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Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

first_img Facebook Twitter TAGS  A group of medics from the Imam Khomeini Hospita, who volunteered to for receive the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, sit prior to being injected at a staged event, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000. Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – March 23, 2021 WhatsApp Local NewsWorld News Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleKami Hoss, DDS of The Super Dentists Launches Super Toothbrushes for Kids – Infants to TeensNext articleTrump’s 2nd trial to start with fight over its legitimacy Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Tompkins to get third county court judge

first_img Update (2:30 p.m. June 25) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the legislation.TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Tompkins County is poised to be one of the few jurisdictions in New York to receive authorization for an additional county court judge after legislation passed as part of last week’s end-of-session additions to the state budget deal.“There was great need here, judges were overburdened here,” Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, (D-Ithaca), told The Ithaca Voice over the weekend. “They have almost 300 cases and I’m glad I was able to get that done.”The last time Tompkins County got an additional judge, its second, was almost 60 years ago. In that time, the population has increased and so has the caseload each judge has to hear and process.“We’ve been growing since that time. We’re the only county in the 6th judicial district where the population has been growing but we have the same number of judges,” Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson said Monday.Tompkins is the only upstate county to receive an additional judge this year, one of only three assigned by the state. It’s up to the state legislature to decide where it will appropriate funding for judges, making it an often tough battle amongst legislators.“That’s certainly one of the most important accomplishments for me for the session and for the Tompkins County,” Lifton said.Not only could the additional judge provide caseload relief but also shorten the time defendants spend waiting for the court to hear their cases and administer their rulings.Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten, who prosecutes most cases before the court admitted the addition of another justice will likely increase his office’s workload, but said he believes the addition is in the best interest of the community. center_img “The third judge will provide for a shorter timeline for felony cases, which will enhance our ability to meet our constitutional obligations to criminal defendants and result in shorter periods of pretrial incarceration,” Van Houten said in an email Monday. “It will provide closure much more efficiently for victims of serious felonies.”In addition to handling general criminal caseloads, Tompkins County’s judges oversee a number of specialized courts including Family Court, Integrated Domestic Violence Court and Drug Treatment Court.Robertson said she hopes adding a third judge will help to lower the jail population and enhance these specialized courts to help people recover.In 2016, a Tompkins County Municipal Courts Task Force reviewed the local court system and one of the recommendations was to add another county judge.Ithaca Attorney Raymond Schlather, who led the task force, said in a news release that the additional judge will relieve some of the pressure on the local criminal justice system.“It is a critical step in implementing some of the recommendations of the Task Force,” he said. “At the end of the day, everyone in our community will be better served because of this development. Although the Task Force may have made the case for a third County Judge, it only is happening because of the collective efforts of many key community leaders.”The county does have to provide some resources to allow the judge to sit. While the major costs, almost $1 million for personnel are covered by the state, the county has to provide a physical facility for them and carry out an election to decide who sits there.“This is great, we’ll figure it out and we’re happy to have this challenge so we can get this person in place as soon as possible,” Robertson said.The state provided for the judge starting January 1, 2020, meaning the county has just over six months to get those plans in place. Robertson said she’s contacted the Tompkins County Board of Elections which will likely have to set up a petitioning and primary process to get candidates for the 10-year office on a ballot before November. What’s left is for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation. Tagged: andrew cuomo, barbara lifton, new york state legislature, Tompkins County Court Your government news is made possible with support from: Vaughn Golden Vaughn Golden is a freelance radio and print reporter covering politics around the southern tier and central New York. He authors the weekly “Capitol Watch” watchdog report on Ithaca’s representatives… More by Vaughn Goldenlast_img read more

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Lyra Mc Kee planned a Donegal wedding in 2022

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Previous articlePan-Celtic Festival opens in LetterkennyNext articleCouncil approve plans for town park in Drumboe News Highland Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Lyra Mc Kee planned a Donegal wedding in 2022 The PSNI is confident it will bring Lyra McKee’s killers to justice.Politicians in Northern Ireland have been urged to work together to resolve the current political deadlock and to ensure peace.Speaking after Lyra’s funeral, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton says they can find her killers.Meanwhile, it’s emerged that Lyra had planned to marry her partner Sara in Donegal.The 29-year-old’s friend Stephen Lusty paid tribute – and revealed her plans for 2022………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/19lusty.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – April 24, 2019 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

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Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts NAIA Foe Friday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State men’s basketball hosts NAIA foe Eastern Oregon at the Spectrum to conclude non-conference play.The 9-3 Aggies lead the Mountaineers of LaGrande, Ore. 1-0 all-time. The two squads last met during the 1941-42 season.The Aggies have never lost a game against a non-Division I opponent and are 25-0 all-time against schools from the NAIA.Utah State is the only Mountain West Conference school with a double-digit rebounding margin over opponents. out-rebounding foes by 11.7 rebounds per contest.The Aggies also rank fourth nationally in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents are only shooting 36.1 percent (252 of 699) from the field.Three Utah State foes this season experienced their season low in field goal percentage against the Aggies, including Saint Mary’s (29 percent), Northern Iowa (31 percent) and Alabama State (20.7 percent).The Aggies average 81.2 points per game and surrender 65.5 points per contest.Junior guard Sam Merrill scores 19 points per game and posts 3.8 rebounds per contest for the Aggies.The Mountaineers, who come in at 8-8 and 4-2 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, play lots of high-scoring games.Eastern Oregon averages 87.5 points per game, while surrendering 84.6 points per contest.Sophomore guard Jordan May scores 22.4 points per game and nets 4 rebounds per contest for the Mountaineers.The Aggies’ Mountain West Conference schedule commences January 2 at Reno, Nev. against the Top 10 Nevada Wolf Pack. Brad James Written by December 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts NAIA Foe Friday Tags: Alabama State/Cascade Collegiate Conference/Eastern Oregon/Jordan May/NAIA/Northern Iowa/Saint Mary’s/Sam Merrill/Spectrum/Utah State Men’s Basketballlast_img read more

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Wagering on Ellis Park’s Landmark Meet Tops $38 Million

