Join me Wednesday on SpeedEndurance TV. We will be using Google Hangout on Air, and you can watch the video on LIVE stream.
To watch the live steam, all you need to do is go to the YouTube link below. To participate in future Webinars where you get to ask questions, you will need a Google+ account (but you don’t necessarily need a Gmail email address).
Only 9 people (maximum) can be invited to ask questions, but unlimited viewers. Yet another reason to connect with me on Google+ and not miss any future webinars.
(NOTE: Save Time and install the Google+ plugin beforehand!)
The webinar or hangout will be Wednesday June 25th at:
- Noon Pacific PDT (and Phoenix)
- 3pm Eastern EDT
- 8pm UK BDT
- 9pm Europe CEDT
We are going to have a “show and tell” of all the spikes used from elite athletes, focusing mostly on Sprinters and some Middle distance.
We will look at:
- Jesse Owens’ spikes (when Adidas only had 2 stripes)
- Bob Hayes
- Jim Hines
- Tommie Smith
- Lee Evans
- Valery Borzov
- Bruny Surin
- Maurice Green’s DeMOlisher
- GBR’s Jamie Baulch
- Canada/Michigan Miler Kevin Sullivan
- Usain Bolt pre-Beijing spikes (before he was famous!)
- Usain Bolt post-Beijing spikes
- and many many others!
We will look into the history and reasoning behind the development of spikes
- spikes for cinder vs synthetic tracks
- spike (pins/needles) length
- number of spike elements, from 4 to 7 to 11.
- spike geometry
- spike plate: half, partial, and full
- material of the spike plate (chassis)
- stiffness of the full plate spike
- upper materials used, including the controversial kangaroo leather uppers (USA ban?)
- design elements
- pronation of the heels
And finally we will look at the modern spike, especially the very expensive 99 gram (3.5 ounce) adidas adiZero Prime SP spike and the engineering that went into it. FYI, Click here to purchase the adidas adiZero Prime SP spikes. Only $211 USD!
We will treat all vendors fairly, as this is NOT an infomercial to sell spikes. Coaches, athletes, historians, biomechanists and all levels of Therapists should watch this webinar and learn the structural elements behind the spike, and why you can get injured. I will reveal my preferences for a Masters athlete, and both Shon and I will give advice on how to choose the right spike for your needs.
If you do need spikes, my choice is Eastbay. I used them back in Canada in the late 1980’s and they are still around today. (DISCLOSURE: I may earn a small commission when you buy from my links)
The webinar or hangout will be Wednesday June 25th at Noon Pacific PDT, 3pm Eastern EDT, 8pm UK BDT or 9pm Europe CEDT.
The YouTube direct link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3kZ9Czp0gw
Video (will start at the scheduled time):
I guarantee it will be entertaining and you will learn something!