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You know, as a liberal atheist, I didn’t understand what she was talking about. But perhaps I didn’t get it because she was speaking in tongues? 🙂
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Market Quotes: Pres08_WTA
2008 Presidential Election Winner-Take-All Market.
Quotes current as of 11:00:03 CST, Tuesday, September 30, 2008.
Symbol Bid Ask DEM08_WTA 0.693 0.700 REP08_WTA 0.301 0.305
In short, to get a contract that pays 100 dollars if Obama wins you need to spend 70 dollars. A McCain contract costs only 30.50 dollars.
The “election share” market is closer; this is the winner take all market for the Democratic Presidential ticket (based on popular vote)
From the New York Times:
BERLIN (AP) — Haile Gebrselassie broke his own marathon world record on Sunday, becoming the first runner to finish under 2 hours, 4 minutes.
The Ethiopian clocked 2:03:59 to win his third straight Berlin Marathon, beating the mark of 2:04:26 he set last year over the same flat course. He also became the first runner to win the race three times.
”Today, I’m so, so, so happy. Everything was perfect today,” Gebrselassie said.
Running under clear, sunny skies in mild temperature, Gebrselassie paced himself well and controlled the race from the start.
The 35-year-old Gebrselassie was way out front as passed through the Brandenburg Gate and ran to the finish line to applause from the crowd lining the route.
Gebrselassie said his training in the buildup to the race was hindered by an injury.
”I had a small calf muscle problem and I stopped for a week, and then I started again a week ago,” he said. ”Then today I had, you know, some doubts … but it was really very good.”
The Ethiopian praised Berlin and its spectators in helping him break his 26th world record.
That is 4:43.7 per mile, or 14:42 for each 5K. That is obscene.
The seven essentials include the following:
1. Base Training: Getting in shape during pre- and mid-season by swimming hundreds of miles through daily and repeated aerobic training sets (e.g., 6,000 – 10,000 meter workouts). This is a basic component of competitive pool training programs.
2. Speed Training: Improving one’s speed by focusing on up tempo swims including anaerobic training sets. This is another basic component of competitive pool training programs.
3. Distance Tolerance: Developing one’s ability to swim the specific distance of one’s chosen open water distance (e.g., 1500 meters, 10K or 20 miles). This is another basic component of distance freestyle training groups of competitive pool training programs.
There are seven points in all. Hat tip to the Olympic 10K swim blog.
My month (in terms of competition): 10K run in 57 minutes, 5K run in 25:10, 5K swim in 1:36, 1000 yard time trial in 15:53, half marathon walk in 2:25.
The swimming and walking results are ok; the running results suck. But what am I least prepared in?
I knew I wasn’t in shape to handle the full marathon so I entered and powerwalked the half (13.1 miles)
This was a better performance than my running race yesterday; of course I was hampered my not having enough training.
Form wise I am all but certain that my knees were “soft” (e. g., would have been illegal in a judged racewalk).
My two mile splits: 21:46, 21:09 (42:56), 21:17 (1:04:13), 21:30 (1:25:44), 22:16 (1:48:00), 23:53 (2:11:54), 12:00 (hurting), 1:18 last .1.
The day couldn’t have been any better; high 50’s with some humidity at the start. The start corral was a bit overfull; they needed about 20-30 extra meters.
Still, with the chip start I only needed 2 minutes to get to the start line; I was off. It seemed a bit more crowded than normal; but that was due to my starting off just a bit faster than I do when I walk the marathon.
I actually was bunched up going across I-74. Yes, there was lots of nice spandex to see; but given that I was wearing a green “Obama” t-shirt, I was on my best behavior. 🙂
Bonnie Busch saw me on the bridge (she is an ultra athlete) and we got to chat a bit. She was doing the marathon, which is a short race for her. 🙂
Several other Peoria people recognized me due to my awkward walking gait.
We then took it up a good hill and through some neighborhoods; this “new” course (2006) adds some miles here. I was pushing a bit too much.
I did hear several “go Obama” cheers and one “McCain”. One of the runners told me that she was counting the McCain and Obama yard signs and that Obama had the lead 5-3.
We came down a big hill and I was a bit surprised to be holding a 10:40-10:50 pace.
We then took the bike path and I noticed a group coming up behind me; it was the 2:20 pace group. I knew that I had taken it a bit too hard but I relaxed and kept the pace about there.
The bikepath miles had me get to mile 6 in about 1:04; I told myself to just relax.
We then split off from the marathon folks (where the bike path came to the ball field) and we turned back into Davenport. That was a pleasant stroll through downtown and I slowed a bit due to a mild headwind. We then crossed a metal grate bridge to get to Arsenal Island; that slowed me down a bit.
That got me to mile 9. Mile 10 came on the island; I was at 1:48 but knew that holding my pace would be hard.
Then we went around the golf course (path) and cut off from the marathon course; I was slowing down here. I was going back and forth with the “run/walkers”.
When we left the Island we had only .6 miles to go and I was most happy to see the finish line, even if several runners picked it up there and passed me. 🙂
Overall: Though I know 2:25 is off where I could be were I to train specifically for walking, I was ok with it (though I know my form could be better).
Afterward, I was tired and sore; my right shoulder was sore too. It is a different kind of soreness than one gets from running and a different kind of fatigue than I got from the 5k swim.
As far as the event itself: I can highly recommend it, though I recommend that the faster runners get to the corral no later than 15 minutes prior to the start. All but the fastest walkers (say, sub 10 minute pace) can start where I did and have a half-way decent race.
This was a better performance than yesterday’s 5K run, but that isn’t saying much. 🙂
How do I know that Obama won the debate?
Sure internet polls are non-scientific and yes, I used CNN and MSNBC internet polls.
But a Fox News internet poll had McCain winning…by a 52-48 margin. That’s right; a 4 point “win” for McCain from Fox News users! Remember that Fox News is where the wingnuttiest of the wingnuts live; these are the folks who couldn’t tell a lepton from a leprechaun; a boson from a Bozo; an allele from an Aleve or a genome from a gnome.
For them, heliocentrism is a recent scientific advance.
This is where the folks who think that the universe is 6000 years old hang out; these are the people who write articles like this one:
And they only give McSame a 4 point margin! 🙂
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