Sunday, December 12, 2010

Popular Science Article - Anatomy of Speed Skating

This is my 100th post of 3 years?

We may accept the fact that in England a Lincolnshire man won one hundred guineas by skating a mile (~1500m) within two seconds of three minutes. The present record is only 4 or 5 seconds better (2:56, Johnson, Jan 7, 1894).

Devotee to speed skating was Goethe, the Great German Poet, who sought by this means to drive away his persistent sleeplessness and bring back his youthful vigor. One clear cold morning in December he is said to have jumped from his bed, strapped on his skates and to have sallied out, reciting the following like one inspired: "Penetrated with the gayety that gives the feeling of health, I go to scour afar the glistening crystal....How brilliant is the ice that night has spread on the waters!"

on anatomy of a speedskater....His arms, which are kept idly folded on his back, would be small and weak, as would his chest muscles."

The Anatomy of a Speedskater from 1894

Steal from the poor and give to the rich.

Warning political rant coming! No skating covg today. Tired and will start trimming down my training so I can go fast again.

I happened upon parts of Bernie Sanders 9 hour speech Friday on C Span. It wasn't a filabuster since it's already a done deal. It wasn't the longest filabuster because that was over a day. Storm Thurman and his fighting Civil Rights were in the 50s i believe. I was excited seeing him tell it like it is. I must be one of the few that regularly watches C Span. It was refreshing to hear him. We have 350 people that represent the corporate interests of the US certainly not the people. I read the 15 second sound bites about him on the web. No real coverage of what he said. They say he's a socialist and a nut job. No coverage of this other than that. Listen to it with an open mind and tell me if this makes sense.

We need to start a third party and not the tea party. The welfare system has institutionalized dysfunction, where welfare childern continue to have children and collect checks. The Dems are stuck in what Buddists call "idiot compassion", cannot confront this situation for fear of offending their core constituents. We spend 17 times more on elections than 35 years ago. Other end of spectrum repubs shield "corporate welfare cheats" under the guise of "free enterprise." Somehow, transnational monopolies have become synonymoous with free enterprise, but when you have zillions of dollars to spend on impropaganda you can actualy blend two incompatible ideas into one big lie. We are given two choices: Vote Democrat and enable the lowly criminal (welfare system etc) or vote Republican and enable the highly criminal (wall street, big banks, insurance co, etc).

I love how HR 4853 will pass monday is called the Middle Class Tax Relief act of 2010. Write your congressman and senators. I did. Warren Buffet has said to tax us more but this is going to pass while we are at 13+ trillion in debt.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting it Back

I didn't get on the ice this year till almost October and finally starting to feel like the looked last year. This looked hard a month ago watching it. Now think i could replicate it. I wish i could start where I left off the year before. I did alot of cycling this summer so it was hard to get back into it. I also spent 3.5 weeks on an Indian Reservation (Hualapai/Grand Canyon West) doing dryland in the middle of nowhere. 100 mile round trip to get groceries and no gas in town.
Funny story is one day i was doing dryland near our trailer. I had The Trainer hooked up and was doing turn crossovers. I saw a guy who had a couple of flats in the middle of nowhere on Rt 66. He asked me where the nearest gas station was. Told him 7-10 miles. In the middle of nowhere on Rt 66 in 90 degree weather he said I see u are working on your turns you a speedskater. I was blow away. Turns out he was from Netherlands.

Here's a cool vid that Ryan Border did last year. I like this song don't know who it is?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SLC Fast/National Team cool down relay

After a long hard practice used Ryan Border's helmet cam to film this. It came out pretty good. The relay pushes look cool. I was pushing a kid from New Zealand (not sure of his name). Britney Salmon and Jonathon Valdivia (sp).

Direct link to video

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


International Cycling Classic. Living the dream. 100k crits rest and recover. Who said crits are stupid....these are fun. Some crazy courses but last night was a high speed fun one.

Wonder why we don't have more Utah guys here.

going with another break

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Speedskating Garage Sale

I have size 44 Short Track and Long Track boots for sale. Plus 2 sets of blades and angled cups for short track. Great deals if you want to try out speedskating or are a veteran. Need the money to get a new mountain bike :). Happy bidding.....or contact me if you are local and want to try them on.

all items here:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mountain Bike Stolen

Gary Fischer Cobia stolen from downtown by the library in SLC, UT. I have a pic of what the bike looks like and the guy who stole it. Any help call the police at 801-799-3000. thanks!

thanks for looking. I was just thinking the other day of going for some mountain biking above the avenues. Guess not. Bummer.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympics the Old Fashioned Way

Thank the Russians for this one. NBC you can ..... you know what.