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My Story: The Assault on Mt. Mitchell 2007

On Sunday June 10th, I pack up my gear and start driving north to Spartanburg, SC to tackle the 32nd Annual Assault on Mt Mitchell. This is a 102-mile ride from Spartanburg, SC to the top of Mt Mitchell, NC with 12,000+ ft of climbing. This will be my third time talking this beast and I feel ready for the task at hand.

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2 eggs 2 slices of bacon and 2 pancakes for $2.32; Plus Panera Sweet Tea & Free Wifi

No, this is not about healthy eating, or training, or skating, except that I'll need to think about those things later in the day. I just got back from enjoying an amazing anachronism: breakfast with 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon and 2 large pancakes for $2.32...and the food was good!

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Hard-to-Find Rollerblade ABT-Lite Brake Available at Sun & Ski Sports, Discover Mills, GA

Funny how things work out sometimes. I spent too much time this weekend agonizing over which shipping fees to pay when buying some replacement hard-to-find Rollerblade ABT-Lite brake pads for my speed skate brake set up ($5 makes a lot of difference to me right now). I ended up not buying any. No real, physical sporting goods stores I've visited over the past 2 years stocked these, that I could see.

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High Carb (Carbohydrate), Low Fat Grocery Food with Sodium, Potassium Nutrition Facts

Especially in long events over four hours, getting sodium and potassium (and other electrolytes if possible) are important, and more water is not better if it doesn't contain electrolytes. Some say "peanut butter" but during an event it's hard to deal with the fat that comes with it. Those who sweat alot and who experience muscle craps are often looking for sources of potassium. So I've been looking out for convenient sources of sodium and potassium, especially as might be found in grocery or convenience stores.

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High Protein, Low Fat, Low Carb (Carbohydrate) Grocery Food Nutrition Facts

I wanted to share some of my findings in my search for relatively easy to find, affordable, options for high protein, low carbohydrate, low fat food. I typically go for high carb, low fat food before and during exercise, and try to eat more protein after. I love pizza and mexican-american food, so take that with a huge shaker of salt. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorites that help me get more protein and a little less fat, and also don't require refrigeration before opening:

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24-Hour Inline Montreal Race Report

Wow... What do you say after skating for 24 hours? Well, first off I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to our AWESOME support team! Andrea, Maria, Renee, and Dawn -- YOU ROCK! In fact, we need to create a whole new verb that adequately describes how much you rock. And another BIG THANKS to Brian Shicoff for organizing everything, and to Lawrence for really making me earn that silver medal, and to Bryan McKenney for rounding out our team of Americans determined to fulfill Brian's dream of sweeping the podium... (lol)

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Tour de France Rest Day: My Favorite Anecdote from Week One

During the rest day, I've been speed-reading through various reports and blog entries for the first nine days of this year's Tour. My favorite story so far comes from David Millar's Stage 5 diary account of rookie British sprinter Mark Cavendish on his first-ever hilly TdF stage:

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Skatey-Mark Takes Second in Montreal 24-Hour Skate Race

The word from Dave W last night on the phone was that Mark placed second overall in the Solo division of the 24-Hour skate race in Montréal QC at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Way to go Mark! I can't wait to hear how many miles he logged! Congratulations to the other participants, especially Brian S. Please let us know your stats and experiences, guys!

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Skating 104 miles then 125 miles on the American Tobacco Trail, Durham NC

Well it's my last chance to tell a story before we get the news from Montréal about the 24-hour skate race and see how Mark, Brian, Marcia and others did. My story is a much less dramatic one, but kind of fun anyway.

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Stretching for Speed

I ran across this link to Bont's site the other day on a skate forum. I realize many of you may already be doing a lot of these stretches in your warm up routine, but many of the new people to skating and this site might find a stretch or two they could add to theirs.

http://www.bont.com/news/featurearticles/stretching/stretching.htm

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Inline Skaters Get Great Tour de France TV Coverage and Comments

Just a quick note to say that on today's stage of the Tour de France, some inline skaters made the video coverage and were even commented upon favorably by Phil Liggett (and maybe by Paul Sherwen too).

The first view was of the solo race leader with a solo skater in a low race position making good time on a road parallel to the TdF course.

The second view a few minutes later was of four skaters on the parallel road, behind the full peloton, with fields of sunflowers in the foreground and between the two roads.

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Stained Glass Colors and Churches in Prague

Rambling blogging and reminiscences follow, mostly triggered by Blake's comment on stained glass colors. It got me thinking of the glass in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, begun in the 14th century but not completed for almost 600 years.

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Russian Champs Coach Ice-Skating & Ice-Dance Clinics 2007, Maryland

If you're near the DC area this summer, you may be interested in the ice-dance clinics being coached by:

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Sign Up Now for the Next Skate Strong Workshop! (August 18 2007 Raleigh NC)

I'd like to start getting an idea of how many people will be taking my next workshop. It will be held on Saturday, August 18th. The location will most likely be the same as last time -- Reedy Creek Elementary School. The feedback from the first one was pretty good. I'd encourage anyone that attended the first one to post their thoughts so that others might sign up...

 

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