Now that your edit is complete and ready for delivery, there’s one step left. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is a required skill in any edit. Getting StartedTo export a video in Premiere Pro, go to File>Export>Media. You could also press the shortcut key Ctrl + M on PC, or Cmd + M on Mac. Make sure the sequence you want to export is selected when you do this.This will bring up your Export Settings window. In this window, you’ll select your desired settings (or presets) for the video, before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.Decide on a DestinationThe first thing to think about when exporting a video is where the video will be delivered and how it’ll be viewed. Are you going to upload to YouTube and Vimeo? Compressing down the video so you can send it easily to a client? Or are you exporting a hi-res master version for presentation? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select Match Sequence Settings at the top. That’ll change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings. Although, I don’t recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec. 4. Save Your Favorite SettingsIf you find yourself using a custom setting frequently, you can save your export settings as a new preset. Click the Save Preset button next to the preset dropdown in the export window. You can then name the preset whatever you like. Now you can use that saved preset in the future.As you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is super easy and very customizable. Want to streamline your exporting even more? You can also add additional output files from the same source sequence in Media Encoder — very useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.Want more tips for using Premiere Pro? Check these out.15 Premiere Pro Tutorials Every Video Editor Should WatchQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere ProHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 1. Select a FormatThe best setting for web playback is the H.264 codec. So, we’ll select our format as H.264. That is also the most common codec for video exports through Premiere. For eighty to ninety percent of your exports, you’ll be using H.264.We’ll select a preset that matches our sequence and desired output. Our sequence is 1080p with a frame rate of 23.976 fps.2. Check Your SettingsClick the output name to specify an output name for the exported video file. To learn more about properly naming a file, check out this article. Make sure that Export Video and Export Audio are both checked so the file has both video and audio.If you feel comfortable with changing settings to make them more customizable, you can do so in this window. Here’s my recommended settings for most of my videos exported in Premiere:Click the Render at Maximum Depth box.Change the Bitrate Encoding Settings to VBR, 2 Pass, then drag your Target Bitrate to your selected file size. The size will be shown at the bottom of the window. Make your Maximum Bit Rate double the Target Bit Rate.3. Select from Export OptionsNow, you can select one of two Premiere Pro export options: Queue or Export.Selecting Queue will send you to Media Encoder, with the sequence added to a queue.Then, all you have to do is press the green play button at the top to start the export. This is good if you want to add multiple Premiere Pro sequences to export at the same time. This also allows you to continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. This is the method of exporting I use most often.Selecting Export simply exports the sequence right from that window. You won’t be able to use Premiere Pro while it’s exporting this way.That’s it! You just exported your finished video. Exporting in Premiere ProFor this example, we’ll be exporting from Premiere Pro to upload to YouTube. Premiere Pro also has presets for both YouTube and Vimeo that’ll export your project in the best recommended settings for both. However, for this example, we’re going to be exporting with custom settings.
” Anurag Thakur said during the Kolkata Test. and you have to take it.take it or leave it analysis? So here goes Voting data for all four states is strongly indicative of an anti-Congress (not anti-incumbent) wave And data for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are indicative of the presence of a Modi wave Note the following Firsteven in Delhiwhere the AAP was the big alternativethe CNN-IBN-CSDS opinion poll results revealed that at least half of those people voting for the AAP in Delhi would vote for Modi in the Lok Sabha election And the AAPs own survey indicated that a third of the people would do so In a three-cornered contestthe Delhi poll resulted in the lowest ever Congress seats eight compared to 10 they obtained in the post-Emergency election of 1977 The two-cornered