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    Runner s Web Digest - February 2, 2001 Visit the Runner s Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html The site is updated multiple times daily. Check out our
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      Runner's Web Digest - February 2, 2001

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      New This Week:
      Michael Selman reflects on his Roads Scholar column and the correspondence
      it has gotten him.
      You can access his column from our FrontPage or Columns link.

      Our February Runner's Web Quiz is available from our FrontPage and Trivia
      page as is the Pegasus Quiz.
      Win some free training log software by being the first to correctly answer
      the Pegasus Trivia Question.

      This week's poll is "How long will it be before another US high schooler
      runs a sub 4 minute mile?"

      Our poll this past week was ""Which city do you support for the 2008

      The responses were as follows:
      Beijing 14
      Istanbul 9
      Osaka 6
      Paris 28
      Toronto 99
      Total Votes: 156
      Go Toronto!
      You can access the poll from our FrontPage as well as voting on and/or
      checking the results of previous polls.

      If you feel you have something to say that is worthy of a Guest Column on
      the Runner's Web, email us at
      or leave your comments in one of our Forums available from our FrontPage.

      Check out our Photo of the Week from our FrontPage. This photo will be
      updated at least weekly and possibly more frequently. The current photo is:
      Alan Webb, the US high-schooler who ran a sub 4 minute mile last week.

      Track and field all about money now:
      Many years ago, which now seems like eternity, track and field used to be a
      true amateur sport.
      I can vividly remember when Avery Brundage, the millionaire former president
      of the International Olympic Committee, insisted that athletes pay their own
      way to the Olympic Games.
      That no longer is the motivation that drives today's athletes, not only in
      track and field but also in most sports.
      The almighty dollar has taken over as the dominant factor.
      More...from SLAM! Sports at:

      Cycling-Wuest stays optimistic despite horrific crash :
      By Douglas Busvine
      Berlin, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Marcel Wuest is remarkably cheerful for a
      professional cyclist whose career seems almost certain to be curtailed
      because of a crash which has blinded him in one eye.
      ``There's no depression. I'm really happy. I don't know why I'm taking it so
      well,'' says the 33-year-old German.
      Wuest, a sprint ace who has won 14 Tour of Spain stages, clings to the hope
      that medical treatment can restore the sight in his right eye in time for
      this year's Tour de France in July.
      He is back in training with his Spanish Festina team though doctors say
      there is little chance of a full recovery.
      ``I'm living the normal life of a pro-cyclist without knowing whether I'll
      ever again have a number pinned on my back,'' Wuest told Reuters in a
      telephone interview from his team's off-season training base on Spain's
      Costa Blanca.
      More...from Yahoo Sports at:

      Could Foreign Stars Hold The Key To British Success?
      Last week John Mayock, Britain's number one miler, announced that he will
      follow the path pursued by British 400m revelation Donna Fraser by joining
      arms with one of the world's finest athletes in a renewed bid to break
      through on the world stage.
      Fraser famously prepared for the Olympics alongside Australian 400m
      superstar Cathy Freeman with astonishing results - her renewed self belief
      and confidence yielding three new personal bests in Sydney and fourth place
      in the Olympic final.
      More...from AthleticsNet.com at:

      Porter exchanges oars for gruelling Ironman:
      By Steve Buffery -- Toronto Sun
      Canadian rowing great Derek Porter always has been a sucker for punishment,
      but now he's moving from the frying pan to the fire.
      Porter is pulling in his oars to compete in an Ironman triathlon.
      Rowing is one of the most punishing sports anywhere, but the Ironman is on
      another level altogether -- a 3.8-kilometre swim, followed by a
      180.2-kilometre bike ride and, finally, a full running marathon, 42.2
      Porter, a Victoria native who now lives in Sydney, Australia, plans to
      compete in the Ironman Australia on April 8 in Forster-Tuncurry, a town
      three hours north of Sydney.
      More...from SLAM! Sports at:

      Study Looks at Osteoarthritis:
      London -- The popular nutritional supplement glucosamine sulfate could be
      the first treatment to slow the progression of osteoarthritis, new research
      Boston University Medical Center arthritis expert Tim McAlindon said the
      report by Belgian scientists, published this week in The Lancet medical
      journal, is a landmark in osteoarthritis research.
      ``Scarce currency has been given to the notion that progression of
      osteoarthritis could be retarded pharmacologically, let alone by a
      nutritional product,'' he said. ``The report ... may radically change this
      More...from the New York Times at:

