In an effort to build morale, companies will organize some friendly competition between different groups of teams. They count number of steps, and they even included an option to convert cycling miles into steps. That’s cool … with all the miles that I do, that should be good for us.
Recording miles was a bit of a challenge though. I have a fitbit, and it is able to calculate steps when I ride, but I have no idea how it calculates this. The organized competition does have a direct calculation … cycling step = (miles/3)*2000. When I compare the number of steps on fitbit, to the calculcation, the fitbit step is way off … by about 1000 to 2000 steps. Damn, so I had to take the graph that fitbit has, and subtract the number of steps based on the time I used for my ride. Yeah, that was a pain to do.
I eventually was able to get my steps calculated, and I ended up with the highest step count on the team. However, there were other teams that blew everyone else away. My largest amount was 51,000 steps, due to a 71 mile ride I did. However, there were a couple of guys who had 90,000 and 70,000 step day. I later found out these team had two members who were doing marathon runs every day. WTH? That’s just unfair.
Oh well … it did promote camaraderie, and team bonding, which is good. Hopefully, it also encouraged others to be a little more healthy, or at least physically active.
It’s end of July, and I decided to look at my Strava stats … Whoa. 782 miles in the month of July? I didn’t ride a really long day … I think the longest was 55 miles, but I guess if you do enough 50+ mile days, they will add up. I didn’t ride every day, but I did keep it consistent, so I think that may have had more of a factory.
I will say that having Tour de France coverage in the morning did prevent me from doing longer morning rides, but I guess as long as you keep doing them, it does count for a lot
The news broadcast a heat advisory warning for the Bay Area. So I decided to buy a 1.5l bottle of water from 7-11. I was going to fill it up, when I got to the ride start (I was driving to the ride start).
I arrived around 15 minutes early, so that gave me time to get everything ready, use the bathroom, apply sunscreen everywhere, so I’m all ready. We’re all ready and eager to start the ride, as we are heading over Old La Honda, then Haskin Hills, to the coast to Pescadero, where the temps should be about 20 degrees cooler.
Oh, what about that 1.5l bottle of water I got from 7-11? Oh, I kinda forgot all about that. Luckily, my water bottle was a little under half filled up, left over from yesterday’s ride. I was careful not to drink all of it, so I sipped a little here, a little there … and this was all on the OLH climb.
I guess the one thing that helped me was that most of the way out to Pescadero was descending, and there would be shaded roads, with just a few sections where it would be sunny. Luckily I made it to Pescadero, without issue. I made sure I filled up completely while at Pescadero. But of all the days to forget to fill your water bottle … one of the hottest days of the year. Definitely a day to escape to the coast, and not inland.
Ever since a department re-org, my weekends have been pretty crappy. You see, they moved two products that I support away from me, and they laid off 3 of 5 in my staff. That left 2 if us left, so for weekend support, the on call weekend rotation changed from 5 to 2. That means I’m on call every other weekend.
I volunteer of calls for the product I do support is extremely low on the weekend. Most times, there are no calls. However, I still need to be available, just in case something happens. So I need to be within cell phone range.
With that in mind, I can do flat rides, but not many where it’s up in the mountains, like Hamilton, Diablo, or Umunhum.
I was able to knock out a good 50 mile ride today, so that’s something. At least I’m still able to maintain a 150+ mile week
Fresh off the announcement that iTunes is going away, I thought I’d review all the songs/titles I have on iTunes. One that I haven’t played in a long time is the Beatles Box Set. This included some exclusive videos, as well as all the songs, album covers, liner notes, etc. So when I go to iTunes app on my Mac, I see the following:
It doesn’t show any tunes. If I try to play, it takes me to another screen with the album cover, but nothing when I click play.
Then I found out they discontinued iTunes LP. But I didn’t think that meant they would remove the ability to play. So they screwed me over … $149 box set, no it’s worth nothing.