Right-Handed Bowling Shoes

As the name suggests, right handed bowling shoes are shoes that are made for right handed bowlers. The question is, what is the difference between right handed bowling shoes and left handed bowling shoes?

The answer is relatively simple. The soles on a pair of high performance bowling shoes are different from one another. One shoe is the sliding shoe, while the other shoe is the traction shoe.

The sliding shoe generally has a leather or buckskin soles, a sole that aids in sliding. The traction shoe, on the other hand, generally has a rubber sole and also a textured toe piece (for added traction during the important final push-off taken on the next-to-last step).

Right handed bowling shoes include a traction shoe for the right foot and a sliding shoe for the left foot. The reverse is true for a pair of left handed bowling shoes.

But what about the bowling shoes at a bowling alley? How can you tell which pairs are right handed bowling shoes?

Actually, the bowling shoes that you rent at a bowling alley are made up of two sliding shoes. They are ambidextrous shoes – they can

Peak for a Marathon

The law of specificity says that you must train for the event that you will perform. To become efficient at an activity you must practice the activity. So I began to practice the activity.

Starting four weeks before the marathon I ran a half marathon. This race began the final peaking period for marathon race day. This race did many things, showed me how my training was going, allowed me to practice drinking on the run, practice taking gels, and begin to figure out my weaknesses.

Taking the resulting data I then devised my peaking plan. First I needed to work on my endurance more than I realized. Second my stride had shortened considerably from all the long runs that I have done. And third my nutrition needed some fine tuning.

To work on my endurance I ran my last long run of 23 miles the next weekend. Then I began to run a lot shorter on my easy days. I also included longer tempo runs and marathon pace runs.

Three days after the final 23miler I ran a 10 mile tempo run. Two days after this I ran another moderately hard 10 miler.

Strategies For Match Play

Win The Point In Your Mind First.

In tennis, everything is won mentally first in your mind.

You must see yourself winning the point in your mind and this will help you find your rhythm and flow for the match.

This is great strategy too, because you will always perform up to the image that you have of your tennis game.

Play Each Point Harder Than The Last One.

This is my favorite strategy of them all.

It’s the most powerful one too!!

Just think if you could play each point harder than the last one and then keep doing it for the whole match?

How tough would it be to beat you?

Exactly.

Very tough and many players will not want to face you in matches.

Nobody wants to play a player with this type of mindset and the reason is obvious.

“Tennis players who adopt and apply this type of mindset in matches are the hardest ones to play and beat consistently.”

Play Each Point Like It Is The Last One Of Your Career.

This strategy is tied to the last one.

Stages of Bowling Lane Conditioning

A bowling ball must go through three stages, or zones.

  1. Slide
  2. Hook
  3. Roll

A bowling lane must match those three stages when it is conditioned.

Terms used inBowling Lane Conditioning

  1. Heads – first fifteen to twenty feet
  2. Midlane – twenty to forty feet
  3. Backend – forty feet to pin deck
  4. Pin Deck – place where pins are spotted
  5. Transition – when the ball goes through it’s stages More conditioner must be applied on the heads due to the drop zone of the bowling ball. It also is to keep the ball from hooking or rolling too early. It helps the ball get through the head portion of the lane. After the ball goes through the heads it needs to slow down so that it can hook. It must transition gradually in the midlane. That’s why the conditioner must be tapered from the heads to the back end. Now the bowling ball is going from slide to hook. In order for the ball to roll, the backend must be dry.

Summary of the stages of bowling lane conditioning:

A bowling lane is conditioned for slide transition, hook,

Immortal Runners

DeCastella’s victories in the marathon include the first ever World Championships gold medal in 1983, two Commonwealth Games gold medals in ’82 and ’86, one World Record of 2:08:18 in Fukuoka, Japan in 1981, and big city marathon wins in Boston, Fukuoka and Rotterdam. Despite of never winning an Olympic medal – a fate too often suffered by the world’s greatest runners – he finished in the top ten in three consecutive Olympic marathons, a feat not repeated until this day.

DeCastella quickly earned a reputation for his unbelievable grit and toughness during races, especially in the last six miles of the marathon when worse gets to worst. Olympic champion Frank Shorter commented in 1983, “DeCastella is stronger over the last stages of a marathon than any marathoner ever before.” The comment was made right after Deek had surged away from the field in the last kilometres of the World Championships marathon in Helsinki and made his claim to world’s best marathoner official. Two other epic races stand out in his long career.