      Olympics Looks Into Gene Therapy:
      By Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer
      London (AP) - In today's high-tech world of doping, the drug cheaters
      usually are a step ahead of the drug testers. This time, the testers are
      determined to seize the upper hand.
      World doping experts and Olympic officials are joining forces with the
      scientific community to stay ahead in what many believe will be the next
      frontier in performance-enhancement - genetic manipulation.
      A special conference on the potential misuse of gene therapy by athletes
      will be held Sept. 23-26 in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., officials told The
      Associated Press Thursday.
      Some 30-35 sports administrators, drug testers, geneticists and other
      experts will meet in private workshops to consider ways of heading off the
      use of gene transfers for improving strength and endurance.
      More...from the Dailynews at Yahoo at:

      Triathlon: Rhodes all-the-way ironman:
      Taupo's Bryan Rhodes is claiming a historic first with his victory in the
      Ironman Malaysia triathlon in Langkawi.
      Rhodes, who celebrated his first ironman win on his 28th birthday, believes
      he is the first triathlete to win an ironman from start to finish.
      He became only the second New Zealand male to win an ironman title since
      Christchurch's Scott Ballance won Ironman New Zealand in Auckland in 1994.
      More...from the New Zealand Herald at:

      A Chat with Mark Carroll:
      by T. Patrick O'Dowd
      Irish Runner.com caught up with Mark Carroll on Monday, the 22nd of January
      2001 as part of a conference call with the New York Track Writers. Carroll
      will be defending his Millrose Games Wanamaker mile title in New York City
      on the 2nd of February. The first part of the interview addresses his
      preparation for Millrose and then he speaks poignantly about the Sydney
      Olympics and his future in athletics. Presently, the Leevale Olympian is
      training in Gainesville, Florida.
      How is your training and preparation going for the Wanamaker Mile at the
      upcoming Millrose Games.
      I am a little bit behind schedule compared to last year. [Carroll debuted
      last season with a 3:54.98 mile at the New Balance Games on the 8th of
      January] I usually come to Gainesville in early December but my sister got
      married and I had to go to Ireland for a couple of weeks. I didn't quite get
      the normal amount of intensity that I normally would in December. I talked
      with my coach [Jim Harvey] and we decided I had to go straight to
      Gainesville after returning from Ireland and the last two weeks have gone
      fabulous. To coin an old phrase, we really turned the screw the last couple
      of weeks. We went for a lot more intensity and sharpening sessions and it
      has gone even better than anticipated. It's amazing what a bit of good
      weather can do for you!
      The next two weeks training will be more intense with sharp, speed-endurance
      type sessions. This is our last real training stint before going to Millrose
      and before going back to Europe to get ready for the World Indoor
      Championships. We are concentrating on the intensity while we can with the
      good weather here.
      More...from IrishRunner.com at:

      Your Body's Energy Windows:
      Knowing when to eat can make your next workout better.
      Exercise physiologists like myself are supposed to be experts on nutrition
      and recovery. But it took a week-long bike tour in Colorado last summer to
      make me realize, on a very practical level, how important it is to keep
      slugging down the food and beverages during day-after-day rides. The Tour of
      Colorado averaged about 70 miles daily over the high passes of the San Juan
      Mountains in the scenic south-western part of the state. Not only did we
      climb nearly a vertical mile each day, we encountered energy-sapping weather
      conditions including cold rain and sleet-and this was in August!
      More...from Asimba.com at:

      Make sure your ankles are ready for winter's surprises:
      Smart ankles are important in any season, but they are particularly
      important in winter. Ankles are "smart" when they adapt to uneven terrain.
      In New York City, for instance, there's plenty of this: cracks in the
      pavement, unexpectedly higher sections of pavement, sudden undulations in
      asphalt-covered streets. This is all magnified in winter, when snow drifts
      and ice cover many of these underlying irregularities.
      More...from Active.com at:

      Runner's World Tips:
      Resolution Power: Need some advice on how to stick to that New Year's
      running resolution? Here are a few ideas from the desk of Jeff Galloway:
      1. Put a piece of white adhesive tape on your shoes emblazoned with the
      words "start slow," "run light" or "reward yourself." When you go out
      for your next run, the words will remind you of your resolution.
      2. Write the key words on your coffee cup, on your water bottle or on a
      notepad at your desk.
      3. In your new training log, write your goal clearly on every single

      Hyponatremia: This condition is caused when you saturate your body with
      water; it causes a shortage of sodium in the blood and occurs when
      runners sweat excessively, lose too much salt, and then drink excessive
      amounts of water (which dilutes the blood's sodium content even more).
      To help prevent this condition, salt your food the week before a
      marathon or ultra marathon. During the race, snack on pretzels.

