Well folks, I decided it was time for a new look here, so tadaaaa!!! What do you think?
Nice hey? Not only is it a new look, it's a new backend too. I've switched this site from Habari to Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages - I work for GitHub so I may as well start using their stuff my own server now as I forgot I can't use HTTPS on GitHub Pages yet.
Things aren't quite 100% as I'd like them, but I thought I'd dive in the deepend and just do it and fix up the mess as and when I notice it.
Woohoo!! You can now automatically sync your uploads from Garmin Connect to Strava. I can't find Strava's announcement but I have found they've started documenting this is available here. This is a huge time saver for me, though it does come at the expense that I've had to flip to the new modern Garmin Connect interface and install Garmin Express at the expense of the Garmin ANT Agent. Whilst I like the new interface, I've been reluctant to switch due to reports of unavailability and the fact I'd have to install Garmin Express to upload my runs, which at the time, meant getting into the manual PITA upload process for all the sites I store my runs on.
I took the plunge on Monday and so far so good though now I need to find a solution for uploading to FetchEveryone. I'm thinking there's probably a way to make the Garmin Communicator plugin detect the workouts from Garmin Express, but we'll see.
I'm in Whistler this week for a work do and have just got back from my first run on the trails. Oh my word!!! Whistler is freaking amazing and incredibly beautiful in the summer with some pretty fantastic trails and awesome views.
I had no plans in mind for this morning's run other than to loop round Lost Lake (I found it ⇧ :-D) and then see where my feet took me. They took me all over the show. Over easy trails, hard trails, rocky trails and smooth trails. The big main "road" trails are nice and easy going though a little boring. The cross-country ski routes are great smooth fast paths that meander through the trees and the hard-core MTB trails are particularly challenging and the most fun.
I'm really looking forward to getting out there again, though I think it'll only be in the mornings as it's topping 30°C every day this week with bonus humidity too.
Oh yes, and my Luna Sandals are brilliant across all trails.
I regularly have dreams where I'm running and find it so hard to run that I lean so far forward that I'm almost running on all fours, and it's still tough to run. Well imagine my surprise when I discovered I've probably been mentally training for what is probably the toughest 400m race in the world, let alone Europe... the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia.
How's this for a brutal 400m race...
200m of elevation in just 400m. Think I'll add this to my bucket list given I've had so much practice in my dreams.
19 Jun 2014 · Woohoo!! My Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 "Good for Age" entry has been accepted. Providing everything goes to plan, I WILL be running the VLM next year.
Seven years ago Steve Way weighed 16 1/2 stone and had high-blood pressure, a 20-a-day habit and an addiction to takeaways and chocolate. So, like many other people, he began running to get fit. Only he didn’t stop. And 26,000 miles later – more than the circumference of the globe – and at the grand age of 40, he has been selected to run the marathon for England at next month’s Commonwealth Games. — Meet Steve Way - England’s unlikeliest athlete for the Commonwealth Games | Sport | The Observer
This is an incredible sofa-to-world-class-athlete story we all dream of.
19 May 2014 · Pro & con of bib cycling shorts... Pro: incredibly comfy. Con: getting undressed for a tinkle