BRO ATHLETES: Chris Harnish Takes on the XTERRA Myrtle Beach Triathalon

first_imgSLOW START, FAST FINISHIt’s no secret that the swim is my weakest event, but in the weeks leading up to the race, I was feeling a good bit smoother, and dare I say faster (yeah, I should not have dared…). However, I’ve never liked swimming in a wetsuit, which seems to blunt any feel for the water. To make matters worse, the boat John and I were on dropped our group off a good 30 yards behind the line, forcing a good sprint to try to make the line before the horn blew. I can honestly say I felt more like I was flailing around than swimming, but after a slow start, I picked up steam and hit T1 about 2 min back of the leaders.The swim tends to really blunt my power early on in the bike leg, so it’s better to work on finding a good rhythm and let the legs open up. Nonetheless, I was still making good progress cutting my way through the field on the opening lap. Going into the second lap my aim was to keep my lines smooth and my lap time even with or better than the first. I continued to pick off several more athletes, including a group of three just a mile from the end of the course. Without much of a buffer coming into T2, I needed to have a clean transition, which I was mostly successful at, leaving T2 shoulder to shoulder with two others.One noticeable differences between Xterra and road tri is that the runs are often more about who is less fatigued, or slow, than it is about speed. Nonetheless, I spend a good bit of time working on my running technique, as well as speed. After a fantastic BRICK the week before, I really felt like my run had come up a level this year. Objective 1 is to find your rhythm and turn over.I quickly moved myself into the front of the group on the dirt road. One of the guys dropped off pretty quickly while the other settled in behind me until about mile one where he pulled even. Knowing the course was a flat out and back and that I was still running at a comfortable pace, I knew the best thing to do was to keep my effort steady and see what happens; if he was stronger he’d either pull ahead or stay even. However, about a half mile later he fell back a few feet, then several seconds. At that point, I knew we were well back of the leaders, but nearing the turn around I found myself about 30 to 40 seconds back of 3rd and 18 seconds up on 5th. Hitting mile 3, I edged my pace up a bit to see what happened.As we emerged from the trail back on the road, I was now looking at 20 seconds to 3rd, so I decided to keep my effort where it was, knowing that the dirt road would be considerably faster.Sure enough, as we hit the final mile, third place was now really struggling, not to mention cramping. As I closed to within five seconds, he gave one more look back and started walking. I overtook him with a pat on the back and pushed on to my best ever finish, and the second fastest run, also a personal best! Unfortunately, the race opted for an abridged awards ceremony, so I had to settle for just the result and some high hopes for Alabama and Richmond in June.11183434_10205176742715949_7863365890380741924_nSpecial thanks to all my sponsors: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SLS3 Custom Apparel, Rudy Project, Honey Stinger, and Skratch Labs Thus far, the 2015 race season has proven to be a lesson in patience and perseverance. After a stellar fall and winter of training, 2015 looked to be shaping up to be spectacular. My first race, a trail half marathon, only seemed to confirm that those months of training paid off. However, three weeks following that race I found myself still recovering from a nasty respiratory infection and scrambling to rearrange my race schedule before the major Xterra Championships (Southeast and East) arrived.ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE PATIENCEAfter dropping two of my planned races, I opted to register for the slightly later—and hopefully warmer—Xterra Myrtle Beach Triathalon. About a week out my patience seemed to be paying off, so one of my Richmond buddies, John D., and I headed down to Myrtle Beach the morning before to get in a pre-ride of the MTB course. With more twists and turns than any course I can recall in even distant memory, the course would prove an interesting challenge, and limit my usual “road” strength.IMG_20150502_163752last_img read more

Quick Hits | Blue Ridge Briefs

first_imgRunning Shop Owner Chases Down Much Slower VandalHuntington, W.Va. For weeks, employees of Robert’s Running and Walking Shop in Huntington were scared and extremely inconvenienced by ongoing incidents of their car windows being shot by a pellet gun.Earlier this fall, though, a shop employee caught a suspect in the act, witnessing a man shooting car windows parked at an insurance office across the street. The employee notified shop owner Robert Smith, who darted out the door along with another employee Ryan Smith (no relation). Suspect Robert Coffman tried to run away, but considering where he’d been vandalizing, the pursuit didn’t last long. “At the time I guess we weren’t laughing, but it seemed pretty comical,” Smith told new station WSAZ. “He was being chased by probably some of the best runners in the state.”After quickly catching Coffman and restraining him, Smith and Smith waited until police arrived. The police ended up finding drugs in Coffman’s apartment, so according to the news station he was charged with destruction of property.Brewery Sends Canned Water to Flood VictimsColumbia, S.C.The folks at Oskar Blues Brewery know how devastating floodwaters can be. In 2013, heavy rains ravaged the longstanding brewery’s home base of Lyons, Colorado, and the town has since been rebuilding. So earlier this fall the brewery, known as the first to offer craft beer in cans, sent 1,600 cases of canned drinking water to flood victims in South Carolina, where heavy rains caused damage throughout the state. Oskar Blues sent the cans through its own CAN’d Aid Foundation, which helps communities dealing with the effects of extreme weather events.In more brewery philanthropy news, Georgia-based Sweetwater Brewing Co. is currently donating proceeds from sales of its line of fly fishing rods and flies and related swag to Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that takes disabled veterans on fly fishing and other water-based recreation trips for therapeutic purposes. The brewery’s Healing for the Holidays program will last through the holiday season.Start the Year with a Polar PlungeNeed a baptism of renewal as you head into 2016? Start the year with a Polar Plunge, an annual rite of passage for many on New Year’s Day and the following weeks that simply entails jumping into a freezing body of water with some like-minded brave souls. On January 1, plenty of plunges will be taking place around the region, including the shiver-inducing soak within North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge at the Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge. There’s also the Polar Pony Plunge, which sends swimmers into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on Virginia’s Chincoteague Island. Later in the month the daring will plunge into the frigid waters of Chetola Lake in the North Carolina High Country at the Blowing Rock Winterfest on January 30. In February there’s also a Polar Plunge Festival that takes place throughout Virginia with chances to jump in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Dumfries and a dip in the New River at Bisset Park in Radford. More info: polarplunge.comBeyond the Blue RidgeBackcountry Bar—Winter Park, Colo.Upslope Brewing Company decided to make customers earn their first taste of its fall seasonal Oktoberfest Lager. Back in September the first pints of the brew were poured exclusively at a pop-up bar in the mountains that could only be reached via a 2.3-mile hike. Unveiled as part of Upslope’s limited Tap Room Series, Oktoberfest was available at what the brewery called its Backcountry Tap Room, set up at the High Lonesome Hut located just outside of Winter Park and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest.Much Ado at Fall MarathonsThe fall marathon season yielded quite a few interesting tidbits. In Chicago, 42-year-old Deena Kastor posted a new U.S. Masters record time, finishing the race in 2:27:47. And 80-year-old local Frank Abramic running his 17th straight Chicago Marathon.Earlier in the month, runner Bryan Morseman won his 30th career marathon at the Wineglass Marathon in upstate New York eight days after winning the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana. Morseman runs races to help cover his son’s ongoing medical costs for spina bifida treatments.And Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys ran the New York Marathon on November 1, an effort she was undertaking to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit that assists young HIV patients in Africa.last_img read more

4 ways you can hold on to your best employees

first_img 135SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Keeping talent around is vital to growing a successful company. If you’re having an issue with employee retention, there could a number of reasons why employees are flying the coup. While there will always be some level of turnover, it hurts when good employees leave. Here are a few strategies for keeping those employees around.Provide opportunities for growth: You have a talented staff that you’ve spent time training and cultivating. Don’t overlook inside options when you’re hiring for a new position. Who in your company is ready for a new challenge? Whenever a position is open, you should always consider your current staff first. Maybe you won’t always have the perfect person to fill the position, but sometimes you may realize that you have a great candidate already on the payroll with a relevant skillset that they’ve never had the chance to use before. This is a win-win for your company and the employee.Give them a chance to speak their mind: Sometimes an employee leaves because they don’t feel like their opinions matter. Discuss with your employees any concerns they have about the business or the culture in the office. Be willing to hear new ideas and be available when employees need your assistance. Keep the lines of communication open and allow information to flow freely in both directions. An open communication policy will create happy employees.R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Just like Aretha said, if you give your employees a little respect, you’ll find out what it means to them. Most employees have at least one or two horror stories involving a boss, so it’s your chance to be the exact opposite. A strong culture in your office leads to good experiences, and that’s the kind of place we all want to work.Pay them well: You don’t have to back a Brink’s truck up to their house, but if you know a good employee is underpaid, don’t be surprised if they leave for greener pastures. Pay your top talent what they are worth, and show them how much they’re valued by your organization.last_img read more

Tax Administration in the control of catering facilities and passenger transport services

first_imgThe Tax Administration notes that in the fiscalization system they monitor and analyze data on fiscalized accounts on a daily basis and, based on the performed risk analysis, carry out supervisory activities. Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity:  TOURIST INSPECTION TO DATE 651 SUPERVISION WITH 97 OFFENSES – I 56.30 – Djelatnosti pripreme i usluživanja pića i RELATED NEWS: center_img – S 96.02 – Frizerski saloni i saloni za uljepšavanje.  Authorized officials of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration in order to prevent the gray economy, protect the state budget and taxpayers who duly meet their tax obligations will carry out as part of regular supervisory activities in the period from 5. – 11.9.2019. years supervision of fiscalization in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia, daily with a 24-hour presence in the field.  – H 49.39 – Ostali kopneni prijevoz putnika, d.n.,last_img read more

