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800m+ Running and/or Conditioning / running and heat/humidity
« on: July 30, 2019, 12:49:08 pm »
After getting a headache 2km into my intended 3km test today I got frustrated. My result, 2km in 7:46, translates to a 20:30 5k by pace, which means essentially zero improvement over the last year. I haven't been the most consistent with training but I haven't been a complete slouch, either. Zero improvement would be depressing. So I did a bit of research about running the heat. Turns out, humidity is worse than heat because it impedes sweating. That makes sense. It has been super humid here this summer.

Humidity is measured by % or by dew point. This article - - from Runners Connect showing the dew point effect on running. Forgive the fucked up formatting, hopefully it's legible at least.

Dew Point in °F (°C)                 Performance Adjustment   Easy Running   Hard Running
<55 °F (12°C)                         0%                                   Unaffected           Unaffected
55°F (13°C) to 60 °F (15°C)      1%                                   Unaffected           Slightly difficult
60°F (16°C) to 65 °F (18°C)      2-3%                                Slightly difficult   Difficult
65°F (18°C) to 70°F (21°C)      3-5%                                 Difficult           Very difficult
70°F (21°C) to 75°F (23°C)      5-8%                                 Difficult           Very difficult
75°F (23°C) to 80°F (25°C)      12-15%                             Very difficult   Not recommended
Above 80°F (25°C)                      Just run                         Not recommended  Not recommended

Anyway the dew point here today is 75 degrees, and air temp 90. According to the chart that means easy running should be difficult and hard running very difficult, edging into not recommended. Calculators should always be taken with a grain of salt but it's a bit of a relief to see how much of an impact the dew point is expected to have.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't wait to run in cooler and less humid weather. Only one way to find out how true this all is.

Also, adarq, for the love of god: Get yourself to some autumn races where it's cool and dry. Like go as far north as North Carolina at least, in October or November. I'm tryna see you run 16:20.

Some other stuff I found in my researches:

cool multi-output estimator:
dew point calculator:
race time estimator:

Off Topic / Skating in Pakistan - cool video
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:18:03 am »
Didn't know where to put this so just made a new thread. Thought this was a neat story.

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The narrator is a friend, she went to high school with my girlfriend and came to visit us last year on her way to Mongolia. She'd quit her job and planned to try to make it as a travel vlogger. Fell in love with Pakistan, came back and succeeded beyond her dreams: she has blown up as a social media personality here. Kinda cool to have watched happen from the wings.

800m+ Running and/or Conditioning / fastest known times - ultrarunning
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:00:36 am »
Came across this article in Outside about a rash of "FKTs" in ultra running last year:

For many, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Karel Sabbe would be awarded the male FKTOY for his herculean showing on the AT. The 28-year-old Belgian dentist and relative newcomer to the world of ultra-running did what many people thought was impossible: he not only bested Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy’s seemingly unbeatable 2017 record, but he did so by four full days. Sabbe’s FKT time stands at 41 days, 7 hours, and 39 minutes. He ran through some particularly awful weather in the White Mountains and was up before dawn every day, finishing his miles before sunset.

The AT is 2,200 miles long. He averaged a little under 54 miles per day for more than a month with no days off.

Next frontier, adarq?

not strictly training related but this is so cool:

Paralysis is becoming less permanent — at least for some.

There’s now more evidence that stimulating the spinal cord can restore voluntary movement in paralyzed patients who haven’t recovered after other treatments. After five months of training coupled with targeted stimulation of nerve cells in the spinal cord, three people who had a severe spinal cord injury regained the ability to walk with varying degrees of support, researchers report online October 31 in Nature.

incidentally my mom used to edit that publication, science news, when i was in high school.

Off Topic / grief
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:25:18 pm »
My brother killed himself on Saturday. He had no ID on him so my family didn't find out until today (Tuesday evening east coast time, Wednesday morning my time). He was 26. I don't know what to do.

Sorry to dump that on you all, my mostly anonymous internet friends. But it helps to write it down and share it and I'm not ready to do that on social media yet.

Will probably go for a quite long run today.

Frequent injuries have been a fact of my life since I started playing sports. I'm not talking about traumatic injuries -- I've only had one of those, a separated shoulder, and it was from a fall that would have hurt most people -- but more strains and sprains and aches that just always seem to be there in one part of my body or other. As a person who loves exercising and playing sports, this is incredibly frustrating. There has to be a reason, whether or not I can do anything about it.

My interest in training came out of an interest in physical therapy that itself came out of spraining my ankle six goddamn times. Time to get back into PT mode. This thread will be a repository for things I read about injury-proneness and what to do about it.

MOVIES & ENTERTAINMENT & SHeeT! / penn and teller: fool us
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:26:13 am »
For me, Penn and Teller: Fool Us is the greatest TV show of all time. Simple premise: Magicians try to do tricks that fool Penn and Teller, and the prize is that they get to appear in P&T's act in Vegas. Three reasons I love it:

1. Many of the tricks are incredible in their own right. Even the ones that don't fool the hosts are usually beautiful or amazing or both.
2. Penn and Teller are always kind and positive. The whole atmosphere on the show is one of supporting and sharing love for a weird, niche craft that is ultimately a really hard way to make a living for most of the people doing it professionally. Everybody feels good. It's wonderful. It's similar to the British show QI for that reason: everyone is rooting for each other. Watching people be generous is extremely gratifying.
3. When they get fooled, it's because the magician did something stupefying. Cases in point:

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on a related note, i have become obsessed with david blaine, who is a genius.

I feel like this guy is Moderately fit non-athlete picks a random, hard goal that has minimal extrinsic value but massive intrinsic value. Goes and gets it.

ETA: he did a similar thing, for dunking, a couple years ago:

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / International Women's Day
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:22:21 am »
Happy International Women's Day, brothers. Can't strike today, so here's what I'm doing instead:
1. Donating to the National Organization for Women, Casa Ruby, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, and Assata's Daughters
2. Encouraging the woman who reports to me to stay home
3. Finally finishing and sharing for feedback an updated version of my organization's gender equality policy, which has been on the back burner for weeks
4. Getting my boss to organize a meeting with the senior women at our organization to discuss how to celebrate the day. We're a bit late on this, to my embarrassment, but better late than never

Off Topic / david blaine
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:49:38 am »
is amazing. the end.

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / despair
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:07:36 am »
i can't really think straight right now, so i'm just going to post this quote from paul krugman.

We still don’t know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks — incredibly, horribly — as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn’t understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous.

We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time.

We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law.

It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people — white people, living mainly in rural areas — who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about. For them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label.

I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.

Sports Discussion / cubs win world series!
« on: November 03, 2016, 12:59:05 am »
Holy shit! First time in 108 years! Somewhere, wherever he lives now, Steve Bartman is weeping just a little bit harder than everyone else around him.

Football / 2016 college football season
« on: August 08, 2016, 05:21:21 pm »
26 days until Michigan's defense rips Hawaii's still-beating heart of its chest and eats it raw. The D was so nasty last year until Glasgow went down. We're going to be even better this year.

I just watched this video and got so hyped at my desk I started breathing audibly.

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CALL EM OUT / Any Romanian members -- what happened to Raptor?
« on: August 06, 2016, 02:53:41 pm »
Serious question for any Romanian members that might still be active or lurking on here: Have any of y'all heard from Raptor? I'm seriously worried about the guy. His last post was the kind of thing that would have caused me to call 911 if I knew how to speak to emergency services in Romania, he deactivated Facebook, and his last activity on here was July 31, the day/time of his last post. He's obviously one of the most active members on the forum so a whole week of silence is weird.

Hope he's okay, but I kind of fear the worst.


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