      Mind Control: During an intense workout the mind can magnify pain- or
      conquer it, says research psychologist Jerry Parker, Ph.D. "Pain
      messages that reach the brain are controllable," says Parker. "Approach
      your workout with courage and zeal, and deal with it one step at a time.
      That last repetition may seem severe, but your brain can make it joyful
      if you let it."

      "It is unwise to suddenly add new cross-training activities during the
      pre-marathon taper. The whole purpose of the taper is to rest your
      muscles - all your muscles - by exercising significantly less."
      -From Hal Higdon, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide

      Lowering the Boom: Baby boomers now have their own sports-injury site,
      <http://www.boomer-itis.org>, under the auspices of the American Academy
      of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports
      Medicine. It's part of a public education project called Boomeritis,
      geared toward reducing the nearly-90,000 sports injuries per year
      incurred by individuals 37 to 55. Most of the injuries are actually
      minor, and come from participation in bicycling, running, skiing, and
      in-line skating.

      If you do a lot of winter running on snow-packed roads or trails and
      could use some extra traction, try wearing a pair of one of the more
      traction-oriented trail shoes such as the Adidas Trediac or Incision or
      Nike's Winter Waffle. If those doesn't work well, try the Sure Foot Ice
      jogger or the Atlas Snow Tracker. -- Bob Wischnia, RW Deputy Editor

      Words about marathons: "If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble.
      If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26
      miles, you're abnormal." --Rob de Castella, Australian marathoner who
      won the gold medal in the 1983 World Championship race

      To Cure the Back, Look Ahead:
      Getting and Staying Active Is Crucial to Treating -- and Preventing -- Back
      By Judy Packer-Tursman, Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, January 30,
      A decade ago, the standard advice for someone who strained his back hauling
      groceries or shoveling snow was to crawl into bed and swallow some
      prescription painkillers. When the pain subsided, you were cured. (Until the
      next time.)
      That was then. This is now: For all but the worst cases, forget the bed rest
      and ditch the heavy-duty pills. Conventional doctors insist that
      nonprescription medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example) and
      ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) should be strong enough. The emphasis today
      is on increasing muscle flexibility and strength -- and trying to prevent
      recurring episodes of back pain -- through exercise and physical therapy.
      More...from the Washington Post at:

      The Morning After:
      Eccentric running for normal people...
      30/01/2001, Dave Spence
      It's the morning after a particularly hard training week, but all is not
      well. Sure, you feel good about the effort, and you think you're on the way
      to being fitter than ever. But you're also tired (no surprise), stiff (comes
      with the territory) and sore (this you can't stand). As the day goes on,
      even walking is painful. And when you start going downstairs backwards, your
      co-workers are finally convinced that runners are crazy.
      Don't worry, the soreness will pass. But you could have probably have
      prevented it in the first place. Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
      normally results from doing more, or faster, running than you are accustomed
      to doing.
      Or from workouts that particularly emphasize eccentric muscle contractions,
      in which muscles are stretched while they're trying to shorten. This is
      exactly what happens to your quadriceps when you run downhill, and it's why
      races with lengthy downhill stretches can leave you so sore afterwards.
      More...from World of Endurance at:

      A Guide to Essential Eating:
      Q: I like to eat "efficiently." But with all the news about so many
      different foods -- soy, fish, garlic, wine, etc. -- being good for you, I
      can't possibly hit them all. Please narrow this healthy-eating thing down
      for me: Can you identify about five foods that I should eat daily to get it
      The answer from onHealth at:

      Everything you ever wanted to know about VO2 Max:
      By Tim Mickelborough, Ph.D.
      Dear Dr. Mickelborough,
      I am an Ironman triathlete and an exercise physiologist. I have two
      questions for you:
      1) I'd like your comments on the best method to measure cardiorespiratory
      variables so I can establish training guidelines for running and cycling. Do
      you think that cardiorespiratory variables measured during a treadmill test
      can be used to establish a heart-rate orientated training program for a
      cyclist and visa-versa?
      2) What is the more important indicator of aerobic capacity, VO2 max or
      percentage of VO2 max, that an athlete can sustain during exercise?
      Tina Cross
      Salt Lake City, Utah
      The answer from Active.com via Triathlete Magazine at:

      Vitamin-Popping Public Gets Some Advice:
      Washington (AP) -- Call it vitamania: About 40 percent of Americans pop
      vitamin pills. But just how much of each vitamin does your body need? When
      does food provide enough? And how much is too much?
      A prestigious science group has just updated national guidelines on how much
      of every vitamin and mineral Americans should eat daily for good health --
      plus a never-before-compiled list of which popular megadose vitamins could
      harm them.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Benefits of Flexibility Training:
      By Chad Tackett, president of GHF
      Flexibility is a joint's ability to move through a full range of motion.
      Flexibility training (stretching) helps balance muscle groups that might be
      overused during exercise or physical activity or as a result of bad posture.
      It's important to clearly understand the many benefits that result from a
      good flexibility program.
      Improved Physical Performance and Decreased Risk of Injury
      First, a safe and effective flexibility training program increases physical
      performance. A flexible joint has the ability to move through a greater
      range of motion and requires less energy to do so, while greatly decreasing
      your risk of injury. Most professionals agree that stretching decreases
      resistance in tissue structures; you are, therefore, less likely to become
      injured by exceeding tissue extensibility (maximum range of tissues) during
      More...from InfoSports at:

      Why do repetition running?
      by Frank Horwill
      Glen Cunningham (USA) was seen in 1932 running a mile flat-out every day on
      the track. A puzzled coach asked him what he thought he was doing.
      Cunningham replied that he was trying to get his mile time down. The coach
      told him that that was not the way to do it. He should run parts of the mile
      faster and run double the distance slower. For instance, if his best time
      for the distance was 4:40, he should attempt to run half-mile 4-seconds a
      lap faster, ie 2:12 (66 secs / 44O yds). Also, three-quarters of a mile 2
      seconds a lap faster ie 3:24 (68 secs / 440yds). For stamina. it was
      suggested he ran 2 miles at 10 seconds a lap slower (10:40 or 80 secs / 440
      yds). Cunningham was to break the world mile record 2 years later, running
      More...from the Serpentine Running Club at:

      Highlights from this month's Jeff Galloway newsletter:
      No Bone and Joint Damage After More Than 40 Years of Running!
      Twenty five years ago, many well-meaning doctors (who didn't run) told me
      that if I continued to run I could expect to be using a cane to walk by
      the time I reached the age of 55. I'm proud to say that I've passed that
      barrier now and am averaging over 60 miles a week, enjoying every one of

      How Many Days Off Per Week?
      40 year-old marathoners need three days off from running. Over 50
      marathoners should shift to every other day running. Over 60 folks should
      run three days per week and monitor for fatigue. The over-70 crowd can
      maintain a significant level of performance by running three days a week
      and taking walk breaks on every run.

      Calculate Your Calorie Demands.
      Multiply your weight in pounds times ten. This gives you your basal
      calorie demand - what your body needs to do its basic work. Multiply that
      number by an activity factor - 50% for most regular runners who are very
      active. Add the result to your baseline needs and you have a pretty good
      estimate of your calorie needs for a day. A 150-pound runner's basal
      calorie demand is 1,500, plus an additional 750 calories to fuel running,
      for 2,250 a day. If 25% or 30% of calories come from fat, that would be
      70 to 85 grams of fat a day.
      -From American Running Association's Running & Fit News, January 2001, p.
      3, www.americanrunning.org

      The Athletes' Kitchen, Copyright: Nancy Clark, MS, RD
      Muscle cramps are poorly understood. Historically, no one has been able to
      predictably cause a muscle to cramp; this hindered the ability to study
      the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the these unpredictable
      spasms. Just recently, researchers have found a way to cause cramps.
      Hopefully, this will open the door for more research on ways to prevent
      them from happening.  
      -Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutritionist at Boston-area's SportsMedicine
      Brookline, counsels both casual and competitive athletes, addressing their
      food questions and weight concerns. Her information-packed, best selling
      classic, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Second Edition is
      available at bookstores or via www.nancyclarkrd.com.

