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.

Ok, enough running (for now)

And with that, my May race schedule is completed.

I did an OK 10k, a surprisingly good 3.5 Workforce Challenge (I think the new course helped a lot with my Workforce time), a PR 5k, and in between all of that, did my longest long run.

Now I have to jump on the bike and make sure I can handle the Tour de Cure in two weeks. That will be my longest ride too.

After the Tour, I start my training plan for the Half Marathon in September, and I’m still giving semi serious thought to doing Drops to Hops the week after!

I’m nuts.