first_imgHENDERSON, Ky. (Wednesday, September 4, 2017) — Ellis Park topped last year’s benchmark meet with an even better one, with total wagering on the 31-date session that ended Monday up 15 percent over 2016.Now management already is thinking how to improve for 2018.“We had quality racing. We had a whole bunch of great trainers bring their horses here. We had a great jockey colony, and we had some exciting races,” said Ron Geary, Ellis’ president and majority owner. “Our purse money was up over the previous year. The result is that we think this was our best race meet probably in my 11 years. And I think it’s just going to get better and better.”A record $38,380,549 was wagered on Ellis Park, both on-track and from off-track and online outlets. Even with the Aug. 6 card called off after three races and last Sunday’s cancelation after a single race because of inclement weather, that’s up 18 percent over the $32,537,417 bet on Ellis’ racing product in 2016.Betting elsewhere in Kentucky, out of state and through online outlets was extremely strong on Ellis’ races, up 20 percent: $33,560,195 this year vs. $27,872,292 a year ago. On-track wagering on live racing totaled $4,820,354 vs. $4,665,125.The one number showing a decrease was in simulcast wagering at Ellis on other tracks, totaling $3,543,065. The 8-percent decline is attributable to Kentucky tracks not taking California, Gulfstream and Monmouth Park for several weeks after the company handling their simulcasting signal raised their rates on average 42 percent right before the Ellis meet began.Putting on-track simulcasting into the mix, wagering during the meet totaled $41,923,614, up 15 percent over last year’s $36,395,093.The abbreviated cards make average daily betting a bit deceptive. For the 31 dates for which at least one race was held, betting on Ellis (on and off-track) averaged $1,238,082. Factoring out Aug. 6 and last Sunday, betting on Ellis for the 29 complete cards averaged $1.3 million.Field sizes remained very solid with an average of 8.2 starters per race for 256 races in spite of extreme competition for horses in the region during the summer. That’s up slightly from the 8.0 average in 2016 for 259 races.Purses paid out totaled $6,223,300 million, or about $214,000 per complete card, up about $15,000 a day. The average purse paid out was $24,0310, up about $2,000 per race.Dan Bork, Ellis Park’s racing secretary the past 11 years, called it “one of the best summers I think in the history of this track, for sure.“The fans are phenomenal. That’s what it’s built on. The fans in this area are very supportive of this track. They come out every weekend, and it’s been building every year, getting stronger and stronger.“Our purse structure is now at the point where we can compete with most of the bigger tracks in the country. There’s always room for improvement. No matter how good we think we’re doing, we’re not even close to where we should be. Our purse structure is great, but we could do a lot better. We’ve got a good stakes schedule. It needs to improve there, too. We’re already looking forward to a year from now.”The cancelations aside, the meet largely enjoyed terrific weather. The public responded in droves, including this past Sunday’s jam-packed crowd for Kids Day and the weekly Value Day featuring reduced prices on select concessions.Ellis Park does not charge attendance and therefore doesn’t have official turnstile counts. However, using other indicators, Sunday’s crowd was estimated at more than 8,000, easily the largest in years and with 5,000 considered a sizable assembly. Management acknowledged the massive influx created operational challenges that will be dissected and corrected.“We sit down after the meet and diagnose what we did and how we can do better,” Geary said. “And what maybe the fans want more. That’s why I think we had such great programming this year, that brought out a bunch of people who haven’t been here in a while. We will learn from anything we need to improve on, and we will do that next year and do it better.”Jockey Corey Lanerie needed to improve on his 26 victories en route to last year’s riding crown to get his fourth Ellis title, 35-27 over Jon Court. Trainer Steve Asmussen, the 2016 meet leader, and 2015 champ Brad Cox duked it out all meet, with Asmussen prevailing 18-17 for his second title. Asmussen had the numbers, but Cox took the marquee races with three stakes victories: the Ellis Park Turf (Inveniam Viam), Grade 3 Groupie Doll (Tiger Moth) and Ellis Park Debutante (Kelly’s Humor).Mongo Racing, a partnership of trainer J.R. Caldwell and Ruston Jennings, earned its first owner’s title with six victories out of only 14 starts.The hallmark of Ellis has become its 2-year-old program, which has gone from being one of racing’s best-kept secrets to national recognition. The form of Ellis Park Juvenile winner Dak Attack was flattered when the horse he beat in winning a Churchill Downs maiden race, Sporting Chance, won Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga.Last year, 2-year-olds who raced at Ellis Park went on to finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Bork thinks there are horses in the 2017 crop that could go one step better.“The quality of 2-year-olds I saw is as good as last year, if not better,” Bork said. “I think a lot of the Kentucky guys left their best horses here instead of taking them up to Saratoga. I think we’ll see some Grade 1 horses come out of our races this summer, for sure.”John Hancock agrees. He’s the third-generation trainer, horse owner and lifelong Henderson resident regarded as the mayor of the Ellis Park backside, chief cheerleader and unofficial track historian.“Last year we all were quoted as saying that would be the meet of all meets, that it would stamp Ellis Park and move it forward,” said Hancock, who is on the board of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association that represents owners and trainers at the commonwealth’s tracks. “I actually believe this meet here was way better than we had last year, with the quality of horses that were here. Even the 2-year-old of Ian Wilkes that ran Sunday (debut winner Dreamer’s Point), down the line he’s going to be somebody. This meet might have been above and beyond last year. This meet was a monster.“We had the meet last year; we built off it. We had some meetings in the offseason to get things done. They all improved. Now we go into the off-season this year and get things ready for next year. It will be here before we know it.”Ellis Park doesn’t go dormant once live racing concludes. The track remains open seven days a week for simulcast wagering and its Historical Horse Racing gaming operation. New this year is the Pumpkinfest and Corn Maze in the infield, Sept. 16-Oct. 31.Ellis Park’s 2017 meet by the numbersTotal racing dates: 31 (includes abbreviated cards Aug. 6 and Sept. 1)Total wagering (including on-track simulcasting): $41,923,614Total wagering off track on Ellis: $33,560,195Total on-track wagering on Ellis: $4,820,354Total on-track simulcasting during meet: $3,543,065Total races: 256Total purses: $6,223,300Average number of starters per race: 8.2 ‘We think this was our best race meet probably in my 11 years. And I think it’s just going to get better and better’– Ellis Park owner Ron Geary FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Listen To This Artist Create Music From Sonified Astrophysics Data

