Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dawkin's Neologism meets Gene Wilder...

 The first time I saw the Condescending Wonka meme it was the Northface one that one of my kids left on the desktop of my computer. I thought it was extremely funny. So I had to make one of my own:
Then the thought occurred to me...are there Triathlon meme's out there too? Why yes there are! One that applied to me in fact, talking about runners turning to triathlon. And of course, I don't have much good advice on swimming except to say Aqua Sphere goggles are great! I remember loving the 1971 film Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I still can't decide if I would like the chocolate river or the the Fizzy Lifting Drinks more...or maybe the wallpaper you can lick... wait no that would be really impractical and gross. So to be quite clear, Richard Dawkins' publication five years later of The Selfish Gene in 1976 escaped my attention (I was in sixth grade). In that book he coined the term "meme" which I find today to be both annoying and fun. Annoying because I associate that particular concept with philosophers like Lacan or Baudrillard and semiotics not a biologist like Dawkins but, fun because of this silly sarcastic Gene Wilder pomo mashup. 
So in the words of Wonka himself: "Good Day Sir!"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympics 2012: opening ceremony

"Pretty sure @AnnCurry knows who Tim Berners-Lee is" tweets Reuter's columnist Anthony De Rosa
'Nuff said.
background in case you missed it: 
During NBC's opening ceremony coverage, Meredith Vieira voiced words that are likely to haunt her for years to come, bringing on a barrage of heckling tweets within the online community. (Photo: Reuters / Brendan McDermid)
"Dear @NBC, Timothy Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web that hastened your network's irrelevance," tweeted one.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Stride Rate X Stride Length = Speed"

Often I will noodle around on the Web before I do a blog entry for a variety of reasons. This morning I was thinking about yesterday's marathon clinic and the workout that we did. We did something called bounding. I think I may have heard of it before in the context of running but I have never done it as an aid to training...and like so many things we do at the clinic, it would probably never have occurred to me either. Owen laid out seven or eight sticks on the ground several feet apart, kind of like a ladder and we hopped through them first on one leg and then the other. After that we used both our legs and ran (bounded) through them all in an effort to increase stride length. Prior to this we were working on cadence. Owen used a digital metronome and we ran in place at 180 beats per minute (BPM) and then up to 200 BPM and back down to 180. Owen also talks about soft knees in promoting good running form. All very interesting to me and new. So to get to my point, I googled bounding and began reading a remarkably good article that mirrored last evening's workout on the Peak Performance web site. Well surprisingly (or maybe not actually) it was written by Owen. I hope it makes you think and gives you something new to try, to keep training fresh. And of course, to repeat Owen's mantra: Stride Rate X Stride Length = Speed...I hope these ideas make you faster too!

Anderson, O. (2003, November 25). Speed training: 
bounding to improve performance. Retrieved 
from http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/speed-