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    Runner s Web Digest - May 4, 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 - May 4, 2001

      Visit the Runner's Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html
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      New This Week:
      Michael Selman's latest column "20:20 Foresight: Looking Forward" is
      from our Columns page.

      This week's poll is: "Should the Ironman swim leg be longer?"

      Our poll this past week was: "What is your duathlon preference?
      Run, bike, run; Run, bike; Bike, run; No preference"
      The results at publication time were:

      Run, bike, run 25
      Run, bike 34
      Bike, run 12
      No preference 3
      Total Votes: 74.

      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

      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: Sydney Olympics Flashback, U.S. runner Suzy Favor Hamilton, bottom
      gets assistance from teammate Marla Runyan and a track official after
      at the end of the 1500-meter race at the Summer Olympics, in this Sept. 30,
      photo at Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

      The FiveStar Site of the Week:
      Our FiveStar site of the week for next week is: the new and improved
      National Capital Race Weekend site.
      Events include the Nordion 10K, the Alcatel National Capital Marathon and
      Check it out at:

      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.

      Warm Weather Running:
      Now that the warm weather is upon us (30 degrees C in Ottawa this week!), it
      is appropriate to review some warm weather running literature.
      After you've checked out some of this articles, visit our Widget page to
      check out our new Heat Index calculator which combines the temperature and
      relative humidity to tell you how hot your body "thinks" it really is.
      http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html select 'Widgets" from the Main Index.

      What you should know about running in the heat:
      You can't beat summer running. Clothing is light, energy levels are high,
      daylight hours are long, and there's a road race almost every weekend. But
      summer also means heat, which can get you into big trouble if you aren't
      More...from Runner's World at:

      Hot Weather Running:
      Running in the heat can be dangerous if the proper precautions and
      preparations are not followed. The following are some of the RRCA Sports
      Committee's recommendations for running in a hot environment:
      Avoid dehydration!!! You can lose between 6 and 12 oz. of fluid for every 20
      minutes of running. Therefore it is important to pre-hydrate (10-15 oz. of
      fluid 10 to 15 minutes prior to running) and drink fluids every 20-30
      minutes along your running route. To determine if you are hydrating
      properly, weigh yourself before and after running. You should have drunk one
      pint of fluid for every pound you're missing. lndicators that you are
      running dehydrated are a persistent elevated pulse rate after finishing your
      run, and dark yellow urine. Keep in mind that thirst is not an adequate
      indicator of dehydration.
      More...from the RRCA at:

      Hot Weather Running Tips:
      In Canada, we are not too often exposed to extreme hot weather conditions,
      however, we are often exposed to dramatic temperature changes. This presents
      us with the challenge of being sure we are properly prepared for hot and
      cold weather running. Many runners work their winter holidays around a race
      in a warm climate so be sure you take the same precautions should you be one
      of the lucky snowbirds escaping the joy of winter running.
      Heat exhaustion is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Runners
      suffering from heat exhaustion can die - so be careful in the heat and watch
      yourself and those training with you for any heat exhaustion. At the first
      sign of any symptoms stop running, cool off and get medical help
      More...from the Running Room at:

      Of Pain, Gain and Tape on Your Nose:
      In recent years, a product known as a nasal dilator has become popular among
      professional and recreational athletes who believe that by improving their
      breathing, they will improve their performance.
      More...from the NY Times at:
      [Free sign-up required]

      2000 USATF/CT Age Graded Grand Prix Page:
      In addition to the regular grand prix standings, which are calculated based
      on point for the top ten runners in each division, USATF/CT has begun
      keeping age-graded rankings as well. Many of you may wonder what are age
      graded rankings and why use them. If you think you understand age grading
      and want to go directly to the description of how USATF/CT is using them,
      click here
      Age grading tables were first developed by the World Association of Veterans
      Athletes (WAVA) in 1989. The goal was to be able to compare any performance
      at any distance by an athlete of any age or any sex. For example, we all can
      assume that a 20:00 5K by a 60-year old male is superior to a 20:00 5K by a
      25-year old male. But what about a 20:00 5K for a 60-year old compared to a
      16:30 5K for the 25-year old? Or a 20:00 5K for the 60-year old compared to
      a 42:00 10K for the same 60-year old? There are millions of possible
      More...from the USATF at:

