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I finished my season three weeks ago, but that didn’t mean I had no more events on the calendar. In fact, my schedule was loaded with trips and events. First off was an Olympic race in Santa Barbara. Then we’d be off to Kona – not to race this year, but as spectators. We planned to hurry home from the Big Island in time to participate in the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) event in San Diego, followed by the Tram Challenge in Palm Springs the week after. And the list of activities went on and on. But those plans came to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye. Remember that Olympic race in Santa Barbara? Well, that’s where the unraveling began with a bike collision one mile from T2. Fortunately, the other rider was unharmed. Me…. not so much. I’m sitting here today with four fractures in my pelvis, which means no weight-bearing for 4-6 weeks. If you are an athlete or live with one, you know that hearing this is like a death sentence. Now, this most certainly is an exaggeration, but in the first moments after hearing these words, that’s what it feels like. And, in

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Tech Thursday Deals – 3/10/2011


Taking the plunge on the iPad 2? Check out the new selection of cases from Case Logic. We like the compact netbook sleeve for $21.99. Or if you’re accident-prone, consider the water-resistant case for $29.99. (Via Case Logic) The iPhone 4 with 32 GB of memory is going for $299.99 at Best Buy (list: $799.99). Or get the 16GB version for only $199.99 (list: $699.99).  A two-year service plan with Verizon is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 3.5-inch multi-touch display and 5 MP camera. (Via Best Buy) If you’re in the market for a compact camera bag that fits your various accessories, check out the Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag for $34.95 (list: $50.00). Customers gave the bag an average rating of four and a half out of five stars but say it’s most ideal for those looking for a bag on the smaller side. (Via Amazon) The Android-powered Samsung Vibrant is on sale at Amazon for only $69.99 (list: $599.99). A service plan with T-Mobile is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 5 MP camera and 16GB internal memory. (Via Dealzmodo) Nick Bilton, lead writer for the New York Times tech blog, is the author