throughout the year at NYRR events.”
With this, Houston becomes the first city to host both the Men\’s and Women\’s marathon trials. The event will be held on January 14, 2012 on a course that has put up some fairly fast times in the past. The top three finishers in each race will go on to represent the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
HOUSTON COURSE RECORDS
Men: 2:07:37 Teshome Gelana Etana, 2010
Women: 2:23:53 Teyiba Erkiso Waka, 2010
March 2, 2010 (Tampa, Fla.) — World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the portfolio that includes Ironman, 70.3, Iron Girl and IronKids brands, announces its partnership with John Duke for the launch of a new magazine. With plans to appear in late summer, the magazine will feature content for the serious and committed triathlete. Initial subscribers will be participants of domestic events within the 2010 Ironman and 70.3 Series. Digital subscriptions are planned for international participants.
The new magazine called LAVA, which takes its name from the chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean where Ironman and the sport began, will take readers into the fiery center of triathlon. While the Ironman World Championship hails as the pinnacle of the sport, athletes who value the regular and hard-core multisport experience will be the target for the magazine.
John Duke will oversee content for the brand and will serve as the magazine’s publisher and advertising director. Duke spent 14 years as publisher of Triathlete Magazine and most recently was Senior Vice President of the Print Media Division for Competitor Group.
“I could not imagine a better team to create the world\’s leading triathlon publication,” says Duke. “Our team is excited to build a magazine for people who feel triathlon is not just a hobby, but rather a lifestyle. We are all looking forward to utilizing our first-hand racing experience, journalistic backgrounds and passion within the pages of LAVA.”
The team will consist of Susan Grant-Legacki, former editor of Inside Triathlon, along with Jay Prasuhn, who served as tech editor at Triathlete Magazine for 10 years. Creative will be led by Erica Krystek, the former art director of Inside Triathlon, who was responsible for the redesign of Inside Triathlon\’s re-branding in 2008. The sales and advertising effort will be led by 11-time winner of the national track cycling championships, Sean Watkins, who was also the vice president of sales and event marketing for Triathlete Magazine. Heather Gordon, who started at Triathlete Magazine 11 years ago and rose to the position of associate publisher rounds out the team.
For advertising information about LAVA, contact Sean Watkins at Seanwatkins@ironman.com or John Duke at Johnduke@ironman.com. All media-related inquiries can be directed to Blair LaHaye at Blair@ironman.com. Event details about Ironman and 70.3 can be located at www.ironman.com.
Moment Sporting Events has just announced the date–September 18, 2010—for the San Diego Triathlon Classic. The race, San Diego\’s original USAT sanctioned Olympic triathlon, is now open for registration (www.sandiegotriathlonclassic.com).
\”The San Diego Triathlon Classic has gained recognition for its spectator-friendly course that winds through some of San Diego\’s most precious historic landmarks,\” said JT Lyons, president of Moment Sporting Events. \”The scenic, yet challenging nature of this premier event has attracted those that simply enjoy the fun and purity of the sport as well as numerous top age groupers and elite triathletes.\”
Lyons added that the company moved the event from its original mid-October date to mid-September to allow those competing at the Ford Ironman World Championships to have one more race option \”a final tune-up\” before heading off to Hawaii.
The San Diego Triathlon Classic will begin and end on the water\’s edge at Liberty Station in the newly renovated historic NTC Park. The 1.5K calm water swim is in a protected estuary of San Diego bay. The bike course (40k) travels through Cabrillo National Park, enjoying spectacular views of Mexico, downtown San Diego and the Pacific. The two-loop, fast and flat, 10k run winds along the waterfront in NTC Park, passing the USS recruit.
\”We created the San Diego Triathlon Classic course with both the athlete and the spectator in mind,\” said Lyons. \”All can enjoy the beautiful views of the downtown skyline, historic landmarks and the San Diego Bay. There is a children\’s playground, additional park space and shopping just steps away from the start/finish area.\”
Race features include participant t-shirts, a unique finisher medal, goodie bags, five-split timing, gourmet post-race food and a microbrew garden. The travel friendly San Diego Triathlon Classic is minutes from the San Diego International Airport. Many restaurants are within walking distance and hotels are just a step away from the start/finish line.
The public is encouraged to watch the race and attend the free two-day Fitness expo Friday, September 17th and Saturday September 18th. The expo will showcase the finest in triathlon-related coaching, nutrition, bicycles, wheels, apparel, and more.
Interested race participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. To register online, or for more information, including photos and accolades from last year\’s race, visit: www.sandiegotriathlonclassic.com.
Triathlete Belinda Granger has won her 12th Ironman-distance race, taking out Ironman Malaysia for the third-straight year.
Granger dominated the race, taking the lead on the bike and winning by more than 12 minutes.
She finished in nine hours 23 minutes and 33 seconds, well clear of the 9:35:02 from Italian Edith Niederfriniger.
It was a good day for the Sydney-based Grangers, with Belinda\’s husband Justin finishing fourth in the men\’s race and the first Australian male across the line.
The win represents an impressive return to form for Granger, who needed major surgery last year to repair an artery in her leg.
She is a regular top-10 finisher at the Hawaiian Ironman world championships but had to pull out during that race last October because of illness.
\”It was definitely my intention to come back here and get three in a row,\” Granger told the Ironman website.
\”Now I can tick that off my list – the No.1 goal was to get to the finish line after being sick in Hawaii.\”
Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker smashed the men\’s field to win by more than 28 minutes, clocking 8:22:31, while Granger finished 9:01:08.
The race was held in hot, humid conditions and was the standard Ironman triathlon distances of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km marathon run.
Consecutive Days Run: 57
Runner: Brandon Wood
Shoes: La Sportiva Wildcat GTX
Location: New York, NY
Type of Run: Quickie
Time of Day: 7:10 PM EST
Distance Run: 1.73 miles
Time Run: 00:14:15
Average Pace: 8:15 per mile
Weather Conditions: Snow and Ice, Cold (32 degrees Fahrenheit)
Link to Run Detail: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/25601025
About the Run: Today\’s sn-urricane left us with a bunch of snow on the highways and byways of New York City. Since I didn\’t have an assigned run (swim day) this gave me the perfect opportunity to get out and play in the snow on a short run. I wore my La Sportiva Wildcat GTX\’s because I knew that I\’d be contending with quite a bit of ice on the road and the actuator lugs on my Newton AW\’s tend to act like little skis on ice!
So, off I went into the elements for my run. A lot of the primary sidewalk was clear, but when I got in Inwood Hill Park, the paths had been plowed but a layer of ice lay covering the ground. As I was cam to a certain point where the path takes a VERY slight down grade, my feet went out and I found myself rolling, military style across the ground, though probably not as gracefully as I picture it in my head! I didn\’t hurt anything and more importantly, I didn\’t further destroy my clothes supply! I continued on, even getting to run a good stretch of my run on an awesome packed snow path.
All in all a great run. That hill that I want to conquer remains unconquered due to the fact that it was quite treacherous with snow and ice. Can\’t wait to see what tomorrow\’s run brings!