Well, it may not have been the worst Super Bowl halftime show ever (Black Eyed Peas still hold that crown) but it was certainly the weirdest. A lip-synching Pop Tart vamping with the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys, 2 escapees from Wayne's World and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Monday, August 29, 2011
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his performance in the Chicago Triathlon where he finished ninth out of 80 in his age group:
“You may say I’m unfit to be mayor, but you can never say I’m an unfit mayor."
OK, that's one of the better finishing quotes I've heard. Probably written by some speechwriter.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The NY Times weighs in on preparing triathletes for the "chaos" of open-water swimming. I've found that getting better at open-water swimming requires lots of, well, open-water swimming. You think there's some mysterious secret? There's not.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Nice run this morning, along the river and through the woods, no Grandmother's house to be found.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
And so the Flying Lunchbox is finally paid off. Free and clear. In my name and my name only.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Two deaths in this weekend's New York Triathlon and the NY Times' headline is "Death During Swim Renews Questions About Event’s Safety."
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Great weekend in Steamboat Springs, CO. Visited some favorite dining spots, hiked up to the gondola's top to work it all off. Perfect weather - warm days, cool nights. Right now my view is looking west, high over the Yampa Valley as the sun turns everything golden. Home tomorrow, work Tuesday.
While I'm at it, the Dems' new narrative is that it's a "Tea Party Downgrade." Ummm, OK. Not a "Wasteful Bail-Out Downgrade?" Not an "Expensive, Health Plan Downgrade?" Or a "Two Endless Wars Downgrade?" Right, it's an "Our taxes are too low downgrade!"
Monday, August 01, 2011
A free copy of ESPN the Magazine landed in my office today. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There's NO lamer, more boring, utterly wretched example of sports journalism at work anywhere in our post-lockout wasteland. So some dipwad NFL player doesn't like nail clippings on his training table. Some pre-pubescent skier isn't fond of speed-dating. They're KILLING TREES to tell me that crap. Are you kidding me?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Once upon a time it was OK to eat meat, red and otherwise. A time when butter, eggs and cream were staples. The French do it, gleefully, and suffer far lower rates of heart disease and other uniquely American maladies.
But no, we couldn’t be like the French, could we? Sacre bleau!
And so red meat was jettisoned, leaving ‘healthy’ meats like fish and poultry.
Then it was better to be vegetarian, no meat at all.
But if vegetarianism is good then vegan must be even better.
And if vegan is good then raw, unsullied, virgin food is the ne plus ultra!
Pretty soon starvation will be the trendiest diet of them all. After all, who’d want a carrot to feel the pain of cold steel?
Me? I’m sticking to the Mediterranean diet – olive oil, fish, poultry, pasta, bread, nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, healthy dairy, intense black coffee, red wine. 60% carbs, 20% each protein and healthy fats.
And the next time an overweight, undernourished, teetotalling, carrot-crunching vegan throws some dietary criticism my way, I’m gonna invite her onto the triathlon course and kick her ass. Kindly, in a manner befitting the emotionally sensitive, growthful, modern kinda guy that I am.
Not that I have anyone particular in mind...
Probably. Will they be? Doubtful.
Don’t kid yourself. It has far less to do with proclamations about youthful morality than you think. The fight is really about which side in the ‘war on drugs’ gets to bank the spoils.
But first, a question: why aren’t the headlines full of lurid stories about gangs wearing Distiller A’s colors shooting it out with other gangs wearing Distiller B’s? Hasn’t happened since prohibition ended. Hmmm…
Think about it, and, as with most things, follow the money. And never, ever underestimate a civil servant’s instincts for self-preservation.
Who benefits from illegal drugs apart from the leaders of a few thousand crazed Mexican thugs?
The taxpayer-funded, anti-drug establishment, that’s who.
The Narco-Industrial Complex
A few decades ago, when the wars were in Korea and Viet Nam, it was called the ‘military-industrial complex.’ It’s a few generals and captains of industry sitting behind the lines, directing armies of underpaid foot soldiers doing the dirty work and the dying.
It’s a back-scratching web of those with power to tax and spend in support of an agenda: politicians, lobbyists, regulators, law enforcement officials, government employees, their unions and those in their orbit - the court system’s judges, defense attorneys and for-profit prison operators.
And we shouldn’t forget the vendors - the sellers of guns, Kevlar vests and night vision scopes to what has become a paramilitary operation.
Who benefits from decriminalization? In short, not the vested interests, but lowlifes – today’s users and yesterday’s felons. The dealers. Growers. Farmers. Hippies. Immigrants. Entrepreneurs. College kids. Importers. Head shop owners. Hustlers. Weird pharmacies selling brownies.
Yikes. Who’d want that? Better to get rich fighting a losing battle than to declare ‘peace’ and watch your former enemy get rich!
But don’t worry. Our kids are safe. The good guys are winning, right? Well sure, they control the narrative.