      From the Foot Health Foundation of America.
      A few interesting facts about our feet: Your foot has 26 bones, 33 joints,
      and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. Women have
      4 times as many foot problems as men. After the age of 10, sport-specific
      shoes can help improve performance and protect the feet. During a 10-mile
      run, the foot makes 15,000 strikes at a force of 3 to 4 5 times the body's
      weight. There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet and
      they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
      - For more info, go to www.apma.org

      Running Form (part III): Overstride.
      Correcting Overstride: Running easier. Our tendency to overstride is
      another attempt to counter slowing down with a quick fix. Unfortunately,
      our intuitive sense of pace gets us into trouble in this area. As runners
      get tired and realize that the main driving muscles are weakening due to
      fatigue, they subconsciously lengthen the stride to speed up. As in the
      case of other "quick fixes," this one will help for a short distance but
      is very counterproductive later.
      More form Jeff's web site at:

      Embracing Your 50s:
      Lisa Hurt Kozarovich
      drkoop.com Health Correspondent
      Sure, there are changes. You may be more concerned about heart disease and
      osteoporosis, and you will probably notice a few more fine lines and age
      spots popping up. But that doesn't mean you can't feel and look fabulous in
      your 50s.
      And 50-something women like Dayle Haddon, Cybill Shepherd and Cheryl Tiegs
      are proving it.
      "Being in your 50s is great. You know more, you dare more, you can laugh
      more. You fight a little more for your body -- but now it's about being
      healthy, not being a size 4. Quite simply, you become a confident, strong
      woman who knows who she is from within," said 52-year-old Haddon, who
      started her own business and became an author after being told she was too
      old to return to modeling and acting. The success of women such as Haddon,
      who is the face of L'Oreal's Plentitude line and beauty and wellness
      contributor for CBS's "The Early Show," has made advertisers take notice
      that millions of baby boomers are entering their 50s, intent on looking and
      feeling healthy.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Same Strength, Fewer Reps:
      If you use strength training to build muscles or simply to stay toned,
      you'll be happy to hear that fewer repetitions can produce the same results.

      Many experts have recommended three to five sets of a specific exercise with
      each set consisting of eight to 12 repetitions. But recent sports medicine
      research indicates that "most, if not all, improvement in functional
      capacity in resistance training can be developed through a single set of
      quality exercises," says James Graves, professor of exercise science at
      Syracuse University in New York.
      The functional word in this case is "quality." Exercisers need to push or
      pull enough weight to reach exhaustion by the 12th repetition. This may be
      good news for people who have always argued that exercising takes too much
      time from their day. "It can take 20 minutes to complete a set of 10
      different exercises and three sets can take an hour." A feature from the New
      York Daily News has more details.
      More...from Asimba.com at:
      [Monster long URL....]

      Wildlife puts bite into Bettini:
      Top Italian cyclist Paolo Bettini has received medical treatment after being
      bitten by a monkey in Malaysia.
      The winner of last year's prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege World Cup race
      was bitten while in training on Wednesday for the Tour of Langkawi.
      The Mapei team star and a group of other riders were giving the monkey
      sweets when it was startled by a sudden movement.
      Bettini was bitten on the left knee and, on medical advice, was given
      antibiotics as a precaution
      More...from the BBC at:

      Cool-down or get sick?
      By Dave Smith - Professional coach
      We all know that we should have an active recovery after training, and most
      of probably know that training can suppress the immune system temporarily.
      Now however a Norwegian study has linked active recovery, or cool-down
      periods, with stronger immune system function.
      The 2000 study was conducted to examine the effects of different recovery
      regimens on white blood cell count (WBCC) and muscle enzyme activities
      following strenuous, submaximal, steady state workouts on a treadmill.
      Fourteen endurance trained, healthy, non-smoking college-aged males
      participated in the study. The workouts were followed by either 15-min of
      rest recovery or active recovery. The active recovery consisted of running
      at 50% of VO2max whereas rest recovery implied complete rest. Rest recovery
      was associated with a 35% reduction in WBCC, compared to only 6% decrease in
      active recovery. Neither during 15-120-min PE this period, nor in the
      120-min sample alone, were there any significant differences in WBCC between
      the rest recovery and AR experiments. The results show that active recovery
      as opposed to rest recovery prevents the initial 0-15-min post-exercise fall
      in WBCC after strenuous endurance exercise - therefore reducing your risk of
      succumbing to illness after endurance training.
      From Kjerag.com at:
      [Very long URL]

