Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Rando Fun Equation and The Best DNF Ever

Among the randonneuring crowd there is a recurring joke about the three types of fun:

  • Type 1: You know it's fun while you're doing it.
  • Type 2: Doesn't seem like fun at the time, but when you look back you realize it was indeed fun.
  • Type 3: Not fun

Using the different types of fun, one can attempt to quantify the success of a given ride or other activity. For a successful ride, the following relation holds true:
(Type_1_Fun + Type_2_Fun) > Type_3_Fun
I recently completed The Big Guns 1016K permanent from Portland, OR to Whitefish, MT with two women (Asta and Susan) from Oregon Randonneurs and two guys (Doug and Paul) from Desert River Randonneurs. Doug had to bail out in Kellogg, ID due to excruciating IT band pain. The remaining four of us finished the ride "hors delai" (we exceeded the specified time limits). I can't speak for Doug, but for the rest of us the above relation definitely holds true.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fun and Games with Google Maps and GPX Files, Revisited


Four years ago I posted an article on a helpful trick for display GPS tracks directly in Google Maps. There have been a few changes in this area, so it seemed worth the time to revisit.

tl;dr for the impatient

  • In Google Maps Classic, enter the URL of a publicly-accessible GPX or KML file into the edit field normally used for search terms. When you click the search button (or press enter), the track[s] appear on the map. 
  •  A Ride With GPS route (of the form can be directly retrieved as a GPX stream by simply appending ".gpx" to the URL.

Details for everyone else

Before diving into the details, two prerequisites must be covered.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dodged a bullet

It was supposed to be an easy recovery ride.

The plan:

  • Load up the bike & gear in the pickup.
  • Drive to Sky Nursery so Kasia could do a little plant shopping.
  • While Kasia was shopping, I'd have a nice, easy, relaxing ride on the Interurban Trail.

Such a simple plan, such a horrible outcome.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coffeeneuring 2013

This year's Coffeeneuring Challenge is currently underway.

Just completed my 7th and finally coffeeneuring ride.

Last year I blogged about each individual ride, then provided an end-of-challenge roll-up summary. This year,  in an act of pure laziness, I skipped the individual articles and jumped straight to the summary.

Here 'tis.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Brewvet 2013 Summary

Brewvet Season 2013 has come and gone. Much like Coffeeneuring and 30 Days of Biking, this has been a terrific motivator to get on my bike, explore my local area, and explore the local beer scene.

Big thanks to Drink Craft Beer for organizing this virtual event!

Here's a summary of my Brewvet rides:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Brewvet #12: SIR July Populaire, Black Raven Hochzeit Pilsner, and Broken Toe Century

My final brewvet in the series comes with a story. The plan:

I managed to follow the plan quite closely, but there were a few snags along the way.

Brewvet #11 - Pike Place Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale at Three Lions Pub

Time for something different today. A brewvet mixed with a little trail riding.

I'm lucky enough to live about 2.5 miles from the Redmond Watershed. The watershed features several smooth, easy, fun-to-ride multi-use trails. Several of the trails are designated "hiker only", and a few are "hikers & equestrians", so pay attention to permitted trail use if you visit.

I hopped on my trust hard tail mountain bike, and headed to the Watershed.

Brewvet #10 - Anacortes DNA Galaxy Pale at Malt & Vine

This was a relatively quick and easy brewvet. I rode from home to Malt & Vine in Redmond, drank a very refreshing Anacortes Brewery DNA Galaxy Pale Ale, rode to Marymoor Park to watch the Wednesday night races at the velodrome, then back home.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Brewvet #9: SIR Permanent #0776, plus Mac & Jack's XPA

I've been a member of the Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR) for a few years now, but this is the first year I've had the chance to actually join in their rides. In previous years, it seemed as if my schedule always conflicted with their schedule. This year, the stars have aligned.

SIR, being a local organization, is closely associated with the national-level Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Likewise, RUSA is sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien (ACP), the global overseers of everything rando.

RUSA issues many awards every year, one of which is called the "P-12". The "P" in "P-12" refers to "populaire", the randonneuring term for a ride of at least 100 kilometers (but less than 200) over a designated route. The "12" refers to calendar months. One earns a P-12 by riding at least one populaire every month for 12 consecutive months.

I started my P-12 back in February. So far, I've managed to join an organzied populair every month. Unfortunately, the June populaire was on 06/01, while Kasia and I were out of town celebrating our wedding anniversary.

Brewvet #8: Cider [non-]Century at Alpenfire Cider

Kasia & I planned a visit to the Quimper Peninsula, mostly so that she could visit Far Reaches Farm and shop for rare/collectible plants. As usual, I planned to get a few miles on the bike (and hopefully complete a brewvet) while she shopped.

A little research revealed an interesting cider house nearby -- Alpenfire Cider, Washington State's only fully organic cider house. Count me in!