Only 18 More Days!!!


Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2007, the 94th Tour de France will be made up of a prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,550 kilometres.

These 20 stages have the following profiles:
11 flat stages
6 mountain stages
1 medium mountain stage
2 individual time-trial stages
Distinctive aspects of the race
3 mountain finishes
2 rest days

117 kilometres of individual time-trials (including the prologue)

21 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed

Who's excited???

Teen runner dies after muscle cream overdose

From MSNBC http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/19144600

NEW YORK - A medical examiner blamed a 17-year-old track star’s death on the use of too much anti-inflammatory muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after exercise.
Arielle Newman, a cross-country runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died after her body absorbed high levels of methyl salicylate, an anti-inflammatory found in sports creams such as Bengay and Icy Hot, the New York City medical examiner said Friday.
The medical examiner’s spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, said the teen used “topical medication to excess.” She said it was the first time that her office had reported a death from using a sports cream.

In addition to spreading the muscle cream on her legs between track meets, Newman was using adhesive pads containing the anti-inflammatory, plus an unspecified third product containing the chemical, Borakove said. The products were used and the chemical absorbed over time, rather than from a single instance of overuse, she said.
Newman, who garnered numerous track awards, died April 3. She had gone to a party the night before, then returned home and spent hours talking with her mother.
Methyl salicylate poisoning is unusual, and deaths from high levels of the chemical are rare.

"Chronic use is more dangerous than one-time use,” Edward Arsura, chairman of medicine at Richmond University Medical Center, told the Staten Island Advance on Friday. “Exercise and heat can accentuate absorption.”
Dr. Ronald Grelsamer, of Mount Sinai Medical Center, said Newman had a very abnormal amount of methyl salicylate in her body.
“She either lathered herself with it, or used way too much, or she used a normal amount and an abnormal percentage was absorbed into her body,” he said.
Her mother, Alice Newman, said she still couldn’t believe her daughter’s death was caused by a sports cream.
“I am scrupulous about my children’s health,” she told the Advance. “I did not think an over-the-counter product could be unsafe.”



You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

John Wooden (1910 - )


Fantasy Cycling League

Very cool and free fantasy cycling league at the link below:

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In your spare time...

Here are some great cycling videos to watch:

Paris Roubaix Classic 1980's finishes
1985: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvAdfqo43s0
1986: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_onBx2ZSHA
1987: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpwNq5TYBug
1988: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvYcZvqPUJU
1989: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tbJJw5W75o

Worlds Cycling Championships Finishes
1985 - Joop Zootemelk:
1986 - Moreno Argentin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elfDIDNaxO8
1987 - Stephen Roche: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EsdxAAQ8C0
1989 - Greg Lemond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJSgzHTRg38
1990 - Rudy Dhaenens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ3pStCrfXI
1991 - Gianni Bugno: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWb4jS4gklg
1993 - Lance Armstrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXsOR5O5hb0
1993 Amateur - Jan Ulrich: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1C2lTh9EI0

1987 Tour of Switzerland - 1st major stage win for 7-11 Team in Europe

1980 's Tour de France Coverage

1985 Tour de France - Climb to Luz Ardiden:
1986 Tour de France Profile of 7/11 Team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu_N5sgl3fE
1986 Tour de France Climb to Luchon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrbVfsBSqdY
1986 Tour de France Climb to Alpe de Huez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZMkZN-PGCo
1986 Tour de France Final Time Trial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_YGWlex9nM
1987 Tour de France Team Time Trial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0uxqvKIXSs
1987 Tour de France Climb to Luz Ardiden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw1Eh3BH-To
1987 Tour de France Climb up Mt. Ventoux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8woHATqz8E
1987 Tour de France Climb to LaPlagne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QO9CfgoZ5c
1987 Tour de France Final Time Trial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBIV2gXV2tM
1987 Tour de France Final Stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFDaw6G4P34
1988 Tour de France to Alpe de Huez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTHhWf6BSEM
1988 Tour de France to Luz Ardiden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lBKT_Yedtk
1988 Tour de France Final Stage to Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XH7jQL0A_g
1989 TDF Final TT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyvwtOQYQ-E
1989 TDF Alpe de Huez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjZt3kleCb8



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Discovery Team Member Hit By Car

From cyclingnews.com:

Last Sunday, January 14, Discovery Channel rider Uros Murn was seriously injured while training on the roads near his home in Slovenia, and will be unable to ride for at least three months. The accident occurred when Murn and a training group were struck by a car from behind on a local road between Novo Mesto and Sentjernej.

The car was overtaking another vehicle when it hit the group of cyclists, with Murn and Primoz Segina of Croatian cycling team BK Puris Kamen Pazin rushed to a hospital in the capital of Ljubljana. Murn, the first of the group to be hit by the car, sustained three breaks in the same leg including an open fracture of the femur. He immediately underwent surgery and at last notice, the surgery was successful.

According to Discovery team manager Johan Bruyneel, Murn, seventh at the 2006 world road championships in Salzburg, was scheduled to be a key rider in the team's spring classics campaign. "This is obviously a terrible accident and right now, I am only concerned about his current status and well being," said Bruyneel in a team statement. "We have a large team with many riders who can race in his absence. The difficult thing is finding a rider that has the talent and experience in the classics. The whole team wishes Uros a speedy recovery."


Trainer Challenge

I took it upon myself to do a trainer workout this morning from Papa Louie's Blog. He invited anyone who was game to try it out. It is an interval workout that lasts for one hour. I used my road bike, which has a compact crankset, so my gearing is a little different than what the workout calls for. I did the best I could, considering my tri bike is in pieces right now (more on that story in a later post). Here is the workout as I did it with my gearing:

And here is my HR/Cadence/Speed info:

And lastly, the workout data:

I am not sure I believe that I burned 1256 calories, but it was tough nonetheless. This was a fun workout that had me sweating buckets (all over my wife's freshly cleaned floor), and I enjoyed it. Thanks for the challenge, Louie! I plan on incorporating several of the workouts from www.fasttandem.com in my future trainer sessions.


Conditions: Cloudy
Winds: NNW 16/MPH NNW 26 KPH
Relative Humidity: 63%
Feels Like: 14°F

That's why God created treadmills, trainers and ipods! :)


Discovery Finalizes Roster for 2007

Here it is:
Ivan Basso (Italy) *
Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)
Volodymyr Bileka (Ukraine)
Jani Brajkovic (Slovenia)
Alberto Contador (Spain) *
Tony Cruz (USA) *
Steve Cummings (Great Britain) *
Tom Danielson (USA)
John Devine (USA) *
Stijn Devolder (Belgium)
Vladimir Gusev (Russia)
George Hincapie (USA)
Fuyu Li (China) *
Levi Leipheimer (USA) *
Trent Lowe (Australia)
Egoi Martinez (Spain)
Jason McCartney (USA)
Gianni Meersman (Belgium) *
Uros Murn (Slovenia) *
Benjamin Noval (Spain)
Pavel Padrnos (Czech Republic)
Sergio Paulinho (Portugal) *
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)
Chechu Rubiera (Spain)
Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania) *
Brian Vandborg (Denmark) *
Jurgen Van Goolen (Belgium)
Matt White (Australia)

* = new to the team in 2007

Quote of the Day

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.
Aaron Douglas Trimble

Words of wisdom....


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