Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
- 8:04:08 - Luc Van Lierde (Belgium). 1st place in 1996 (swim 51:05, bike 4:28:06, run 2:55:16).
- 8:06:07 - Thomas Hellriegel (Germany). 2nd in 1996 (54:22, 4:24:50, 2:46:55).
- 8:07:45 - Mark Allen (USA). 1st in 1993 (50:40, 4:29:00, 2:48:05).
- 8:09:08 - Mark Allen (USA). 1st in 1992 (51:27, 4:35:23, 2:42:18).
- 8:09:15 - Mark Allen (USA). 1st in 1989 (51:17, 4:37:52, 2:40:04).
- 8:10:13 - Dave Scott (USA). 2nd in 1989 (51:16, 4:37:53, 2:41:03).
- 8:11:56 - Normann Stadler (Germany). 1st in 2006 (54:05, 4:24:50, 2:46:55).
- 8:13:07 - Chris McCormack (Australia). 2nd in 2006 (53:51, 4:29:24, 2:46:02).
- 8:14:17 - Faris Al-Sultan (Germany). 1st in 2005 (49:54, 4:25:24, 2:54:51).
- 8:14:27 - Pauli Kiuru (Finland). 2nd in 1993 (51:05, 4:28:06, 2:55:16).
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
"After a gruelling and long final dash, we’ve reached the South Pole. We skied almost 90 kilometres during 36 hours. The first Finnish South Pole expedition has reached its goal! Poppis is now one of 12 people in the world who have skied to both poles without external support."Happy holidays!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- Not doing any pushups at all. Come on, this is one of the greatest workouts ever invented, and it's freely available anywhere you are.
- Letting your elbows go wide. Keep your elbows in - you don't have to squeeze them crazy tight, just make sure they don't travel too wide either.
- Sloping your hips down. Always keep your back straight.
- Sticking your butt up in the air. Always keep your back straight.
- Not going down far enough. Quit thinking you can win in this game by cheating - you should go down all the way and then up all the way. 10 honest pushups are way better than 20 half-pushups.
- Hanging your head low like a cow. Imagine a straight line from your feet to the top of your head and then really focus on keeping it that way all the time.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Chrissie Wellington: Ford Ironman World Champion 2008 & 2007
Originally uploaded by richseow
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
(music by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson, lyrics by Neal Peart)
It's not how fast you can goAlthough Rush didn't play this song on their latest tour, the new Snakes And Arrows Live 3DVD is awesome.
The force goes into the flow
If you pick up the beat
You can forget about the heat
More than just survival
More than just a flash
More than just a dotted line
More than just a dash
It's a test of ultimate will
The heartbreak climb uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race
More than blind ambition
More than simple greed
More than a finish line
Must feed this burning need
In the long run...
From first to last
The peak is never passed
Something always fires the light that gets in your eyes
One moment's high, and glory rolls on by
Like a streak of lightning
That flashes and fades in the summer sky
Your meters may overload
You can rest at the side of the road
You can miss a stride
But nobody gets a free ride
More than high performance
More than just a spark
More than just the bottom line
Or a lucky shot in the dark
In the long run...
You can do a lot in a lifetime
If you don't burn out too fast
You can make the most of the distance
First you need endurance
First you've got to last...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- short (8-10 sec) and steep (6-8%) hill sprints,
- moderate progressions (running later segments of an easy workout at a slightly faster pace), and
- fartlek intervals (incorporating 30-40 second moderate uphill intervals within an easy workout).
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
sunset in antarctica
Originally uploaded by *christopher*
Although cold and remote, Antarctica sure seems to be a popular continent these days among endurance athletes.
After finishing the Last Desert, Dean Karnazes was declared the overall winner of the 4Deserts series. He also became the first athlete to complete all four events in a calendar year.
A violent storm hit them yesterday, causing the cancellation of Stage 5 of the race. Nine to fourteen meter waves hit their ship, sending stuff flying all over. Sounds like a fun race to do some day!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
- physical fitness,
- mental strength and
- experience with arctic expeditions.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
- Balance your responses to the six types of stress.