      Strength Training for Cyclists and Multisport Athletes:
      Strength and flexibility are major determinants for an athlete's race
      performance. The ability to produce great amounts of force over a wide range
      of motion allows for faster racing speeds and a decreased risk of injury. If
      a rider's strength is low, it will be difficult to realise their full
      athletic potential. Power is developed through strength training, allowing
      one to climb faster and handle the bike with a greater degree of skill and
      More...from Kjerag.com at:
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      Webb's journey is just beginning:
      This is what 18-year-old high school senior Alan Webb felt last Saturday
      after he become the first prep runner in 33 years to break four minutes for
      the mile: euphoria. And relief. Together. "A little bit of both things," he
      told me Sunday night. "I've dreamed about doing this for so long, and now
      that it's happened, it's just amazing to think about."
      There was, for two reasons, a palpable joy in the track and field world at
      the news of Webb's 3:59.86 at the New Balance Track and Field Games in New
      More...from CNNSI at:

      Exercise & the female triad:
      Eating disorders, amenorrhoea and osteoporosis
      Since the early 1970s an increasing number of women are engaging in
      recreational and professional sports, and increasingly excelling in their
      chosen sports. This year the women's singles matches were played on
      Wimbledon's centre court, ousting the men for the first time.
      Women distance runners continue to improve since they were first officially
      allowed to compete in world class marathons in the early 1970s, and their
      triathlon performance is no exception.
      However, the demands of this level of athleticism on the female body are
      extreme. Many women, driven to excel and to fit a specific body image, place
      themselves at risk of what is known as the female triad: disordered eating
      patterns, amenorrhoea (lack of menstruation) and osteoporosis.
      More...from iafrica.com at:

      Kelly Rees' Training Journal For Ironman South Africa:
      Kelly is a pro triathlete who is competing in Ironman South Africa on the
      last day of March, 2001.
      Jan 22- 29
      Yep, it was a viral lung infection. I was sick. No training through this, no
      "I will just start running and see how I feel." I was out. So I decided that
      the best thing is two days out of commission. I have two thoroughly ecstatic
      weimereiner puppies. They thought it was the greatest thing since peanut
      butter puppies treats- mom was home all day and none of this bike and pool
      thing. But wait, they realized it meant no running. A couple weeks ago I
      mentioned that my dogs are addicts to running (like me) and that dogs are
      the best motivational tool for training. Well, as soon as they figured it
      out that there were no afternoon runs planned, they whole attitude changed.
      They laid around with me, sort of sad and mopey, didn't care who came to the
      door or when dinner was. They had an Ironman to train for and this wasn't in
      the plan.
      More...from SlowTwitch.com at:

      USATF's 2001 Golden Spike Tour begins this weekend from USATF:
      Nearly 40 Olympians highlight the field that will compete February 2 at the
      opening event of USA Track & Field's 2001 Indoor Golden Spike Tour, the
      Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York.
      USATF's Golden Spike Tour, now in its third year, also serves as a "Victory
      Tour" for members of the 2000 USA Olympic team, which won 10 gold medals and
      20 medals overall at the Olympic Games in Sydney. The GST provides U.S.
      athletes the opportunity to compete in the United States, earning
      substantial prize money in front of a national television audience. The 2000
      indoor season averaged more than 10,000 fans in attendance per event, and
      the 2001 GST looks to build on that success.
      U.S. Olympic medallists from Sydney scheduled to compete at the 94th
      Millrose Games include gold medallists Stacy Dragila, Nick Hysong, Jearl
      Miles-Clark, Bernard Williams, Monique Hennagan, Ken Brokenburr, and Jerome
      Young, along with silver medallists Lawrence Johnson and Terrence Trammell.
      Bronze medallists slated for Millrose include Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards,
      Passion Richardson and defending Millrose hurdles champion Melissa Morrison.
      Other featured U.S. competitors include American record holders Jeff
      Hartwig, Regina Jacobs, Bob Kennedy, and Charles Austin, as well as Marla
      Runyan, Tim Harden, Hazel Clark, Amy Acuff, and many more.
      The Millrose Games will be televised on NBC, Saturday, February 3 at 2:00
      p.m. Eastern Time. USATF's Golden Spike Tour is sponsored by adidas, Pontiac
      Grand Prix, Visa, GMC Envoy and SoBe Sports System.
      Other featured events at this year's Millrose Games include the famed
      Wanamaker Mile (men's mile), the women's mile, men's and women's pole vault,
      high jump, 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 800 meters, and men's
      3000 meters.

