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    Runner s Web Digest - September 1, 2000 Visit the Runner s Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html. The site is updated multiple times daily. For new
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      Runner's Web Digest - September 1, 2000

      Visit the Runner's Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html. The site
      is updated multiple times daily.

      For new subscribers:
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      This newsletter has been composed using Outlook set to text format.
      The Runner's Web Digest is a weekly digest of information on running,
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      New This Week:
      This will be the second last Digest prior to the Olympics. I will be posting
      a Digest
      next week and then taking 3 weeks off as I am heading to Sydney to watch
      Sharon Donnelly
      in the triathlon, followed by two weeks of scuba diving. During my absence
      there will not
      be any updates to the Runner's Web or any Digests. Check out our Olympics
      page for links
      to numerous sites which will be providing Olympic updates.

      If you feel you have something to say that is worthy of a Guest Column on
      the Runner's Web, email us at

      From eGroups, Our Digest ASP:
      Subject: Yahoo! welcomes eGroups Moderators
      Yahoo! has completed its acquisition of eGroups, and we're happy to
      officially welcome you to the Yahoo! family. You can learn more about
      the completion of the deal by reading our press release
      (http://www.egroups.com/local/pr/pr083100.html). There is a great deal
      of work ahead as we work to bring eGroups into the Yahoo! network of
      services, but we're very excited about the future.
      We hope you'll be celebrating with us as we begin expanding our
      ability to help people collaborate, exchange ideas, and build
      relationships around the world.
      Although we're busy working on future plans, it's important to know
      that there will be no immediate changes to either the eGroups or
      Yahoo! Clubs services. All of the current features, policies, and
      services will continue to be supported.
      Users will continue to be governed by the Terms of Service they
      initially agreed to upon registering for either service. In other
      words, the eGroups Terms of Service will continue to apply to eGroups
      Short term, we'll continue planning for the integrated service, while
      trying our best to anticipate any major issues that might arise. We
      will share news on our progress in the merger discussion group
      (http://www.egroups.com/group/merger), and we encourage you to
      participate in the dialogue by voicing your concerns.
      We understand there will be a lot of questions regarding this
      integration and we'll try to answer them all as best we can. We've
      also created a Help Center (http://help.yahoo.com/help/egroups) on
      Yahoo! to serve as a home for commonly asked questions.
      Thanks for your patience, encouragement, and feedback throughout this
      All the best,
      "The folks from eGroups and Yahoo!"

      Lynne Bermel's column this week is part three of a three part look at
      Olympic triathlete, Sharon Donnelly. The column will be posted this weekend.

      Our new poll this week is: "How well will Donovan Bailey do in the 100M at
      Do you think he has been playing mind games with his recent performances or
      do they
      truly represent his current capability?
      Cast your ballot.
      Visit the Runner's Web FrontPage to cast your vote and the Runner's Web
      Voting Booth to vote on or check the results of previous polls.

      Check out our Photo of the Week from our FrontPage. It us updated every

      The Runner's Web was the top rated "Sports" site on OttawasBestPage.com's
      rankings for the month of August.
      Check out their site at:

      The Life and Times of Sharon Donnelly - Part Three:
      Lynne Bermel's concluding interview with Sharon will be available this

      Eco-Challenge Sabah 2000:
      read the race report on this "Survivor" type of event at:
      [if your email reader breaks the URL string, cut and paste it back together]

      Why do muscles tremble after strenuous exercise?
      "Let's start by examining what happens when you exercise. In skeletal
      muscle, the cells never contract individually. Rather they contract as
      groups of muscle cells that are collectively connected to a motor nerve
      originating in the spinal cord; the combination of the motor nerve cell
      (neuron) and the muscle cells it innervates is known as the motor unit.
      More...from Scientific American at:

      Carney appeal deferred:
      Emma Carney's appeal against her non-direct selection for Australia's
      Olympic triathlon team has been deferred until next week.
      The Court of Arbitration for Sport was to hear the case tonight, but
      Triathlon Australia chief Tim Wilson said Carney's legal counsel wasn't
      More...from the news.com.au at:

      Participation In The Boston Marathon During The Last Decade ( 1991-2000):
      1991- 8,686
      1992- 9,629
      1993- 8,930
      1994- 9,059
      1996-38,708 (the 100th anniversary)

      The fine line between glory and despair:
      How long is 8/100ths of a second? Is it the time it takes to blink? To
      conjure up a thought? To have the Olympics snatched from the palm of your
      In the case of Shane Niemi of Kamloops, B.C., .08 seconds is exactly the
      difference between wearing Canada's colours in Sydney and sitting at home
      pondering how such grand disappointment can be crammed into such a minuscule
      amount of time.
      "It's nothing really. It's really close," Niemi, 22, said yesterday from
      Richmond, B.C., where he had been training non-stop for the Sydney Games.
      More...from the National Post at:

