Friday, July 24, 2015

Dylan Goes Electric: 50 Years Ago today

Fifty years ago today, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival (much to the dismay of many of his fans).

" the sound of both booing and cheering can be heard a few bars into Dylan's first song, "Maggie's Farm", and continues throughout his second, "Like a Rolling Stone". Dylan and his band then performed "Phantom Engineer", an early version of "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry". Dylan was said to have "electrified one half of his audience, and electrocuted the other".
-Wikipedia "Electric Dylan Controversy"


Monday, July 20, 2015

My Tri Training

Just over a month ago, on my first day of vacation, I broke the little toe on my left foot.   This has meant that I didn't snap my training lull after a May race.   At the time I should have been increasing my training and preparing for the Maine Sport Triathlon in September, I had to virtually stop training.  I booked our accommodation near the event before my injury and the thought of camping there that weekend without racing is eating at me.

So, with 7 weeks until the race, I'm back to training and will be working to make up ground.  For the next couple weeks I'll be focusing on the swim and bike portions to give my toe more time to heal before running.  I should be fine on the swim as that's my best part of the tri (though sadly the shortest).  My goal is to work on improving my cycle time.  Given this is the longest part of the race, it offers the best chance for improvement in overall time and I've added clipless shoes to the mix which should help my control on the bike and hopefully foot strength on the run by taking pressure off my arches during the bike.

sunrise over calm lake with trees reflecting off water
My open water training spot
This year I'll be focusing more on brick workouts (swim/bike or bike/run in a single workout).  Last year the plan I used didn't have many bricks and I found that the transitions were difficult so I'll be incorporating two per week. I'll also be pushing the endurance pieces quickly up rather than a gradual incline.

My plan, as it stands, is below.  It was constructed based on my experiences and referencing other tri plans for the length of particular workouts during the training period.  All elements are in minutes unless otherwise specified.   Some plans focus on mileage while others focus on time.  For a longer race such as this, I like the time approach as it's about endurance, though I will be tracking my mileage, speed and pace using the Garmin 10 sport watch (more on that another time).

Week of July 20
  • Monday:Swim 30
  • Tuesday:Bike 45
  • Wednesday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 30
  • Thursday:Swim 40
  • Friday:Bike 45
  • Saturday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 60
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of July 27
  • Monday:Swim 40
  • Tuesday: Bike 60
  • Wednesday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 45
  • Thursday: Swim 30
  • Friday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 60
  • Saturday:Bike 75
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of August 3
  • Monday:Brick Swim 30/ Bike 45
  • Tuesday: Run 20
  • Wednesday: Bike 75
  • Thursday:Run 30
  • Friday:Swim 30-45
  • Saturday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 30/ Run 20
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of August 10
  • Monday: Brick Swim 30/ Bike 45
  • Tuesday:  Run 30-40
  • Wednesday: Bike 90
  • Thursday:Run 45
  • Friday:Swim 45
  • Saturday: Brick Bike 45/ Run 30
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of August 17
  • Monday:Swim 30
  • Tuesday: Bike 105-120
  • Wednesday: Run 45
  • Thursday: Brick Swim 20/ Bike 45
  • Friday:Bike 105-120
  • Saturday: Run 60-70
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of August 24
  • Monday:Swim 20/ Bike 45
  • Tuesday: Bike 75
  • Wednesday: Run 60
  • Thursday:Swim 30
  • Friday: Bike 60-75
  • Saturday: Run 45
  • Sunday: Rest

Week of August 31
  • Monday:Brick Swim 20/ Bike 30
  • Tuesday:Run 45
  • Wednesday:Swim 20
  • Thursday: Bike or Run 30
  • Friday:Rest
  • Saturday: Swim 15 / Run 15
  • Sunday: Race Day

Friday, July 10, 2015

FormLab's creative use of Rube Goldberg Machine to Demonstrate their new "Tough Resin"

Nicely done advertisement for FormLabs' new "Tough Resin". Rather than a dry explanation of the different properties of this resin, it demonstrates them through various features of a Rube Goldberg machine.   From impact resistance to flexibility, they use features of the machine to display the resin's properties.   Exciting and interesting.


via Core 77




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