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Heartbreak Double

Sunday,  05/24/09  12:43 PM

Yesterday I successfully completed the Heartbreak Double Century, 202 miles and 15,500' of climbing.  Whew.  And actually I got lost at the end, blundering about in the dark, so I actually rode over 210 miles.  It was a really hard ride, but beautiful and really fun (now that it's over :) 

The middle hundred miles are the Heartbreak Hundred, the third-leg of Plant Ultra's King of the Mountains competition, and I had previously ridden the Mulholland Challenge and the Breathless Agony, so I completed the KOM successfully.  Can't wait to see where I ended up, I was in 21st overall after the first two...

I took a bunch of pictures yesterday, they are posted here for your viewing pleasure...

http://www.eichhorns.com/pics.cgi?A090523-HeartbreakDouble

Here's the route:

heartbreak route - click to enlarge

And here's a happy rider at the finish:

heartbreak finish - click to enlarge

Next up, the comparatively mild Ojai Valley Century next weekend...

 

Skymall: the inventors parade

Sunday,  05/24/09  12:51 PM

I'm sure it's happened to you; you're sitting on a 'plane, waiting to take off or whatever, and you idly pick up the SkyMall magazine in the seat-back and glance through it.  I did this recently, and I was struck by the amazing inventor's parade on display.  All of these weird and wonderful gadgets were invented by someone, and after they had the idea they built a prototype, iterated, tried to get someone to make it, iterated, and finally found someone to distribute it.  Whether the idea is great or horrible, each product in the SkyMall catalog represents a lot of work.  Impressive, really.

eVision video glassesConsider these things, if you will:

  • Pen which records video.
  • Eyeglasses which display video on the inside of the lenses.
  • LP record to CD recorder.
  • Tiny universal cell phone charger.
  • iPod to iPod media transfer device.
  • A 7'x7' crossword puzzle.
  • Keychain WiFi signal locator.
  • Tabletop photo studio.
  • Automatic water dispenser for cats & dogs.
  • Pump-action gun that shoots mini marshmellows.
  • Swiveling deck chair.
  • Insect repellent hat.
  • 'Birdwatchers' motion-activated camera.

And that's just the first twenty pages.  Who said innovation is dead?

 

Sunday,  05/24/09  01:07 PM

blue drink - the canonical poolside companionA quick filter pass, before grabbing a blue drink and sitting out by the pool...

I suppose I should get back to my Windows 7 experiment - I have the weekend available - but I'm feeling lazy and it just doesn't appeal to me.  I have to debug a non-booting hard drive which would require, you know, actual thinking, and that doesn't feel like it is in the cards.  Maybe tomorrow.

blogging about nothing to say...Wow, a quick check of my RSS reader, and after two days there is nothing to blog about.  So be it :)  off to the pool...

 
 

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