(Full disclosure: I don’t use illegal drugs and wouldn’t if they were decriminalized. But as someone with a definite libertarian streak, I’m content to let you make all the dumb decisions you want. I’m also content to let you bear the consequences.)
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Earlier: an easy 1:15 run, shaking out a few cobwebs. Proud form, quick tempo, 21 right foot falls in 15 seconds, driving the arms forward (because where your arms go the body follows.) Pushing it up the hills, running strongly down. Stretching before and after.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
And so it begins. The long, slow slog, the base building, the dark, cold, early morning workouts, the Boot Camps, the "I forget how many 25's this is!" laps in the pool, the carefully-watched calories and carbs, the fun, the fear and the blood, sweat and tears.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
The Wall Street Journal's weekend edition in my hands, NPR's "Weekend Edition" on the radio and strong black coffee racing through my veins - Sunday mornings don't get any better! Out for a run later once I see whether we're getting rain or ice. I'm running either way, just like to know what I'm in for.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I know there's lots of competition for the award, but is there a bigger idiot in professional sports than Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder? He's trying to get a reporter fired for penning a critical article listing Snyder's many missteps during an ownership tenure spanning 12 years and Jeff George, Albert Haynesworth and Jim Zorn.
Monday, January 31, 2011
As soon as a few consulting gigs are safely underway, I'm throwing my bike and the rest of my tri-gear into the Flying Lunchbox and heading to Texas for several months of warm-weather training. I'm gonna spend many hours gazing at the bottom of Lifetime Fitness's lap pool!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I've heard this weekend described as a Chicago "Sportsgasm." What's a Sportsgasm?
Friday, January 14, 2011
Despite a lingering cough and 30" of snow, I'm hellbent to get in a run tomorrow. Or maybe I'll just shovel the driveway. That's aerobic, right?
Monday, January 03, 2011
Flying home from Steamboat last week, I had the good fortune to be seated in front of what sounded like refugees from either a phlegm depository or a tuberculosis sanitarium. I cursed the capricious Airline Gods for their seating arrangement, tried to hold my breath for 2 hours, failed, and fell back on the hope that clean living, good food, constant handwashing and hot tea would confer immunity.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
- Barefoot running. (A trend I don't get at all.)
- Working it "old school" i.e. working with your own body weight, sans fancy props and expensive equipment. (Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges...it sounds like Fitness Boot Camp all over again!)
- Yoga mixed with everything. Snowga - on the ski slopes. Paddleboard Yoga - in the water. Koga - while kickboxing. (No thanks. I have enough problems with Downward Dog as it is.)
- Triathlons, a "frenzy (that's) been building for a decade." (Thanks in part to Hollyweird.)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Tri-Daughter center of gravity is slowly moving to the southwest. Tri-Daughter #2 recently announced she's leaving Portland, OR and joining T-D #4 in the Tempe, AZ area. That means more places to stay for P.F. Chang's Rock 'n Roll Marathon and, maybe, someday, IM-AZ.
Registration opens in a few days for the 16th annual Galena (IL) Triathlon and Duathlon. Scheduled for May 21, 2011, the race through the hills of northwest Illinois is one of my favorites.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I'm spending the week in Steamboat Springs, CO with Tri-Brother and (now) Tri-Sister. If this week had a theme song it'd be "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" What a great place. And next time you're here, check out Bistro C.V. for dinner. Worth the trip even if you're not a skier.
"Boulder’s mile-high elevation is one of the worst possible environments for endurance athletes to make their homes in. It’s not high enough to significantly change blood chemistry in most people, yet it’s also just high enough to significantly reduce performance in high-intensity workouts, so that athletes get a little less benefit from each quality session."As he says, don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
The Great Suburban Outback's roads are slicker than greased pig snot, thanks to lake effect snows and multiple freeze/thaw cycles. I've been reduced to kind of a shuffling walk/run/slide gait, trying to avoid falling on my ass and breaking something important.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
First, "Omaha Tommy" Ricketts, scion of Omaha's TD Ameritrade clan and a year into his tenure as owner of the Chicago Cubs, announced plans to renovate Wrigley Field using $300 million of state financing. Trouble is he forgot to give heads-up to, oh, the Governor, the Mayor, the editorial boards of the Tribune and Sun-Times, anybody important, really. At last count, polls showed sentiment running 9-1 AGAINST his proposal.
Oh, but absent the bailout, conditions would have been SO MUCH WORSE, says Buffett, thus ignoring the salutary effects of seeing thousands of Wall Street 'titans' living in cardboard boxes under some expressway.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
From Discovery News, a study suggests that you'll race faster in cool weather if you add heat to your training sessions.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Top-10 Triathlon Towns, from Triathlete Magazine. At least three are on my list of "places I'd like to call home someday."