      Exhibit features nude photos of Quebec's Olympic athletes:
      Montreal (CP) - Nine top Quebec athletes, bound for the Olympics, took part
      in a picture essay by posing discreetly in the nude for a Montreal
      photographer. The photo collection by Jean-Francois Berube, which opened
      Wednesday, is about depicting the spirit of the Olympics, without logos,
      team colours - or clothing.
      More...from Sympatico.ca at:

      Too much exercise can make athletes sick:
      Durban, South Africa - Durban Researchers at the University of Natal Medical
      School have found a link between exercise and an athlete's vulnerability to
      infection. The studies have determined that too much exercise can begin a
      process of destruction in up to 85% of the lymphocytes or white blood cells
      that are responsible for immunity in the body.
      The finding by a team from the medical school, including Professor Maurice
      Mars, head of physiology, biochemist Anil Chuturgoon, and masters student
      Sumen Govender, will be published in an international medical journal. "At
      Comrades' Marathon time there is big fear among runners that they will get
      the 'flu or a chest infection," said Professor Mars.
      He said it was well known among sportsmen that at the point where they are
      highly trained they become more vulnerable to illness. The team subjected a
      group of trained sportsmen to intense exercises to the point of exhaustion.
      Close analysis of the blood cells revealed that a process of apoptosis had
      begun in 85% of the lymphocyte cells. Apoptosis is a natural process of cell
      death in which the cells shrink and then break into minute pieces and are
      eaten by adjacent cells
      More...from Ultramarathon World at:

      Committed To Tri: An Empirical Investigation Of Triathletes And Commitment:
      Triathlon is a relatively recent cultural phenomenon. While its true
      origins are somewhat unclear, folklore has it that the race was conceived as
      method to settle a bet among a swimmer, a cyclist, and a distance runner in
      a Hawaiian barroom in the late 1970s; the first official triathlon
      competition, however, occurred in 1978. Since then triathlon has exploded
      into a major sport. While the Triathlon Federation (Tri-Fed), the national
      governing body of the sport in the United States, reports a membership of
      just over 17,000 individuals in 1994, it is estimated that over a million
      people participate in at least one triathlon every year. Indeed, while only
      about 500 triathlons are officially sanctioned in 1994, it is estimated that
      almost 2000 more unsanctioned triathlons will be held in the same period of
      time. Even college campuses have gotten into the act, as student groups on
      campuses ranging from UCLA to Swarthmore College have sponsored triathlons
      which draw students, faculty, and other members of the community into the
      sport. Since no license is required to stage a triathlon and the only entry
      requirements for most races are a few dollars, a bicycle, a swimsuit, a pair
      of running shoes, and a willingness to brutalize one's body for an hour or
      two, the sport requires no formal hierarchy to govern it. In short, the
      informal nature of the sport combined with the relative lack of barriers to
      participate suggest that the triathlon scene is little more than controlled
      More...from Braden Jeffrey Hosch, The University of Texas at Dallas at:

      Athletes' ECGs can be misleading:
      Elite athletes' hearts show abnormalities on electrocardiograms (ECGs) that
      resemble those seen in various heart conditions--but it usually does not
      mean they should retire. Instead, Italian researchers report, abnormal heart
      tests are often an "innocent consequence" of intense athletic training, a
      phenomenon called athlete heart syndrome.
      More...from the Health Information Network at:

      Triathlon: The 20 most influential people in our sport:
      As triathlon nears its debut on the ultimate international stage, we decided
      to choose our own list of the twenty men, women, and in three cases, groups
      of men and women, who most influenced the first quarter century of our
      sport. They come in all stripes: athletes, journalists, television
      executives, race organizers, marketing specialists, inventors, insurance
      agents, political leaders, and entrepreneurs. We present them here, not in
      order of importance, but as they appeared on the scene. You may well
      disagree with our choices . . . and, of course, we invite you to give us
      More...from CoolTri.com at:

      Lose 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks :
      Your big date is in two weeks, and that great outfit is a little too snug.
      If you could only lose 5 pounds quickly, you would look and feel better. How
      can you do it?
      Let's do the math. Theoretically, you must reduce your calorie intake by
      3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of body fat. So, if you eat 1,000 calories
      less a day than you do now, you would be 4 pounds lighter in two weeks
      (1,000 fewer calories a day times seven days a week equals 7,000 calories,
      which equals 2 pounds). If you could burn an additional 3,500 calories in
      two weeks, you could lose the last pound. The average person burns 5
      calories per minute walking at 3 mph. To burn off 1 pound's worth of
      calories (3,500), you would need to walk 11.6 hours (or 35 miles) extra in
      the next two weeks. That's equivalent to 50 minutes and 2.5 mile a day.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Johnson targets 43-second barrier:
      Berlin, Aug. 29 - World 400 metres record holder Michael Johnson, who made
      Olympic history at the 1996 Atlanta Games with both the 200 and 400 metres
      titles, said on Tuesday he wanted to break 43 seconds for the one-lap race
      before retiring.
      More...from MSNBC at:

