This blog makes these guys look good and me wish I lived in Baltimore.
I had a crazy uncle that collected a odd mixture of things. Airplane parts, Electronics and bad chainsaws. One of the few cool things is this dowsing rod. It looks like he bought it in 1973 form the National Schools Technical supply company in LA.
I do not know jack about drowsing, but this thing is amazingly well made. Looks to be stainless steel and very well made. Comes with weights that screw into the one side, I assume to drows at different depths or what not.
Best offer in whatever time period I suspect will benefit me. (aka when I get around to listing it on eBay)
Selling off my Specialized Rime Shoes. Size 45. Not much wear. Not smelly or broken. Comes with a few extra BOA closures and tools to install.
I just never liked these shoes since I bought them in the Spring of 2012. The Rime is Specialized trail shoe, with a very good walking sole. I have misplaced the original insoles and will include the blue low arch Superfeet insoles if you want them.
I made a few edits to the 2013 SM100 profile on Sunday Aug 25th. Just improving the readability of the text and a few other minor things. The elevation units are a bit weird since the profile was generated in meters. The DEM I have is in meters and I do not feel like getting a new one nor converting the one I have to feet. Below are links to PNG files of the profiles. The first one is huge, 46″ wide. The second one is resized and simplified to be just 10 inches wide. Perfect for printing out and putting on your bike.
For the 2013 edition, a small change has been made near the beginning of the race. I am so happy, as the old route was not my favorite. Below are the maps for the full course and another detailing the changes since the 2012 event.
The profile as separate files are at: http://raymoinledroit.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/sm100-profile/
For 2013, the W101 course had to be modified because of the closure of the Rails-to-Trails tunnel after aid station #5. These three maps show the two locations the course changed and then the overall course.
I did not generate a new profile, yet. The one below from 2011 is going to be a bit different. An extra descent and climb in the middle and the last climb and descent will be missing. Of course, there will be a new river crossing this year near the end.
I ashamedly use Strava. Yes it has been motivating me to ride harder, but still not to become a jerk passing people. For the last five years I have been barely pushing the pedals, going for the inverse of Greg Lemond’s famous quotes, I was making it easier, so I was getting slower.
One thing to remember about Strava results, some smart phones (iPhones especially) are a little loose on how they calculate location. Often smart phones calculate their location by using signals from cell phone towers and not the GPS satellites. This reduces the load on the processor, and thereby extend battery life, and allows a much quicker initial location calculation.
For all you know, the local KOM’s iPhone could have calculated him as crossing a segment’s starting line 20 feet after he really did. May not sounds like a lot, but so many segments are so short it could end up make the difference.
I ran both my iPhone 4 and Garmin Oregon 300 at the same time this weekend at Fountainhead. Made a 13 second difference on a segment for me. On the third loop, the iPhone showed my time as 24:57 (88th/446), the GPS 25:43 (106th/446).
I also made this visual comparison of tracks up near Patapsco.
from this ride: