By Michael Connelly
117 years Strong…and Counting!
This all-new version, which follows the Boston Marathon into the twenty first century and during the tragedy of the 2013 race, is a colourful and relocating portrait of what it seems like to run the world’s oldest annual marathon, escorting the reader in the course of the previous, current, and brilliant way forward for the race.
26.2 Miles to Boston is a wealthy, vivid, and encouraging heritage of the Boston Marathon and of the lads and ladies of various skills whose struggles and triumphs have coloured this old occasion for over a century.
From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the guts of metropolitan Boston, the writer takes readers throughout the mile-by-mile attractions, sounds, and traditions that make the race what it truly is.
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The moment of weightlessness that occurs at the apex of the leap—the deadpoint—to grab the hold with accuracy. But remember, the hold you’re lunging for may be far poorer than it appears from below. Rounded holds, even on very overhanging rock, are often tolerably secure when your arms are extended and your bulk is hanging directly below them. But the higher you pull up, the worse they become because your body position forces you to pull increasingly out, rather than down, on the hold. This is one reason that jumbo “dynos” are usually initiated with the arms fully extended.
The center, roughly from mid-thigh to lower chest, contains the “core strength” that regulates the movement of the limbs. Core strength is key to good climbing, and is indispensable on steep to overhanging routes. With a loose core, the torso sags under the arms, and the legs are essentially moored to a flimsy base instead of counterpressuring off a taut and robust core. Once a climber changes her orientation from hauling and thrusting herself up the rock to moving her core over the rock, technique rapidly improves.
In the bygone era (prior to 1982) of hard-soled rock shoes, particularly when many rock shoes had marble-hard cleated soles, smearing was a risky practice, rarely done. With today’s sticky rubber soles, smearing has become the favored means of using ill-defined footholds. Edging with the inside edge of the shoe. Edging The practice of placing the very edge of the shoe on any hold that is clear-cut—the serrated edge of a flake, a cluster of crystals, a pronounced wrinkle—is called edging. You usually edge when the hold is sharp (many edges are wafer-like flakes on the face).