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Built for Speed: The Physics of the Winter Athlete Body The physics and effects skiing has on the human body. January 23, 2012

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  • Built for Speed: The Physics of the Winter Athlete Body

    The physics and effects skiing has on the human body.
      Ever been out skiing, feeling like you're in a groove, moving along at a good pace, only to be passed like you're standing still by a truly gifted skier? Me neither. (kidding.) When you see an elite athlete in action firsthand - especially when you're participating in the same sport - it gives you a genuine understanding of just how good they are. And although they may be working really hard, most talented athletes make it look effortless. "It definitely comes easier for some people who have attributes specific to their sport," says Bart Bowen, owner of the Powered by Bowen sports lab. As an example, he points out that people who excel at cycling typically have large lung capacities and longer femurs. (Thighbones that are longer than shins act as a strong lever while pedaling.) Conversely, good runners usually have a longer shin, or a shin length equal to the length of their femur. Curious, I measure my leg and find my femur is longer than my shin. Maybe that explains my running.
  • Help Me, I'm an Addict: Dealing with my obsession with cyclocross

    Cyclocross isn't a sport, it's a disease.
      You know you're in trouble when one friend, a respectable schoolteacher, concedes quietly over dinner, "it's like crack." Days later, another trusted friend, who, for the record, is a functional member of society, uses "heroin" to describe the unnatural pull of oneself to cyclocross racing. I'm not that good at it, I don't have a lot of extra time or money, but I'm full on hooked And it's become not enough to race locally. With the renowned Cross Crusade races, the largest cyclocross series in the country - so eminent they have their own Wikipedia entry - within a gas tank's distance from Bend, I find myself pulling on big girl pants to go mix it up with the largest amateur women's field in the U.S.
  • Primo Dirt: Ski season is just around the corner, but now is no time to hang up the bike

      If you're a dirt junkie, chances are you've been eagerly watching the skies and the weather forecast, hoping for rain. Although real rain, not the kind that seemingly disappears before it hits the ground, has fallen in the past few weeks, and the trails are being described as "money" and "tacky-licious" on Twitter, we're due for more.
  • Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

      With last weekend's Cross Crusade race in Rainier, many Central Oregon 'crossers opted to forego nine hours in the car and instead stayed in Bend for the second Crossaflixion Cup Series race at Seventh Mountain. Race day weather was dry and cool, and the course was tacky due to recent rain, making it fast and fun.

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