      Summit of the svelte: What world leaders do for exercise:
      [from before the Quebec City Summit]
      Government can be fattening for world leaders. They get to eat their
      nation's best cuisine every day. They're schlepped about in limousines.
      When Western Hemisphere leaders gather in Quebec City this weekend, some of
      Canada's best chefs will cook, richly, for them. Temptations exist outside
      of summits, too: When German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder developed a taste
      for curry sausages a few years ago, he saw his waistline take a turn for the
      More...from Canoe at:

      Marathon Women:
      "Life is movement," says Grete Waitz, the Norwegian woman credited with
      putting women on the marathon map. The nine-time winner of the New York City
      Marathon, five-time winner of the World Cross-Country Championships and a
      gold medal winner of the 1983 World Championship in Helsinki says couch
      potatoes are the people who are living on the edge. "They're the ones
      putting their lives at risk."
      More...from Canoe at:

      Want To Be On A Wheaties Box:
      [US residents only]
      You may nominate and prepare an essay about someone else or you may enter
      yourself directly. To nominate someone else you must be 13 years of age or
      older and the person you nominate must be eighteen (18) years of age or
      older. If you enter yourself, you must be eighteen (18) year of age or
      older. Submit your name, address, city, state and zip and your daytime phone
      number on a piece of paper and mail along with your typed essay of up to 300
      words on one (1) piece of plain 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Send essay to: Wheaties
      Energy Crunch Search for Everyday Champions Contest, P.O. Box 2226 New York,
      NY 10116. Entries must be received by September 14, 2001. You may also
      obtain official rules and submit your entry online at:
      Online entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET September 14, 2001. All
      entries must include your name, complete address (including street address
      and zip code), daytime telephone number and your typed essay. Entries
      limited to one per person per name and address. No entries will be
      acknowledged or returned. General Mills assumes no responsibility for lost,
      late or misdirected mail or electronic failures of any kind. Contest ends
      September 14, 2001.

      Bike Power: Tired Legs Get a Leg Up:
      Andrew Delano describes his bicycle commute over the Brooklyn Bridge as the
      highlight of his day. "Riding up that incline, there's really nothing like
      it," he said.
      But in the last few years, as Mr. Delano, an artist, reached his early 40's,
      he found that the nine-mile round trip between his East Village apartment
      and his Brooklyn studio was becoming more physically demanding, especially
      when he had to carry tools and equipment.
      So last August, he outfitted a mountain bike with a U.S. Pro-Drive, an
      electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries. The drive, from Currie
      Technologies, is connected to the rear wheel and activated by a lever on the
      handlebars, giving Mr. Delano what electric bicycle enthusiasts refer to as
      a "bionic boost" when he needs it.
      More...from the NY Times at:
      [Free sign-up required]

      Rubber Blamed for Athlete Allergies:
      Amy Norton, Reuters
      London, Apr 27 (Reuters Health) - Athletes whose sports put them in frequent
      contact with rubber equipment may be at high risk of developing allergic
      rashes, study findings show.
      In their study, Italian researchers found that skin sensitivity to rubber
      was the most frequent allergic reaction among high school and college
      Rubber is a common culprit in allergic skin reactions, and the investigators
      suggest that a combination of sweating, frequent showering and medicinal
      rubdowns may prime the skin to be overly sensitive to rubber.
      Dr. Mariateresa Ventura and colleagues at the University of Bari Medical
      School in Italy report their findings in the April issue of the British
      Journal of Sports Medicine.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Highlights Jeff Galloway's Newsletter:
      Increasing the Long Run Will Help You Manage the Blood Sugar Level (BSL):
      By gradually increasing the length of your long run (with walking breaks),
      you'll push back the threshold of this blood sugar crash. As the muscles
      become better fat burners, they make many adaptations which increase the
      efficiency of each use of glycogen. This reduces the quantity of glycogen
      needed for any use: long run, daily activity, etc. This means that there
      is more glycogen available to you later to maintain BSL at a higher level
      for a greater time and distance. It is most important that you run the
      long ones at least two minutes slower than you could run that same
      distance on that day.

      - Counterattacking Low Blood Sugar Level on Long Runs
      - Waiting Too Long Between Snacks Will Lower Your Motivation
      - Many of the "Middle-Age Crowd" Notice Blood Sugar Letdowns

      From American Running Association's Running & Fit News, April, 2001:
      Smaller Women Are at Greater Risk for Fractures: Being petite (and many
      female distance runners are) increases your risk of osteoporotic hip and
      pelvis fractures. In a study of over 8,000 women 65 an older, women in
      the lowest quartile of weight (under 127 pounds) were twice as likely to
      suffer hip, pelvis, or rib fractures than women in the highest quartile of
      weight. The researchers found that small size was a predictor for low
      bone density, which accounts for the higher fracture risk.

      Don't Run Dry: How much water you drink affects not only the quality of
      your run, but also how far you go. Exercise-induced dehydration reduces
      endurance, increases body temperature, heart rate, and your perceived
      exertion, making your regular run seem much harder than usual. Even
      slight dehydration reduces endurance and performance, and all effects are
      exaggerated in hot weather. A recent review of the research showed that
      individuals who drank water before and during exercise, work out longer.

      The Athlete's Kitchen, by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, Copyright 4-01
      Fueling the Ultra-Distance Athlete: With the growth of extreme sports and
      ultra-endurance events, many athletes are pushing their bodies to the
      limits. They train for three to five hours a day to compete for hours on
      end. Their goals: to test their limits and try to finish an Ironman
      Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), double century
      bike ride (200 miles), 1000-mile mountain run, English Channel swim (28+
      hours), trans-Atlantic row (50-60 days), Appalachian Trail hike (2,160
      miles) or any number of other ultra-distance vents. The purpose of this
      article is to provide some nutrition pointers for not only ultra-endurance
      athletes but also "ordinary exercisers" who want ultra-energy and success
      with sports.

      Assistance Required For Psychology Study:
      Running - If you're female and you run competitively, you could help a
      masters student gain insight into running psychology. Nikki Heslin is
      currently studying an MSc in Health Psychology at City University and she
      requires help from the female running community - over to Nikki for an
      I am writing to you concerning my dissertation. As I am an avid runner and
      also a member of a running club in London, I am focusing my research on
      competitive female athletes.
      I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to any members of your
      club, whom are competitive (National, International, Regional etc.) female
      athletes. I am asking those who participate to fill out a questionnaire
      which takes about 5 minutes to complete.
      The procedure is as follows: The athlete contacts me through email stating
      that she would like to participate in my research and leaves an address, to
      which I can post the questionnaire. (If anyone would like to speak with me
      on the phone first, please email me your request and I will email you my
      phone number) The questionnaire also comes with a stamped, self-addressed
      envelope (addressed to me). I would like to emphasize that my research is
      highly confidential and addresses and responses will only be available for
      my use for the purposes of this research project.
      Thank-you very much. I am grateful for any help you may offer.
      Happy Running

      Nikki Heslin mailto:nikkiheslin@...

      "Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better."
      Pat Riley, NBA basketball coach

      "Second place is not defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you
      even more determined."
      - Carlos Lopes

      "If you want a race, run the mile; if you want an experience, run the
      - Emil Zatopek, Olympic triple gold winner in 5K, 10K and Marathon

      About DreamSports:
      DreamSports is a national non-profit organization incorporated in 1999 to
      support the vision and fundraising initiatives of Realize the Dream
      Foundation. Programs and events such as the DreamSports Festival, and
      Motivational Team are administered through DreamSports.
      Most of our Canadian athletes pursuing a world class or international podium
      performance would not make it if it was not for the generous support of
      individuals such as you.
      We encourage you to support our fundraising initiatives.
      Working together Canadian amateur athletes' dreams will become a reality!
      Check out their web site at:

      Sports medicine: Eating:
      Keep an eye on the diet as nice weather encourages more training and fast
      By Dr. Steven Keteyian / Special to The Detroit News
      With the warmer weather, many regular exercisers are increasing training
      levels in preparation for an upcoming competition or event. For some, this
      means increasing training time from two to as many as six hours a week. Such
      an increase in time spent exercising often further stresses an already busy
      With Americans striving to balance work, family and fitness, it's no wonder
      we spend nearly $110 billion annually eating fast foods. In fact, present
      estimates are that 35-45 percent of all meals are now eaten out of the home.