Rajasthan election results are even more shocking and out of the ballpark The average number of seats that the Congress has obtained in 13 past Rajasthan elections was 92 But in the 2013 electionthe BJP humbled the Congress to beat this record by a wide margin The Congress obtained almost half of their lowest everand half the post-Emergency 1977 election 21 seats (The lowest seats ever obtained by the BJP in Rajasthan was 32 in 1980) Did the people vote in such overwhelming numbers for the BJP in Rajasthan in 2013 because they did not have an AAP alternative I doubt it Proceeding to Madhya Pradeshthe BJP chief minister overcame double anti-incumbency to record a third consecutive win of 165 seats22 more than in 2008 In the outlier Digvijaya Singh loss election of 2003the BJP obtained 173 seats to the Congresss 38 That record may never be breachedbut in his third termChouhan has come close by granting the Congress only 58 seats Still no Modi wave Then let us look at Chhattisgarh In the 1977 election when Chhattisgarh was part of Madhya Pradesh (data for Chhattisgarh prior to 2004 from the India Today-Oxus election dataset)the Congress obtained 36 seats; in 2013despite a battle for a third term and the horrific elimination of Congress leaders by the Maoists in Bastarit obtained 39 seatsonly one more than in 2008 Still no Modi wave What implications for the 2014 election Each partys interests are different The Congress has to attempt to become relevant; a course change is difficultbut not impossible The AAP needs to mature into a responsible establishment outfit And the BJP needs to pray that the AAP gets the financing to turn 2014 into a three-cornered contest It knows that only six out of every 100 BJP voters voted for the AAPbut six times as many (36 out of 100) Congress voters did so The math of the first-past-the-post system is well known to the BJP If the AAP is almost the new Congressas seems likelythen the BJP can be realistically ambitious about winning 2014 by a near absolute majority The writer is chairman of Oxus Investmentsan emerging market advisory firmand a senior advisor to Zyfina leading financial information company For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 11 2017 9:10 pm Hrithik Roshan promotes Kaabil on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Related News While the world drools over Hrithik Roshan’s fit body and abs the actor believes it is Jacqueline Fernandez who is the fittest among all B-town women The actor who shot for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’s finale episode while promoting his upcoming film Kaabil praised the Sri Lankan beauty saying “She is the fittest woman in Bollywood I know for a fact that Jackie religiously practices yoga and makes it a point to stick to her healthy diet” This surely got a smile on Jacqueline’s face Well the Dishoom actor is flying high being praised by none other that Bollywood’s ‘Greek god’ himself Earlier Hrithik and Jacqueline were seen sharing screen space for an advertisement The two complimented each other really well wanting us to see more of them together Also read |Disha Patani goes topless for Daboo Ratnani calendar There’s Sunny Leone too Seepics In the video we could see the actors doing some intense action sequences followed by romance Jacqueline wore a thigh-slit green gown and looked hot while Hrithik was equally good looking The ad film was written directed and conceptualised by Sahil Sangha who later expressed his desire to direct both of them together in a film too Look at some more pictures: But this wasn’t the first time when the two made an appearance together If you brush up your memories you will remember that these two did a Dubsmash video together last year Jacqueline promoted her film A Flying Jatt with the ‘Beat Pe Booty’ challenge and had thrown it to Hrithik Watch the video here When sass meets sexy we get the coolest #BeatPeBootyChallenge Here’s @Asli_Jacqueline‘s video with @iHrithik pictwittercom/M3fE9BmjJ2 — BalajiMotionPictures (@balajimotionpic) August 14 2016 The two then shot a video together showing some real fun moves and leaving their fans wanting to see them in a film even more For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More 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pm Anirban Lahiri has to be inside Top-41 to play the FedEx Cup Play-offs (Source: File) Top News Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri made a modest start at the Dell Technologies Championship carding a one-over 72 to lie at the 42nd place after the opening round here Lahiri has to be inside Top-41 to play the FedEx Cup play-offs and also needs points to get into the International Team for the Presidents Cup The Bangalore golfer continued to struggle on the greens and had three birdies and four bogeys in his card and yet again missed a few putts inside 10 feet and one inside four feet Meanwhile Dustin Johnson looked dangerous once again A week after ending his five-month barren period with a win in Northern Trust Johnson was at ease in the early cold and wind at TPC Boston to shoot 5-under 66 He is now one shot clear of Sergio Garcia Kyle Stanley March Leishman and young Jon Rahm Johneon opened with a 35-foot birdie putt on No 10 and added further birdies on 13th and 15th and an eagle on 18th On the second nine he had two more birdies against one bogey for a 66 Masters champion Garcia opened with five birdies on the front nine and then saved his day with a par on his final hole Jon Rahm also had a 67 that he felt was the best he could have possibly done The 22-year-old Spaniard birdied four of his last five holes in the afternoon as the temperature warmed slightly and the wind never went away Marc Leishman and Kyle Stanley were also in the bunch at second at 67 Johnson played in the group featuring the top three in the FedExCup PGA champion Justin Thomas made 16 pars in his round of 71 while The Open winner Jordan Spieth who lost to Johnson in a sudden-death playoff last week didn’t make a birdie until his 13th hole and shot 72 Phil Mickelson in his last tournament before the picks are made for the Presidents Cup felt more energy after seeing a doctor and kept his focus on enough good shots for a 69 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Dubai | Updated: October 8 2017 11:10 pm Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3: Abbas got the first breakthrough for Pakistan against Sri Lanka (Source: AP) Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3: Pakistan reduced Sri Lanka to 34/5 in second innings after Wahab Riaz scalped three wickets before the close of play on day three Sri Lanka now lead by 254 runs Earlier Pakistan were bundled out for 262 runs to hand Sri Lanka a lead of 220 in Dubai Dinesh Chandimal didn’t en-force the follow and Sri Lanka came out to bat for the second time Abbas gave Pakistan the first breakthrough but Wahab Riaz’s pace bowling saw the visiting team tumble Pakistan trail the two-match series 0-1 Pakistan: Shan Masood Sami Aslam Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Babar Azam Haris Sohail Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c) Mohammad Amir Yasir Shah Wahab Riaz Mohammad Abbas Sri Lanka:Dimuth Karunaratne Kaushal Silva Sadeera Samarawickrama Kusal Mendis Dinesh Chandimal(c) Niroshan Dickwella(w) Dilruwan Perera Rangana Herath 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BioNovations is one of dozens of Nova Scotia businesses that will have help to partner with universities and colleges to develop, design and test new and innovative products. The Université Sainte-Anne’s Marine Research Centre will conduct more research and development on the Antigonish-based company’s live seafood holding and transportation system, with funding from the province. The province awarded vouchers to 46 businesses from across Nova Scotia to help them become more innovative and productive. “Now more than ever, Nova Scotia must embrace innovation and support growth to help get our people and businesses ready to take advantage of future opportunities,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “That’s why this government is helping small companies in all regions of the province grow their business and improve their products.” The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program first-tier vouchers provide up to $15,000 for applied research, engineering services, prototyping, product design, field-testing and other help from Nova Scotia’s academic institutions. The province has awarded first tier vouchers to 32 businesses this year. Fourteen previous recipients will receive a second-tier voucher, worth up to $25,000, to build on their progress. This year, the province increased program funding to $900,000 from $650,000, and added the second-tier vouchers after a successful pilot project last year. “With our first voucher, we worked with Université Sainte Anne to develop a prototype and do trials,” said Joe Boudreau, president of BioNovations. “With the second one, we’ll work on improving the design, based on what we learned and do more trials with various species. Ultimately, this will allow the export of live Atlantic Canadian seafood around the world.” During the past five years, nearly 200 businesses, from industrial and commercial manufacturing to information and communications technologies, life sciences and agri-foods, have received vouchers. Participating universities and colleges are Dalhousie, including the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Acadia, Cape Breton, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s and St. Francis Xavier universities, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne. “Through the province’s Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program, Université Sainte-Anne is very pleased to support innovative private sector initiatives by means of our Marine Research Centre and CDENE’s University Business Development Centre,” said Allister Surette, president and vice-chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. “Our centres assist local business in moving new, high-value products, processes or services to market, and we greatly value our role in this process.” Applications were submitted and reviewed, based on criteria including potential to develop a new value-added product, service or process, and productivity and innovation gains for the business. For more information on the voucher program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/.
Man, after all the months of preparation it’s good to be finally out here doing it, actually underway. It’s a lovely morning and I’ve got 24 miles under my belt since the 4:00 A.M. predawn start. All systems seem to be humming along smoothly; my mental state could be described as –perhaps unrealistically– buoyed optimism. This section of the course traverses country lanes through farmsteads nestled in narrow Fort Valley, Virginia. Fog shrouds the pastures and ponds. I hope it lingers long enough for me to get out of the open and into the shade of the trails again; I can do without an overdose of summer sun beating down on me. It’s warm and humid already.I’m approaching the St. David’s Church aid station. Hmmm what do I need? I think I’ll take on some more fruit like strawberries and orange slices, watermelon if they have it.I’m running the thirty-eighth edition of the Old Dominion 100-Miler. Held on what’s usually “the first truly hot and humid day of the season,” the OD100 is the oldest race of its kind in the United States. I’ve wanted to do it from the first time I heard about it. Besides featuring a beautiful and varied course, the race has a down-home feel to it. It’s still run by the family that organized it in 1978.So I’ve been running for four hours now. Out of the gate at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock I loped with the 57 other race starters. Headlamps bobbing through the town and into the night, the excitement hanging in the air with the humidity. I chatted with folks on the long climb up Woodstock Tower Road; I realized, as the field stretched inexorably apart, that soon I’d be solo and chatting would be something I’d mainly be doing with myself. I felt good, looking forward to the day’s challenges.I’m alone now; it’s quiet and peaceful, my footfalls and birdsong the primary noises. I’ve seen some lovely stretches of trail such as the lavender trail where I was passed from one Whipporwill to the next. I’ve visited several aid stations by now, including the first crew-accessible one where my Marybeth gave me the most important aid of all: a smile and encouragement. And, oh yeah by the way, at mile 22 I had to “squat behind a tree,” something that I’d rather not fool with but when you’ve gotta go…As always I did feel better afterwards, but the chafing that would result from it would come back to haunt me.I’m bib number 77. I grinned when the race headquarters check-in girl gave it to me, ’cause 77 is one of my all time favorite numbers. And I’m always looking for good omens, especially when it comes to running 100 (!) miles.I’m trotting up to the deserted farmhouse that serves as backdrop to the St. David’s Church aid station. A woman greets me and I offer exclamations of the beauty of the setting. She smiles, tells me she’s worked this spot for 18 years, and introduces me to her helper, a teenage girl who turns out to be the race founder’s granddaughter. After checking me in –bib number and time arrived– and ensuring that my hands are full of fruit they send me off.Time flows on. I’m almost at a landmark aid station, Four Points, at mile 32.5. As it comes into view I hear the hustle and bustle of the place, and some clapping and cheers when they see me. (Do ya think I love that?) My crew Marybeth jumps into action, pouring cold water from a gallon jug over my head as I stoop over, mouth full of apple. Ahhh, so helpful.A few hours of demanding work, not to mention some anguish, brings me back to Four Points again; the course circles back through at mile 48. In the meantime I had transited, among other places, the steep and technical climb through Duncan Hollow and up over Scotchorne Gap. Among the rocks of Duncan Hollow a strikingly gorgeous Timber rattlesnake lay across the trail –in greeting, I optimistically mused. I had also paused briefly at Crisman Road aid station, where not only did I nab a grape FreeziePop, but luckily passed the medical check performed