Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

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    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
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    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
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    ´╗┐Triathlete Liz Claman Liz Claman has been an anchor and correspondent covering the finances of the world for over 13 years. During that time, Claman has interviewed World leaders, 3 Treasury Secretaries of the United States of America and hundreds of CEO's and business owners while raising two children, keeping up with her husband, Jeff Kepnes, a supervising producer at CNN, and training for triathlons. While that would have many heading to bed early and napping on the weekends, Claman always saves time for charity work. The charity helps build specialized homes for severely wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Other charity work she fits into her schedule is the Anti Defamation League, the Big Brother/Big Sister program for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in NYC, the Advisory Board of the American Theatre Wing and she's a Tony Awards voter. It's easy to see why Liz Claman leads a HealthyLife. She has such a non stop, go getting attitude that is as fiery as her red locks. Through an e mail interview, I asked Liz a few questions about her health and fitness regimen and here is what she had to say: Q: Growing up you were diagnosed with a mild case of scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and told you wouldn't be very active. How did the scoliosis effect your childhood and how have you overcome this to be as active as you are today? A: Early on, when my pediatrician told me I'd be just fine but that I'd never run long distances or really be athletic, I stayed away from sports. I took tennis lessons but that was about it. I never ran or joined a team. I thought I couldn't. I simply put it out of my mind. I hope that doctors have evolved since the '60's and understand that when you tell a child, "You'll never do XYZ," that it could negatively affect a child's view of him or herself. I told myself, "I have a defect. I'll never be an athlete." Fast forward 30 years and I read a book called "First Marathons" which profiled all kinds of "imperfect" folks who took on the challenge of a marathon and did it. It was this major "AHA!" moment and I thought, "Time nike 24 to jettison the belief that I can never do this." Next week, on August 7th, you will participant in The 11th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon, your 2nd Triathlon, for which you are raising money for Building Homes for Heroes, which helps build or renovate homes specifically for wounded war veterans who require special amenities as a result of their debilitating injuries. Q: What made you want to get into marathons and triathlons? What's your goal for this year? A: The marathon was my way of breaking out of a routine into which I had fallen. Wake up at 3am, go to work, anchor 3 hours, go home, go to the gym, go home, go to sleep. So I read that "First Marathons" book and thought about the fact that only a small percentage of people in the world had completed a marathon. I wanted to be part of that group to break out of the mold that had grown around me. I thought the experience would be so unique that it would change my life. It did. The Triathlon came about because a bunch of people from News Corp (the parent company of Fox Business) were getting a team together. They sent out an email. I've never worked at a place in my life that has such team spirit. I said, "I'm in!" My goal this year is simply to finish and to raise enough money to make a difference in one soldier's life. Hundreds of these soldiers come home as double, triple, even quadruple amputees. They deserve special homes that give them comfort and ease. I want to be part of the effort that helps them get that. A: My training regime was designed by my coach, Peter K. of Peter K. Fitness. He absolutely does not believe in over training or working me so hard that I get injured. We work on doing "bricks" (stringing 2 separate efforts together) like swimming for 45 minutes, then jumping on the bike for 40 minutes, or working with exercise bands and then running 3 miles. We spend a lot of time on mental preparation the old "If you can dream it you can do it" mentality. Believe me: it works. Almost everyone who trains for these kinds of things is hit with doubt: can I really do it? What was I thinking signing up for this? Peter talks me through all of it. Q: What would a sample day of eating be like? I've read that your not the best eater. Do you find that not always eating the best can effect your energy level and workout routines? A: A sample day of my eating starts with iced Nescafe 'frappe" I make at home. It's not the regular Nescafe. You have to go to Astoria, Queens to get it from the Greek grocery stores. The directions are in Greek. I had to get a translator, my producer Lisa Karaolides. She walked me through the whole thing but she had this look on her face the entire time as if to say, "You really can't do ANYthing in the kitchen, can you, Liz?" I put tons of skim milk in it. I have a whole grain waffle with soy butter on it. That's breakfast. Throughout the entire morning, I snack on dark chocolate covered almonds. Lunch is either a chicken and avocado salad with balsamic vinaigrette from Pret A Manger or falafel with vegetables and rice from the guy on the corner of 47th and 6th in Midtown. Diet Coke. I know, not great for you. I'll have green tea before the show at 3pm. When I'm off the set at 5pm, I'll sneak cake from the greenroom that's supposed to be for the on air guests. Maybe more chocolate or half a Clif Builder protein bar. Too much sugar, I know. Don't tell Peter K. He'll kill me. Dinner is whole wheat pasta with turkey meatballs or chicken, always with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Gruyere cheese and Stacy's multigrain pita chips too. Again, please don't tell Peter K. ((Liz, as long as Peter doesn't read this post, your secret is save with me:)) Q: Any cheat foods that you just can't resist? Are there foods you have had to avoid while training for the triathlon? Or any foods you've added during training? A: See all the chocolate above. Here's the deal: I find if I don't have protein of some kind during the day, I crash. nike outlet phone number You HAVE to have lean protein or red beans in a salad, dry tuna, chickpeas. Really important. Otherwise you will have zero energy to make it through a workout. Q: When you cross the finish line, what will be some of the first things you will do, eat, drink and say? Is it to early to say you'll be doing it again next year? A. The Nautica people have bananas and Muscle Milk waiting for us at the finish line. I'll have both. Then, my husband (who also does the Tri) and I have a tradition: we go out to lunch and eat a LOT. Don't need to do this again," and then someone from News Corp sees me a few months later in the hall and says, "You're in for next year, right? RIGHT, LIZ?" Peer pressure gets me every time. 2009 NYC Triathlon finish 3:49:14 Q: Do you do any other type of workouts? Have you ever tried at home workout DVDs? A: I take a class at the gym called Kardio Kickbox on occasion and I take lots of spin classes. I never EVER do home workout DVD's. I'd stop in the middle and go to the refrigerator. Too many distractions. Q: Do you listen to tunes while you run? What's on nike air max audacity 2016 your iPod playlist? A: I have to listen to music. I've got a very eclectic mix, old and new. Some of favorite running songs: