And welcome to the last day of April and the first week of May. For those of us on the Front Range of Colorado, it seems that Spring has been here since about January. We have been fairly lucky with tons of sun filled days and milder temps. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
“Sense of Flying”: the first of twelve candidates for Vimeo’s 2012 Awards in the “action sports” category.
Vimeo’s collection of the best adventure videos: Outside Online as a little blurb up about Vimeo’s finalists for its 2012 Awards. This is the first year that the site is featuring an action sports category. There are 12 video candidates within the category that you can waste a few hours at work exploring. I’ll try to post a few of them this week. Great stuff and a great way to spend a few hours during a rainy day.
Nutritional plans, as designed by runners: Run Addicts.net has a piece up discussing the nutritional habits of elite level runners, focusing on what to eat before, during and after a run or race. There are some good tips in here, such as making sure to eat proteins after a run to speed recovery. However, I’m pretty leery of the “before” advice as far as the carb loading goes. The piece advocates lots of carb loading with pasta, potatoes, rice, etc. I think with a lot of this stuff, carb loading works for some and is terrible for others, depending on your individual digestive systems. For some people, loading their bellies up with carbs the night before an event is a recipe for disaster.
Sitting is so, so bad: Gretchen Reynolds, from the NY Times Fitness and Nutrition blog has a great piece up that reviews some of the latest research out there that is pretty conclusively demonstrating that sitting down all day at work, or in front of a TV all weekend, is pretty horrible for your overall health, even if you are a relatively active person. The piece is worth a read for a synopsis of some of the studies, such as one out of the University of Massachusetts in which scientists found that remaining sedentary for as little as forty eight hours resulted in drastic changes to cell metabolic processes. The lesson: get out of your every twenty minutes, and try to work standing up when you can.
A confessional from an arsonist: Outside has a fairly creepy post up featuring the confession/justification for Vail’s Two Elk fire that destroyed about $12 million worth of property on top of Vail Mountain in 1998. I say that the post is creepy because it goes into a good amount of detail about how two motivated but untrained “environmental terrorists” can do massive amounts of damage with fairly little in the way of material and planning. The piece is a good read but falls a little too far in to “self enlightened justification” for my tastes.