- Quiet the mind.
- Transform fear, anger and jealousy.
- Reconnect with the natural world.
- Honor yourself.
- Know and set the quest.
- Live what you ask for.
- Slow down to get faster.
- Invite your inner cave man to the table.
"I trust you will share my passion for Mark and Brant's book and message. They are truly remarkable people from the inside out. Egoless. Authentic. Insightful far beyond the traditional classroom. As will become wonderfully clear to you, these two teachers carry a set of skills and knowledge unlike any others, and you will feel compelled to implement them into your life right away."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- lost his jacket,
- caught a flu with fever, and
- hurt his leg.
Lahja Elämälle is a Finnish organ donation promotion programme that is a partner of the Antarctic expedition. Please support similar programs in your home country.
Friday, November 21, 2008
When I first came across Tim VanOrden's Running Raw project, I honestly thought the poor dude must have lost his mind. The seemingly crazy idea of running competitively while eating a strict diet of mainly raw vegs, fruits, nuts and seeds made me laugh out loud.
- first a six week 50-60% raw lacto-ovo-vegetarian transition period
- followed by another six week 80-100% raw vegan 'detox' phase,
- I'm now about 7 kg (15 lb) lighter - from about 69 kg (152 lb) to 62 kg (136 lb).
- My body fat is down from about 12% to 6%.
- My BMI (Body Mass Index) has decreased from 21.1 to 19.0.
- My health feels much better than before (although I wasn't really sick before, I had some skin issues etc).
- My fitness is great in terms of endurance, however I have not tried any speedwork or racing yet.
- I've been able to cut all dairy, meat, fish, poultry, coffee, tea (except herbal tea) consumption.
- I didn't and still don't consume any soft drinks or alcoholic beverages.
- My energy levels have been pretty high all the time.
- I seem to require less sleep.
- My mind is definitely much clearer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Originally uploaded by gesika22
Today I mixed all my favorite superfoods in a blender to create a real super smoothie:
- half a pomegranate (tip: put it in a bowl under water to get the red seeds stain-free),
- oat milk,
- frozen blueberries (or any berries you like),
- an avocado,
- a pear (or an apple),
- a couple of heaped tablespoonfuls of Green & Black's organic cacao powder,
- a teaspoonful of Magma Plus powder,
- a tablespoonful of flax oil (or fish oil),
- a ripe banana to get a sweeter taste.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
2008 Ironman - Chrissie Wellington
Originally uploaded by konaboy
The Queen of Kona (2007 & 2008 Hawaii Ironman triathlon champion) Chrissie Wellington has generously decided to auction off her trusty Cervelo P2C in aid of Jon Blais' Blazeman Foundation for ALS.
The carbon bike is on eBay right now for three more days. The frame size is 54 cm and the current bid is 5,300 USD. It's a great bike (I ride Cervelo myself) so go get it!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
"When my wife dropped me off for my foot operation, I seemed calm. I was looking forward to reading some books. There were a few races coming up over the next months, but if I had to pull out, nobody would sue me and we wouldn't be sleeping in the car. I was supposed to be retired anyway. The waves in the spring are typically windy and blown out, I told myself. A few weeks downtime to write or paint or help the kids with their homework would do me good. There are no accidents, I finally convinced myself. Everything happens for a reason.When the nurse took my blood pressure it was high. I was putting up a good front but the numbers don't lie. I was nervous, maybe even scared. What if something went wrong and I couldn't ever run again? I was retreating into my narcissistic self; I was too concerned with the body when I should have been focusing on the mind, or even the soul.The doctor doing the surgery made some joke about me being more of an Ironman now because I would truly have metal parts inside me. He was thirty-two years old, in fifth grade when I won my first Ironman. I smiled, took some deep breaths, and remembered how certain Zen masters could will themselves to stop bleeding from an open wound. I added yoga to my list of things I wanted to become proficient at in the next year. Yeah, I could do it in a year.But a year is a long time, and ten years is even longer. Better that I take it a month, no, a week, no, a day, no - better I accept my place right here and now. Make the best of it. Relax, breathe in, breathe out. Slow down and let the past catch up with me. Quit running away from it, since I won't be able to run for a few months anyway. I did some great things in my life as an athlete. Yeah, it was a hell of a good life."