      Mental Exercise:
      In this edition of The Sports Factor, Manchester Metropolitan University
      professor Dave Smith discusses the idea that one can work out by thinking
      about working out.
      Dave Smith: We took three groups of subjects, one of whom imagined
      performing a strength-training exercise, twice a week for four weeks; one of
      whom who actually did the exercise twice a week for four weeks; and another
      group who didn't do anything at all.
      Now the group who did the task improved their muscle strength by just over
      30 percent, but the group who imagined doing it improved by 16 percent. So
      it seems that imagining exercise isn't quite as good as actually doing it,
      but it does produce significant benefits.
      More...from SportsJones at:

      Coming Up:

      February 2, 2001:
      Millrose Games
      New York, NY

      February 3, 2001:
      Hart House Indoor Triathlon
      Toronto, ON

      Pomoco Group/Hampton Coliseum Road Race
      Hampton, VA

      Tybee Marathon
      Savannah, GA
      Savannah Now

      February 4, 2001:
      Las Vegas Marathon
      Las Vegas, NV

      3M Half-Marathon & Relay
      Austin, TX

      Valentine's Day Races
      Running Times

      February 10, 2001:
      Women's 8K National Championships
      Columbia, SC

      February 11, 2001:
      "First Half" Half Marathon
      Vancouver, BC

      Winterlude Triathlon Skate, Ski, Run
      Ottawa, ON

      The Year 2001 Twosome Run
      Kingston, ON

      February 17-18, 2001:
      Winter National XC Championships
      Vancouver, WA

      Keskinada Loppet
      Cross Country Ski Races
      Gatineau,PQ and Ottawa, ON

      February 18, 2001:
      Motorola Marathon
      Austin, TX

      February 19, 2001:
      Great Aloha Run
      Honolulu, Hawaii

      February 25, 2001:
      Gatorade Half Marathon
      Peterborough, ON

      Anheuser Busch Colonial Half Marathon
      Williamsburg, VA

      For a look at additional races check out the Runner's Web Races, Marathons
      and Calendars pages at:
      http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html or look at the "Coming Up"
      section on our FrontPage.

      Also check out the following site:
      This Week's Hot Links from Track and Field News at:
      There are a number if US indoor track meets on this week with links to the
      web sites available from the above link.

      Television and Online Coverage:
      [Check local listings as event times are subject to change]

      February 3 Track and Field:
      "Millrose Games" (Madison Square Garden, N.Y.)
      2:00-3:00 p.m. NBC

      Outdoor Life Network
      Use Search for Triathlon and Cycling

      CBC Sports Schedule

      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

      Quote of the Week: It's Not Rocket Science:
      "There's no secret to running. Use common sense, do it long enough, and
      you'll get to be pretty good at it."--Bill Dellinger, 1964 Olympic bronze
      medalist in the 5,000 meters and longtime (retired) coach at the University
      of Oregon.

      The FiveStar Site of the Week:
      Our FiveStar site of the week for next week is Kjerag.com at:
      http://www.kjerag.com - Endurance and Outdoor Sports in Europe.
      Kjerag.com is Europe's first multilingual website dedicated to outdoor,
      action and endurance sports, providing a one-stop-shop that aims to inform,
      inspire and excite sports enthusiasts. With Kjerag.com, you can maximise
      your sport. Kjerag.com's provides unrivalled resources of online event
      registration, sports news, feature coverage, plus advice -often from the
      world's leading athletes and coaches.
      Kjerag, pronounced "Che-rak", is the Vertical Kilometre, a 1,000m sheer drop
      to the crystal-blue waters of the Lysefjord near Stavanger in Norway, Kjerag
      is the ultimate experience for BASE jumpers. Their buzz is synonymous with
      the philosophy behind Kjerag.com: find a challenge and take satisfaction in
      the accomplishment.
      Check it out.

      Send your suggestions for our Site of the Week to

      Be sure to check out our Flash Page where we list all recent additions to
      the Runner's Web. This page is updated before Monday morning each week.

      Online Ordering For "Triathlon 2001" Directory:
      You can order the 488-page annual
      directory by snail-mail (checks on US banks to Triathlon Central, PO Box
      Winter Harbor, ME 04693-0323, United States). The book costs $30 plus
      shipping ($4 USA and UK orders, $7 Canada and Europe, $10 elsewhere).
      Questions -
      contact Katherine Williams (mailto:kwilliams@...).

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