Monday, 7/9/18

Parents: let your kids fail.

How Alcohol and Caffeine Helped Create Civilization

Dietary Supplements: 3 Red Flags

Yesterday. A ten mile hike/run on the PCT, from the Highway 58 trailhead to the Maiden Lake cutoff, a bit beyond middle/upper Rosary Lakes. Review. Tumbled over a root on the run down. Soothed and smoothed in a hot spring nearby.

Eugene Quarterly: Animal House: Still Funny at Age 40? Yes, of course it is. …The roadhouse in Dexter is still open for business.

Dave Wottle!!!

Weekend, 7/7-8/18

Jen A. Miller/NYT: When to Stop If You’re Too Hot

Wouldn’t you like to sound like Werner Herzog? …Listen to Go the F to Sleep

Don’t Trust the Label on Your Supplements. …What percentage of supplement takers do so as back-up/insurance to a crappy diet and lifestyle?

David Brooks: Fred Rogers and the Loveliness of the Little Good

Day one at the Tour de Supplements. …Who cares?

I Gave Up AC This Summer To Live Within My Means. America Should Try That. …Personal note. Being old, the body temp trends lower. Long sleeves in the AM.

Scientific American: Does Sparkling Water Make You Hungry?

NYT: Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy

Read: How Many Calories Do You Really Burn Once Your Workout Is Over? …And then go back and read the concluding sentence again.

Ross Tucker/Science of Sport: Can we trust the Tour, Sky and Chris Froome?

Why women may be less likely to quit in a competition than men

How to Grow Old

Friday, 7/6/18

Why Sam Chelanga Retired From Running At Age 33 To Enlist In The U.S. Army. …Good guy. Craig Godwin’s neighbor while living in Eugene.

Lyles lights up Lausanne, mayhem in 5000m. …Lausanne results.

Brad Stulberg: Lifting Weights Helps Ease Anxiety and Depression

How to Avoid Overtraining

Neymar and the Art of the Dive

Breaking news from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sex and Sexuality

Shelby Houlihan is Queen of the KickWatch. Excellent form. Notice her arm swings. Everything is forward. No sawing across the body. In the final sprint, hands up to shoulders and just brushing down at the waist. …That’s what Vin Lananna prescribed to us earlier this year, endorsed by Ian Dobson, who he coached at Stanford. …Watch Dobson. …BTW, Chelanga in that race. …Something strange, embarrassing happened.

Thursday, 7/5/18

Science: Double your daily exercise

NYT op-ed endorses woo for cancer

The Myth of Wine Geology

A Generation of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America. …Up next on my night table.

4th of July, 2018

Best wishes on your racing today.

Japan’s World Cup team cleaned their own locker room and left a thank you note after losing to Belgium

Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag

How to Avoid Overtraining. …Race here.

A Short Talk With Legendary Nature Writer Ruth Kirk

Brad Stulberg writes: Consider making a “Bullshit List.” Take some time each month to write down all the stuff in your life that is bullshit—of little to no value. Then, commit to cutting all that bullshit. Might be hard at first, even cause angst. But over time saying “no” to dumb stuff is great.

Don’s results. Almost two minutes slower than last year. But happy notwithstanding. Still standing. Still racing.

From Santa Clarita. Independence Day Classic results.

Tuesday, 7/3/18

the morning shakeout

Breaking news: The World Is Getting Better

About accepting responsibility. It’s not you, it’s me.

There Is Nothing More All-American Than the Veggie Burger

On fitness gizmos and technology.

Ross Tucker: The stark implications of today’s Chris Froome decision

Are you racing tomorrow? Hope so. If not, I’m guessing you once did every July 4th, as I did in Santa Clarita and now do in Eugene. Usually, it’s the same course year after year, same conditions, same competition. The key opportunity to judge your current fitness against people you know and have raced for years. Don’t wuss it, don’t miss it. …Lauren Fleshman agrees. …It’s not a grim or scary ordeal. Smile.

Conversation with Juan Pablo Villarino …world’s greatest hitchhiker. Tip of the day: Read Marginal Revolution daily.

Monday, 7/2/18

Ken Goe: Saying goodbye for now

What One Woman Learned Trying to Run Across California

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber

Weekend, 6/30-7/1

73 Year Old Sets Western States Record.

George Hood, 60, Sets World Record with 10-Hour-Long Plank

And then there is The shortcut crowd

There’s no limit to longevity

Neighbor calls cops on 12-year-old mowing lawn. There’s a good ending.

US vs. UK Youth Development: How to Train Successful Endurance Athletes. There might be a clue therein for the rest of us.

We liked Oregon’s Amazing Painted Hills

Jen A. Miller/NYT: The State of Running, etc. …Last year, 59 percent of road race finishers were women, up from 57 percent in 2016.


1. 80 MPH!!!
2. Republican
3. Religious. Lotsa Mormans.
4. Inexpensive. We stayed with wealthy, retired Medical Doctors. 5 bedroom, 3 bath house, Beverly Hills quality landscaping, in best neighborhood. Valued at $360,000.
5. It’s legal to ride in the back of a pick-up.

Dave Barry: Annapolis

Ken Goe on track’s decline.

Scientific American on strength training, soccer, and concussions.

Link to 2018 July OTC Newsletter. …Don in photo at Masters Tuesday night workout.

Highly recommended: Won’t Your Be My Neighbor?

Friday, 6/29/18

Learning To Be Funny

How Long Can We Live? …We traveled a long way to meet a lovely lady, so funny and wise, and 105 years old. …She loves to read. An Art History major at Bryn Mawr, class of 1934, she gave me a tip on The Madonnas of Leningrad. We gifted her with Chernow’s Hamilton and McCullough’s The Greater Journey. …Curiously, our 105 year old friend was raised in Johnstown, PA. Her mother was a resident, 4 years old, at the time of the flood.

States That Exercise Least

The Week That Was

Thursday, 6/28/18

On the road again.

How to Be a Vacation Taker and Make Your Life Better

Magness Speaks — Why Timing Matters

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting