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Gravel ride story pt 1

Well, here I am. Registered for the 170K Dirty Boar gravel ride on September 9th, 2017.

At the moment I'm still 10kg over my first target weight and I have never ridden anything further than about 110K.

However, I've always been a big fan of gravel riding, and two years and +20kg ago I read about the Dirty Kanza 200. This seemed like an amazing experience, but it's very very far from where I am, plus it is probably the most extreme gravel ride. To start with that, I probably would have stopped a quarter in crying like a small baby.

Two years later, 20kg lighter (but still too heavy) I saw the movie from Casey Neistat "Do what you can't". Even though it is aimed at creatives and producers of YouTube videos, you can take a lot from it in real life as well, outside of the YouTube bubble.

In my Facebook timeline all of a sudden the "Dirty Boar" ride popped up and on a whim I registered. I'm registrant 99, great number :-)

Ok, after registration I realized I really need to start training. Riding on gravel is not an issue for me (although my bike probably thinks otherwise), but going the distance and biking for 8-10 hours straight, that will become an ordeal without proper preparation. Most of the time I do mountainbiking, short (up to 60-70K) rides with steep short climbs and technical stuff, and parts gravel of course.

After a little search I found a nice "beginner to 200k" training schedule which I will use from today (actually last week). As someone (forgot who) stated, "don't let the schedule lead you, but make the schedule fit to your personal life", I am not going to follow the training scheme at all cost, I'm going to fit it in my personal life, which, with two teenagers isn't always predictable. But I still have plenty of time, provided nothing serious happens along the road. If I follow the schedule by the letter I'd ride 200k at the beginning of July. That leaves quite a bit of slack and opportunity for other things. I've also looked into the intermediate version of the 200K training, but even though I think I would be able to do it, I can't fit it into my own - and family - planning. So, I'll just take a bit longer to get there, but I will.

Anyways, the idea is that I will have lost at least 10kg before Sept 9th, and will be able to ride 150-200K comfortably. I won't be the fastest out there, since even when I reach my planned weight, I'll still be heavier than most of these skinny gravel-riding bastards. But I hope I can make up for the uphills on the straight and downgrades. We'll see, to be honest I don't care much about keeping up with lighter and younger riders at all ;-)

My next post will be about my bike(s), since I'm still not 100% sure what I'm going to ride there, I'll just write about both my machines. Specs, modifications, limitations etc.

Going to restart this blog again

I'm going to try and post at least weekly from today forward. Provided I have something interesting to write.

I need to get back to writing stuff.

Constellation Orion

Trying to reproduce the Akira Fuji method, which looks easier than it is.

multifunctional webcam privacy tool

Apparently, hackers (or worse, government) can access your webcam without the notification LED switching on. The dutch ministry advised users to put a piece of tape on your webcam when not using it. But that's a sticky situation.. Some companies are now making their own removable "webcam privacy tools".

But why spend money on something when you already have the tools? For most laptops a clothes pin will work perfectly. Just place it over the little webcam lens and voila, no more sneaky peeking. And as an added bonus, you can use it to place your glasses or hang your earbuds!


Audio Junkie: The ZZZ's

Discovered a day ago. Noticed I missed their performance in Utrecht. Damn. But quite a few bits on Youtube, be prepared for some noise:

Pixelmator team unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX

Woah, I totally missed this one. My favorite photo editing app on the Mac is now updated to version 3.0. Lots of new tools and big enhancements for OS X Mavericks support.

Check it out the announcement on their blog and get the app in the Mac App Store. It's a free update for existing users. Yes, free!

Nokia and Apple introduce things

Tuesday October 22nd was a busy day for technology geeks. Both Apple and Nokia had an event, and both were streamed live.

Unfortunately for Nokia, most of their news was soon pushed to the second news page by all shiny stuff that Apple introduced. Which is kind of sad for them.