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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: November 04, 2009, 11:32:13 AM »
After school Parkour class at the school I teach at begins this week on....you guessed it...Thursday.  :-\

I'm going to have to reevaluate my schedule, or just turn this over to someone else to run.
I think I overestimated my amount of free time with baby on the way!

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 22, 2009, 10:41:56 AM »
Looks like a nice evening...but I caught my wife's crud...going to stay inside and drink tea tonight. (10/22)

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 15, 2009, 02:27:48 PM »
Since I haven't heard from anyone..I'm going to work the gauntlet up here (Lafayette) today (10/15)

Please post if you're coming...its a long drive down to Boulder if I'm the only one who can make it =)

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Pics & Vids / Re: Monkey King. You guys need to watch
« on: October 14, 2009, 02:39:51 PM »
Video is private? But I found this video this morning..amazing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPN3gLVDsOY

I call hax on 0:35.

I know, right!?

He must have the gravity cheat code for life.

Incredible!

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Starting Over--Barefoot Training
« on: October 14, 2009, 02:23:51 PM »
@ Charles...a little pushback here as I feel there is more information to put on the table:

First off, I agree that one should start very slowly when training barefoot. The first time I took my barefoot run outside my short <1 mi run and out onto the trail >3mi I was in a good deal of pain. Not from my feet mind you, but my calves were screaming! The same goes with Parkour. Doing smaller jumps/drops and at lower speed is the way to go. But it seemed like Josh was of that mindset already and Parkour is a journey of discovery...if he didn't know before his first training session, he would realize it afterwards!!!

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I disagree that there is any confusion in the scientific world on proper stride. I wrote an entire article on this way back when which is stickied in the gen fitness forums.

I'm familiar with your article, I think it's a great study of running stride...and the stride you put forth is very close to the way I run barefoot. But I do believe the jury is still out. A lot of the research I've been doing is outside the realm of Parkour (trail running, distance, ultras) and the debate on stride (specifically where on the foot should be making contact with the ground) varies widely. It's my belief that it depends on your physical makeup and what feels right to you. (Except for folks who use a heel-strike stride..I think they're crazy!)  ;)
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4) Remember, if the anthropological studies are correct, we evolved to be able to run down a deer all day, over uneven ground until it died of exhaustion. This was waaaay before Nike, KSwiss, Montrail, etc. Our bodies know what to do...we just need to get rid of the coffins we've forced onto our feet since right after we were born and rediscover how our feet were meant to work!


EDIT - I'd argue and say that humans were never "designed" nor evolved to chase down anything. Sprinting is ridiculously taxing on the body and cannot be sustained for very long at all. Running long distances to catch prey doesn't seem very practical either. If anything, we evolved to manipulate a stone and a stick, combine them, and propel them through the air to pierce our prey. Why sprint like a madman when you have this wonderful, freely movable shoulder that can javelin a spear through the air?

I didn't really flush out this thought fully....The key here is that we evolved as distance runners. That we are biologically capable of running prey to death by persistence...not speed. The first example of this I heard of was from the book "Born To Run" by Christopher McDougall. In it, there is a story about a tribe who still practices "Persistence Hunting". This is the process by which hunters are able to separate an animal from the pack and run it down over the course of 8-12 hours. Eventually, the animal is not able to keep its body temperature down and it dies from exhaustion.

I would argue it's certainly not the most efficient form of hunting...but it's likely what our ancestors used before weaponry and the fact remains that we still carry the same genetic material as those long-ago hunters. (Ability to sweat, a diagphram that's not restricted by our stride to pump air, etc) We are capable of doing it. It's just, since we don't have to run down Kudu to survive, we don't develop our bodies in that way.

For an overview on persistence hunting check out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wI-9RJi0Qo
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistence_hunting
Of course, they're wearing shoes in the hunt  :P

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Also, please remove the quotations from your name   ;)
Wait, are quotes a no-no? My old APK forum name was Monkey and I kept it in there when Mark asked us to use our real names because for a while no one knew who was who when we took the forum names away. I've been off the forums for a while..so maybe its a moot point. But it's still my nickname. I'll get rid of it if it's against forum rules, but would otherwise like to leave it in.


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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 14, 2009, 01:35:47 PM »
I'll be there tomorrow (10/15)

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Pics & Vids / Re: Monkey King. You guys need to watch
« on: October 14, 2009, 08:21:57 AM »
Video is private? But I found this video this morning..amazing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPN3gLVDsOY

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Starting Over--Barefoot Training
« on: October 13, 2009, 09:27:11 AM »
Hey Josh,
I've been trying to train almost exclusively barefoot for the past few months and I've discovered a few tips n tricks that might help:

1) Do some research on barefoot running and look at videos of barefoot running technique. The debate still seems to rage on exactly what the best step/stride is (heel strike vs mid foot vs forefoot) but everyone seems to agree that you need to relax, relax, RELAX! The softer, more relaxed your stride, the better your body seems to find it's best form.