One year earlier in 1982 DeCastella ran his first Commonwealth Games marathon, which was to become one of the most unforgettable and gruelling

Stay Safe While Scuba Diving

It is important to know that not everyone can go diving. As fun as it is, people that choose to enjoy this sport need to meet certain requirements to ensure they are safe when diving. Here is a list of key requirements for safety.

  • Pass a physical – Scuba diving is an activity that is taxing on the body. A doctor should approve an individual before they go on any diving trip. This means ensuring their heart and lungs are in good physical condition. It is typically not safe for people with high blood pressure, breathing problems, or excessive weight to go on such a trip.
  • Get Scuba certified – Getting a Scuba certification provides the diver with the information required to understand how to monitor their scuba equipment, understand proper breathing procedures, as well as understanding how to communicate with your diving partner.
  • Check all equipment before hitting the water. It is better to find errors or problems with your equipment when on dry land then in the water where it could potentially cost you your life.

Once you have made it into the water it is important to remember everything you have

Making Your Spares

“Brackets” are a mini tournament using your game scores in whatever event you are competing in, there are typically 8 bowlers starting each bracket who are eliminated from the bracket as soon as they lose a game. The bowler has the option to buy as many of these “mini tournaments” as he would like, usually at a cost of $5 – $10 dollars each. The bowler competes, on a blind draw basis against another bowler in the event, if he wins his first game, he moves on to another winning bowler for the second game, and then again on to the third game. The payout for brackets is made form the entry fees for the brackets. It is not unusual for a bowler who is hot to make more money from brackets than from the original tournament. So this one spare miss really could have cost me more than $2000.00. But alas we will never know, however on to the story.

I was not bowling well on this particular day only averaging about 190 for the first 3 games, at the end of the third game I calculated that I could still make the cut with a

Choosing Running Gear

Clothes

I think choosing suitable running clothes is the second most important thing to do to ensure you have an enjoyable running experience. You do not want to feel all wet and sticky in your clothes when running. Personally I always look for Nike Dri-Fit clothes since they are most comfortable to wear and they fit me very well. If you are a tennis fan, you would know that Serena Williams loves Nike clothes as well. They are also long lasting since I have been wearing this Nike singlet for the last 5 years and I expect it could last another few years as well. You also could look for names such as Coolmax and Dri-Weave. They all mean that the fabric has the ability to draw sweat away from the skin to the outside of the fabric.

Socks

The next task on the list is choosing suitable socks. You do not want your feet blistered after a few runs. I have been wearing Thorlos socks and in my opinion, they provide the best insulation and cushioning. Although they are pricey, they can last for a number of years. You may also look for names

Basics of Ten Pin Bowling

  • Ten bowling pins – Bowling pins are about 4.75 inches wide at the widest point and 15 inches tall. They weigh between 3 pounds 4 ounces and 3 pounds 10 ounces.
  • Bowling ball – bowling balls are made from a variety of materials, from rubber to plastic to reactive resin to a combination of these materials, as well as other materials. Most bowling balls used in ten pin bowling have 3 holes drilled into them, one each for the thumb, middle, and ring finger. Of course, there is no regulation stating that a bowling ball cannot have up to five holes drilled into it, one for each finger. Bowling balls cannot weigh more than 16 pounds.
  • Lane – In ten pin bowling, a bowling lane is 60 feet from the head pin to the foul line. The width of the lane is 3.5 feet.
  • Gutters – Once the ball is in the gutter, there is no chance you are going to be able to hit any pins down. The gutters allow the ball to roll safety to the end and then to begin its journey back on the ball return. Some bowling alleys have “bumpers”

Running in the Cold

In spite of my obvious aversion to cold temperatures, I have trained for years all winter long. In Texas, this means crazy temperature swings. As a teen, in Rhode Island, it meant bitter cold and snow. In fact, I can remember as a high school cross country runner racing in snow and ice and wearing shorts (like an idiot). Training in the cold can make you tougher, but take some advice and dress for the elements. Thank God they finally invented cold weather gear that does not weigh a ton and make you look like you are ready for skiing, not running!

The real goal of cold weather running is to maintain motivation, not get too cold and not get too hot. Easier said then done! One solution to this is to just head indoors and stick to the treadmill. I absolutely despise running on treadmills much more than running in the cold, so unless it’s raining; I’m outside. In addition to the boredom, the repetitive motion of the treadmill can put you at risk for other injuries such as stress fractures. It’s best to have some variety.

The key to staying comfortable and cold weather