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Triathlete Chrissie Wellington Retires From Ironman

1593266401_bd884f55b9_zChrissie Wellington. Photo: Triitalian/Flickr

Triathlete Chrissie Wellington announced on her blog yesterday that she is retiring from Ironman triathlons. Wellington won the Ironman World Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. The 35-year-old Brit, who had never been beaten in an iron distance event, is regarded as one of the sport's all-time greats. She set the record for the fastest womens Ironman time at the Challenge Roth in Germany in 2011. She said that her last victory at the World Championship in 2011 was her perfect race.

As I crossed the line I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. The searching for ‘sporting success’ had ended. I was content. I didn’t need faster times, more ironman victories, more accolades to be assured that I had been the best athlete I could possibly be. That’s not to say I don’t think its possible to go faster or maybe even win more titles. But if I am honest, I am not sure that such measures of success truly matter to me.

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A New 360-Degree POV Cam For Catching, and Controlling, the Action

The next revolution in POV cameras and viewing software allows the watcher to control the view. Red Bull has teamed up with the tech company Making View to release a series of action sports videos captured with the ViewCam 360, a modular camera that records a really, really wide view. The company says that the camera can capture 360-degree, 4K x 2K equirectangular video at 25-50fps. The whole contraption weighs around 600 grams, or 1.3 pounds. The recordings are added to playback software titled the Making Viewer, which allows the online watcher to pan and tilt the footage for the view they want.

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A Road Trip Timelapse Across the U.S.A., With Background

Push Pop Press co-founder Mike Matas chronicled his two-week-long, 3,000-mile, San Francisco to New York City road trip in the above three-minute-long, 5,000-photo timelapse posted to Vimeo. We've shown plenty of such road trip videos on the site before, but what's different about Matas' project is that he also made a website where viewers can gather more info about each picture. On MikeMatas.com, you can click on buttons at the bottom of each photo to check the location, see the lens used, and order a print.

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Greg LeMond to Run for President of the UCI

5030351225_1be5d728c0_bGreg LeMond at Interbike. Photo: Interbike/Flickr

Former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond said he plans to take on Pat McQuaid for the presidency of the UCI after being asked this past weekend at the Change Cycling Now conference in London. The conference included cyclists, drug officials, and sports journalists who met to figure out a way to clean up the sport.

“If we want to restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and decisively," LeMond told French newspaper Le Monde. "Otherwise, cycling will die. Riders do not understand that if we continue like this, there will soon be no money in cycling.”

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This Week's Missing Links, December 1

The best articles, photos, and videos I didn't post this week—until now. (Sorry for missing last week, I was concentrating on digesting my Thanksgiving meal, unlike this fool, who gave up.)

If you only click on one link this week, make it "Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm," from The New York Times.

For the week's best longform journalism, check out "Weekend Reading: Bigfoot Will See You Now."

ADVENTURE
The world's toughest endurance races. Take 3,723.
CNN

The XXL of whitewater kayaking—without the funding, Outside

An ode to climber Patrick Edlinger, The New York Times

An ode to running coach John Cheffers, The Sydney Morning Herald

What does it feel like to win a gold medal eight years later, when you can't monetize it? The Trailer via David Epstein

Get in the van, Adventure Journal

On the future of adventure filmmaking, Explorer's Web

An argument for Usain Bolt as Sportsman of the Year, Sports Illustrated

Guess who's at the front of the list for Anti-Sportsman of the Year? Sports Illustrated

Trying to change the world, one skateboard at a time, Wired

Best POV cam use for showing yard work, YouTube

"Everything wrong with cycling, all in one handy headline and deck," Outside via Keyeser

Skiers like to vote, maybe more than other people, Powder

Backcountry gear sales continue to rise, ESPN

World's newest winter sport? Outside

Suurrry, Wiggins. Marianne Vos is the international cyclist of the year, Velo News

Paula Radcliffe's elite career may be over, Runner's World

Has anyone seen Bigfoot? Anyone? Outside

The story behind Powder's December cover, Powder

"Kiteboarder Chases a Speed Title That He Lost to a Rocket-Shaped Boat," The New York Times

Surfer Chris Malloy's adventure bucket list, Outside

SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Dinosaurs may have had the same view of the Grand Canyon that we do?
The New York Times

Who wants to challenge this guy? North America's best deer tick collector brought in 15,000 last year. NPR

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