1a) For a warmup, I always start with a 1/2-1 mile jog which gets the system warmed up. Then move on and warm up any muscles that don't feel ready.

1b) You will need to pay a lot more attention to the ground you are running over until your feet toughen up. You wouldn't believe the amount of pain a pebble smaller than a pea can cause until you put your entire weight upon it as you run past. Owie!

2) Barefoot training is THE best tool to teach proper landing techniques. If you botch a landing in shoes, the cushioning will give you a bit of a margin of error. Definitely not so going barefoot. If you don't land properly, you will know, and it will hurt! There are plenty of good landing tutorials out there..but the basic thing to remember is to use all of the shock absorbing properties of your body. That includes your foot. Land on the balls of your feet, dissipate force by bending at the forefoot, ankle, and knee; and either roll out, or let your hands come to either side of your body. Keep your chest proud (up) and looking forward. You should look a lot like a track runner in the ready position. Then spring up and continue your run.

3) Rails kinda hurt barefoot until you remember to Relax! You'll need to be extra shock-absorbent and really squat into your landings.
 
4) Remember, if the anthropological studies are correct, we evolved to be able to run down a deer all day, over uneven ground until it died of exhaustion. This was waaaay before Nike, KSwiss, Montrail, etc. Our bodies know what to do...we just need to get rid of the coffins we've forced onto our feet since right after we were born and rediscover how our feet were meant to work!

I haven't done any flips in bare feet (or in shoes really) so I can't speak to that. Once you've got your running and landing technique down give it a go on nice soft grass and let us know how it goes!

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But equally ridiculous would be if a ballerina said before a performance, "I hope I kick the crap outta those fouettes en tournant!" and then scratched her groin. :P

Thanks for the belly laugh Muse!!! Hilarious!

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 08, 2009, 01:59:38 PM »
Dudes, it's snowing...
I'm not too psyched to get hypothermia right now...going to hold off till next week!

See you next Thursday!
Jim

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 07, 2009, 02:34:06 PM »
Changed time to 5PM to try and fit more schedules in =)

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: October 07, 2009, 02:28:34 PM »
I dunno..gauntlet is usually 2-3 hours...I changed the time to 5PM too.

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: October 07, 2009, 02:27:52 PM »
Right on! I'll have to go check it out! I'm on Fall break right now so lots of free time!

Also, I'm going to up the time of the gauntlet until 5PM as NOone seems to be able to make it at 4!  :D

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: October 07, 2009, 10:19:03 AM »
Hey Tony!

I haven't been down to the Wed classes yet because of work... I usually help out at the Saturday classes. Going to try getting down there on Wed one of these days...but my wife and I are taking birthing classes on Wed now!

Unfortunately, with it getting darker earlier, it's hard to schedule the gauntlet...but we can go at a later time if that works better for folks.

I also started putting together a gauntlet across the street from me...not ready for prime time yet..but it's something we could do on off-days and later in the evening. (It will most definitely be shorter than CU).

I'll have to check out Cottonwood Park..where is it?

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:09:45 PM »
Gauntlet time us up!!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=21089.0

See you Thursday!

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 4PM
« on: October 06, 2009, 05:08:43 PM »
I'd start later...but we're getting to that time of the year when we're going to be fighting against the darkness =)

Hope to see you there Jordan!

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CO Jams / Re: CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 4PM
« on: October 05, 2009, 08:09:09 PM »
I'll be there this week (10/8) unless its raining

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CO Jams / CU Boulder Gauntlet Night (Fall 2009) - Thursday 5PM
« on: October 05, 2009, 08:08:31 PM »
-edit- Changed time to 5PM as noone could come at 4!
What: Gauntlet Nights
When: Every Thursday at 5 PM
Where: Meet at the CU Engineering Center courtyard directly adjacent to Regent Drive.

In an effort to improve mine and other traceurs fitness level, I'm going to resurrect the CU gauntlet night. For those of you who don't know what a Gauntlet is, read here: http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/1130/2/.

The parkour community as a whole is greatly unprepared from a physical fitness standpoint, and we all need to get out and work harder to become strong enough to endure the stresses that parkour puts on our bodies.

I strongly encourage everyone to attend these Gauntlets if they can. Or start up your own Gauntlet night in your area.

I hope that people will join me in these greatly beneficial and fun workouts.

PS: Thanks to Ryan for the gauntlet and the plagiarized post!

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Colorado / Re: Traceurs Near Lafayette CO
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:55:10 PM »
Yeah, neck was effed this week....I'll post in the jams forum early next week with time and place...see you soon!

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Ha ha! Indeed.

My progeny is going to pwn you all!!!  ;D

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