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Working out with fast skiers (a new series)

24 Aug


Working out with Perianne Jones

By Alex Matthews

Note: This is the first of a new series about working out with high-performance athletes. The idea is to shed light on the daily routine of someone dedicated to training and share a regular Joe’s story of trying to keep up.


A member of Canada’s Senior World Cup Team, Perianne Jones started her classic rollerski with a smooth kick double pole up a gradual climb to the main road. With a sense of what was coming, I ambled along on my road bike.

We chatted throughout the nearly 13-mile workout while Jones and a friend of mine rollerskied at a pace I gauged as moderate. In reality, the 1-½ hour session was part of Jones’ recovery: a 10-day vacation from training full time.


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Evening ride in Gansevoort

2 Aug

Alex Matthews gives a glimpse of an evening ride in Gansevoort, N.Y., in late July with some tips for road bikers in the Moreau-Glens Falls-Queensbury area.

Warrior Run at West

18 Jun

The inaugural Warrior Run 5K took place at West Mountain in Queensbury on June 18, 2011, with nearly 1,600 participants. Sportswriter Alex Matthews ran the race and took some video.

Competitive horseshoes

13 Jun

Horseshoes is more than a backyard sport. At Shine Park in Moreau, N.Y., the Moreau Horseshoe Club takes the game seriously while having fun with its Thursday night clay league.

In-lining with Olympic speedskater Trevor Marsicano

23 May

Olympic speedskater Trevor Marsicano, of Ballston Spa, talks about in-line skating for summer training.
Sportswriters Alex Matthews and Alicia Johnson tag along for the ride.

Bike fitting and body lessons

9 May

Sportswriter Alex Matthews participated in a free bicycle screening at Wilton Medical Arts. The clinic included stations with physical therapists and a bike fitter. Saratoga Hospital offers other sports-specific programs,
such as golf, running and ski screenings.

How to choose running shoes

4 Apr

Sportswriter Alex Matthews finds out how to sort through flashy sneakers
and trends to pick a perfect pair of running shoes.

‘Butts and Guts’ fitness

26 Mar

Independent fitness trainer Lisa Leonard teaches a ‘Butts and Guts’ class at Flex Appeal Fitness Center
in Lake George, N.Y., on March 26, 2011.

Racquetball 101

25 Feb

Before the 29th annual Adirondack Open Racquetball Tournament took place at the Glens Falls YMCA on
Feb. 25-26, 2011, sportswriter Alex Matthews explored the indoor sport.

Curves meets Zumba

15 Jan

The Curves fitness center in South Glens Falls, N.Y., launched a 30-minute circuit workout with Zumba on  Jan. 15, 2011. Sportswriters Alex Matthews and Alicia Johnson tried it out.

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