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2012-10-07 09:00:00 GMT+01:00


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Friday, 7 March 2014

Refuelling according to Powerade

This commercial gives a different meaning to inflight refuelling:

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Race that Shocked the World

A one hour documentary over the most famous Olympic 100 meter finale. More famous due to its use of performance enhancing substances rather than the performance itself. THnkas tot BBC sport an enjoyable hour on the sofa.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Record (temperatures) at Badwater

Tomorrow sees the start of one of the most extreme ultras: The Badwater Ultramarathon.

Of course the distance of 135 miles, or 217 kilometers, can be considered a challenge. Or the altitude gain. Starting at  -86 meter, in Badwater, the lowest point in the US. The finish is at Mount Whitney at 2548 meter in the Sierra Nevada.

The challenge is the temperature. The temperature can hit 54 degrees centigrade. The record is from July 10th 1913 when it reached 56,7 degrees centigrade.

This extreme temparatures are of course caused by the burning sun over the dessert. The valley is a kind of bowl in which the air circulates  so it will not cool down during the night. Something I learned from this Polish Newspaper thanks to Google Translate ;-)

By the way looking for a record of your own. You have to beat::
Men: Valmir Nunes (Brazil), 22:51:29 (in 2007);
Women; Jamie Donaldson (USA), 26:12:16 (2010).

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Veronica Campbell-Brown 'tests positive' for banned diuretic – reports

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Burn Fat Fast!

Burning Calories. Burning Fat. How tot loose weigth in no time? Avoid the intake of harmful calories. Resist the fastfood temptation.

It is a 'hot topic' given that a search on 'burn fat' results in over 20.000.000 hits in a tenth of a second on Google.

It is this kind of food that has more calories than you can burn in one day. And what does your body it as fat.

This can easily be avoided. How? Burn the calories on your plate! Set the burger ablaze!

And that is exactly what photographer Henry Hargreaves did. Creating this stunning images in the proces. Just consider why the food doesn't look that burned....the fat in the food is burning. The photographer says this is not an anti fastfood action but I can't say its pro fastfood either;p. Just enjoy the eye candy!

inspiration and images:

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Sneakers with head lights

From time to time at Kickstarter you come a across an initiative related to running. Like one for the very minimalistic shoe (see my dutch blog), Strapless Heart rate Monitor of the funny bottle.

This time the idea to strap headlights on to your running shoe so you can safely run in the dark en monitor the road ahead of you.

To be honest I don't think it will work as good as they tell you in the video.

As a runner you should look ahead of you. So I think a strong head mounted light is better as this will cast its bundle where you are looking. It also a more constant source of light shining ahead of you. They argue such a light will not enable your eyes to adjust to the dark for 'night vision'. I on the other hand think that this flickering light around you feet is as bad for your night vision and only provides light just around your feet forcing you to look down which is not good for your running posture.

The solution offered in this video is a good idea when it comes to visibility. I have to admit they promote it with "See and Be Seen" on the kickstarter website.
As your feet move, the light is constantly moving as well, attracting attention from drivers and other people out on the road. But for this purpose they have to provide tail lights as well as head lights. Or maybe even focus on tail lights as the hazard in the night is behind you because you see other traffic coming towards you.

Then again: you can buy jackets with led light, arm straps, vests and all with led light and reflecting strips.

So I have to admit that to me this not an innovation but a gimmick. Lets see if they can prove me wrong and raise the capital needed. So far, 3 days going in a 4 week campaign they have raised ~$700 from the $38.000 required...