Runner's Web Digest - June 7, 2002
- Runner's Web Digest - June 7, 2002
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Tour de France
Any adventure race"
The previous poll was: "Do you train and/or race with a heart rate
Results at publication time were:
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Often race with one 0
Often train & race 13
On occasion only 25
Do not own one 71
Total Votes: 131
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The next FiveStar Site of the Week for next week is: HalHigdon.com.
"Hal Higdon, Senior Writer for Runners World is on the run and online.
Training. Tips. Travel. Skiing. Art"
"Hal Higdon is Senior Writer for Runner's World and author of 33 books,
including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, but he has
written books on many subjects and for different age groups. His children's
book, The Horse That Played Center Field, was made into an animated feature
by ABC-TV. He ran eight times in the Olympic Trials and won four world
masters championships. One of the founders of the Road Runners Club of
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The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and operates that race's Virtual Training
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What research tells us about African runners: are they really genetically
African runners are genetically superior to white runners. Compared to
whites, blacks are better suited for sports which involve short, explosive
bursts of energy. Individuals from West Africa 'make' good sprinters, while
people from East Africa are endurance types..
Those are strong statements. Many people believe them. And implicit in the
statements are two inferences that usually remain unstated: (1) If blacks
are physically exceptional, then they don't have to go through the mental
turmoil of constructing a rigorous training programme; they can just let
their bodies work their magic. (2) Whites are at a disadvantage. Since
they're handicapped by bad genes, and therefore by their anatomy and
physiology, they will never be able to compete equally with Africans..
More...from Peak Performance at:
Aerodynamics of Bicycles:
Introduction: Aerodynamics and Friction Losses
AERODYNAMICS have preoccupied bicycle designers since the early part of this
century. The most advanced bicycles today are deployed in track racing. The
recently unveiled SB II, or Superbike II, has a lightweight carbon-fiber
frame. It also has a range of aerodynamic design elements. Similar features
are incorporated into bicycles for some road-racing events in which Lance
More...from Princeton University at:
Taper for Endurance Athletes:
I give notice to members of my team that within a week or so of an
international contest, I shall be using the 'rest principle' very much more
than the 'train hard' principle. My experience as coach has convinced me of
the great importance of the 'rest principle' in making peak performances."
Forbes Carlile, legendary Australian swim coach
"I seldom run hard in training leading up to a big race. There is little
point in leaving my best work on the training track."
John Walker, first man to run under 3:50 for the mile
Competitive endurance athletes often focus on optimizing performance at just
one or two major events during an entire season. They usually "taper" or
drastically reduce the volume of their training preceding such important
meets. Indeed, it is now widely accepted that a properly designed taper
should be an integral part of any endurance athlete's preparation for a
major competitive effort (for review, see Houmard and Johns, 1994). Most
athletes look forward to a taper as a break from the rigors of intense
training. On the other hand, many coaches approach the taper period with
some trepidation, as they try to hit the right balance of training and
More...from SportScience at:
Speedy recoveries raise the question: Do elite athletes heal faster?
The art of medicine, Voltaire once said, consists of amusing the patient
while Nature cures the disease. Well, when it comes to injured elite
athletes, there's little time for amusement. Nature works double time.
Just as elite sport and injuries seem to go hand and glove, so too does
quick healing. It takes no effort to rhyme off a fistful of names who prove
the point: hockey's Mats Sundin and Saku Koivu, three-time Tour de France
victor Lance Armstrong, Olympic rower Silken Laumann, English soccer star
David Beckham. All suffered significant fractures (Sundin and Beckham),
serious injuries (Laumann), even life-threatening battles with cancer (Koivu
and Armstrong) and yet were back competing in record time.
Generally the speed with which elite athletes recuperate defies prediction.
Often it defies logic. Sometimes, it appears to defy the laws of nature.
It could make one wonder: Do elite athletes heal faster than the average
It's a question that doesn't elicit a definite Yes or a firm No from sports
medicine experts, the folks who work daily with the creme de la creme of the
More...from Canada.com at:
Carbohydrates Key to Keeping Weight Off:
(HealthScoutNews) -- The Atkins Diet. The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. The
Low-carbohydrate diets are all the rage among people trying to shed pounds.
However, new research says such diets aren't the solution to maintaining a
healthy body weight and practicing good nutrition.
The key is eating a tried-but-true diet loaded with fruits, vegetables and
whole grains such as wheat bread and brown rice, with smaller portions of
lean meats, poultry and fish, according to a new study by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (news - web sites) (USDA).
In other words, a diet in which you get most of your calories from
The reasoning is rather simple, says Shanthy Bowman, study author and a USDA
If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you eat fewer
calories than you burn, you lose weight. To maintain your weight, keep
things in equilibrium.
In comparison to proteins or fats, carbohydrates tend to contain fewer
calories for the same volume of food. That means a person who has a diet
high in carbohydrates can eat more food than someone who eats mostly protein
and fats -- all the while taking in less calories, Bowman says.
The study appears in the June issue of the Journal of the American College
More...from Yahoo at:
Going the distance:
Domesticated `mamas' race for fun and adventure
Last month I was bored. Bored with the laundry, bored with the tedium of
domesticity and bored with the humdrum, day-to-day routine of my meagre
existence. I figured it was time for a little adventure. And I figured it
was time that my friends have a little adventure, too.
So I signed up four of us for Storm The Trent, billed as Ontario's first
"anyone can do it" adventure race, held in Peterborough last Sunday. Anyone
can enter, solo or in teams of two or four. And for those who can't go the
distance, there's a shorter option.
It's no Eco-Challenge. But when I told my friends Deb Parberry, Sue
Gallagher and Bonnie Mactavish, they balked.
"Are you nuts?" they said.
"But hey, it's a fun-filled, multi-sport adventure tour," I said. "It's
supposed to be five hours of hiking, biking and canoeing along a
63-kilometre mystery route in the Kawarthas. Could there be anything more
More....from the Toronto Star at:
Why Angry People Can't Control the Short Fuse:
I slowed down as I approached a fork in the highway, unsure of which arm to
take. The driver behind me was on my tail, so impatient that he tried to
pass me on the right just as I headed for the right fork, forcing him to
slam on his brakes.
He became so infuriated that he pulled right in front of my car and each
time I moved he repeatedly slammed on his brakes, forcing me to brake
suddenly again and again, endangering not only me but himself and the driver
While his road rage was short of a shooting, it was rage nonetheless and
I consoled myself by thinking that he most likely had frequent temper
tantrums and probably would die of a heart attack or stroke at an early age
- if someone didn't kill him first.
More...from the NY Times at:
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Steroids: risky drugs remain medical unknown:
POSSIBLE HEALTH COSTS HAVEN'T DETERRED USE
When big-name baseball players such as Ken Caminiti turn to
performance-enhancing drugs to try to hit farther and move to the top of
their game, they are also unwittingly signing up for a massive -- and
potentially dangerous -- experiment.
Steroids and other drugs that might boost athletic ability may be prevalent
in sports, but they are also, in many ways, a medical unknown, doctors and
researchers say. There have been few studies that determine what extra
strength the drugs may confer, or what long-term damage may arise.
Doctors say, ``Don't.'' Athletes ask, ``Why not?'' The doctors can't provide
a definitive answer.
More...from the Mercury News at:
Triathlon Movie Premieres:
On Saturday June 22, Endurance Films and Inside Triathlon will present the
world premiere of "Triathlon -- Racing Faster" at the Historic Boulder
Theater in Boulder, Colorado. The second in a series of triathlon films, it
is a unique and pragmatic training guide to racing smarter and faster in
triathlon competitions. It features World Champion Chris McCormack, Olympian
Ryan Bolton, world's number one ranked Barb Lindquist, elite pros Wes
Hobson, Pat Brown and Tony DeBoom, National Collegiate Champions Nick Cady,
Teri Duthie and Sara Tarkington, internationally respected author and coach
Joe Friel, as well as USA National Teams coach Michelle Blessing. Copies of
the film can be reserved by visiting
Shoo Shark, Shoo:
Device Promises to Stave Off the Ocean Predators
Often perceived as stalking hunters, sharks evoke primal fear in many
A recent spate of shark attacks on the coasts of California and Florida
proves that we continue to brazenly encroach on the natural habitat of the
Until now, the only defenses against the creatures have been shark cages and
heavy chain-mail suits that only prevent serious puncture wounds.
But for those who work in the water and love to play in it, the Shark Shield
manufactured by South Australian-based SeaChange Technology promises
protection with very few limitations.
More Harm Than Good?
But Dr. John McCosker, senior scientist and chair of aquatic biology at the
California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, says electronic currents
intended to deter sharks may actually hurt the ocean's fragile ecosystem.
More...from ABC News at:
When Food Becomes Fat:
(HealthScoutNews) -- The next time you're tempted to reach for that candy
bar, remember this bit of depressing news from the American Journal of
The calories that you burn off don't matter, but 85 percent of all the extra
calories you eat -- the ones that you don't burn up -- are converted
directly to fat.
If you under-eat, your metabolic rate will slow down to conserve energy --
that's why it can be hard to lose weight. But it only works one way. If you
over-eat, your body won't speed up to help burn it off.
(HealthScoutNews) -- For prevention of osteoporosis (soft bones), here's
some advice for women on which forms of exercise are the
The European Journal of Radiology says the best sports seem to be those that
call for lots of exertion for a short period of time,
like tennis, sprinting or fencing.
Some forms of exercise that keep you active for a long time but at a
relatively low level of exertion -- such as walking, swimming
or cycling -- are good for your muscles and heart, but won't really help
develop bone mass.
As for the heavy-duty stuff, like running a marathon, you should only
consider that if you really enjoy it. The journal warns that
endurance sports are more likely to cause problems than to prevent them.
With a little creativity, you can work those rides into your busy schedule:
I don't have the time to ride my bike on a consistent basis in order to
I hear this a lot at workshops and clinics! It's the No. 1 reason given by
cyclists for putting off a serious training program.
And you know what - they're right. Training does take time, and time is
getting harder and harder for all of us to find in our daily schedules.
The trick is knowing where to find the time. Each of us has a different
schedule. It may be impossible to ride at one time of the day, but much
easier at another time of the day. The first step is to make an honest
appraisal of your day.
First, select a time of day when it's best for you to ride - morning,
lunchtime or at night. Most cyclists prefer to ride after work during the
week and try to get in their long rides on the weekends during the day.
More...from Active.com at:
Push Up the Weights, and Roll Back the Years:
Though petite, I have always been a strong person - physically strong, with
visible muscles. So why, I thought smugly, would I need to do
Well, a few weeks ago I learned otherwise, and if you are a woman
approaching 50 or beyond, you could do yourself a huge favor by reading the
rest of this column and putting some of the lessons I have learned into
Even those of you who faithfully do aerobic activities may heed what follows
because there is more to you than just a heart and lungs, and aerobic
activities simply do not build all the muscles you need to stay in tip-top
shape as you get older.
How I Got Started
The unrelenting progress of arthritis in my left knee had suddenly made
walking difficult and tennis out of the question. Dr. Brian Halpern, an
orthopedist specializing in sports medicine at the Hospital for Special
Surgery, did a simple test. Having me raise one leg in various positions, he
pressed down on it and asked me to resist his pressure.
More...from the NY Times at:
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The Scoop on Spinning:
Spinning was created by world-class cyclist "Jonny G." Goldberg as a
convenient and quick way to train for races. In 1989, he and John Baudhuin
opened the first spinning center in Santa Monica, California and then
developed a program to certify other spinning instructors. Curious to know
about this spinning thing? The following info will help you decide if it's
More...from Yahoo at:
McGregor cashes in en route to (hopefully) '04 Games:
Katie McGregor is gaining unique recognition in Twin Cities running. Who
else has to explain why collecting $5,000 for less than 34 minutes work was
A day after a stunning finishing kick by Kenyan John Itati left McGregor
two-tenths of a second short of the $10,000 prize in the Life Time Fitness
10-kilometer road race May 25 in downtown Minneapolis, she was able to smile
"It happens," she said.
While a pack of 62 men had to wait at the start until 4 minutes, 36 seconds
ticked off under the race's innovative "equalizer" system designed to give
everyone the same shot at first overall, McGregor and 19 other women took
off along the 6.2-mile course parallel to the Mississippi River.
More...from the Pioneer Press at:
Olympic gold medallist loses election race
ROME - Pietro Mennea, an Olympic gold medal sprinter, lost his latest race -
a bid to be mayor of a southern Italian town.
Mennea, a long-time world record-holder at 200 meters, made a run on a
conservative ticket in Barletta, in the region of Puglia.
Mennea lost Monday against a center-left ticket that had been victorious in
the three previous municipal elections, the Italian news agency AGI
A star in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Mennea also finished in the loser's
circle last year when he made a bid for the Italian Senate.
Oxygenated Water - Fact and Fiction in One, Expensive Burp:
The scientific research behind oxygenated water -- a product growing in
popularity throughout the country - leaves much to be desired, according to
the latest issue of the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine & Performance
According to Jim Brown, Ph.D. and executive editor of the newsletter, a 1997
study conducted at a university in Texas became the basis for one of the
latest in commercial sports-performance products. The concept of using
oxygenated water - also called oxygenized water -- to enhance athletic
performance caught on after the study's release. However, the study was
seriously flawed, Brown writes.
The study's sample was small (20 men, 5 women), the methods were suspect (no
measure of whether the water actually delivered oxygen to the blood), and
the premise itself had no scientific basis, according to Brown.
"Nevertheless, the author and the manufacturer concluded the
'oxygen-enhanced sports drink improved athletic performance,' and off to
market they went," he writes.