first_imgIn the past year, researchers have made strides in recording the sounds of distant physical phenomena, helping to shed some light on as-of-yet mysterious functions of the universe. Bodies from giant stars to subatomic particles have been captured as whistles, chirps, and mystical swells. Lightning over the surface of Jupiter manifests as descending tones — like a cartoon character falling off a cliff. The sound of two black holes colliding deep in space was heard on Earth — like a drop of water in a bucket.However, as Ryan Mandelbaum explained in a recent Popular Science article, these thing can only be heard as sounds once they are “sonified.” Sonification is the representation of information as sound–information which may or may not actually relate to sound in any way. The technique is used to make complicated data sets more accessible to the masses. But since even sonified data is still just scattered sounds, Popular Science asked musician and biomedical scholar Simmone Jones to take these sounds and turn them into music, which she did to powerful effect with her new song, “Alchemy”. You can listen to the song below:The song fuses together some of the important sonifications created this year. That includes the chirp of colliding black holes’ gravitational waves, and the ethereal tones created by converting live data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, into sound. Sound is just a disturbance that travels through a medium, usually the air. When someone plays a song on a speaker, the speaker creates vibrations in the air molecules, which move wildly and crash into each other. The dance of these air molecules presses forward until the molecules hit your eardrum. Your brain recognizes the vibrations as beats and notes and translates them into noise. By “sonifying” readings of any kind of wave, observers can examine the makeup and details of the given wave by listening, and can often discern things that they missed by simply observing a visual chart or measurement. Not all sonification is derived from waves. Says Mandelbaum, “You can map any data into noise as long as you can tell a sound synthesizer what note to play and how loud it should be. As I can tell a computer ‘play a C when blue cars pass by, a D for black cars, and an E for red cars,’ and play ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ by sending the right combinations of cars at the right times.’“Alchemy’s” title comes from science’s magical perception in the Middle Ages, which often still holds true today. “Essentially we’re still trying to take these mystical ideas and turn them into an understanding of the world,” Jones told Popular Science. Scientists, like alchemists, are doing “a spooky thing that could be easily confused with witchcraft or something taboo.” Jones hopes that songs like “Alchemy” will put science in front of the masses to make folks more comfortable with the ideas.To learn more about the processes of sonification, check out the original PopSci article. [h/t/ – Popular Science]last_img read more

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Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike Asks ‘What If’ & ‘Why Not’ In First Trailer For New Netflix Series [Watch]

first_imgRun The Jewels rapper Killer Mike is coming to Netflix next month with a six-part docuseries titled, Trigger Warning With Killer Mike. The new show is produced and hosted by the rapper and will provide viewers with a new spin on some of the unusual norms and cultural taboos that exist in today’s society.A statement shared by Killer Mike to go with the show’s first trailer on Wednesday mentions that the series looks to provide “viewers the space to examine the ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’ that limit how some people move and operate in the world.”Some of the talking points discussed between Killer Mike (real name, Michael Render) and his interview subjects will range from a Crips-branded soda drink to black Jesus to racism. Some of show’s topics are bound to make viewers slightly uncomfortable, but surely no worse than how Killer Mike must have felt when he first saw the trailer’s clip of a white woman confidently stating how she thinks most shootings and robberies are done by black people. Oof… Watch the trailer below:Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – Teaser Trailer[Video: Netflix]“In six episodes, we explore the human condition using nontraditional approaches,” Killer Mike continued. “Not everyone will agree with my methods (and some of what we’re putting out is fucking crazy), but this show is about embracing your freedom to challenge societal expectations and conformity. This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo.”This will not be the first time Killer Mike has used television to open up the discussion on some of the more controversial talking points of today. He’s appeared on talk shows like Real Time With Bill Maher, in addition to sitting down with then-Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders back in 2015 as part of the rapper’s Talking Shop series.Speaking of Run The Jewels, Mike’s partner in the hip-hop duo, El-P, recently gave fans an update as to when their follow-up to 2016’s RTJ III might arrive. In a post shared to his Twitter on Tuesday, El-P mentioned, “At the risk of losing the mystery of it all, RTJ4 will probably hit around summer time. I’m sorry if that schedule disappoints anyone but we need the time to make sure the music doesn’t.”Run The Jewels is currently scheduled to co-headline a concert with the Foo Fighters leading up to the Super Bowl in Atlanta come February. Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is scheduled to arrive on Nextlix January 18th.last_img read more

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NDSP, South Bend PD share student safety tips

