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Riley <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showpost.php?p=543397&postcount=7" target="_blank">asked</a> in the Negative Split thread,<br><br>
Fartlek is Swedish for "Speed Play." It's an unstructured speed workout that might look like this:<br><br>
Run easy until you get to the pier. Run the 750m out the pier hard, jog back and around the block. Repeat three times, go home.<br><br>
Or, run to the next telephone pole hard, jog two telephone poles, etc.<br><br>
Those kooky Scandinavian words...<br><br>
I once jumped into a Norwegian sailing team for a weekend. I've sailed all my life and know my job - when I'm the skipper, I'm a tyrant, when I'm crew, I'm effective and stay out of the way. So there I was, assigned to trim the jib, which happens a lot when you're tacking upwind.<br><br>
We made a crash tack right under the nose of another boat and came about, throwing lots of nice dirty air on her, but the skipper kept shrieking, "Foch! Foch! Foch!" I was shocked to the core - this man was a gentleman most of the time, and I assumed that we had been T-boned by the other boat or something terrible like that. But I beat down the panic and kept grinding that jib in until we all settled. And I looked over at Lars with wide eyes, waiting for him to abandon ship or something, but there he was, serenely driving along, dumping crummy air onto our opponents. "What a cool customer," I thought. "We're sinking, and he's still sailing tactically."<br><br>
And then I remembered that "Foch" is Norwegian for "Jib." <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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hee hee<br><br>
You're funny even when you're sick.<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Riley - ref fartlek - it's fun and you're suppose to laugh at the word<br>
MS - funny story but I don't think I'll try that anytime soon.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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.....ks//......back in the late 70's I was teaching a Running Class<br>
and had to start<br>
calling it ''Far-lek'' just to make 'em not laugh and pay attention...<br><br>
...it was a fun class,<br>
we took 'em on street runs,<br>
taught them to run behind cars stopping on side roads<br>
(''Unless you outweigh the car''),<br>
wear contrasting light and dark clothing on evening runs,,etc,,,sort of a ''stuff you need to know'' approach....
 

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I love it when Sal gets in a storytelling mood. There's just gotta be a joke in there some place about "grinding the jib" (whatever that means).
 

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*sigh* Those were the days.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.iodclass.org/Graphics/IOD2Nancy.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Choovie, The jib is the smaller sail at the front of the boat. There is a rope ( sailors call it a sheet) that attaches to the back of the jib. When the boat turns, you need to pull on that rope. The rope goes around a cylinder with a crank on it. Sailors call the cylinder a coffee grinder. Turning the crank to change the postion of the jib I would assume is what she means by grinding the jib.
 

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Excellent explanation, Cash.<br><br>
On the boat in the picture above, there is one winch for each side of the boat. The jib is made off around the cylinder you can see along the rail beside the water, just below the skipper's feet. Trimming the jib can be a damp endeavour. As soon as the sail is set correctly, the trimmer typically hops (or scrambles, if necessary) to the high side of the boat and puts her weight up on the rail where it will do some good.
 

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Thanks for the explanation Cash and Mustang. I'd surely trust Sal at the jib but honestly I think I'm better suited to a cruise ship. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Oh, call me evil but I rather liked letting my mind run free on that one.
 

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.....Aija....
 

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nice one Aija<br><br>
Fortunate Son, that looks fun. But I wonder about that Antigua Hash Run <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br><br>
Must bookmark and show MrC...
 
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