      Masters News:
      [From Ken Stone]
      National Masters News reports in its September edition that four cities have

      expressed "interest" in hosting the World Veterans Athletic Championships in

      2005. (The 2001 meet is in Brisbane, Australia, and the 2003 meet will be in

      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.)
      The early hopefuls are:
      San Sebastian, Spain
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      Sacramento, California, USA
      My thoughts on these four, plus some Web sites to check:
      San Sebastian
      After awarding successive world WAVA track meets to Australia and Malaysia,
      WAVA delegates in 2001 (when the 2005 site vote presumably takes place) may
      think it's time to return to Europe -- where the bulk of WAVA delegates
      reside. Also, Europeans love their summer vacations -- and southern coastal
      San Sebastian is Spain's answer to the South of France, with relatively cool

      summers. San Sebastian doesn't register high on the Sport-O-Meter, but that
      may not be an issue. More of an issue is San Sebastian's possible reputation

      as a tourist mecca. Translation: This trip won't come cheap.
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
      At the 1999 Gateshead WAVA Assembly, Puerto Rico was a bidder (along with
      Malaysia and Cesantico, Italy) for the 2003 meet. (See my report at:
      http://www.egroups.com/message/masterstf/744) But Gateshead delegates still

      had horrific memories of the heat, sickness and misery of the 1983 world
      meet hosted by Puerto Rico. However, PR may have been encouraged to bid
      by the fact Kuala Lumpur -- a losing bidder for the 1997 and 1999 meets --
      won the 2003 WAVA meet. But PR likely will lose again to better-financed
      more sophisticated presentations. (PR's video in 1999 was a hoot.) PR will
      remain a long shot as long as anyone is still alive who can recall the
      unmitigated disaster that was 1983.
      Canada hasn't hosted a world masters championships since the first --
      1975 (even before WAVA was formed). Besides being a wonderful place to visit

      (I'm told), Vancouver -- just north of Seattle, Washington, USA -- can boast

      fine track meet weather in late summer. The "X" factor in Vancouver's bid:
      Will Canadian bidders use Don Farquharson's name to pull votes? Don, who
      recently, is a founding father of WAVA with many friends among the
      I can easily see WAVA approving Canada as host of the 2005 meet as a
      to Don -- a thank-you for his more than three decades of work on behalf of
      the masters movement. It wouldn't be undeserved.
      Of course, Sacramento got HUGE raves for its role as host of the 2000 U.S.
      Olympic Trials. The stands were packed every day, and the performances were

      outstanding. Also of course: It was hot as blazes during the prime-time
      afternoon hours. But a world WAVA meet wouldn't have to bow to TV ratings
      (lamentably), so Sacramento organizers would be free to schedule events in
      the cooler morning and late-afternoon/early-evening hours (just as Baton
      Rouge promises to do for the 2001 USATF masters nationals). I attended the
      last four days of the Trials, and weather was nice after dusk. Another
      possible plus: If Sacramento lands the 2004 Olympic Trials, moneyman Alex
      Spanos has pledged to build a cover to the stands for spectator relief.
      Masters would have it made in the shade in 2005. Downside: WAVA loves
      - -- but only up to a point. It awarded WAVA meets to the USA in 1989
      and 1995 (Buffalo, New York). Ten years might be too soon for some delegates

      to return to Yankeeland. WAVA likes to spread the meets around.
      The bottom line:
      Vancouver will win. Delegates will be mindful that 2003 WAVA will have been
      held in one of the hottest places on earth. And Vancouver's coastal
      will beat out Spain's based on the Farquharson Factor.
      See U in BC in 2005!
      Ken Stone

