Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Doping Dilemma

The Doping Dilemma - Game theory helps to explain the pervasive abuse of drugs in cycling, baseball and other sports
By Michael Shermer

"For a competitive cyclist, there is nothing more physically crushing and psychologically demoralizing than getting dropped by your competitors on a climb. With searing lungs and burning legs, your body hunches over the handlebars as you struggle to stay with the leader. You know all too well that once you come off the back of the pack the drive to push harder is gone—and with it any hope for victory.

I know the feeling because it happened to me in 1985 on the long climb out of Albuquerque during the 3,000-mile, nonstop transcontinental Race Across America. On the outskirts of town I had caught up with the second-place rider (and eventual winner), Jonathan Boyer, a svelte road racer who was the first American to compete in the Tour de France. About halfway up the leg-breaking climb, that familiar wave of crushing fatigue swept through my legs as I gulped for oxygen in my struggle to hang on..."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yum Yum and Cuba Hills

Dinner in Hong Kong, circa 2005

Cuba Hills (copyright Chris Milliman), also 2005

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Good Morning

Sun Rising in Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba - 2005

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Open for Comments

After locking up this blog out of boredom with the unending stream of pinhead hate mail and unimaginative comments originating from my biggest fans, I've decided to reopen for business. I actually stumbled upon a cache of CD's that I thought I'd lost, which contain digital images from my travels - and guess what? I'm going to post a pic or two or three each day until I get bored of the inevitable comments.

So here are the first pictures...

Aaron Olson and me in Cuba in 2005

Driving the Bus (literally) in Cuba in 2004

No words needed...

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