More...from the Georgia Institute of Technology at:
Super Oxygenated Water - Is It Any Better Than Tap Water?
Study Investigates Super Oxygenated Water Claims
SAN DIEGO--The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit
fitness advocate, today announced results of an ACE commissioned study of
super oxygenated waters that promise higher energy, greater mental awareness
and concentration and more energy to all athletes who are "looking for a
competitive edge or anyone who wants to be truly healthy." The study tested
the claims and compared the physical performance effects of several
oxygenated water products to regular tap water.
"At this time, there is no scientific evidence or logical rationale to
suggest that drinking super oxygenated water can in any way increase the
amount of oxygen in the blood stream," said Porcari. "Therefore, any
potential benefits of super oxygenated water would undoubtedly be attributed
to the placebo effect."
More...from About.com at:
Leafy veg diet cuts cancer risk:
Eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables can cut the risk of colon
cancer by nearly half.
Researchers at Liverpool University found that a daily serving of broccoli,
cabbage, lettuce and sprouts, can reduce the cancer risk by 46%.
Colon cancer is responsible for around 20,000 deaths a year in the UK.
The leafy green vegetables contain fibre rich in the sugar galactose, which
scientists believe could help prevent proteins called lectins from binding
to the lining of the colon and causing damage.
More...from the BBC at:
UK Pools fail health tests:
More than half the swimming pools and spas tested in a nationwide survey
have been criticised for poor water quality.
The investigation, for consumer magazine Which? was carried out randomly by
members of the Institute of Sport and Recreational Management.
They took 61 water samples, and described less than half as good.
The rest were either described as "adequate", while still falling outside
accepted parameters, or worse.
Nine of them, they said, "posed a health risk" - while three of these were
described as "potentially serious".
More...from the BBC at:
Stay nimble with our foolproof, made-to-order regimen.
FORGET BALANCE and agility-I was 27 and I wanted to get huge. Maybe not
Schwarzenegger huge, but at least Springsteen huge. Three times a week I'd
stretch, head outside for a late-winter run, and then swing by the Y to hit
the bench press, the military press, and the leg sled-the machines, in my
mind, that make you look good. Sit-ups? Who needed 'em, let alone a bunch of
drills with a medicine ball. Sometime thereafter, of course, this
one-dimensional regimen took its toll, when a pickup basketball game
elicited an ominous ping in my mid-lower back. "It's a strain," the doctor
said, as I stood bent like a man who'd spent five straight hours watching
NBA games in a recliner. "Strain" is an awfully mild word for six weeks of
shooting pain. The kind of pain that left me begging the night-shift ER
resident for a refill of Elvis pills.
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Races Coming Up:
June 6-8, 2002:
OFSAA Track & Field Championships - Bellville, ON
June 7-8, 2002:
Relay for Life - Ottawa, ON
June 8, 2002:
NCAA's on TV on CBS 2 PM EDT
Minnesota Distance Classic - Minneapolis, MN
Ironman Utah - Provo, UT
BYU Ironman Coverage
Steamboat Classic 4 Mile - Peoria, IL
Orange Classic 10K - Middletown, NY
New York Mini Marathon - NY
Belgrade International Triathlon - Yugoslavia
Stockholm Marathon - Sweden
Spitsbergen Marathon - Longyearbyen, Norway
June 9, 2002:
The Blackwater EagleMan Triathlon - Cambridge, MD
5 & 10K Kinexsport - Gatineau, PQ
Dash to Cure Diabetes 5/10K - Ottawa, ON
Gamagori World Cup - Japan
Johnny Miles Marathon - New Glasgow, NS
Edge to Edge Marathon - Ucluelet, BC
Shropshire Triathlon - Ellesmere, UK
Litchfield Hills Road Race 7-Mile - Litchfield, CT
For more upcoming 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.
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for a listing of both US and International Marathons.
This Weeks Personal Postings/Releases:
No personal postings this week.
Television and Online Coverage:
[Check local listings as event times are subject to change]
June 8 2-4 p.m. NCAA Outdoor Championships: Baton Rouge, La. CBS
June 8 5 p.m. Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: San Diego FOX Sports Net
June 9 4-5 p.m. U.S. Track & Field Open: Palo Alto, Calif. CBS
June 12 10 p.m. Balance Bar 24-Hour Adventure Race: Phoenix OLN
USA Track and Field 2002 Elite U.S. TV Schedule
OLN Triathlon Broadcast Schedule:
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CBC Sports Schedule
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Track & Field: The Running Zone
Runner's World VCR Alerts
USATF summer track broadcasting listing
"A Woman's View of the World"
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