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Everything posted by lizard_brain

  1. The Smart Cars are coming

    Turn it into a B& B. And buy a Smart Car.
  2. The Smart Cars are coming

    Talk about thread drift...
  3. The Smart Cars are coming

    Talk dirty to me, man of the earth...
  4. The Smart Cars are coming

    sorry to hear you are now into fruits (Golf clap.)
  5. The Smart Cars are coming

    That's news?
  6. The Smart Cars are coming

    When is that?
  7. The Smart Cars are coming

    Goatees - the new mullet.
  8. The Smart Cars are coming

    I didn't dump it - I got hit head-on by a guy making a left turn that didn't see me. I went flying. Bike stopped, I kept going. I really went flying after the shot, though.
  9. The Smart Cars are coming

    I've been in one motorcycle wreck. I'll never, never ride a motorcycle again. (Got the best drugs I ever had in my life, though. Back when they still used morphine. Mmmmm....)
  10. Overtraining

    I'll add one more thing on the topic of overtraining... I was at my doc's this morning, and he was saying good job on the weight loss and the lower blood pressure, and I was asking him if I could or should loose any more weight for running. He said I shoudn't loose much more if any, or I would risk compromising my immune system or going into overtraining. (I tend to catch colds when I am overtraining.) Interesting. (I'll add that my PCP is also a sports medicine specialist.) He also told me that my diet is about as healthy as one can get, but I should keep an eye on the protein, since I don't eat much meat, and hinted that I should look into protein powders when I am in full training mode for the marathon.
  11. Mailboxes on Mailbox missing

    I thought they got tired of looking at you and bailed.
  12. Caffeine

    It sure does... I'll add that even though I drink a lot of it in the morning, I don't notice the difference during and after that daily load, but on the occasion when I do have a cup of coffee or a coke in the afternoon - WHOA! I'm lit! Same thing happens when I have the coffee late.
  13. Caffeine

    I have my own Mr. Coffee ® coffee maker on my desk at work, and I get a few pounds of coffee direct from Columbia a couple of times a year from my Cousin when he's there on business, and I tank down about 4 cups of strong brew each morning as soon as I get to work. Then that's it for the day. Usually done by 9:30, rule of thumb - no caffeine after noon. I'm considering cutting it back to 2 cups. I'm even thinking of dropping it back to 1 or even none (prolly 1) 1-2 months before the next marathon.
  14. The Smart Cars are coming

    How about one of these? NkAbGHz7xUQ
  15. Overtraining

    Quality vs. quantity is one of the topics frequently covered by distance running training manuals - it used to be a matter of just putting in as many miles as possible to train for a marathon. Now it's broken down into different types of runs during the week - long runs, tempo runs, recovery runs, etc. - it's possible to get better training from running 40 miles a week than it is running 70-80, depending on how you do it. And lifting weights - I just started a couple of months ago, and I'm surprised at the difference it makes. I've gained a few pounds in just 8 weeks or so, and I'm already planning on cutting my routine in half in another month or two. (Marathon training starts.) Core strength is good for running, but each pound added takes .84 minutes off of a marathon finish time. So each pound of muscle I add, I feel like I have to lose that much fat - but on the other hand I've already lost at least 25 pounds in the last year - but now that I'm gaining the muscle I feel like I still have to loose a little more fat to compensate.
  16. Caffeine

    I drink a LOT of coffee, but I always stop around 9:30am. On the occasions that I do drink it after that, especially in the afternoon, I feel a jolt fairly quickly. I don't notice much difference when running, but I do use it a lot outdoors in the form of Gu as anti-bonk. I assume you've looked this up in other places - if you haven't, take a look at it on Wikipedia, and look at the external links. Some of the marathon training books I've read say that caffeine is listed as a perfomance enhancing drug, and is banned by the International Olympic Committee: "Because caffeine enhances performance in many individuals, it has been banned by the International Olympic Committee. But ironically, the level at which caffeine is banned far exceeds the amount needed to enhance performance. Higher, illegal levels are generally attained with caffeine supplements, since a 150-pound athlete would need to drink 3 to 4 large cups of coffee within an hour before activity to reach the upper acceptable limit. Just 1.5 to 3 milligrams of caffeine per pound of body weight (225 to 450 milligrams for a 150-pound man) is enough for an energy-enhancing effect. That's as little as one 10-ounce cup of coffee! (THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE)
  17. Gymnastics

    No, I think abs of steel are a waste of time. In fact, I'm thinking of trading in my washboard for something useful, like a huge blob of fat that I can use for training weight - something practical. Maybe use it to take a bullet at the downtown ATM, you know, self-defense. But seriously, been working more on them, and discovered that just plain crunches are good overall and for upper abs, but the leg lifts are a good follow-up, and work the lower abs too. But gymnastics - no interest or time. Just want to run and lift weights.
  18. Is FSM legit?

    I've been touched by His Noodly Appendage!
  19. Is FSM legit?

  20. CC.com T-shirts

    They have a couple of military contracts ahead of him first, too...
  21. The Smart Cars are coming

    I bought my last car new about 1 & 1/2 years ago, so I'm not gonna trot out and buy one of these, but I'd consider it for my next car unless the Outback made some serious changes in the next 10 years. What the hell, it gets 24-26, they claim the Smart gets 40, so I assume that means 35-37.
  22. Is FSM legit?

    The Church of the FSM website I suggest you go to the FSM website, and read the Open Letter To Kansas School Board. That will explain how it all got started. Many describe it as a politically fueled take on Russel's Teapot. Believe your Noodly Master.
  23. Ten Days That Shook Olympia

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer Fri Nov 16, 6:41 PM ET WASHINGTON - Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
  24. Rash Of Stolen Gear In Portand Oregon

    This was dicussed at length in another thread last summer, but lately, especially along I-90 trailheads, it's not always the valuables in your car that they're after. If you're obviously a hiker/climber and going to be gone for a day or two, they take not only what is in your car, but your registration, with your address on it, and clean out your house while you're gone. It's happened to one or two people on this forum. Keep a copy of your registration in your car with your address blacked out, and the original at home. I even take the copy with me in my pack instead of leaving it in my car when it's parked at a trailhead. I figure whatever I leave in my car at any time is fair game.