      IOC now under criticism from former great Australian distance runner"
      The International Olympic Committee, plagued by scandal for the past year,
      now is under siege from Australian Ron Clarke, one of the greatest distance
      runners in history and the final torch bearer for the 1956 Melbourne Games.
      The outspoken Clarke is critical of some aspects of the IOC's handling of
      the games and the organization's conduct overall.
      The 63-year-old Clarke, now a successful businessman, dislikes the manner in
      which the games' opening ceremonies are conducted, believes that tickets are
      grossly overpriced, and thinks there are several ``meaningless'' sports
      crammed into the Olympics.
      ``The IOC keeps its head in the sand ... look at the way it handled the
      boycotts (of the Moscow Games in 1980 and the Los Angeles Games in 1984),
      and the way it wastes money on inconsequential conferences and travelling
      the world for no good reason,'' Clarke said.
      ``As for the opening ceremonies, they're an extravagant waste of money.
      They're geared for the officials and the hangers-on instead of the athletes.
      The competitors should march into the stadium and sit in the stands. They
      shouldn't have to stand in the middle of the arena.
      ``The opening ceremony should be a display of folk dancing and the culture
      of the country hosting the games. That doesn't mean whiz-bang rockets and
      dancing kangaroos.''
      Clarke also thinks ticket prices are about three times what they should be,
      and spectators are paying big money to see sports in which some professional
      athletes should not be participating - tennis, basketball and soccer, for
      ``The Games are wonderful, and for every athlete who participates, the
      Olympics should be the most important event that they can win,'' said
      Clarke. ``In tennis, it doesn't matter who wins. It's a travesty. It's the
      same with the other sports.''
      Clarke was inferring that tennis's Grand Slam tournaments - Wimbledon, and
      the Australian, U.S. and French Opens - carry much more weight than an
      Olympic gold medal. He added that basketball, soccer and hockey also have
      more meaningful events than the Olympics.
      Clarke, the 1964 Olympic bronze medallist at 10,000 metres, also disagrees
      with the way IOC officials are elected.
      ``They should be elected by various Olympic committees instead of electing
      themselves,'' he said.
      [From BRISBANE, Australia (AP) ]

      Dehydration and Heat Injury:
      July 1994 a well conditioned athlete entered a 1/2-Ironman distance race
      with hopes of putting in her best performance. She was well trained and had
      raced in the heat before. It turned out to be a very hot west Texas day (110
      degrees F, 45% humidity). Things were going well until the run. After one
      mile, she experienced diarrhea and painful quadriceps muscle cramps. By mile
      6 1/2 she had headaches and had stopped sweating. She managed a slow,
      painful finish, tried to hydrate, but became delirious. The medical staff
      was called. Intravenous fluids were started, but she deteriorated and began
      vomiting. After transfer to the hospital she had seizures. She experienced
      widespread muscle breakdown, severe electrolyte disturbance, kidney damage,
      and her lungs filled with fluid. She was placed on artificial life support
      and was given a 50:50 chance of survival. Fortunately, she lived, but is
      still recovering.
      More...from UltRunR at:

      Creating an Iron Man:
      By Alan Christianson, N.D.
      10 essential nutrients for endurance athletes
      Quite simply, athletes need more nutrients than less-active people. They
      demand more from their bodies than even average fitness buffs and so must
      compensate with the right nutrients from foods or supplements to keep
      performance--and recovery--at its peak.
      The more intense the exercise or sport, the greater the body's nutrient
      needs. Athletes who participate in endurance sports--those that involve more
      than one hour of consistent activity--have specific needs because of what
      they demand from their bodies. For example, athletes lose more
      electrolytes--such as magnesium, potassium and sodium--through perspiration
      and must diligently replace them. The wear and tear of intense activity may
      necessitate increased intake of antioxidants such as vitamin E, which can
      help protect muscle cells from oxidative damage. Since muscle-tissue
      breakdown is common during intense exercise, athletes also need more
      proteins to repair the tissues.
      More...from Healthwell at:

      Anabolic Steroids: Cheating Through Chemistry:
      At first, it was hailed as one of the great moments in sports history. On
      September 29, 1988, at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Canadian
      sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100-meter final with a world record-shattering
      time of 9.79 seconds - a time that has never been approached since. Three
      days later, though, what had been one of sports' greatest moments suddenly
      became one of its most infamous. The International Olympic Committee
      announced that Johnson had tested positive for the banned drug stanozolol,
      an anabolic steroid commonly used by athletes to build muscle and increase
      strength. Johnson was stripped of his medal and banned from the Olympic
      Village, and his world record was nullified.
      More...from HSR at:

      Explosive-strength training improves 5-km running time by improving running
      economy and muscle power:
      A very technical article from JAP Online at:

      Dr. Ken Cooper, the Father of Aerobics:
      Listen to radio broadcasts from Yahoo by Dr. Ken Cooper.
      You will require either the Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.

      Sydney, Before you party in the Olympic city, read the rules:
      The questions have been arriving for months in letters to politicians and
      newspapers, in questions to talkback radio: can I wear a Mooks skateboarding
      T-shirt if it is not an Olympic sponsor? Can I wear a T-shirt with an
      Aboriginal flag? One man, complaining of "blatant discrimination", wrote
      that he had heard "people will not be able to wear T-shirts which bear
      Christian symbols or slogans within one kilometre of any Olympic Games
      More...from the Sydney Morning Herald at:

      On The Road to Sydney with Rod DeHaven:
      Welcome to the first LetsRun.com "On The Road To Sydney" interview. This
      interview is with 2000 US Olympic Marathoner Rod DeHaven. Formerly a miler,
      Rod has made quite a transition over the years as a runner as in May he won
      the US Men's US Olympic Marathon Trials in Pittsburgh. As a result, he will
      be the sole US entry in the Olympic marathon in Sydney.

      Since winning the US Marathon Trials, Rod has bounced back nicely. He
      competed at the US Track and Field Trials at 10,000 meters in July and
      finished 8th - the highest finish of any marathoner in the field. Just last
      weekend, in his final race before the Olympics, Rod got a nice confidence
      boost as he won the US half-marathon championships in Parkersburg, West
      Virginia in impressive fashion. He destroyed both the field (winning by more
      than one minute) and his own American course record (formerly 1:03:38) by
      running 1:03:06.
      More...from LetsRun.com at:

      New York Times Email Updates:
      Sign up for Olympic updates from the New York City Times at:

      Duathlon Worlds to Rimini (2001), Alpharetta (2002):
      August 28, Rimini, Italy (www.triathlonlive.com):
      Rimini, Italy, will be the location of the 2001 ITU World Duathlon
      Championships, and Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, will be the venue for the 2002
      ITU World Duathlon Championships.
      That was announced today by the International Triathlon Union. The World
      Champs will cover the 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run format.
      More...from TriathlonLive.com at:

      High-tech sets the pace, just for starters:
      Listen carefully to the starter's pistol at Olympic track events and you
      might be able to discern a computer-simulated gunshot.
      Listen again and you may hear a harsh beeping alarm. That's the Olympic
      computer system recalling athletes after a false start.
      "It sounds a bit like a truck reversing," says Mr. Reg Brandis, the chief
      starter for track events at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, with just a hint of
      No matter what they might do over at the Aquatic Centre, Mr. Brandis would
      be unlikely to hand in his starting pistol for an electronic hooter.
      More...from the Sydney Morning Herald at:

      A Guide to Satisfying Slumber:
      when you feel pressured and pulled in all directions, how do you keep from
      sacrificing sleep?
      it's especially important to get enough sleep during stressful times. you
      may feel pulled in many directions by relationships, errands and work to be
      done. however, if you sacrifice sleep when you're stressed, you'll create a
      vicious cycle where you're tired all the time -- and you may end up getting
      sick as a result.
      More...from ThriveOnline at:

      How does exercise influence hunger and appetite?
      The relationship between food intake and exercise is an interesting one.
      Since both are significant contributors to energy balance, though in
      opposite directions, a change in exercise level ought to have some influence
      on food intake. There are two major ways in which exercise may influence
      food intake. First, the well-known exercise-induced anorexia suppresses
      appetite and therefore reduces food and energy intake for several hours
      following intense exercise. On the other hand, the fact that exercise
      increases energy expenditure, means that appetite might be stimulated over
      the long term to "make up" for calories that were burned off during
      exercise. It's difficult to know which way exercise is going to influence
      your appetite, but there are a few general rules of thumb that can help.
      More...from SupplementWatch at:

      All the Ironmans for 2001 - date switches and all:
      August 29, Kona, Hawaii, USA (www.triathlonlive.com):
      If you're planning to return to the Hawaii Ironman in 2001 (on October 6),
      you obviously have to qualify first.
      Here, confirmed by the World Triathlon Corp., are the dates set out for the
      full-Ironman races 'round the world in 2001 (plus the 2001 qualifier,
      Florida, this coming November). Significant changes from the 2000 schedule
      including the movement of Ironman Malaysia from late-May to late-January;
      and Ironman South Africa from early-February to late-March.
      More...from TriathlonLive.com at:

      eFit.com Presents:
      Cardio Fitness
      Why it Pays to be a Jerk
      How one simple stretch could be the key to improving performance in any

      Strength Training
      Let Go of Your Love Handles
      Do you wish you had the stomach you once enjoyed as a teenager? Diet and
      exercise may not be enough. If you want to have something to show off
      when you're ready to bare all, try these three moves.

      End Treadmill Tedium
      Three new running routines that not only shake out the boredom but also
      burn plenty of calories and strengthen your legs like never before.

      Walking and Hiking
      The Secret to Walking Speed!
      The Key to Increasing Your Walking Speed Is in Your Hips!

      Healthy Living
      A Little Sunshine Can Make You Feel Better

      Choose The Right Shade for Your Shades
      If you're buying high performance sunglasses, get a lens to compliment
      the activity, not the outfit.