Friday, November 14, 2008
Topinambur (Helianthus tuberosus)
Originally uploaded by Luigi FDV
Sunroot (Helianthus Tuberosus) aka sunchoke or topinambur or Jerusalem artichoke is a species of sunflower first cultivated by Native Americans.
I just improvised by throwing the following ingredients into my trusty blender:
- a few sunroots,
- four tomatoes,
- spring onions,
- a handful of baby spinach,
- a green chili,
- a little garlic clove,
- sea salt to taste,
- a spoonful of flax oil and
- some extra virgin olive oil.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- consistent moderately high running volume (balancing quality and quantity)
- nonlinear periodization (all the training types are mixed together throughout the training cycle, except when sharpening)
- progression from general to specific training (race-specific fitness requires race-specific training, but it's crucial to have a very high level of non-race-specific fitness first)
- three-period training cycles (introductory, fundamental and sharpening)
- lots of hill running (including 8-12 second steep hill sprints)
- extreme intensity and workload modulation (two hard workouts and one long run per week).
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Originally uploaded by Andreas Duess
Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) makes it easy to design amazingly unusual and tasty salads. Ready-made sauerkraut is widely available.
You can mix it with anything you like, but the following are my favorites. I usually pick at least a couple of things from each of the six categories:
- any veg (cucumber, carrot, spring onion...)
- any fruit (grapes, olives, pomegranate...)
- any sprout (lentils, mung, quinoa...)
- any fresh herb (parsley, mint, basil...)
- any seaweed sprinkle (nori, dulse, sea lettuce...)
- any dressing (lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, shoyu...)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Horror on the Train
Originally uploaded by Shadowfoot
Have you measured your body fat percentage lately?
Well I sure haven't, so I googled this online body fat calculator.
According to the Jackson/Pollock 7 Caliper Method (which seems pretty accurate), my body fat is 6.6%. My current weight is 64 kg (141 lbs), so theoretically I have about 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs) fat to lose.
So if I will get my weight down to 62.1 kg (137 lbs), it would mean a Body Mass Index of 19.0 (my current BMI is 19.5). I guess it would be risky to go any lower than that.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Originally uploaded by jzuñiga
I created and enjoyed this simple avocado chocolate recipe today.
- Hass avocado (1-2 per person, or any amount you like),
- Green & Black's organic cocoa powder (about half the amount of avocado), and
- pure maple syrup (about half the amount of cocoa).
Serve with any berries, fruit or nuts. Yummy!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
- 5K - 18:05
- 10K - 35:33
- 15K - 52:44
- Half - 1:13:23
- 30K - 1:43:32
- 35K - 2:00:13
- 40K - 2:16:40
- Finish - 2:23:56
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Originally uploaded by joecooke
I came across an interesting article today called 'Money and the crisis of civilization' by Charles Eisenstein.
What it says in a nutshell is that the collapse of money is coming soon, but that's not as bad as you may think, so stop resisting.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Originally uploaded by silangel
I chose the ingredients for this gazpacho based on the concept of complementary colors (red/green) and effects (hot/cold).
So I threw in my blender a couple things from each of the four categories.
Red/hot: red chili, red onion.
Red/cool: watermelon, tomatoes.
Green/hot: lime juice, parsley (these are not that hot, but they make a great combination with the other stuff).
Green/cool: cucumber, a handful of green leafy vegs.
Serve with sea salt flakes and extra virgin olive oil.
Friday, October 24, 2008
- Haile Gebrselassie (the current marathon world record holder): 21.1
- Scott Jurek (world's no.1 vegan ultrarunner): 21.2
- Chrissie Wellington (Ironman Hawaii winner 2007 & 2008): 20.8
- Craig Alexander (Ironman Hawaii winner 2008): 21.0
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Michael Pollan's food agenda was recently published in NYT. It says we need to put the food system 'back on sunlight'.
- Eat food.
- Not too much.
- Mostly plants.