|By Brandon Watson||
|February 4, 2014 01:16 AM EST||
I have been a bit off in terms of getting my regular updates to the blog. Work has been super busy, and we’ve been trying to close out on some minor home remodel projects. Those always turn out to occupy way more free time than you want. Between training, working, and the kids, I hardly had the time to keep the blog updated.
Couple of fun things this week. The run on the 26th was supposed to be 12 miles. There’s an awkward moment when you reach for your head lamp and realize you forgot it at home. The sun was going doing, and I was on a pipeline trail (meaning no lights whatsoever). I turned around, but ran the last 2+ miles under cover of no-moon night. It was strange. No reference points, and just running in the dark. Very very strange.
On the 27th, I got to have a very cool training session on my mountain bike. I will be writing that up at a later time, but it was a humbling learning experience. Physics + bikes…if you understand how they cooperate, you will ride better. Who knew? <g>
The speed workouts are getting progressively puke-ier. The run at the gym on the 31st was absolutely crazy. 8x 1K, with decreasing splits. Splits 5 and 6 were done at 6:40 min/mile pace, and 7 was done at 6:30, while I did 8 at 5:45 pace. I really didn’t ever think I would be running this fast ever again. Last time I ran that fast for that long I was 12. I have always been a sprinter. It’s been great to see my running so much improved. The real test will come mid-March when I run a half marathon. I think I will go under 1:35, but the real test will be to get under 1:31 (7 min/mi pace). It’s a super flat course, but it’s on hard pack gravel, so that might slow things down. I went 1:40 on that course last year.
Lastly, the bike on the 1st was my best bike session in a LONG time. My coach has been adapting my riding this year. I used to be a low RPM, high grunt factor rider. This year we are trying to completely change things around and go for high cadence turn over. It’s already paying off in my swim. The run appears to be getting along nicely as well, but the cycling is different. Trying to change the cycling has proven a bit more difficult than I thought. However, the ride on Sat was great. Very hard sets, with a high TSS (150+ I believe), but the overall speed was very high over distance. I was really excited. My nutrition plan was spot on, hydration was spot on, and I felt great afterward.
It’s been crazy cold here, and I still haven’t ridden outside on the new TT bike. I can’t wait. The good news is I closed out the week at 166 lbs. Already at last year’s race weight, and it’s only Feb.
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Oct. 1, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,041
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
Oct. 1, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 717
Oct. 1, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,423
Sep. 30, 2016 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 5,439
Sep. 30, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 759
Sep. 30, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 491
Sep. 30, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 509
Sep. 30, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,538
Sep. 30, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,262
Sep. 30, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,848
Sep. 30, 2016 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,122
Sep. 30, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,834
Sep. 30, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,062
Sep. 30, 2016 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 497
Sep. 30, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,200