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Graham MacIndoe has a routine. Every day before work, he runs six miles. He doesnt listen to music because it distracts him from his thoughts.?Its a spiritual thing for me, MacIndoe said. I get in a zone and reflect on my life -- where Ive been, what Ive done and whats important.The 53-year-old is reminded of where hes been and what hes done whenever he glances at his left forearm, which is peppered with tattoos. The words mum and dad are inked above his wrist, just below a 7-inch protruding track mark on his inner forearm. The faded purple mark is the byproduct of a vein darkening from scarring. Its associated with long-term heroin use.Im never allowed to forget, said MacIndoe, who struggled with addiction for a decade. Sometimes its startling, but [the mark] grounds me and reminds me of somewhere I dont want to return to.In 2000, MacIndoe entered a black hole of addiction and lost nearly everything. He pushed away his family and his friends. Time spent in prison was the wake-up call he needed. Its what helped free him from his addiction. And when he emerged from it all, he rediscovered his passion for running.MacIndoe started running at age 18 in his hometown of Broxburn, Scotland, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Mostly it was social -- he often ran with friends in baggy soccer shorts and cheap sneakers in rural fields, until he decided to get more serious and joined a local running club. He and his younger brother Fraser trained and raced together.He was absolutely committed to running, Fraser said. His life was totally clean. He was pretty much a vegetarian and never really drank. It seemed like he was addicted to running.MacIndoe sometimes trained twice a day alongside local elite Scottish runners. When he wasnt engaged in interval sessions on a grass track, he joined the group for long runs of up to 16 miles around the countryside on weekends.Running was my first love. It was something I was at one with, said MacIndoe, who chronicles his experiences in his first book, Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couples Memoir, co-authored by his partner, Susan Stellin.But he pushed the sport away after he graduated from college and moved to New York City -- a place he had always wanted to live -- in 1992. At the time, he worked at a photography gallery to support his then-wife and his son, who was less than 2 years old. They divorced, then he remarried. But the deeper he got into his career, which transitioned to commercial photography, the more he started to drink and fall into a certain lifestyle.His second wife left a couple of years later. He replaced alcohol with drugs. Cocaine at first, then crack and eventually heroin, a habit that was easier to hide while he was going through another divorce and attempting to climb out of depression. ?As addicts, were selfish, MacIndoe said. The damage to other people in your life is phenomenal. When you start to realize that, thats when you realize your recovery is not just about you.MacIndoe and Stellins relationship developed during the height of his addiction in 2006. He would hide a syringe in his eyeglass case, but his desire to use trumped any efforts to shield his habit. Stellin, who had never had a drug problem, once found MacIndoe passed out on his couch with a crack pipe in his fist.When Fraser would visit New York, he said he would encourage his brother to get back into running so it could be a positive focus in his life again, something to look forward to every day. But, he said: The drugs had such a hold on him. It was a downward spiral for many years.MacIndoe was arrested for heroin possession in 2010 after he was caught by an undercover cop at a coffee shop in Brooklyn. He had hidden a crack pipe in his sock. MacIndoe was locked away at Rikers Island, where he spent the first few days of his four-month stay dope sick.Theres nothing I can do to avoid what I know is coming, he writes in the book. When people ask what its like to go through heroin withdrawal, I tell them to imagine the worst flu theyve ever had, add a bad case of food poisoning, mix in a deep depression, and top it off with a good kicking. Now multiply everything by ten.MacIndoe has been clean since he was sent to Rikers Island six years ago. After Rikers he was moved to York County Prison in Pennsylvania, where he was held in immigration detention. He took part in the Freedom Program, intense rehab that included cognitive behavioral therapy, along with other individual and group counseling throughout the day, every day. This, he says, is what really helped him kick his addiction.It took me a long time to understand that addiction is a really complex problem that theres no one size fits all solution to, Stellin said.MacIndoe was close to being deported, but a judge ultimately ruled to let him stay in the U.S. because he participated in a rehab program, remained clean and stayed out of trouble. He was released from immigration detention in 2011 and moved back to Brooklyn.When I was in my addiction, I made a lot of promises that I never followed through with, he said.Those promises included telling people he was trying to quit, that it was his last time using, that he wasnt going to hang around the wrong influences. One also included getting back into running. He wasnt physically capable during what he describes as the most debilitating period of his life.After prison, running became a more important part of my recovery, he writes in the book. It was a way for me to put what I learned in the Freedom Program into practice: stepping back, thinking more rationally, not overreacting. Its hard to explain, but running gave me that release.At first, 400 yards felt painful. His heart would beat uncomfortably fast, though he was far