there.At my second pass through Four Points Marybeth announces with a smile, “almost halfway!” I smile too but inside I whine, “Don’t remind me! I feel like I’ve put out monumental effort already! And you mean to tell me I’m not even halfway?” But I don’t say that, just think it.On the long Moreland Gap climb I cross a line painted on the fire road that’s labeled, “50 Miles.” Yeah, that’s good news but, like I said… I’m running with Erik at this point, and we end up running about four hours together. On the lengthy crank to Edinburg Gap we come across another rattler, this one a big Eastern Diamondback. He’s coiled in a substantial pile, rattling loudly enough to almost shake the leaves off the trees. We give him a wide berth and excitedly move on, enjoying the bonus energy boost that reptile provided us.The OD 100 course is intricate. One could get lost. I had spent weeks studying maps, plotting the course and memorizing aid station locations. On the day before the race Marybeth and I drove the sections of the route that we could get to. Having those images in my mind would turn out to be a big help; upping my confidence level and peace of mind –things you just can’t get enough of in a long race.The OD 100 has a testy little time limit I’m thinking about. In order to cop one of the coveted sterling silver race belt buckles one has to finish in under 24 hours. On one long, drawn-out climb I determine that it took me 11.5 hours to reach the halfway point, therefore making it almost impossible to finish the race in under 24 hours, given the assumption that it would take me considerably longer to complete the second half. Rats. A while later I realize that actually I had reached the halfway point in 9.5 hours. I still have a good chance at sub 24…just gotta keep it all together and not fade too much as the race progresses. I’m still in the game.“What can I get you!?” the kind volunteer at Edinburg Gap asks. “Chocolate Milk!” I blurt out, certainly not expecting them to really have it. “Sorry,” he says, as I gratefully palm a half turkey cheese sub instead. Just as I’m departing a guy shoves a small bottle of chocolate milk into my other hand. “From my private stock!” He grins.My right shoulder is bothering me considerably now, and my hydration pack really aggravates it, so while I can I trade Marybeth my pack for a handheld 20-ounce bottle instead. The change is good; I just can’t carry as much water as with my pack. I’ll drink more at the aid stations.The section of race course from mile 54 to 60 follows a rugged off-road-vehicle trail. I’m thinking that it isn’t so great that such vehicles are tearing through the national forest like that until three big knobby-tired Jeeps crawl past and I change my tune. Now it’s hey that looks like fun!Ok, so I’m getting weary, I hesitate to admit. There is an abundance of discomfort on many fronts. My mind is busy managing the load, keeping things light and positive. “I feel great, and I feel grateful!” “Light, easy, glide…strong.” A good thing, among many actually, is that my new shorts seem to be working very well, in reference to the below-the-belt chafing I’m used to. My old CWX compression shorts/Nike shorts combo worked well for a couple of years but recently started to chafe me bad during races and even long training runs. I won a pair of Patagonia shorts at the Promise Land 50k two months ago and they seemed, well, promising. After getting chafed to pieces in the Massanutten Mountain 100-miler three weeks ago, I decided to make the switch. So far so good.I mentioned running the MMT100 three weeks ago. That’s right, bucking conventional thinking that says it’s impossible to run two 100-milers only three weeks apart I decided to go for it. Actually, I have been planning this for months, and I knew intuitively and practically that I could do it, barring any disaster incurred in the MMT. I just really wanted to do both races. And I’ve learned that you don’t just try to run a big ultra, you plan and train and work hard to do it. On this the burly Old Dominion 100 I know it’s crucial to ignore that annoying small voice inside me that wants to say, “You can’t run another 100 now, and certainly not without at least taking a major hit in your performance.” Hmmm…Don’t worry, I’m not listening to that.Along the OD 100 course, in the more remote sections, are several self-serve, unattended aid stations, such as at Peach Orchard and Peter’s Mill Pond. These consist of welcoming little caches of water jugs and a cooler or two full of food, along with some written info on the location and which and how far to the next aid station. A pleasant sight for weary eyes and hungry stomachs.I’m rolling into Little Fort aid station, one I’ve been particularly looking forward to since friends are staffing it. And wow, a big bonus is that son Ian is here grinning in greeting alongside Marybeth. I load up on food including an over-the-top hot dog on bun drenched in mustard, ketchup, and relish. Yum, what a morale booster. I can make it to Elizabeth Furnace now, I’m thinking as I head out after the requisite send off of cold-water-over-my-head treatment.It’s raining lightly now. Warm, humid, and raining. It feels ok; it’s a nice change. Between Mudhole Gap and Elizabeth Furnace there are a half dozen significant creek crossings to slog through, and if you think this is the first point in the race that my feet have gotten wet and muddy you’re wrong. They’ve remained that way since early on; it’s unavoidable but no big deal thankfully. I knew and accepted long before the race began the fact that my feet would be devastated.I’ve been at it for almost 16 hours as I come into the vicinity of the EF aid station. A quick medical check –I pass, rats I guess I have to keep going– and my crew is taking care of me. They give me food, (grilled cheese and strawberries), and my headlamp, but best of all they give me… Ian! The OD 100 staff encourages racers to use a “safety runner” on the grueling 12-mile Sherman’s Climb and Veach Gap portion, commencing from Elizabeth Furnace, mile 74.9. That is, have a fresh, companion runner along. Ian is willing and able, and laces up his shoes and takes off with me into the gathering darkness. As we get established on the climb Ian, as hoped for, distracts me with crazy stories and helps keep me moving. In those hours of pitch black, on rough trail, we move steadily, time suspended, just the two of us. Anybody else in this race? I wonder. Anyway, at last check I was in fifth or sixth place overall, but anything can happen now. The trail at the base of the mountain spits us out at Veach West, mile 86.6. Ian bids me adieu and I continue on as best as I can, solo once again.I’ve observed that although long hours of running difficult terrain results in physical fatigue and other obvious physical effects, mental acuity actually does not seem degraded. It’s as if the body ensures that optimal –indeed elevated– brain function is maintained for just as long as possible, since survival of the organism –me in this case!– may well depend upon it. Tactical decisions are being made, precise musculoskeletal movement must be preserved. So…even though I’m tired as I continue to endure after twenty plus hours, I’m not sleepy. For my mind it’s still “game on.”At mile 90.9, after getting uncomfortably up close and personal with myself for another hour or so, I arrive at the race’s last crew-accessible aid station, and my steadfast Marybeth and the outpost’s lone volunteer dispense, besides warm chicken noodle soup, good cheer and smiles. But other than that it’s a grim place. Into the pouring rain I push on.Waves of doubt have washed over me before on this run, and I’m feeling it again now. And again I struggle to keep my head above it, to keep from sputtering and drowning in the despair. The rain is falling steadily; it’s coursing down my face, down my body, mixing with sweat, blood, mud. The darkness enshrouds me. It’s profound, and my headlamp casts but a feeble glow. But it comforts me to see the occasional chemlight hanging in a tree to help mark the race course, and seeing the dim light of one of those “glow sticks” up ahead on the relentless climb up Woodstock Tower Road fans an ember within me. It’s going to take a lot more than a few scattered, pitiful feelings to shut me down, I declare for the umpteenth time.I’m headed down down the mountain towards the town of Woodstock and the finish. I pass the sign indicating that I’m leaving the George Washington National Forest. As late race bonus fun I have to squat and do my business again. That’s right, and it ain’t pretty. Ugg. Oh yes, there is considerable rawness throughout my nether regions, but I can ignore that for now.I’m jogging across the Shenandoah River at Burnshire Dam. I’m passing wheat fields host to silent, pulsating lightning bugs. I’m entering lanes lined with houses. I’m descending a hill that brings me to the edge of town. I’m trotting through sleeping Woodstock. Time to stop this foolishness.As I enter the fairgrounds and head to the finish I can’t really believe it’s happening. I run under the FINISH banner, and the lonely timekeeper and Marybeth welcome me. There’s no one else around. It’s quiet; no bells, no cheering crowd. Just the drizzle and the end of a very long day. I’ve finished the Old Dominion 100-Miler in 22:35:17, in fifth place overall. Out of the 58 starters 31 would finish, 13 of us under 24 hours.Marybeth and I crawl to our tent. I’m wracked with stiffness, cramps, blisters and more, but I’m happy. I finished the Old Dominion 100 and I see life as very wide and very deep and very good.