Silverback | The Beasts of the Green River Games

first_imgClouds lingered low in the trees from the previous night’s storm, casting a gray, almost ominous hue on the thick forest enveloping Wilderness Cove Tubing and Campground, the staging area for the third annual Green River Games. Piles of boats lay scattered beside the shuttle bus. Bikes were arranged side by side, their handlebars touching, food and water and shoes shoved underneath the pedals. Racers taped ankles, forced breakfast, stretched.“For the most part, I try not to think about how much I have ahead of me,” said Erin Savage, three-time women’s Silverback Champion. “What I always tell myself is: the faster I get done, the sooner I can have a beer.”Silverback-80_FIXThe Silverback is the apex of adventure in western North Carolina. Competitors kayak 8.2 miles of class III-V whitewater, mountain bike 8.3 miles of rugged singletrack, and then run those same 8.3 miles of trail.Jack Ditty, two-time men’s Silverback Champion, was first out of the water. Flushed in the face from paddling non-stop for eight miles, Ditty handed off his boat and jogged to where the bikes stood waiting, shedding wet gear as he went. No sooner had he landed, he was off again, seated high in the saddle of his Specialized bike, determination in his eyes, an 8.3-mile loop of rugged singletrack ahead of him.“If J Ditty stays on it, he’ll break four hours,” said race director John Grace, glancing at his watch.At 3:59:36, Ditty crossed the finish line. His already-slight frame seemed slighter, beat down from continuous hours of physical exertion. He pumped his fist once, but didn’t stop to soak in his success. He kept walking, past the bikes now sprawled across the grounds, past rows of Green Boats and Stingers sunning on the bank, until he reached the river, and submerged himself. It was as if he had completed the cycle, from river to trail back to river again, and as he sat in the Green River’s muddied waters, he seemed not proud or pompous, but peaceful.“I’ve never really figured out what motivates me to race,” Ditty said later of the Silverback. “I wish I did.”* * *HOW IT ALL STARTED“In 2009 I was running, literally, my shuttle and decided to veer off the main path and explore some of the other unmarked intersections. The trails were a mess, deadfall everywhere. I got lost for three hours, ran out of water, and was eaten by bugs. While I didn’t really think about organizing an event that day, I did realize there was a great recreational resource that, with a little love, could be great. A year later the idea of the Silverback was hatched.”—John Grace, race director* * *Q+A WITH THE 2015 SILVERBACK WINNERSThis year’s Silverback race was one for the books. Both Jack Ditty and Erin Savage, three-time Silverbackers, not only took the gorilla home but also walked away with new course records under their belts (Ditty: 3:59:36  / Savage: 4:37:02). Here’s what they have to say on what it takes to secure the glory of the Green.Silverback-AR-31_FIXHow did you prepare to tackle the Silverback? JD: The preparation occurs every day. Every time I’m out for a run, or on my bike, or out paddling, I’m training for this race.ES: I just try to get out as much as I can. I don’t have a really strict training schedule.Any apprehensions on race morning?JD: Always when paddling through the Narrows, there’s some degree of unpredictability to that. You just want to get that behind you.ES: The kayaking always makes me a little bit nervous not because it’s actually all that hard, but if something unexpected happens in the kayak, it’s a little harder to recover. If you fall off of your mountain bike, you just stand back up and keep going. But if you pin your boat or swim or break your paddle, what do you do then?Silverback-42_FIXWhat was your game plan for the race?JD: You have to be the fastest person on the slowest sections of the course, meaning, you have to be able to bike uphill quickly, paddle flatwater quickly, and keep a good pace when everyone is at their slowest point.ES: Just concentrate on keeping the rhythm going, keeping the momentum going.Any problems?JD: Definitely during the run, especially late into it when you get to a few steep sections, it’s hard to continue to push up those hills. When you get to that point and you’re just exhausted and you’re going uphill trying to keep your breathing under control and your heart rate under control, if you get outside a comfortable zone, you end up having trouble recovering from that.ES: It was a little tough getting out of your kayak and onto your bike. I get muscle cramps in my arms because you go from paddling somewhat hard to just holding your handlebars. That transition is a little rough for me for the first couple of miles.last_img read more

Angola Hold Tunisia in a Thrilling Clash

first_imgMali face Mauritania in Group E’s other game later on Monday (21:00 BST kick-off).Tunisia came into the tournament as the second-highest-placed African nation in Fifa’s world rankings but struggled for long periods against Angola, who deserved their point after dominating possession in the second half.The Palancas Negras went closest to taking the lead prior to Msakni’s opener, Wilson Eduardo running on to Stelvio’s pass before drilling just wide of the far post.Alain Giresse’s side took the lead when Msakni stroked home from the spot after Naim Sliti had been tripped by Paizo inside the area.Angola dominated the second half without creating many clear-cut opportunities, but earned a point through Djalma’s strike.Former Sunderland player Wabhi Kazhri curled a low shot off target late on as Tunisia pushed for a winner, while Angola goalkeeper Tony Cabaca saved another Msaki effort in second-half stoppage time.Tunisia face Mali in their next group match on Friday (15:30 kick-off), while Angola take on Mauritania on Saturday (15:30).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Djalma cancelled out Youssef Msakni’s first-half penalty to earn Angola a point against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations.The 32-year-old fired home on the rebound after goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha failed to hold on to Mateus’ goal-bound effort.Msakni had given Tunisia the lead from the spot 11 minutes before half-time.last_img read more


first_imgEngland openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell are at crease against Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final match of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Live ScoreEarlier England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Teams:  Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath  England (Playing XI): Andrew Strauss(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlettlast_img read more