      Cooking and Nutrition
      Wake Up to the Benefits of Breakfast
      We know you know: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why
      do you still race off to work with just a cup of coffee and an empty

      Diet and Weight Loss
      Break the Stress-Fat Cycle
      Is stress causing you to fill-up on fatty foods? Learn how to beat the
      urge to gorge.

      Yoga Mind Body
      Yoga for the hands
      We've all heard of Ashtanga, Hatha and Kundalini yoga, but yoga for the

      No time to get to the gym? Try riding your bike to work in the big city.

      Teen Health
      Gym Class- Why It's So Important

      Kids Health
      Sports Success
      How to make your child feel like a winner even after a loss on the field.

      Women's Health
      Beat Father Time at His Own Game
      It's easier than you might think to win the war against aging. Find out
      five simple steps to subtract years from your real age.

      Men's Health
      Everyone Needs a Check-Up, Even You Tough Guys
      Men die earlier than women, but see their physician half as often.

      Senior's Health
      Could Muscle Building be the Fountain of Youth?
      Myriad health benefits await women who pump it up.

      Warm Up, Warm-Down
      A little stretching before and after the game should keep you on your

      Snow Sports
      Summer Skiing: Go Where It's Winter
      It may be quite a trip, but if you're jonesing for year-round skiing,
      remember that the season never ends on planet earth, it just moves.

      Freestyle Drills to help you perfect your stroke
      Here are three drills to tone your body and keep you moving along

      Grigorieva will overcome ankle blow and leap into medal contention:
      Pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva said yesterday her quest for an Olympic
      medal remained on track despite an ankle injury that will sideline her for a
      Grigorieva has just returned to Australia after spraining her right ankle
      while warming up for a competition in Germany.
      The Russian-born vaulter will miss four European competitions in the lead-up
      to the Sydney Games.
      More...form the Sydney Morning Herald at:

      Runner's World Tips:
      Fluid You Can Use: "Following a hard effort, your first priority should
      be to rehydrate. After a particularly long and intense workout, it can
      take 24 to 48 hours to replace the fluid you lost through sweating.
      Water, sports drinks, and juices are good replenishers. Drink until your
      urine is clear and you have the urge to urinate frequently." - Scott
      Fisher, Ph.D., running coach and sports nutritionist

      Energize Your Brain: Carbohydrates keep your brain energized as well as
      keeping your muscles fueled. According to research from the University
      of South Carolina, those who consume sports drinks before they run
      showed better hand-eye coordination, moods, and concentration than those
      who drank only water.

      Backing Off: To keep your lower back healthy and flexible, lie face down
      with your hips flat on the floor, your hands at your shoulders.
      Straighten your elbows to lift your upper trunk off the floor, creating
      an inward arch in your lower back. Keep your hips on the floor and your
      head in line with your trunk. Hold for 3 seconds, and repeat 10 times.

      More fat = more endurance: According to a new study by the University of
      Buffalo, a low-fat diet may hamper your endurance. Researchers concluded
      that a medium or high caloric intake from fat, about 30 to 45 percent of
      your total caloric intake, is your best bet for improving performance if
      you run at least 35 miles a week. The reason that some runners simply
      need more calories. Also, when your body burns fat for energy, it
      conserves glycogen, which is always in relatively short supply.

      Coffee pain: That extra cup of coffee you have in the morning may get
      you moving now, but later in life it can leave you stiff and in pain.
      Coffee consumption may be a factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis.
      This rare form of arthritis causes the immune system to turn on the body
      and attack the joints causing severe inflammation and stiffness. A
      Finnish study believes that the amount of coffee you drink can raise
      your risk for the disease, which has no known causes.

      "The fear of running a long race can come from the fact that you know
      it's going to be physically painful. And unless you are a masochist,
      nobody likes pain. And if you dwell on this, it can make you nervous." -
      Ron Hill won the 1970 Boston Marathon and finished 6th in the 1972
      Olympic race

      Evaluating Pains and Gains of Weight Lifting Regimen:
      Over the last decade, more Americans have been heading to the weight room.
      A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates
      that one in five people lifts weights regularly. The Sporting Goods
      Manufacturers Association reports an 89 percent increase in the number of
      people lifting free weights and a 50 percent increase in those using weight
      machines from 1987 to 1999.
      But as more people get involved in weight training, more people get hurt.
      More...from the NYTimes at:

      Bound to Improve, Plyometrics for endurance athletes :
      I glanced up from my discomfort to search for the top of the ridgeline and
      could feel the sweat pouring down my back underneath my heavy pack. No top
      in site. Lift leg as high as possible, plant foot in the side of the hill,
      ease weight forward onto fully bent leg, balance on planted foot, and lift
      self and pack upward with this one quad and leg, lift other leg, plant, do
      it again, and again, and again. The terraced hill was endless, steep, and
      exposed to the relentless sun. Our team was out of water and we suffered.
      Yet I felt incredibly strong. Legs solid. Powerful.
      I thought back to my first adventure races and how I had so often struggled
      with this hiking motion, which stresses the legs in a much broader range of
      motion than I was used to from my triathlon days Back then, my muscular
      system was specialized for certain power ranges but was limited from so much
      sport-specific training. I realize now that I had limited myself as an
      endurance athlete by not training structurally in a more versatile manner. I
      had less power, less anaerobic "girth," less versatility.
      So, where did this new, seemingly invincible power come from now, on this
      brutal mountain in Nepal, during this endless hike on Day Four of this
      seven-day event? I said to my teammates when they noted and applauded my
      hiking prowess that day, "Thank goodness for all those plyometrics I did in
      More...from Asimba.com at:

      Welcome to the house of pain:
      Peter Robertson will win the men's triathlon at the Olympic Games and,
      therefore, one of Australia's first gold medallists. He will do so even
      though he has received little or no support from the sport's governing body,
      Triathlon Australia. He will be further helped by the fact that the sport is
      badly managed in Australia, and the athletes poorly coached.
      More...from the Sydney Morning Herald at:

      Shorter exercise periods also benefit heart health, studies show:
      Exercising for as little as 15 minutes several times a day can do as much to
      decrease the risk of heart disease as one longer session, two new studies
      More...from CNN at:

      Stretching keeps your body flexible and it feels great. Stretching before
      and after your walk relaxes your body, increases your flexibility and allows
      your muscles to lengthen as they cool down, which reduces the possibility of
      injury. As your heartbeat returns to its pre-workout rate, you will feel
      refreshed and energized rather than tight and tired.
      More...from ThriveOnline at:

      Blood vessels of older athletes work like those of younger adults, study
      Older athletes, take note: An Italian researcher says your blood vessels
      behave like those of people half your age .
      "Regular physical activity can protect aging blood vessels," says Stefano
      Taddei, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at the University
      of Pisa in Italy and lead author of the study.
      "Long-term exercise protects the inner lining of the blood vessels from
      age-related changes and makes them behave more like those of a young
      More...from the Detroit News at:

      What's Up Doc?
      [From Asimba Newsletter]
      For 25 years, the late Dr. George Sheehan inspired runners worldwide with
      his philosophical musings and practical advice in his books and magazine
      columns. This site has been created by his children to keep his writings
      available to the public. Both "left brain" and "right brain" types are
      encouraged to see firsthand why Sheehan remains the patron saint of runners.

      More...from GeorgeSheehan.com at:

      The Olympic Games celebrate amateur athletes rather than professionals
      because, philosophically, they want to honor how much individuals can
      achieve through pure love of the sport. Any similarity between that ideal
      and the modern Olympics may seem coincidental; the ancient Greeks revered
      Nike, goddess of victory, without hoping to win an endorsement deal from
      her. Today's Olympians, especially those most competitive for medals, train
      as intensively, expensively and single-mindedly as any of the pros, and that
      typically means using advanced technological training methods beyond the
      dreams of Jim Thorpe.
      More...from the Scientific American at:

      Lessing aiming for a London celebration:
      [From Triathlon Digest]
      Simon Lessing, upon whom Great Britain are counting for a golden start to
      the Olympic Games in Sydney in just over two weeks' time, is to compete in
      the London Triathlon on October 1 as part of a $100,000 deal that ties him
      to the event for the next five years. It will be Lessing's first
      post-Olympic race, 14 days after he lines up as favourite to win in Sydney.
      More...from the Times at:

      Yet Another Reminder: Forget the Suntan:
      John McCain's unfortunate return bout with melanoma should serve as a
      wake-up call for the millions of Americans -- especially young Americans --
      who still worship the sun, skimp on sunscreen and bare their skin to UV
      radiation to just within the limits of decency.
      It should also remind everyone of the importance of self-vigilance. Since no
      one knows your skin and its many markings better than you, you have primary
      responsibility for checking often for any changes that could herald skin
      More...from the NYTimes at:

      Finally an Olympic Triathlon:
      Dateline: 8/28/2000
      At last, an Olympic Triathlon. It has been too long coming and, for me, a
      twenty plus year wait.
      My first experience with the triathlon was as a competitor in a "sprint"
      race. In that case it was a 200 meter swim, 10 mile bike and a 5k run.
      Later, I was to direct two more competitions at the same distances. I very
      quickly found that I was not cut out to be a race director as a career path.
      I gained a new appreciation and respect for race directors, especially those
      willing to take on a multi-sport event. The day after the last one I did
      (which all said was a great success) I was sore in places I didn't know
      existed. I thought I had competed in the race except that I probably would
      have recovered quicker had I actually done so.
      The up coming Olympic Triathlon will prove to be one of the premier events
      of this Olympiad.
      More...from About.com at:

      The most exhilarating runs are often on the stressed-out days when we don't
      want to run:
      The fall marathon season is right around the corner. As you push a mile or
      three farther on each long one, you push back your endurance limit. It's
      important to go slowly on each of these (at least two minutes per mile
      slower than you could run that distance on that day) to make it easy for
      your muscles to extend their current endurance limit. When it's really hot
      and humid, for example, you'll need to run two and a half or three minutes
      per mile slower.
      More...from Jeff Galloway at:

      Olympics a boon for drug dealers:
      Source: AAP|Published: Wednesday August 30, 12:04 PM
      Olympic organisers were creating rich pickings for manufacturers and dealers
      of the drug ecstasy by irresponsibly pushing Sydney's 'party image', an
      expert warned today.
      Paul Dillon, of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, said the
      example of the Atlanta Olympics indicated Sydney could expect an influx of
      'party drugs', including ecstasy, during the games.
      He said the precedent of Atlanta, plus the creation of the perfect
      environment in Sydney for recreational drug-taking during the Olympics, was
      a recipe for trouble
      More...from the Sydney Morning Herald at:

      World's best set to make splash on debut:
      The triathlon could not have picked a more spectacular place for its Olympic
      debut than Sydney, a picture-postcard course in and around the city's
      stunning harbour.
      More...from Olympics.com at:

      Coming Up:

      September 1, 2000
      ISTAF Golden League http://www.istaf.de/
      Berlin, Germany
      IAAF Site

      September 2, 2000
      Guelph II Triathlon
      Guelph, ON

      September 2-3, 2000
      Sweden-Finland Dual
      Helsinki, Finland

      September 3, 2000
      Saskatchewan Marathon
      Saskatoon, SASK

      September 3, 2000
      IAAF Grand Prix II
      Rieti, Italy

      September 3, 2000
      Saskatchewan Marathon
      Saskatoon, SASK

      September 4, 2000
      Charleston Distance Run
      Charleston, WV

      September 4, 2000
      Park Forest Scenic 10 Mile
      Park Forest, IL

      September 4, 2000
      Booth Centre 10K Run
      Ottawa, ON
      Nortel Networks Running Club

      September 4, 2000
      U.S. 10-K Classic
      Atlanta, GA

      September 4, 2000
      New Haven Road Race 20K
      New Haven, CT

      September 9, 2000
      Demi Espri Triathlon
      Montreal, PQ

      September 10, 2000
      LA Triathlon
      Los Angeles, CA

      September 15 - October 1, 2000
      Sydney 2000 Olympics

      Check the Runner's Web Olympics Links page for numerous links for Olympics
      It can be accessed from our FrontPage at:

      For a look at additional races check out the Runner's Web Races, Marathons
      and Calendars pages.
      Also check out the following site:
      August Track Schedule:
      The August track and field and road racing schedule is out on the web site:

      [Check local listings as event times are subject to change]

      CBC Olympic Coverage Schedule:

      September 2, 2000
      Dying To Win
      Drugs in Sport, CBC TV 1:00 PM EDT

      September 6, 2000
      Ten Seconds of Eternity
      The Sprint for Olympic Gold
      CBC TV 8:30 PM EDT

      August 26th: 1pm ET CBC
      World Mountain Bike Championships (from June 11)

      Track and Field:
      August 26th: 2pm ET CBC
      Royal Bank Financial Group Athletics Series: Monaco Golden League (from Aug.

      Golden League Meets on ESPN:
      ISTAF 2000 Berlin, Germany
      Meet Date: September 1
      TV Date: Friday, Sept. 1 7:00-8:00pm
      [Check local listings as event times are subject to change]

      THE GAMES begin Monday, June 19 at 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. NT) on CBC Television.
      THE GAMES is a biting satire focusing on the fictional organizers of the
      Sydney 2000 Olympics. THE GAMES provides a behind-the-scenes view of the
      committee at work - from press conferences to protocol problems to botched
      board meetings. The pseudo-documentary series airs in 10 episodes and
      tackles a different theme each week as the committee makes plans for the
      five-ring circus coming to town.

      The Olympic Show
      Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET on CNBC Runner's World Online Radio
      Saturday 11:55 p.m. & Sunday at 7:55 a.m (ET)

      Outdoor Life Network
      Use Search for Triathlon

      OLN Cycling Coverage

      CTV Sportsnet
      Sundays @ 1P.M. EDT
      Track & Field: The Running Zone

      Yahoo Sports TV Schedule

      Runner's World VCR Alerts

      USATF summer track broadcasting listing

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      The FiveStar Site of the Week:
      Our FiveStar site of the week for next week is the Citrus Road Runner's site
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