Thousands of Grateful Dead fans experience what it’s like to be in an athletic arena

As thousands of Grateful Dead fans gathered for a two-day concert last week at CU’s Folsom field, the moment was especially surreal for CU grads who’d never imagined themselves on a football field.  “On the one hand, I’m psyched to see what’s left of my favorite band of all time. I’m psyched to bob my head to 700 of my favorite songs, one blending totally indiscernibly into the next, and I’m psyched to wear this hat for the first time since ’95,” said Chris Gimeen (CU, ’99).  “On the other hand, I’m standing on what I assume is a football field, at least it seems like it based on the grass and the seats all around me, and these white lines on the grass. It’s a Rumble in the Jungle moment: happy and tragic all at once, like when I tell a woman I still listen to the Grateful Dead. .”

Ironman backpack stands in for rare moments when triathlete isn’t talking about Ironman

On a whim, Ironman Michael Tomas bought an Ironman backpack last summer.  “I wasn’t even sure I would need it,” said Tomas, a 2015 finisher, “I have several other backpacks with better pocket placement and zipper functionality. “But what is nice about this bag is that when I’m not able to be talking to people about my Ironman -and there are still a couple of people who don’t know my splits by heart-  they can still look over at me and see the bag and be like, yeah, that guy must be an Ironman. I guess what I mean is, the backpack is a conversation starter that lets people know what I’ve been through, what I’m capable of, and what we’re going to be talking about when I finish drinking my electrolyte drink mix.”

Boulder looks on with pride as obese men in spandex appear to hit training milestone Jan25

Boulder looks on with pride as obese men in spandex appear to hit training milestone

“It seemed like a great match,” observed Roger Saplow, using his shoe to unroll a neighbor’s Daily Camera Monday morning. “Those guys look like they’ve been training hard.  Obviously, they have a ways to go before they’re in any kind of passable physical condition, but I’m proud of them for getting out there in the cold weather and getting their heart rates up.  You gotta start somewhere.”

Scientists find that talking about workouts offsets any exercise-induced cognitive gains

British researchers in 2015 used a database of information about the health and habits of twins to show that muscle health was linked to cognitive abilities throughout life.  However, a disturbing side effect was that many of the gains were offset by the amount a person talked about his or her exercise regimen. “We found a troubling amount of empty brain space in people who were physically inactive, in people who talked about their workouts, and in the people who got stuck listening,” according to the study.  The alarming results of the cognitive losses – over a year – were roughly equivalent to watching an entire season of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Nation growing weary of waiting for far North Broomfield to connect to Sheridan underpass

For hikers, bikers, and runners and commuters alike — the Broomfield Trail just became more connected. “Broomfield residents who are growing tired of getting in their cars every time they want to pay a visit to the Sheridan underpass just got an early Christmas present,” said Cindy Aries, Deputy director of Broomfield Open Space and Trails at a ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier today. “This isn’t just a victory for dogwalkers and rollerbladers. It’s a victory for all of us who are ready to take the car culture out of suburbia.  Now, for families who want to go to Costco but don’t want to pollute the environment, there’s a better, carbon neutral option. And that option is a bicycle with a huge, huge cart dragging behind it.”

Cycling app takes guesswork out of measuring your worth as human being Aug31

Cycling app takes guesswork out of measuring your worth as human being

“Before Strava, people rode their bikes for fun and exercise,” said Strava spokesman Brian Denning. “And that was ok, except that going out and having a good time didn’t answer the question, how much better are you than other people?  For that kind of information, you had to rely on crude tools that didn’t involve icons of trophies or public rankings: tools like  Facebook, Instagram and whether or not you went to Middlebury. We set out to change all that, and we did it a lot better than anyone else, a lot better.