16 days ago​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woes

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woesby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli is willing to do anything in a bid to end his injury woes.The attacking midfielder has suffered a series of problems in the past 18 months, especially with his hamstrings.The England star is reportedly taking up yoga and seeing a nutritionist to discover what could be causing the problems.The 23-year-old is said to prefer a high protein and low sugar diet to limit inflammation in his body, per the Daily Mail.Alli has the present international break to get back to match fitness, so that he can help Spurs halt a miserable run of results.The midfielder wants to win back his place in the team and cement himself as one of their top performers. last_img read more

Conservatives pledge review of tax system to ease headaches for small businesses

first_imgST. CATHARINES – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pledging to repeal changes to the tax system that led to a near war between small business and the Liberal government two years ago.Scheer said today he’ll reverse the decision by the Liberals that increased the tax rate on small business investments and made it harder for companies to pay dividends to family members.“A new Conservative government will continue to celebrate small businesses as drivers of prosperity, and not view them merely as sources of revenue,” he said.In 2017, the Liberals changed the tax system for businesses to close what they called an unfair loophole. It allowed small businesses to keep income from sources not related to their work inside their corporations, where it was taxed at a lower rate than if they had counted it towards their personal bottom line.The government had argued that allowing that system meant people were incorporating just for a tax benefit, but a massive outcry ensued among those who felt the Liberals were branding self-employed Canadians as tax cheats.The government was subsequently forced to change their proposed new rules, and decided to allow businesses to keep a maximum of $50,000 in passive income before the new taxes kicked in.Scheer said today he’ll just reverse that, and another change the Liberals made around paying dividends to family members.He’ll also appoint an expert panel to review the entire tax system in order to modernize it, find a way to help businesses better navigate the tax system and reduce regulations by 25 per cent over four years, which would be identified after a review. He said he’d assign a minister specifically to cut regulation.Scheer is campaigning today in southwestern Ontario, making his tax announcement in St. Catharines before moving on to Waterloo and London, Ont. pushing his central message that the election is a question about who people should trust to help them get ahead.last_img read more

Site C stop work injunction dismissed

first_imgBREAKING: West Moberly FN attempt to get injunction to halt Site C dam has been dismissed. #bcpoli— Keith Baldrey (@keithbaldrey) October 24, 2018More to come… VANCOUVER, B.C. – A court injunction to stop work at the Site C Dam has been dismissed.According to tweets from reporters in Vancouver, the injunction filed by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in January of this year has been dismissed.The two First Nations applied for seeking a complete stoppage to work on the dam, or for work to stop in so-called “critical areas” for a period of 18 months – which is the period of time that an expedited trial for the treaty infringement suit is estimated to take.last_img read more

ECI unlikely to validate BJPs barb regarding Bengals booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.last_img read more

Anger more harmful for older adults

first_imgAnger is more harmful than sadness for older adults and may lead to health complications – potentially increased inflammation which is associated with chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis and cancer, say researchers. The recently conducted research shows that anger can lead to the development of chronic illnesses whereas sadness did not. “Sadness may help older seniors adjust to challenges such as age-related physical and cognitive declines because it can help them disengage from goals that are no longer attainable”, said study lead author Meaghan A Barlow from the Concordia University in the US. For the study, the researchers analysed data from 226 older adults ages 59 to 93 from Montreal, Canada and grouped participants as being in early old age (59 to 79 years old) or advanced old age (80 years or older). During the study, participants completed questionnaires about how angry or sad they felt. The research examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation. “We found that experiencing anger daily was related to higher levels of inflammation and chronic illness for people aged 80 or above, but not for younger seniors,” added the research co-author Carsten Wrosch. The researchers suggest that education and therapy might help older adults reduce anger by regulating their emotions or by offering better coping strategies to manage the inevitable changes that accompany ageing.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Micah Potter transferring from Ohio State

Ohio State then-sophomore center Micah Potter finishes on a dunk with 6:19 remaining in the first half of Ohio State’s win over Wooster. Credit: Jacob Myers | Former Managing EditorJunior forward Micah Potter announced that he will be transferring from Ohio State according to a release by the program.Potter averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field in 59 games and 16 starts during his Buckeye career.“We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program, and we wish him the very best moving forward,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said via the release.Ohio State did not release information as to where Potter would be transferring.The Buckeyes will open the season Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Cincinnati. read more