from a 5:30-minute mile pace that he used to maintain with ease as a young adult.It was a real eye-opener, MacIndoe says. I was blown away that I couldnt really run. It was like an out-of-body experience, both discouraging and motivating. But as painful as it was, it brought back memories of when I was a teenager and gave me a feeling of that thing I loved.The transition back into running took several months before he started to feel comfortable. Twice weekly runs of two miles increased to three days, four miles. He eventually worked his way to running about six days a week for six miles at a time, and usually more on weekends.He didnt just want to run though. MacIndoe says it was a need. He used running as a way to purge doubt and cultivate confidence, which he credits for helping get his career back on track. As an adjunct photography professor at Parsons School of Design, MacIndoe is also a freelance commercial photographer.Hes the best version of himself now, Fraser said. He realizes how bad of a place he was in and is grateful that hes been given a second chance to live his life again, which for many years he thought hed never get. Hes making the most of it. Zapatillas Air Max Rebajas . -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. Air Max Baratas Outlet . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.baratasairmaxoutlet.es/ . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. Air Max Outlet España ., for the next three years with the signings on Monday of Daryl Townsend and Michael Carter. Comprar Air Max Baratas Online . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. Ahead of the U.S. Grand Prix, ESPN and other media outlets sat down with Haas F1 owner Gene Haas and team principal Guenther Steiner at the teams NASCAR base in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Among the topics of discussion were the teams debut season in 2016, whether a full-scaleF1 operation in America is feasible in future seasons and whether Haas has had buyers remorse at any stage this year having entered F1 on the eve of the biggest regulation change in recent times.?Gene, you were in Austin last year for the grand prix -- this year you are actually in it as a competitor! What are the excitement levels like?Haas: It [feels like] another race that we have to go to and do. Im not sure what to expect actually.Steiner: Its the same from my side. We dont know what to expect from, if they will come and cheer us on or not, we dont know. We hope so. Its the first time in 30 years an American team in America, a Formula One team. Lets see how that goes down with the fans. Hopefully good.Haas: Weve had a lot of support. All the races I go to, theres a few Americans, Canadians or English that say, Good for you. But just a few. Not too many!This race isnt like Ferrari going to Monza as Haas is still trying to get established on the grid, but still an American team racing in America. How much of a home race feel is this weekend going to have?Haas: It all comes down to how well we do. The worst thing would be to embarrass ourselves as an American team...Steiner: ...In America!Haas: Maybe we will pull off an Australia where we actually finish top 10, that would be great. Im trying not to have expectations one way or another. You get beat down pretty quick in this business. So if things dont go right, then it was just another race. But if we do phenomenal, were a great team.Steiner: Its difficult to gauge expectations. Its 30 years, a long time. I think we just have to wait to see what the weekend brings. Because if you have expectations that you have hundreds of thousands of fans cheering you on, I think thats unrealistic but then I think we always have expectations. We dont really know.Haas: [to Steiner] Do you think our competitors will give us some slack?Steiner: No... Theyll do the opposite!Haas:?Im sure the American contingency will welcome us whole-heartedly and we just hope we can do a respectable job.There are sweeping regulation changes on the horizon next year, how big a challenge has it been balancing being competitive this year and being ready for 2017?Haas:?The biggest challenge was just putting the whole team together. Even though we had more time than anybody thought possible, just the whole process of starting with the license and the time required to do that and then you wind up having to order equipment and lead times on those and then trying to figure out where your first race is going to be.We originally decided to do everything out of here. That didnt really work out too well so we ended up getting a facility in Banbury. So youre putting all these pieces together and you have this final date that youre constantly building to but everything is changing and I give Guenther a lot of credit for being able to put all those pieces together.One of the things he was able to do was obviously develop a contract with [chassis supplier] Dallara and Ferrari, a substantial amount of the pieces came from them, which was really a great thing because I dont think we would have made it without that help. And also finding the personnel to come work for us. Its a real challenge to find people that want to work for a team that doesnt exist.Given the current state of regulations, was this the best time to enter F1? As opposed to the start of 2017?Haas: I think the way everything worked out probably was the best for us because theres certain windows that open up and close up real quick. You can look at other teams and see theyve taken different approaches. Manor has taken a different approach that was saved by a blink of a signature and they didnt have the time to do everything like we did. So theres penalties for that. The timing of it all, it was all real critical of how it all flowed together and got to where we were.Steiner: I would say its never the right to do anything because then you dont do anything! If you say, Next year, the regulation change ... We dont know, maybe, next year weve got this new car and if there are some problems with it and if you change direction again, then would it be not better to wait another year? And you wait and wait.Sometimes you have to say, Gene wanted to do this. Can we do it? Yes. Is it the ideal time? We dont know because we cannot look into the future. But Gene committed to it and said, Lets do it. And then you just try to do your best this year and next year. If you say, Yeah, but if we wait another, then maybe its better.