|On Bike||Running||In Pool|
| 2014: 263 km
2013: 2328 km
2012: 2111 km
2011: 3796 km
2010: 2267 km
| 2014: 73 km
2013: 542 km
2012: 97 km
| 2014: 0 km
2013: 18 km
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Core planned events:
- ✔ IceMan 10-Mile Trail Run (25 Jan)
Wokingham Half Marathon (9 Feb)[Event cancelled due to flooding]
- Surrey Half Marathon (9 Mar)
- Ronde van Vlaanderen Sportive (5 Apr)
- Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive (11 May) <<< Main target event for the year!
- Steel Man Olympic-distance Triathlon (12 July)
- Hike Ben Nevis (Aug/Sep)
1. The beautiful feeling, in heart & head, after a good run, cycle ride or swim. Always accompanied by aching muscles, and a drive to conquer the world.
Closely related to Latin root, carpe diem (ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdiːɛm,ˈdʌɪɛm).
Learnt to run, finished C25K, ran my first 10K, and then many more, and then first trail run with Chewie.
Learnt to swim, cranked up to 1500m a session, started swimming 10 laps a set.
Lost 15+ kgs – started the year at my heaviest, 99.8kgs, and settled in low 80s.
Planned, but didn’t attempt, a triathlon.
Got my first set of injuries in a long time – hamstring for over 3 months, then knee injury for 2 months and counting.
It was a good year.
My primary (recently only) OS is Ubuntu Linux, and I’ve been struggling to set up device sync with my Garmin 910XT on Linux. Figured it out today, and thought I’d post it here for reference. (This post refers to getting the data off the device and on to the system. In 2nd post of the series, will add instructions to then upload it using Garmin Connect).
Here’s what I did:
- Downloaded the drivers branch of ’Garmin Forerunner 610 Extractor’ from Github as a zip file, and extracted it to a folder on my drive. For me, this folder was at ‘
- As suggested in the notes on Github (and included README), ran the following command to make it easy to run the sync without using sudo. Didn’t work for me, but your results may vary:
sudo cp resources/ant-usbstick2.rules /etc/udev/rules.d
- Installed pyusb. I used pip to install:
pip install pyusb
- Connected the ANT+ USB stick at
/dev/ttyUSB0. Inserted the USB stick, and ran the command below:
lsusb | grep Dynastream
This gives an output of the form like: ‘
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0fcf:1009 Dynastream Innovations, Inc.‘.
Used the information from this output in the next command:
sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x0fcf product=0x1009
- Everything is now setup, so switched on the Forerunner watch, with pairing switched on. After a short wait to allow for pairing, ran the Forerunner extractor1:
sudo python garmin.py
That’s it. The final command initiated a complete download from my Forerunner 910XT, files being stored in ‘
~/.config/garmin-extractor/XXXXXXX/', XXXXXXX being a number that varies from device to device.
One of the goodies about athletics is you get to find out if you can stretch. If you can get better.
But you’ve got to push.
- Coach Fitz (via Michael Lewis, in NYT)
Earlier today went swimming only the 2nd time this month. Suffered.
Even managed to get a cramp finishing just 40 lengths.
Haven’t run in 16 days. Hate myself.
Disappointed in myself.
There was just one big target for this year – to finish a standard (Olympic) distance triathlon. After working hard for 5.5 months towards it, I’d completely slacked in last month to go completely off course, laying all that work to waste1.
My main pre-triathlon target was the Thames swim from Hampton Court palace to Kingston bridge. The event happened a week ago. I didn’t even go close.
The Tri I had planned to do is on 8th September, the Diamond triathlon, at Dorney rowing lake. After the swim today, I came to grips with reality, and accepted defeat.
Between the cramp and giving up on the triathlon target, the day had turned gloomy.
After sulking a few hours, I chanced upon Alan’s race report from his first Ironman. He’s an Outlaw!
I’m inspired again. So inspired that I can’t sleep thanks to the adrenaline rush.
And I’m planning again.
Thinking of adding an early season open water swim event to the usual Tour of Flanders, and the planned Brighton marathon. Then planning to target a tri in May or June, instead of leaving it for later in the season. And if all goes well, training rest of the year for an ironman in 2015.
How does it sound – optimist, or just crazy?
390 kms to go, 3 HC category and 8 other category climbs to go before the podium is decided. Time to enjoy as the mountain goats fly :)