Monthly Archives: January 2013

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. – Henry David Thoreau

Throughout the past three weeks of Jan Plan I have been able to grow as an athlete and an overall individual. Exercise physiology has proved to be one of the most informational and enjoyable classes that I have taken this … Continue reading

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Ending Jan Plan and Moving Forward

Having retested my fitness on Tuesday, I can say that I am pretty pleased with the way things went.  I ran about 60 meters more in the Kosmin test than I did at the beginning of Jan Plan.  This changed … Continue reading

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The Most Important Thing I Learned in BC176

After the first fitness test I was very sore. My legs in particular, were in a great deal of pain. Luckily, this pain did not exist after the second fitness test. The reason for this is not really in any … Continue reading

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On Bridging The Gap

I have a newfound respect for athletes.  But I did not always have this.  My family consists of musicians with little interest in sports, so growing up, neither did I.  To me, sports were just various games where grown men … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancement For One – For All?

This week we learned a lot about the presence of nutritional aids, psychological aids, and pharmacological aids in athletic performance, but these influences exist in academic performance as well. Amphetamines, caffeine, etc., are commonly used in academic arenas and/or events … Continue reading

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And I thought our sports were violent…

So the general consensus seems to be that football is a pretty violent sport. Usually, i would agree to this claim. It is a sport where you run into one another at full speed. However I have recently two sports, one European and one … Continue reading

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On Routine

I could not believe how far my fingers could touch.  Stretching daily for weeks increases flexibility slightly, subtly.  Only when we re-took our fitness test did I actually see the measured results.  My sit-and-reach flexibility increased greatly.  This month I … Continue reading

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Equal Opportunities

There are many places in which women do not have equal opportunities as men, especially in sports.  One sport in which this is the case that particularly irks me is in whitewater slalom paddling, more specifically in the c-1 division. … Continue reading

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Pole Pedal Paddle

After hearing about the Adventure Racing that the Nordic ski coach participated in I started to look at some of the other races out there besides marathons and triathlons.  While I was checking them out on the Internet I came … Continue reading

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Gym Therapy

Ever since I was very young I have suffered from crippling anxiety. From test-stress to generalized anxiety I have always had trouble stopping myself from worrying and “stressing.” Over the years I have tried breathing exercises and meditation. However, the … Continue reading

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Ethical cheating?

We’ve been talking about doping in class quite a bit. Last year I did some extra readings for a philosophy course and stumbled upon an article written by an ethicist who supported doping. While I forget his name (sorry, ethicist … Continue reading

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Does it really make a difference?

Is it right to specialize in sports? Does it benefit an athlete in any way? I have always wondered about this topic. Growing up I played many sports. At one time or another I played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, … Continue reading

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Aussie Rules

When I typed “AFL” into the Google search bar, the results were not what I was looking for at first.  The first result was a graph of the stock price fluctuations of Aflac Incorporated.  Next came something about fiber optic … Continue reading

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Preaching the gospel of Tabata

I am a huge fan of group fitness.  Nothing like some terrifying sweaty woman breathing down your neck, screaming about how you need to “PUSH” and “GO ALL THE WAY.”  Seriously.  It’s great.  It’s also fun to look in the … Continue reading

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Flyin’ Bobby Beaman

Learning about ergogenic aids this week and reading some other posts has reminded me of some cool animations that I saw this summer that the New York Times had made comparing the performance of the top three Olympic 100 meter … Continue reading

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