=But its maybe - we dont know.At some stage, if you want to do something, you need to get it done. Is it the best time? I dont know. I think it was OK because it ended up being OK and now we need to do a good job for next year and were working hard on it. I think we will be OK.When did you begin allocating your resources toward next year?Steiner: This year is difficult to define. I would say we started in February to move to 17 and from the end of May, June, we stopped completely on the 16 development, everything was on 17 except if youve got problems with the car. Then you have to fix it for this year. But nothing to put on to go fast or anything.Youve had some issues this year with [brake suppliers] Brembo and [chassis manufacturer] Dallara. Will there be any changes in your relationship with either of those or your Ferrari technical partnership next year or are you committed to those manufacturers?Haas:?Were always in negotiation. Were always trying to get more. Theres constantly contacts going back and forth for every little detail and I think Ferrari is kind of learning a little bit, too, about exactly what do we offer Ferrari. So theres this going back and forth. Everything is always in Flux.Theyre changing the rules all the time, theyre changing this, weve got to do that and heres our new rules for next year. They didnt really decide on the 17 car until a few months ago.Everything is always changing. If anything, we can say we have a very good relationship with all of our suppliers because we pay our bills. We understand Dallara better, we understand Ferrari better and hopefully they like working with us. So from just a personnel point of view, it all looks positive.The original plan was to do all this from a U.S. base. ?Youve split resources between here and the UK in your first year, is the eventual plan still to do it all in America?Haas: I think we will do more as we take on more CFD. But the cars are so technologically advanced that to develop a gear box would take you 10 years. I dont see how else you would do that. You just cant design one of these things and make it work. Its very, very complex, lots of track time involved, experience involved. How do you get that? You just cant get that by doing it yourself unless youve got 10 years to do it.So were learning. Who knows? Maybe 10 years from now, maybe we will start to build our own gearboxes. Our relationship in NASCAR was very similar. We started off with Hendrick engines and chassis and now were moving on to a Ford relationship. So as time goes on, things do evolve. But I can tell you right now, we would have stumbled very badly without Ferrari and Dallaras help.Do you think its feasible, Guenther, in the long run?Steiner: Its just a question of time. Anything is feasible. But, again, its also a business decision, which is more down to Gene to decide. ... It would not make sense. You would spend double the amount of money. We would have to decide because we would need to learn, we need to employ people, we would have to get people here at a high premium because they would need to relocate.Instead of hhaving a shop of maybe 180-190 people working on the project, all of a sudden we would have -- the smallest F1 team is over 300.dddddddddddd And they are doing it in a few years. We would end up with 400 people, 500 people and would we have a lot better result? I wouldnt go forward and say, Yes, Gene, lets do this because we can finish first. No. I think we would go backwards in the beginning. So lets get a little bit more experience. We havent finished our first season. Then see in a few years where it takes us.Haas: The good news is we are going to have a second season!Has this been a successful debut year, in your eyes?Haas: Its been super successful. Weve said this a number of times, If we said [at the start] we would have 28 points by midyear, we all would have taken that one. Midyear has been a little tough on us because we havent really scored any more points. But I think we did better than expected at the beginning, we were less than happy with what happened in the midseason but we have four more races. We have the latest aero package. So were optimistic.Liberty Media have taken control of Formula One, an American-based group. Theyve said they will keep F1 based in Europe but do you think they can leverage the sport better in America?Haas:?I would think that every team owner would be very optimistic that theyre going to bring us more money for less work. But I doubt it! The honeymoon is on and well see how it all works out.Im sure the previous Formula One owners are hoping that the new guys will bring in lots of new revenue ideas and the new owners are saying, Were going to make a lot of money out of this deal. You have different opposing views. Everyone wants more money, lets face it. The teams want more money but Im sure that the new owners are going to be thinking about, How can we pay the team owners less money [laughs]But is there a fanbase here that hasnt been reached, that could be?Haas: Oh, theres a huge number of fans in the United States that dont know about Formula One. How you reach them, I dont know. I