A new PR!

Yesterday morning Cate and I ran in the Sprint for Soldiers Niskayuna. When I saw it advertised, I figured it would be a small run on the super flat section of the Bike-Hike trail, and I smelled a good morning. I didn’t think it would be a great morning. The park is only 7 miles away along the trail, so to avoid the traffic snafu with the limited parking they have, we rode our bikes over. While we were on our way over, the cyclists who were doing the Erie Canal ride (Buffalo to Albany) were just getting onto the trail for their last day of riding, which made for an interesting amount of traffic.

The results were surprising. (Link to the ARE rendering, I can’t find the actual results posted anywhere.)

I lined up about 15′ back, behind the people who looked fast (and those who stood up with them), but still ahead of the majority of the field. I think I picked a good spot, because I only remember being passed by two people (one of whom I passed about a mile later), and only passed two on the way out. On the way back (it was an out and back), I ended up passing the last two people with about 3/4 of a mile to go. With about a quarter mile to go, I realized that there weren’t many people with bibs on standing around. That’s about all I remember because I just started pouring what was left on.

After I finished and rejoined my group one of them mentioned that I had finished possibly fifth overall. I realized at this point that I had likely placed in age group. As they announced the winners for the M20-29, I realized “I passed that guy…” “I passed that guy…” and then the DJ made the horrible Mark Wahlberg joke.

I won.

I mean, it was just my age group, but I got a medal that wasn’t a “participant medal” in a race.

After that, just because, I decided to scope out the course of a duathlon that I’m thinking of doing this fall. So you know, hammering out another 23 miles. Because.

(I’m going to sign up for that duathlon as soon as it opens. Hell yes. Not enough hills though, I’ll have to get good at cruising. And transition. Changing shoes twice scares me on what it is going to do with my time.)

((Who would have thought that I’d like hills so much. I wouldn’t have the first time I went up Snake Hill on my Hybrid.))

A great evening for a ride

Went for a ride with a friend after work. This of course is after I already ran 4 miles this morning, and woke up at 3:30 am for a conference call. But my Fitbit says I was lazy and only did four thousand steps. Ha!

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Now to get Wes to climb hills. The great thing about work is the easy access we have to some great hills to our west, both on the north and south side of the river.

An update to Pulse Notifications

A couple weeks back, ADT added support for severe weather warnings to the Pulse system. Of course, I hadn’t updated my script, but got conditioned to open the NWS page for my area whenever I got a parsing error (“Donno…”).

I finally fixed that this weekend. The script will now shove as much of the headline of the NWS post as possible over Pushover… which is at least enough to prompt you to launch your weather app of choice and look at the bulletin.

Updated code is on Kiln here

David Ryan Memorial Ride

Today I rode in the David Ryan Safety Awareness Ride. David was killed by a distracted driver who was speeding along Riverview Road in Rexford 10 years ago today. When he was killed, he was riding the “river loop”, from Rexford to Crescent along the river, and then back to Niskayuna along the bike path. This is a route that I’ve now logged three complete rides on, and many more rides along partial portions. It is just a reminder about how dangerous it really is out there, even when you as a cyclist are being completely safe. As my father so lovingly says, “you’re one text away from dead.” In exchange for taking David’s life, the driver received a three year sentence for criminally negligent homicide.

Things I did in June

(and the end of May)

Cate ran in the Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany, getting herself a new PR!


We both rode in this year’s Tour de Cure, together raising over one thousand dollars to support the American Diabetes Association.




I conquered a new route, on the south side of the river. With about 1,500 feet of climb.

Cate and I rode the Saratoga Battlefield, and enjoyed a picnic overlooking the river.

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I did my first track workout as part of my training for this fall. It was interesting, and I definitely learned a lot about myself that morning.

Good morning

Cate and I went camping in Luzurne for a couple nights, enjoyed Lake George, and hiked to the Hadley Mountain fire tower.





And of course, Linode[TheCat] supervised the unpacking when we returned home.


And, to highlight the month, I convinced Cate to get a road bike!


I’ve got a new rack for the car and am looking forward to many fun rides with her!

An Active Weekend

My legs hurt. Should have mixed swimming in.

Saturday’s weather was crap, so I took a run in the rain. My watch (which had sat dormant for a week while I rode) died about a half mile into the run, so I ended up running without any technology. It was both freeing and quite annoying, since I think I did really well but I don’t know how well. For dinner, I thought it would be a good idea to ride my bike over to the grocery store. ecomagination and all.

Sunday, I went out for a quick ride, looping to the town park and back. I pushed it hard and it felt great!

(if you recall, I took this picture from the closer side of the bridge 21 months ago. This time I figured I would take it from the back side.)

Today, Cate and I rode out almost the same distance, but we did a café stop on the way back. That was so much fun (but boy do I wish I was on my road bike and not my hybrid for that ride).

Then, after a delicious grilled steak and zucchini dinner, we decided to walk the mile and a half to TCBY. Calorie neutral activity, sure, but not after 25 miles on hybrids. Ow.

I’ll sleep well tonight.