South Korea says North Korea’s Kim may be trying to avoid coronavirus

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was aware of reports on Kim’s health and he was was paying close attention to developments.North Korea had cancelled some large events, and imposed a border lockdown and quarantine measures in an effort to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus.But if Kim Jong Un is hiding out due to fears surrounding COVID-19, it would “puncture a hole in the state media narrative of how this crisis has been perfectly managed”, said Chad O’Carroll, CEO of Korea Risk Group, which monitors North Korea.”If he is merely trying to avoid infection, it should theoretically be very easy to release photos or videos of a healthy-looking Kim,” he said.Signs of lifeAn authoritative source familiar with US intelligence reporting said on Monday it was entirely possible Kim had disappeared from public view to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and the sighting of his presidential train in the coastal resort area of Wonsan did suggest he may be there or have been there recently.But the source said that since there was no authoritative backing for such a conclusion, US agencies were also still considering the possibility Kim might be ill, even seriously.38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, said on Saturday that satellite images from last week showed a special train that was probably Kim’s at Wonsan, lending weight to reports he had been spending time in the resort area.While North Korean state media have not reported on Kim Jong Un’s whereabouts since he presided over a meeting on April 11, they have carried near-daily reports of him sending letters and diplomatic messages suggests he is still carrying out his duties as leader.That suggests that he is still carrying out his duties, Unification minister Kim said, although some experts say they are not necessarily conclusive.”I agree with the South Korean government’s assessment that there is no reason to think Kim Jong Un is not performing his duties,” said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a former North Korea open source intelligence analyst for the US government. “That said, I would not read too much into letters signed by Kim Jong Un. I would guess that most of them are not written by him anyway.”  North Korea has said it has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but given the fact that the country has taken stringent steps to head off an outbreak, Kim’s absence from the ceremonies is not particularly unusual, Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, who oversees North Korea engagement, told lawmakers.”It is true that he had never missed the anniversary for Kim Il Sung’s birthday since he took power, but many anniversary events including celebrations and a banquet had been cancelled because of coronavirus concerns,” Kim Yeon-chul said at a parliamentary hearing.He said there were at least two instances since mid-January where Kim Jong Un was out of sight for nearly 20 days. “I don’t think that’s particularly unusual given the current (coronavirus) situation.”US President Donald Trump said on Monday he has a good idea how Kim Jong Un is doing and hopes he is fine, but would not elaborate. Topics :center_img Kim Jong Un may have missed a key holiday on April 15 because of concerns over the coronavirus, not because he is ill, South Korea’s minister for North Korean affairs said on Tuesday.North Korean leader Kim’s absence from public ceremonies on the birth anniversary of his grandfather and founder of the country, Kim Il Sung, was unprecedented, and he has not been seen in public since. That has led to days of speculation over his health.South Korean officials emphasize they have detected no unusual movements in North Korea and have cautioned against reports that Kim may be ill.last_img read more

Drama galore in inner city house that has its own theatre, dance hall

first_img18 Trinity Lane, Woolloongabba Qld 4102More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe property at 18 Trinity Lane, Woolloongabba, is for sale by negotiation, listed by Zac Tully and Sam Mayes of Ray White Spring Hill.The area is zoned low-medium density residential with up to three level buildings allowed and sits in the heart of Brisbane. Even the stove is dramatic. Exit stage left. Yes, that is a stage at the end of dance hall.BRING out your inner drama queen in one of the most unusual houses to hit the market – complete with its own stage and dance hall.The “massive theatre hall with stage, plus studio and residential three bedroom home” has got to be one of the most unusual inner city houses on the market in Brisbane right now.center_img Oh yes, and it has a view of the city. No frills, just all drama.“Convert this gorgeous character building into a luxury inner-city home complete with sparkling city views with a large 508sq m block of freehold land,” the listing said.Apparently this home could pay its own way, with council allowing it to be used for dance, music, yoga, art, martial arts, and of course drama.The home was also in the high demand Brisbane State School catchment and close to The Mater and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER OR FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX last_img read more