dont really know how you do that. I think all the racing venues are struggling with that one. Theyre looking for their new fan base. They know that this is ultimately an entertainment show and they have to have a good product.Ive been in Formula One only for only a few years now. Its pretty exciting even though it reminds me a little bit, Im not a big baseball fan, but theres a lot of intricacies that are going on in Formula One that are completely different than NASCAR in terms of when the race starts and the excitement level in Formula One is pretty intense all the way from qualifying to race day. Where in NASCAR, that intensity really only happens in the last 25 laps.Speaking of money and negotiations, youve previously said theres no deal with Bernie Ecclestone in terms of prize money for next year. Has that changed at all?Haas:?Bernie doesnt negotiate! There is the Concorde Agreement which we race under and thats all spelled out in that agreement about how teams are paid. Any monies that we do get would come directly from that agreement.So nothing has really changed?Haas:?No. We havent got anything, not any reimbursement from Formula One. But I think Bernie once said, We didnt ask these guys to show up and if they want to race here, thats their problem.When you started this, you talked about potential new business for Haas Automation. Have you had much?Haas: The market were in is difficult. The amount of recognition that we get is pretty phenomenal. From people who know who we are and what we do is probably double or triple. There was one show in Paris or somewhere like that and usually you get 1,000 or 2,000 leads. It went to 10,000 leads. From a standpoint of recognition, its been pretty phenomenal.Your drivers for next year...Haas:?We have two...Do you know who they are?Haas:?Yes we do.Romain and Esteban?Haas:?I cant tell you that. At the moment, theres no big incentive to finalize that list. I think its well-known that Grosjean has a contract for next year. Gutierrez, were just in negotiations. Gutierrez is a Ferrari reserve driver, so a lot of those negotiations go back and forth with Ferrari.Have you had interest from other drivers given your performance?Haas:?I think theres always some phone calls here and there but I think nothing was more than general interest.Steiner:?This year its pretty flat with Jenson [Button] leaving and [Felipe] Massa, two senior drivers. The market is not an easy market. But were OK. Well have two drivers. Well be happy. Well be fine.How valuable has Grosjean been to develop the car?Steiner: I think what he gave us is the confidence of where the car is. As much as he sometimes complains about the car, he knows what the car needs to do. He doesnt tell you to make you happy. He tells you with his experience, the car is doing this, that or the other. Or it isnt right or its right. So were confident. Hes one of the crucial elements of our success here this year.Have you felt any more pressure or less pressure to have an American driver?Haas:?We get a lot of people that would like to see us to, say, become the American team. Wed like to have people throw money at us, too [laughs].Steiner:?Wed all like a lot of things. Somebody has to pay for it.Haas: If we had to do everything American, we wouldnt have enough money or enough time for anything. Were here really to build a race team. If an American driver came along to have the pedigree to do this, yeah, we would seriously consider that. But at the moment, there arent any F1 drivers. Youre always looking for experience.Its a drivers market right now because weve lost two very experienced drivers and the newcomers really dont have much experiences. Theres lots of drivers out there but you take that chance of the unknown. Theres a lot of people that can compete well in GP3 and GP2. They qualify well but racing in Formula One is a whole different sport.Have you thought about fielding a team in GP2 or GP3?Haas: If they start throwing money at us! I cant find those money throwers. As wonderful as Americans are, they are pretty tight, too...Gene, 17 races in, are you glad you did this? A lot of people doubted you would never show up, said you were throwing your money away... Has it been what you thought it would be?Haas: Yeah. It brings a lot of intense focus on racing and Ive always said that the racing and my business kind of going hand-in-hand in the sense it kind of inspires you to want to perform better, not only in the racing part but the business part of it. It was the right thing to do.The timing seemed perfect. I have a lot of experienced people... I have Guenther who, as you know, is a little bit crazy in the sense he wants to go do this [laughs]. Time-wise, I cant spend that much time... I think Ive actually made it to over half the races. That is a huge amount of time to get to these races. Its just a phenomenal burden to do Formula One with all that flying and jet lag.Actually, Im kind of surprised another American didnt do it. I kind of scratch my head, theres so many Americans that profess to love racing. Im kind of surprised another American didnt jump into this arena and say, I can do that.Has there been a moment this year youve had buyers remorse?Haas:?Theres some things we could have done better, but those were unknown. Actually, I never had any regrets. This seems like the perfect thing to do. Ive done NASCAR for 15, 16 years now and this just seems like a natural progression of moving up the chain to get to the highest level.NASCAR is a high level, dont get me wrong. But Im not sure where you go after Formula One. The only other thing left would be the Indy 500 or Le Mans or something like that. So theres always another goal. But you have to have goals or you just stop. ' ' '

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