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
"World Triathlon Corp., whose signature long-distance event, the Ford Ironman World Championship, is taking place in Hawaii this Saturday, plans to add 13 U.S. triathlons to its 2011 lineup that will cover only 31.9 miles, which is the distance used for triathlons in the Summer Olympic Games. World Triathlon will dub its new series 5150, a reference to the 51.5-kilometer length of the Olympic race, but the affiliation with Ironman will be highly visible."Predictably, some Ironman veterans are questioning whether an Olympic-distance Ironman is really an Ironman or just a gimmick from World Triathlon's new owners - Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm bent on squeezing every dollar of incremental revenue out of a fast-growing sport.
"Triathlon participation is booming. The number of racers grew to 1.2 million U.S. triathletes in 2009, an 11% jump from 2008 and a 50% jump from 2007, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.
"Dues-paying members of USA Triathlon—typically triathletes who compete in four or more races a year—stand at 135,000, up from 100,674 in 2007.
"USA Triathlon surveys show that the average income of the triathlete exceeds $125,000 a year. Many triathletes spend thousands a year on bicycles, swim gear, running shoes and travel, making the sport popular among corporate sponsors. At independent bike dealers, unit sales of triathlon bikes jumped 24% this year through August, while unit sales of wet suits jumped 40%, according to Leisure Trends Group, a research firm based in Boulder, Colo.
"But participation in triathlon diminishes with length. A 2009 USA Triathlon survey found that only 17% of triathletes had finished an Ironman race in the past year. But 58% had finished an Olympic-distance race. The popularity of the shorter distance in part reflects the inclusion since 2000 of the 31.9-mile triathlon as an Olympic event."
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
"Predictably, since running, as a sport, has a high injury rate, quite a few became injured during the (study period.) About 16 percent of the group that didn’t stretch were hobbled badly enough to miss training for at least three days (the researchers’ definition of a running injury), while about 16 percent of the group that did stretch were laid up for the same amount of time. The percentages, in other words, were virtually identical. Static stretching had proved to be a wash in terms of protecting against injury. It “neither prevented nor induced injury when compared with not stretching before running,” the study’s authors concluded"
"The bulk of the available science strongly suggests that static stretching before a workout not only does not prevent overuse injuries but also may actually hinder athletic performance. “There is a very important neurological effect of stretching,” said Ross Tucker, a physiologist in South Africa and co-author of the Web siteThe Science of Sport. “There is a reflex that prevents the muscle from being stretched too much,” which is activated by static stretching, inducing the muscle to become, in effect, tighter in self-protection. Past studies have found that athletes’ vertical jump is lower after a bout of static stretching than with no stretching at all. They can’t generate as much power."
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today's run in the heat reminded me of some great advice from CoachKaryn, specifically, run when it's hot, slacker! And when it's cold and windy and raining and uncomfortable for any number of reasons.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Hardest vs. easiest Half-Ironman 70.3 triathlon courses, based on average finishing time.
Monday, July 26, 2010
The NY Times finds that, to communicate status and connoisseurship, the rich rely less on logos and more on design and detailing. In short, that lizard logo on your favorite shirt marks you as definitely declasse.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I'm meeting with a swim coach at Lifetime Fitness this evening, as I'm way overdue for a tune-up on a swim stroke that was never very good and to which time has not been kind.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yesterday it was the ugly sight of "Men Who Stare At Screens." Today, it's men staring at farm animals and a reminder that I'd failed to post a review of "Men Who Stare At Goats," a recent pay-per-view evening's entertainment.
"Saw "The Men Who Stare At Goats" last night. My review: a cub reporter (Dennis the Menace?) meets the characters from Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and, together, they all stage an off-off-off-Broadway remake of "Apocalypse Now" done as an ironic comedy. What the hell was George Clooney thinking?"
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
From The New York Times: the relative merits of sports drinks, energy bars and gels. The conclusion:
"...the researchers found...that the carbohydrates from the gels and the sports bars were being metabolized as quickly and as efficiently as those from the sports drink."
Monday, May 31, 2010
Running through the woods along the river is fine. Running in the rain is fine. Running THROUGH the woods ALONG the river IN the rain while a thunderstorm RAGES around you...not so much. The triathlon training gods must be laughing their asses off right now.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The sun is finally out and it's looking like we'll see the upside of 60 degrees for the first time in days. Back from a run with Camden the Wonder Dog who's clearly a dog but not so wonderful. He's in worse shape than I am, if that's possible. I've started leaving him home for all but the shortest runs.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
From The Wall Street Journal's Health & Wellness column, here's how a busy CEO works Ironman training into her hectic schedule, and all that gear into her budget. (Note: registration may be required to read the article.)
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Chris Lieto: Triathlon training is mind over body. Skip the weights in favor of core training. Some tempo work is necessary but there's a reason most training is long and slow. Finally, high-quality calories fuel the machine, so go eat something!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Wondering how Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps fuels up? From the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog, Phelps' typical menu includes (and no, he doesn't choose among these options. He eats them all...)
Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.When training for my first half-Ironman, I was forced to increase my daily intake to 6,000 calories a day for several months. Blech. I thought I'd like it. I didn't.
Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.
Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.