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Spartan Race Blog- Recovery time slowing

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Spartan Race Blog- Recovery time slowing

Let me start this by saying that age or - perhaps more accurately - how we feel about our age, is relative. So I totally get it when anybody over 40 rolls their eyes when I claim to be ‘getting old’ at the age of 31.

But I do feel old. In fact, this - right now today - is the oldest I’ve ever been in my life. That’s science.

So what does age have to do with the Spartan Race Sprint Event I’m heading towards on August 1st. Well, as I’ve confessed in prior posts, I don’t like the gym. As a result I play sports to stay in shape. Primarily it’s soccer, but I’ll mix in pick-up hoops or tennis whenever possible.

The problem with all this, is that playing these sports tears my body down. When I was younger, the recovery took minutes - now it takes days. A two-hour soccer session, while literally the best cardio I can get, renders me useless for half the week. I’m quickly coming to the realization that I need less tearing down (playing) and more building-up (gym).

This realization is awful. At 17, I could play soccer twice a day every day, never stretch and still be good to go.

So here I am at 31, and I definitely ain't as good as I once was. Come August 1st at Spartan Race, we'll find out if - like country music star Toby Keith famously said - I can still be as good once as I ever was.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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