      To develop some sanity when it comes to eating healthy during increased
      training, here are a few key elements to keep in mind.
      * Expect to shed a few pounds when you markedly increase your training. This
      may be welcomed by many. However, if it's not, increase your calories
      accordingly. To accomplish this, snack on foods that provide a lot of
      carbohydrates. Juice, bagels, fruit bars and dried fruit are all good
      choices. Carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed and can be eaten up to 60
      minutes before you work out.
      More...from the Detroit News at:

      Effects of High-Intensity Intermittent Training on Endurance Performance:
      High-intensity intermittent training is a form of interval training
      consisting of short bouts of all-out activity separated by rest periods of
      between 20 s and 5 min. It is a low-volume strategy for producing gains in
      aerobic power and endurance normally associated with longer training bouts.
      Endurance athletes should gradually phase in bouts of high-intensity
      intermittent training in the build-up to competitions.
      More...from SportScience at:

      The future of sports dot-coms by Steve Holman:
      {from Runner's World at: http://www.runnersworld.com/%5d
      Last Wednesday, Quokka Sports, the dot-com partner of NBC that built the
      very popular nbcolympics.com, announced that due to massive losses, they
      would suspend operations and file for bankruptcy. This news comes barely
      more than six months after nbcolympics.com was identified as the most
      popular U.S. Internet destination for the Sydney Games, drawing over 5.6
      million unique visitors to the site last September.
      In the interest of full disclosure, I was an unpaid participant in the
      "Athlete's Voice" feature of nbcolympics.com during the time leading up to
      Quokka officials attributed the failure of the company to the economic
      slowdown and poor advertising and sponsorship revenue. In truth, Quokka is
      only one of many dying sports content dot-coms who were, in the parlance,
      unable to "monetize their eyeballs," which is to say the companies were
      unable to create a business model that produced profitability from the high
      volume of loyal web surfers they attracted.
      Quokka set itself apart by its philosophy of "immersion," which sought to
      engage surfers by focusing on the perspective and experiences of the
      participants in the sporting events. I found nbcolympics.com to be
      comprehensive, beautifully designed, and technologically advanced, if not a
      bit overwhelming and slow at times.
      But the demise of most first-generation sports dot-coms like Quokka should
      be very instructive. One lesson is that while there will always be official
      information sites surrounding major events like the Olympics, the rich,
      enhanced content provided by the next generation Quokka will almost
      inevitably have to be subsidized by some kind of subscription by viewers.
      The free ride track fans have enjoyed is quickly coming to an end.
      The second lesson is that NBC's ratings dropped in the U.S. partly due to
      the extensive amount of information available on the Internet, including
      nbcolympics.com. That should tell the NBC producers that a significant
      number of potential viewers are willing to forgo the dramatized,
      tape-delayed television coverage to get results and information in a timely,
      unfiltered manner.
      As high-speed access to the Internet continues to become more prevalent and
      video-streaming technology continually improves, surfers will clamor -- and
      probably be willing to pay -- for full-motion video over the Internet. While
      television networks now have a stranglehold on all video rights for the
      Olympics, and have effectively had them barred from the Internet, the IOC
      might soon realize that there is more money to be made by selling off
      Internet video and television rights separately, if not necessarily to
      different entities.
      So here is an idea for networks and dot-coms that might be profitable, and
      enhance the enjoyment of the Olympics and major track meets to casual fans
      and aficionados alike: Keep content free on websites leading up to an event,
      but charge a subscription fee during the event itself. Maintain a high level
      of comprehensive, exclusive content, including athlete participation, but
      integrate full-motion video of events, with commercial sponsors, from
      television network partners. Television networks can continue with their
      dramatized formula, but can also encourage fans to visit partner websites
      for information and video of events that aren't featured on TV coverage.
      Steve Holman was a '92 Olympian and NCAA champion at 1500 meters. His
      3:31.52, set in 1997, ranks him third on the all-time American list.

