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California Women Love Pandemic Roller Skating They Say

Imagine that! Women in California like to go roller skating. I think that has been true for some time, but it does seem that roller skating, quad and inline, is on the rise during the time of the pandemic. Of course, they're not worried about helmets or wrists or masks or viruses, as long as we can see their hair and smiles. Maybe the appeal of skating is that it feels a bit dangerous in such a safe time? Ha. Well, it's good to see people skating!

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I Skated Four Miles Today

It was 50 degrees, so my fingertips ended up needing gloves, but it was good to skate a few minutes. I've been skating my neighborhood roads during most of the pandemic, as my usual park has often been more crowded than was comfortable for me. I love and miss the park, though!

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226 Cover Songs for Your Pandemic Pleasure and Pain

I'm up to 226 songs now since April 10 as I learn my way back from years of doing other fun things besides playing and singing. See the links below. This is for you, because I already know all the mistakes, and I am hoping you won't catch all of them.
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Polarized Training: More but Easier Easy and Less But Harder Hard May Be the Way

In recent weeks I've been following some podcasts and reading some studies about training as I get ready to get back to eating and training better once the sun hits me after the time shift. Last year, I had lost a lot of weight and had trained pretty well, but at A2A start line I felt weak. Carolina Century I felt much better and stronger, but I tried managing problems from the road and that didn't work.

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Suffering and Sport: TDCS, Perception of Effort, Controlling Emotions, The Hour Record for Cycling, More

Oh boy! More stuff to contemplate on Performance Enhancement and Perceived Effort.

This all started with a BBC article, discussed and listed below, which seemed a bit disjointed, like this article will. First, let's cover a simple electrical device that may help reduce the mental blocks (some people might consider these safeguards) to exercising to physical exhaustion.

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Youngest Triple Axeler and an Octogenater

I went to see the video of the youngest female to do a triple axel, and it was kind of fun to watch, especially with the interviewer almost falling most of the time, but I also enjoyed another video about an over-80 skater who loves his skating like dad loved riding his bike in his 80s. His specialady skates too. Fun stuff.

'I'm the youngest lady to land a triple axel' - BBC News

Thirteen-year-old Alysa Liu is the youngest ever US women's national figure skating champion.

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A Yellow Bike to Ride Alone

This one's for those who don't want to ride alone. I had a purple sparkluscious banana high-rise for wheelies to the pool. But later, my first 10-speed was an inexpensive, road-stripe yellow Japanese no-namer, with gears by a company nobody knew of called Shimano. "Prob'ly never be any good," some folk said.

I rode hilly miles to the valley for native brook fishing in the clear crystal flows and deep cool shadows of the Blue Ridge. The solo ride and the focused solitude of trout fishing without much success rejuvenated my village self to return the hills.

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Fuel Your Workout? Or is Fasting and Exercise Better?

I don't have a lot of data here, but I certainly know that I have bonked plenty of times and not enjoyed skating at that moment. However, some research in the last couple of years with (not exactly) fasting has been interesting. I watched a BBC special with eebee about fasting on alternate days (named variously but lately called the 5:2 diet), but I never tried that. (Neither did I specifically try the high intensity training 3 x 20 mins per week that was in another special with the same BBC correspondent, Michael Mosley, but seriously, that's what my skating is like some weeks.) I tend to feel it's a great idea to have breakfast before and endurance event, and I guess the most often workable thing has been dried cranberries and oatmeal with enough water to undry the oatmeal and the cranberries. I also note they mention the only eat during 16 hours of the day idea I've heard lately.

So I mainly added this marker so we could comment on it. Any thoughts?

 

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Heart Rate Monitors, Fitness Trackers, Garmin Vivosmart HR & Fitbit Charge HR

I love my Garmin Forerunner 310xt for the GPS, 20-hour battery, big display (even if a clunky housing), and for me, good solid HR readings. I usually don't mind wearing the strap, but sometimes, it is a drag...especially on really hot sweaty days. I'm interested in any experience people have with

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Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters

This is a brief note to point to an article about pro long track speedkating season. The one that matters to me, at least. No disrespect intended to the short track derby, but I like mostly non-contact sport contests of speed. The first turn of an F1 race is admittedly often an exception.

This weekend pro long track starts again, and TeamUSA has some experienced skaters leading up to the Olympics. Notably, Shani Davis, a great speedskater over the years, returns. Also Heather (Richardson) Bergsma, from High Point, NC, is back on the ice for another year always being a threat to win the gold. I don't know how or if I'll be able to catch this off the airwaves or streams, but might make an attempt. Former inliner Joey Mantia will also be on the team! 

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Interesting Article on Tramadol in Cycling and Other Sports (WSJ)

This article is interesting to me mainly for what it explains about how they decide what substances should be banned, and why cyclists or at least their managers would want to have a drug banned. If there's no performance enhancement, OK. But I'd say being able to not abandon the next day is a sort of performance enhancement. What seems clear to me after this year of delayed startup for skating is that Tramadol makes some people l "loopy," and for others, it's a disappointment. :o) I took various pain killers in fear of how great they might me feel. I still never felt amazing! Oh well.

Anyway, not a bad article to remind us all to be careful what we take before going on the road in a car or on wheels.

I wonder what percentage of drivers on the road are actively under the influence of an opiod, alcohol, or other performance disenhancer.

I usually don't like reading the comments section, but even early on there are some funny responses.

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Photos of Roadskating Around Paris France from 2003 2004 2005 (Inline Skating Pari Roller and More)

A tweety one. While looking at great free software for fat32/ext3 (TestDisk), I found...

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Roller

Enjoy! roadskater

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Wooden Bike Brings Together Several Interests and Skills from Guitar Building to Cycling to Marketing

This is a good article about an interesting object: a wooden bicycle which incorporates other materials...notably kevlar. It also shows how varied interests and passions can eventually combine into a new life's work or maybe even career, if all goes well. Rather than repeat it all, here's a link.... 

Wooden wheels - Boulder Weekly -

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International Skating Union (ISU) Long Track and Short Track Speed Skating Live on the Web

Just a quick reminder that ISU's website streams some speed skating, depending on broadcast blackouts. As I write, the long track speed skating men's 500m is on. Soon the short track may be available too. 

http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/site/index.html

The specific link for the long track event on now is...

http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/site/index.html?video_id=9693

To check schedules, you can use the following site, but be careful with any links there and don't download .exe files or fall for ads which mention you don't have the right codec or video player. Check your downloads directory after you're finished, too! Having said that, sometimes you can find feeds for events that no USA broadcaster has purchased. 

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Useful Explanation of Multiple Sclerosis and How High Vitamin D Levels Can Reduce Chance of Getting MS

Since we raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and advocacy through the Carolina Century and as the Roadskater.net cycling and inline skating team, we often are asked about the disease. We've tried to learn more about it, but it can be difficult to explain in a few words. One of our sidebars on this site tracks MS research, and usually the articles are either inconclusive or incomprehensible.

This article is pretty good, especially in the last three paragraphs, which explain MS generally. It's worth a read as a backgrounder, and for the information on the Vitamin D as a factor in MS development. The first comment to the article also seems knowledgeable, and the recommendation for Vitamin D from sunlight sounds good...but I think I may need to add some vitamins in with that. 

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