This weeks links (2017-02-20)

In brief:

* ‘Critical Role’ and ‘HarmonQuest’ prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours? (2017-Feb-22) [LA Times]

Mercer has a theory, though, about who and why people are watching during this recent surge in popularity of board games and role-playing games.
“A lot of gaming and a lot of interaction is no longer physical, it’s all digital and at a distance. There’s this innate, tribal need of the people to have face time with other people and play together in person,” he said. “I think there’s been this rediscovery of the joy of playing with people around the table … or getting together with your friends and crafting a story narrative and having an improv together which is an experience that a lot of these kids are just now discovering because of shows like ‘Critical Role’ and role play and the Internet’s sudden appreciation of that.”

* I Get Knocked Down by the Hill, but I Get Up Again (2016-Nov-18) [NYT]
In this life of stresses and anxieties, I’ve never found any better antidote than getting out on the fells and finding my way through puddles and woods. There’s always a moment, after all the scrambling and struggling, when you come out on some isolated hilltop and discover anew the truth of Muir’s words: “Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature.”

Running:

* Wonderland entries open Wednesday 22nd Feb. – 9pm to midnight.
Looks like the 36km is on the cards for me this year. ( Just need to complete 2017 RCR43 in under 7hrs as a qualifier! )
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* I’m coming into this weekend’s Roller Coaster marathon with way less training in my legs than for any previous marathon. This has been a strategic choice around available training time, injury avoidance, and the fact this run is in itself a training run for UTA50. As the start line gets closer the doubts start to creep in; is this a good approach to be running these distances? Is relying on a solid platform going to work?
I appear to not be the only one asking these questions as there is a heap of discussion on the trail running groups as people question their preparation for their chosen distances this weekend. I’d just like to put it out there that you have done the miles, your legs *are* ready. Most importantly, you have the ability to do this – it’s not all about the fitness, it’s about your ability to dig deep once the hurting starts. You’ve got this! Rely on your running buddies as each of you will have doubts at different points, hell this course is built to give us doubts. And most importantly – have fun out there!
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

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Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Wonderland by Pogo

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Rise & Shine!

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Sunset Series 2017 – R2 – Princes Park

sunset Event: Sunset Series 2017 – R2 – Princes Park
Distance: 8km
Date: Wednesday the 15th February 2017
Location: Princes Park
Organised by: Sole Motive Events

Sunset Series will see beautiful Princes Park brought to life at Race 2. Continuing your fitness journey from Race 1 at The Zoo, Princes Park is transformed as dusk into a Summer Sunset festival complete with party lights, live music and fantastic food from Melbourne’s favourite food trucks and a Sunset Bar. Bring a picnic rug and make a night of it with your friends before the Summer ends.

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Wednesday WIN (2017-Feb-15)

How To Run [Trailer]

How To Run [Episode 1] What Is Trail Running?

How To Run [Episode 2] What to Wear?

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Grapest 5K Run Bendigo

grapest-5k-run Event: Grapest 5K Run Bendigo
Distance: 5/10km
Date: Saturday the 11th February 2017
Location: Bendigo
Organised by: Centaur Outdoor Events

Who said you can’t drink wine AND exercise? Have your wine and drink it too, we say! We bet you’ve never run a race quite like the Grapest 5k Run!
We’re going to take you on an outdoor evening adventure… a fun run with a cork-stopping twist. Imagine running through the vineyards and trails of some of the most exquisite wine regions in Australia at dusk.

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This weeks links (2017-02-13)

In brief:

* Aussie teens and kids online (2016-Feb-05) [ACMA|Research snapshots]

Running:

* Why the 50 Is Not Just the 50 [Ultra-Trail Australia]
“I’m just doing the 50.” “I’m not mad enough to try and run 100km.” “I’m not ready for 100km.”
Just a few of the responses us UTA50 runners give when asked which event we are doing. We are our biggest critic. Nobody told you it was “just 50km” and I’d bet there are plenty who thought you were “mad” when you told them you had signed up for a 50km race through the upper reaches of the Blue Mountains. The 50 is never just the 50, the question you need to ask yourself is, “Am I ready for the 50?!”

https://www.ultratrailaustralia.com.au/resource/437.pdf

Cycling:

* Cycling in Melbourne : Bicycle Trips by Time of Day [City Futures Research Centre : UNSW]
The Riderlog application which is the source of the data used to create this map, records the location of bicycle riders at approximately 40 second intervals. The map illustrates bicycle riders in the greater Melbourne area on weekdays from January to December 2012. The map shows 1,281 bicyclists on 18,209 bicycling routes. The map shows heavy bicycling activity in the Melbourne CBD. The time slider shows two pulses of heavy cycling activity, from 6:30 through 9:30 AM and from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/cityviz/cycling-melbourne/

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
My Kingdom As Great by Unwoman

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Wednesday WIN (2017-Feb-08)

Into Patagonia – Salomon TV
Stretching in an unbroken sweep of agitated geology, Patagonia spans a massive area of over a million square kilometres and yet is home to less than two million people. With no clear objective and no set goal, American Alpine Runner, Dakota Jones, journeys to Northern Patagonia to explore the culture and landscape of one of the most romanticised regions in the world. Travelling South along the famed Carretera Austral he discovers a people rich in smiles and a land littered with mountains and glaciers.

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