      One Year By Bicycle:
      This web site documents a lone bicycle ride around Australia, starting in
      Sydney, May 2001.
      Visit the site at:

      Gut Hormone Helps Stall Joint Damage:
      April 30 (HealthScout) -- A hormone that helps the bowels move may also help
      movement in the joints, a new study says.
      Mice injected with the molecule, called vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP),
      had their joint swelling greatly reduced and had far less damage to their
      bones and buffering tissue than untreated mice, Spanish researchers say. The
      mice all had an animal version of rheumatoid arthritis; animals don't get
      the human version.
      In humans, rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating joint condition that
      affects as many as 40 million Americans. The findings are reported this
      month in Nature Medicine.
      More...from Yahoo at:
      [Long URL]

      Training Camps May Help American Runners to Contend:
      Todd Reeser, an unheralded marathon runner from Rochester who trains 25
      miles a day, lives rent-free. He receives free medical care, massage therapy
      and acupuncture if he needs it. He travels to races at no expense. His coach
      does not charge him to supervise his workouts.
      Reeser, 27, began running this month as a member of Team USA, a growing
      national program aimed at improving American distance running, which has
      sagged badly for almost two decades. In Rochester, Reeser trains with five
      other runners in a communal setting long advocated for American marathoners
      but adopted only last year.
      Similar to what Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers did to pace marathoning
      worldwide in the 1970's, Reeser and his group do little but eat, sleep and
      train. Collective strength forces each runner to push harder. The athletes
      are imbued with an amateur spirit, delaying material gain to achieve
      long-term goals.
      More...from the NY Times at:
      [Free Sign-up is required]

      Health tips from the pros: How doctors and other experts live, eat and
      Have you ever wondered what doctors, nutritionists and other health experts
      do to stay healthy themselves?
      To find out, we asked four of Seattle's top health-care authorities what
      they do to stay well. Like all of us, they face personal challenges in their
      quest to keep their bodies healthy. Their lifestyle choices offer some hints
      for healthy living for the rest of us.
      Will what works for them work for you? Take a look and decide.
      More...from the Seattle Times at:

      Raising the Stakes:
      Tommie Smith, kicked out of the 1968 Olympics for his gesture, puts quite a
      price on his gold medal.
      You might think he would be somewhere else. You might think he would be
      somebody else.
      Thirty-three years after his simple raised fist nudged a complex society,
      you might think he would be famous, like Jesse Jackson, or wealthy, Like
      Carl Lewis, or renowned, like Harry Edwards.
      Thirty-three years after risking his career and his reputation with that
      infamous black-gloved gesture on the Olympic medal stand in Mexico City, you
      might think he would be rich with the rewards of that sacrifice.
      You might think Tommie Smith would be anywhere but here, in his modest
      Baldwin Hills home, on a gated street in a deteriorating neighborhood,
      holding his gold medal in its original blue box, now cracked and tarnished.
      Holding it because he's selling it.
      More...from the LA Times at:

      Cyclist dies from accident in Colorado road race:
      By VeloNews Interactive
      This report filed April 30, 2001
      Nancy Brunner, a 45-year-old cyclist from Broomfield, Colorado, died Sunday
      morning after an accident in a road race near Boulder, Colorado. Ron Watkins
      of the Colorado State Patrol told the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper that
      Brunner lost control on a descent at the Carter Lake Road Race and tumbled
      45 feet down a mountainside.
      Andrew Rosen, chief referee of the Carter Lake race, said it was the first
      death from an accident in a Colorado road race that he was aware of.

      Runner's World Tips:
      Chondromalacia: A softening or wearing away and cracking of the
      cartilage under the kneecap, resulting in pain and inflammation. The
      cartilage becomes like sandpaper because the kneecap is not riding
      smoothly over the knee. For treatments and recovery tips, click here:

      Quadriceps Stretch: With one hand on a wall for support, use the other
      to grasp your foot behind you. Keep your standing leg firm (keep the
      quadriceps taut) and stand up tall. As you draw the heel toward your
      buttocks, press the bent knee forward without actually letting it move
      too far in front of the standing leg's knee. Gently tuck your tailbone
      forward at the same time, which will increase the sensation of
      lengthening in the quadriceps. Repeat with the other leg.

      "On a warm day you should drink 1 or 2 cups of water before training and
      another cup every 15 to 20 minutes while running. Don't forget to
      continue to drink after a workout as well. Watery foods - such as salads
      and fruits - also help hydrate and replace electrolytes such as
      From Joan Benoit Samuelson and Gloria Averbuch, Running for Women

      The quickest way to relax and get focused before a race is to take slow,
      deep, abdominal breaths at the starting line. As you inhale, say, "I'm
      breathing in strength." As you exhale, say, "I'm breathing out tension."
      This will help synchronize your body and your mind. - Dave Sellers, RW
      new product editor

      "If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you're
      stuck and you don't know how to rise, don't look outside yourself. Look
      inside. Don't let your fears keep you mired in the crowd. Abolish your
      fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I
      guarantee you that the Champion within will burst forth to propel you
      toward victory." -Bruce Jenner

      Nutritional Intake Predicts Performance in an Ironman Triathlon:
      Finish time for 59 triathletes in an Ironman triathlon correlated highly
      with rates of carbohydrate and water intake (r = -0.65 and -0.51).
      Triathletes with below average intakes of carbohydrate and water can
      therefore expect to achieve worthwhile reductions in finish time of around
      5% from moderate increases in intake.
      More...from SportScience at:

      Like a Fine Wine: Improving with Age:
      As an exercise physiologist, I have been particularly interested in the
      physical capabilities of my body over time. In the initial years of running
      (my twenties), I learned how to push harder to improve performance (remember
      "fun" runs?). The challenges of training through the child-bearing years of
      my thirties made me determined to return to running stronger than before
      children-and I did. Now at age 45, my training has to be "smarter" to avoid
      injuries since long-term participation in running is an emerging priority
      for me.
      After completing twenty marathons, including two ultras, over the past
      twenty years, my times for this distance have steadily improved. How much
      more can I improve my marathon PR before the aging process becomes a
      significant limiting factor? What am I doing differently or better than 20
      years ago that has allowed me to shave thirty minutes off my marathon times?
      I have identified ten possible contributing factors.
      More...from Florida Running and Triathlon at:

      Ironmen Wanted:
      An study of Ironmen triathletes is currently being conducted at Queens
      University in Kingston, ON, Canada. The study examines cognitive,
      physiological and developmental characteristics of male Ironman distance
      triathletes. The study is the most comprehensive examination of the
      development of Ironman triathletes ever undertaken. I am now looking
      for age group Ironmen triathletes to make up some comparative groups.
      I'm specifically looking for anyone in Ontario that would fit into one
      of two groups:
      1. male Ironmen between the ages of 25-40 who have raced more than 2
      Ironman races (including Esprit) and have consistently finished around
      2. male Ironmen between the ages of 25-40 who have raced more than 2
      Ironman races (including Esprit) and have consistently finished in
      greater than 14:00hrs.
      These two groups will provide important comparative data for data
      collected from an elite sample. It is our intent to be able to provide
      a detailed profile of the elite and non-elite Ironman triathlete. All
      participants will be provided with the results from the physiological
      assessments (e.g., VO2max, % body fat, etc) as this data can be used to
      design more individualized training programs.
      Interested athletes can contact me at mailto:9jrb@... or
      613 533 6000 ext. 74699.
      Thanks and safe training.
      Joe Baker

      Protein Supplements May Not Build Muscles:
      By Alan Mozes
      New York (Reuters Health) - Contrary to popular belief among athletes,
      ingesting protein and amino acid supplements after working out does not
      boost muscle mass and strength, researchers report.
      ``At least for the average person, protein and amino acid supplements would
      probably not produce the effects often claimed,'' according to study lead
      author Dr. A. G. Williams of Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
      More...from Yahoo at:

      Stressed? Careful of the Common Cold!
      (Reuters Health) - People who see the proverbial glass as half empty may be
      nearly four times more likely than their optimistic peers to come down with
      a cold, study findings suggest.
      According to the report, psychological stress, particularly the chronic type
      that may accompany a neurotic and negative personality, is a risk factor for
      colds. An optimistic outlook and outgoing personality seemed to protect
      individuals, the investigators found.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Hard Choices:
      By Cedric Jaggers, May, 2001, Running Journal
      When you first start running, you have a lot of choices. Easy choices. You
      still get to learn how fast you can run, how far you can run and whether you
      enjoy running races.
      As you get older, assuming you become a dedicated runner, the choices narrow
      and get much more difficult. You have already found out your limits: you
      know for example that you can't run more than 70 miles per week without
      getting injured. You know that that amount has shrunk to about 40 miles. You
      know that all your P.Rs are in the past. You learned the hard way that every
      time you ran a marathon you got injured. But you know you still enjoy
      running and maybe even racing.
      The choices are no less important, and arguably no more important than those
      that beginning runners make, but they are different. When Crosby, Stills and
      Nash sang "It gets harder as you get older," they probably were not ,but
      could have been talking about running. It is probably because it gets harder
      that so many runners quit after 50.
      More...from the Running Journal at:

      It's not always about quality!
      Glenn Macnamara
      Triathletes with limited time often feel it is more important to do quality
      sessions rather than "waste time" on slower, aerobic work.
      The triathlon season in SA has come to a halt. Some triathletes will keep
      fit and race the duathlon season. Others will go into "hibernation" for the
      winter. Either way, this time of year is about base training.
      How many people like doing "base training"? To some, the very thought of it
      puts them off training. Often you hear "its quality that counts NOT
      quantity" or "Slow miles are useless miles"- I have heard that before too.
      I would tend to disagree with those triathletes. Fortunately I have an ally
      More...from World of Endurance at:

      Inaugural Washington DC Marathon:
      "A Run Through History"
      The Washington DC Marathon is currently working with the various government
      agencies to gain approval for the event. We hope to have final sign off in
      the coming months, but your support is vital as well.
      If you would like to let Mayor Anthony Williams know that you want to see
      the marathon in DC, please contact him at 202-727-2980. Also, please contact
      the members of the DC City Council at 202-724-8174.

      Exercise and Fatigue:
      Exercise -- sometimes when you want it the least, you need it the most. When
      you feel tired, worn out and stressed out, the last thing you may feel like
      doing is throwing on your workout clothes and heading to the fitness center.
      But many experts say this is exactly what you should do. They recommend
      regular exercise to help prevent and treat "garden-variety fatigue."
      More...from 24hourfitness.com at:

      Study: Most tap water as good as bottled water:
      Geneva, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Drinkers of expensive bottled mineral water
      may be simply pouring their money down the drain as tap water in most
      developed countries is likely to be just as good, according to a study
      issued on Thursday.
      Conservationist group WWF International, which commissioned the report, said
      consumers of bottled water would not only benefit their wallets by turning
      on the tap when they wanted a drink, they would also help the environment.
      "Bottled water may be no safer, or healthier, than tap water in many
      countries, while selling for up to 1,000 times the price," the Swiss-based
      group said.
      The bottled water industry is worth some $22 billion a year yet in many
      cases the only difference is that the water comes in a fancy bottle rather
      than through a pipe, the WWF said.
      "In fact, there are more standards regulating tap water in Europe and the
      United States than those applied to the bottled water industry," it added.
      More...from CNN at:

      Coming Up:

      May 5, 2001:
      Wildflower Half-Ironman
      Lake San Antonio, CA

      Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Half-Marathon
      Indianapolis, IN

      Revlon 5K Run/Walk for Women
      New York City, NY

      May 6, 2001:
      Vancouver International Marathon
      Vancouver, BC

      Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10-Mile
      Philadelphia, PA

      St. Croix Half-Ironman & Sprint Triathlon
      US Virgin Islands

      Lilac Bloomsday 12K
      Spokane, WA

      Sporting Life Toronto 10K
      Toronto, ON

      Pittsburgh Marathon
      Pittsburgh, PA

      Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
      Cincinnati, OH

      California Run
      Brockville, ON

      Le Tour de Nortel
      Ottawa, ON

      May 12, 2001:
      River Bank 25K
      River Bank 25K
      Grand Rapids, MI

      Avon Running 10K/5K
      Denver, CO

      Powerman Belgium
      Geel, Belgium

      Nordion 10K
      Ottawa, ON

      May 13, 2001:
      National Capital Marathon
      Ottawa, ON

      St. Kitts Triathlon
      St.Kitts-Nevis, Caribbean

      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:
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      Outdoor Life Network

      CBC Sports Schedule

      CTV Sportsnet

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

      Yahoo Sports TV Schedule
      [Long URL]

      Runner's World VCR Alerts

      USATF summer track broadcasting listing

      "A Woman's View of the World"

      "The Paralympians" - CBC Broadcast Schedule
      The Paralympians is a series of profiles of Canadian athletes developed
      by the CBC. Interviews were conducted during the summer leading up to
      Sydney and then highlights from the Games were incorporated into the
      shows as well.
      The first episode aired in December (it was great!), and the remaining
      shows will be televised on CBC this spring:
      Saturday May 12 - 13:30 EST
      Saturday May 19 - 13:30 EST
      Saturday May 26 - 14:00 EST
      Saturday June 2 - 14:00 EST
      Saturday June 9 - 14:00 EST

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