Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Could an Android enabled phone replace my Garmin

Official Google Blog: Happy trails with My Tracks for Android-powered phones
Many GPS receivers require you to plug a separate device into a computer, install software, transfer, convert and upload your track to the web. With My Tracks, this has become a whole lot simpler. I no longer need to carry multiple devices when I go out for a ride, and I can easily share my rides on the spot with anyone I'd like by recording and uploading my track right from my phone and then sharing it out via email or even Twitter.

This seems very tantalizing. I'm usually lugging my BlackBerry out on the road with me anyway, so it would actually reduce the amount of crap I have to stuff in my jersey pocket.

Also the uploading seems much easier than the rigamaroll I have to go through currently.

Maybe it'll come to Blackberry soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

First 5K

Finishing with Bekah
Originally uploaded by Tom H. Jones
So I finished my first 5K yesterday morning. Noel signed me up for an Annapolis Striders "couch to 5K" program. I have to say that all in all I am really pleased with the program.

We met every Saturday morning for the last couple months for training at one of the local school tracks. We started out the first week with 3 minutes of running and 1 1/2 minutes of rest. This actually was a bit tough the first week. I got some really obnoxious shin splints. Shin splints has been the limiting factor in my running in the past and I was really worried that they were going to keep me from completing the program. Fortunately one of the coaches was able to give me a set of streches that have become an essential part of my pre-ride routine and have kept the shin splints at bay.

It was extremely satisfying each week to increase the distance and time and not actually die. It also helped out alot that we have a treadmill in the basement and can train indoors during the winter.

On Saturday I set out with two main goals 1) finish the race in less and 30 minutes and 2) not walk any of the course. I am pleased to report that I was able to achieve both of my goals. I rolled across the finish line at 29:45 and ran the whole course. The course was decent - a few hills here and there but nothing out of control.

It was great that mom and dad and the kids were there to cheer me on. Noel ran the race as well, but I only saw her at the start line, saw her at the turn around and saw her nice and relaxed at the finish line. She rolled across the line 7 minutes before me. She was there cheering loudly for me at the end. She was a very good cheerer.

I think I'll probably do another 5K (there's one with beer in Baltimore on St. Patrick's day) and may start working on a 10K.
Here's the course:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Last Race of the Season - First Race of the Season

So I'm at least a week overdue on a race report from Cross My Heart.  The importnat stuff up front.  I finished 43 out of 57.  While that's still in the ass end of the pack, I actually feel pretty good about how I performed.  (This is of course not the important info but I did want to toss it out out front.)

cross my heart cyclocross spectator mapA couple things I think were worth noting about the race.  It was a pretty technical course with a moderately sketchy surface.  We'd had a bunch of snow and freeze thaw cycling in the week approaching the race so the day before the course was covered with a crunchy layer of frozen-over icy snow.   But the day of the race the local weather decided to spike up to roughly 60 degrees and get the ice and snow all melty.  When combined with riders rolling through the course all day the course became pretty muddy pretty quickly in alot of spots.  It turned out to be alot of fun. 

One of the more interesting spots in the course was a turn into a mulch pile area were you took a turn left, went up a short steep hill, turned almost 180 degrees and came back down. The mulch and dirt on teh hill was a bit loose so it made getting up and down it a bit tough.  On the third lap I was pleased that I was able to make it though the turn and back down the hill upright and with a bit of speed.  Unfortunately I came into the next turn a bit too hot and hit an as yet unmelted patch of ice and lost the bike out from under me.  I swear that up until that lap I was chasing a race who would later finish 20th in the race.  Maybe I'm kidding myself but between that fall and one I took a little later in some mud, I lost some serious time and places when I went down.  But keeping control of your bike on sketchy surfaces is a big part of the race. 

The course over all was great though.  I really enjoy the more technical courses over the faster ones.  They promote more thinking and tend to keep you on your toes more.   This one made for good fun and a challanging race. 

Hopefully next year Jim will decide to move it even closer to the end of the MABRA cross season so we can have even more folks out at the race.  

Can't wait for next year's season to start! 

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Great Race on Sunday

Originally uploaded by ryandudek
I had a blast on Sunday and rode really well. Progress is nice. I'll post a full race report soon, but thought I would toss up a photo real quick.

Also in slightly related news weigh in this a.m. 199.5! Sub 200 again for the first time in something like 8 months.