Stressed men drawn to heavy women

first_imgHealthLifestyleRelationships Stressed men drawn to heavy women by: – August 9, 2012 86 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Do men seek the comfort of a “motherly” figure when put under pressure?When placed under stressful situations, men rate larger women as more attractive, new research has shown. British researchers found that men exposed to tasks that were designed to put them under pressure preferred a wider range of female body sizes.They conclude that stress can act to alter judgments of potential partners. The work by a team from London and Newcastle is published in the open access journal Plos One. “There’s a lot of literature suggesting that our BMI (body mass index) preferences are hard-wired, but that’s probably not true,” co-author Dr Martin Tovee, from Newcastle University, told BBC News.Dr Tovee and his colleague, Dr Viren Swami, have previously researched what factors could alter BMI preferences, including publishing a paper in the British Journal of Psychology on the effect of hunger, and the influence of the media. But through this new work they aimed to investigate whether known cross-cultural differences in body size preferences linked to stress were also mirrored in short-term stressful situations. “If you look at environments where food is scarce, people’s preferences for body size in a potential partner are shifted. [The preference] appears to be much heavier compared to environments where there’s plenty of food and a much more relaxed atmosphere,” he explained.“If you’re living a far more stressful, subsistence lifestyle, you’re going to have higher stress levels.”To simulate heightened stress, a test group of men were placed in interview and public speaking scenarios and their BMI preferences compared against a control group of non-stressed men. The results indicated that the change in “environmental conditions” led to a shift of weight preference towards heavier women with the men considering a wider range of body sizes attractive.Flexible preferences“These changes are comparatively minor in comparison to those you get between different [cross-cultural] environments. But they suggest certain factors which might combine with others and cause this shift,” Dr Tovee said. The research supports other work that has shown perceptions of physical attractiveness alter with levels of economic and physiological stress linked to lifestyle. “If you follow people moving from low-resource areas to higher resource-areas, you find their preferences shift over the course of about 18 months. In evolutionary psychology terms, you try to fit your preferences to what works best in a particular environment,” said Dr Tovee.Moreover, the researchers were keen to emphasise how fluctuating environmental conditions could alter the popular perception of an “ideal” body size.“There’s a continual pushing down of the ideal, but this preference is flexible. Changing the media, changing your lifestyle, all these things can change what you think is the ideal body size,” he said. BBC Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Keeping your individuality in a relationship

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Keeping your individuality in a relationship by: – July 7, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 125 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share We’re all different. Each and every one of us has multiple passions, hobbies, personality traits and habits that define us and make us who we are.Yet sometimes when we enter into a relationship, we find that our defining characteristics start to fall to the wayside as we try to fall in-step with our new partner. We give up going to our Saturday morning spin classes to go and watch football, we lose touch with friends, sometimes we even change the way we speak!We usually do this in the early stages of the relationship in order to bond with our new partner and learn more about their interests. However, as time goes by, many of us find that we’re still just going along with what our partner wants to do and we no longer have the time to enjoy our own passions.When we move in with a partner, it can be even harder to maintain our sense of self as we leave our previous homes and ways of life to start afresh with our loved one.In some extreme cases, we find ourselves changing our whole appearance and lifestyle to be more like our partner. But by completely emulating your partner, you put yourself at risk of being even more devastated if the relationship ends.You may feel like you’ve not only lost a partner, but a whole way of life. This can leave you feeling lost and confused over your own identity.Of course, when you’re in a relationship you will have to make some compromises and small changes in order to make it work, but you don’t have to give up all the things that make you happy. You can still retain your individuality and the things that make you YOU, and have a strong relationship.Set aside some me timeYou and your partner don’t need to spend every waking hour together. After all, it’s the quality of time you spend together that counts, not the quantity. Sit down together and discuss a mutually convenient time when you can both be alone to pursue personal interests. Keep in mind that plans may change to fit around work and family commitments, so you and your partner must both be open to changing the schedule now and then.Keep friends and family closeGrowing up, your friends and your family were the people who helped shape you to become the person you are today. By losing touch with them, you could be at risk of losing touch with yourself as well. Keep in regular contact with them on social networking sites, email and on the phone and, if possible, try to meet with them on a regular basis.Learn to say no, but in moderationRemember, you don’t have to say yes to everything your partner wants. Just try not to say no to everything – particularly things that you haven’t tried before. Keep an open mind and try new things – you may even discover a new hobby you actually enjoy!The Couple Connectionlast_img read more

13 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgThe suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN BACOLOD City – Thirteen sachets ofsuspected shabu were seized in a sting operation in Barangay Hilamonan,Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The 30-year-old resident Albert Ortegayielded the suspected illegal drugs valued at around P15,000, a police reportshowed.center_img Ortega was arrested after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover cop for P100 around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday,the report added.last_img

ORVC Weekly Report Summary (January 20-25)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report Summary  (January 20-25)Players of the WeekGirls Basketball: Paige Ledford – Jac-Cen-DelBoys Basketball: Austin Kramer – Southwestern and Cody Samples – South RipleyORVC Report(January 20-25)2020Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img