first_imgAt Wednesday evening’s Student Safety Summit, local and campus police offered advice to students on how best to ensure their safety both on and off campus.The seven officers on the panel represented both the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and the South Bend Police Department (SBPD). Associate vice president of campus security Mike Seamon began the discussion by acknowledging the emphasis campus and local police place on student security.“Our top priority is the safety of all our faculty, staff, students and guests,” Seamon said.The panelists stressed the importance of using common sense to avoid unnecessarily dangerous situations. South Bend Police Captain Jeff Rynearson said taking preventative measures is essential.“Be smart. Have a plan in place before you go out,” Rynearson said.Walking alone is never a good idea, Rynearson said, and students should always have a plan to get home and a group or buddy to walk home with.“We have done a fantastic job of revitalizing the area, but there are still some higher crime areas, especially at night ” Rynearson said.In light of this, Lieutenant Tim Williams said it is imperative that students remain vigilant both on and off-campus.“Crime is all about opportunity,” Williams said. “We don’t want you to be an easy target.”According to NDSP Deputy Chief Keri Kei Shibata, the most prevalent crime on campus is theft of unattended property. Cases of forced entry in dorm room burglaries are extremely rare, so the best prevention is to lock doors.In the wake of recent active shooter situations like last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Shibata also discussed the measures that are in place should such a situation arise at Notre Dame. NDSP officers are trained annually on how to respond to active violence on campus, she said. The ND Alert system is also an essential part of the response to possible violence on campus as it allows information to reach students within seconds, she said.St. Joseph County Sheriff Mike Grzegorek spoke about basic safety knowledge for off-campus students. He said in addition to keeping doors and windows locked, keeping curtains drawn to prevent people from looking into homes is an often-overlooked safety measure. He said reaching out to neighbors can also be a useful step in protecting home when you are not there.“Build strong relationships with your neighbors so that when you are gone, they can help,” Grzegorek said.The panelists ended their presentation by emphasizing the importance of looking out for others in the community.“The best way to promote safety is for everyone to help each other,” Williams said.Rynearson stressed the importance of students using their instincts when it comes to personal safety.“If you feel something in your gut, don’t go into that situation,” Rynearson said. “We all have a sixth sense, so use it.”Tags: NDSP, SBPD, student safetylast_img read more

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New York Launches Early Voting For Primary Elections

first_imgMGN Image.ALBANY — Over the weekend, New York State launched early voting for the first time ever in a primary in the state.Early voting runs through June 21, before taking a day off ahead of the June 23 primary.New Yorkers can cast ballots at select polling locations under a law that passed last year, when the state joined 38 others with some form of early voting.In Chautauqua County, voters wishing to cast an early ballot in the Democrat Presidential Primary or Town of Busti Republican Primary can do so by visiting the county’s Board of Election Offices in Mayville. The state first rolled out early voting in November, and has since worked to smooth out issues including the location of polling booths in schools.Voters can also vote by absentee ballots, which can be postmarked by June 23. The state this year sent every registered voter a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot and allowed all New Yorkers to vote absentee because of the COVID-19 pandemic.For more information on early voting in Chautauqua County, visit chqgov.com/board-of-elections/Early-Voting-Information.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sandbagging

first_imgOne pet peeve I have when racing is I get quite tired of hearing all the excuses before the race from various competitors. Now I know I’m not totally immune to this sort of behavior and I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this a time or two. I know lately I find myself using the age card excuse too much. However I do try to have the attitude that if I’m toeing the start line, I am ready to race to the best of my ability. I definitely do not need to go around spreading self doubt to other runners. I realize it is probably human nature to deflect some of the race day pressure by publicly announcing an array of excuses as to why your performance will not be your best. It probably starts as children by abdicating responsibility instead of accepting it. The excuses are verbalized so when the self-fulfilling prophecy occurs on race day, everyone already is prepared for his or her failure.That being said I still believe it is best to keep all the sandbagging internal as it really deters from how others feel about their own race. There is nothing like having a great race and knowing your strongest rival has given you three or four excuses why they won’t be able to keep up with you. Win or lose it takes away from your own performance whether your opponent realizes this or not. The best thing to do pre-race is to try not to engage him or her in conversation or you will be trapped in a downward spiral of reduced expectations.I’ve dealt with a myriad of sandbaggers at races and here are some of my favorite pre-race excuses:I have not done any speed workouts in monthsI just started back to speed workouts this past weekI’m cross training more so my running has sufferedMy big goal race is actually next weekMy big goal race was last week, I doubt I’ve recoveredI’m just training through this race and using it as a semi-hard workoutI’m just here to “participate”I’ve been injured for weeks I hope I can make itI’m currently injuredI feel like an injury is coming on so I may have to pull outI’m way over-trained and have tired legsI’m way under-trained and out of shapeI wore the wrong shoes, I thought this was a trail raceI’m not good at racing in hot weatherI’m not good at racing in cold weatherI did not have time to eat breakfastI was up all night and got no sleepI went on a pub crawl last nightI forgot to take my “special” pillI’m doing doubles so I need to take it easy for my 2nd run later todayI hope I remember what it feels like to race I have been out of it for so longI’ll try to hang with you for as long as I can. I’ll see you on the podium.I forgot my I-pod and I can’t race well without musicMy horoscope says today is not a good day for physical exerciseI’m sure many you can add some excuses you have heard to this list. So the next time you have some sort of self doubt pre-race, don’t spread it around like a virus at the start line. If you choose to pay the entrance fee to race, bring the effort not the excuses.last_img read more

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