Archive for August, 2020

Dirty Vegan

Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | Books, Food

Dirty Vegan is a cookbook by Matt Pritchard of Dirty Sanchez fame. I tried a bunch of the recipes but I couldn’t really get into it. None of them has made it onto our regular rotation.

GVRAT buckle

Friday, August 7th, 2020 | Sport

One of less good bits about virtual races is that it tackles a while for your medal to turn up. Or, in the case of the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, your buckle.

Buckles are a common alternative to medals in ultramarathons it would seem. It’s nice. I don’t have any belts where I can change the buckle (I don’t have many belts, to be honest), but it’s no less useless than a medal and probably higher in sentimental value.

Ironman VR17 and Leeds virtual media

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | Sport

Ironman VR17 was another race that I did finish but I was technically a DNF due to Garmin’s incompetence. I couldn’t access the .fit files to upload to Ironman Virtual Club so despite riding 160 km that weekend, I didn’t manage to get it into Virtual Club to record my result. Thanks, Garmin.

But on the plus side, my World Triathlon Leeds virtual challenge medal has turned up.

Heroku for Node.js

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | News, Programming

My new course is all about using the Heroku cloud hosting platform with Node.js. I already have a course on using PHP with Heroku, and not bragging, but it has Udemy’s “Highest Rated” badge. Okay, there is a little bragging. Hopefully, this one will receive the badge, too.

Preview the course on Udemy or watch the trailer below.

Tacx floor stand review

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

Looking for a stand to hold your tablet while turbo training? Probably not. But if you were, you should watch the video below.

Upper body workout

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 | Sport, Video

This is a 30-minute upper body workout for endurance athletes. It is perfect for triathletes, runners and cyclists. Even though our legs are doing most of the work, having upper body strength is important for maintaining good form and running economy. In this class, we’ll go through some strengthening and flexibility exercises for our arms, shoulders and upper body.

Huub tow float review

Monday, August 3rd, 2020 | Reviews, Sport, Video

In this video, I will review the Huub safety tow float. It follows on from my video last week about how to inflate the thing.

Salted potatoes for running

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 | Food

I’ve been testing out salted potatoes for running. They make a nice savoury snack when you are sick of gels.

To cook, I boiled them for 10 minutes, coated them in coarse sea salt, roasted them in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, coated them in a bit more salt and declared them ready. They were pretty good, but I think their appeal will be much greater towards the end of a long run. They’re not bad cold, but not quite as good as warm.

I tested both Jersey royals and British gems. The skin is a bit looser on the Jersey royals and Elina felt they went a little rubbery, whereas the British gems held up a bit better.

Canon DSRL frame rates

Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | Tech, Video

One of the things that totally flummoxed me was trying to change my Canon DSLR from shooting video at 24 fps to 30 fps. It simply was not on the screen: I only had 24, 25 and 50 as options. And nobody on the internet seemed to have had the same problem.

I suspected it might be a legacy problem of PAL vs NTSC but I could not work out how to change it. In the end, I managed to find the menu option and my suspension was correct: once I changed the setting from PAL to NTSC I was then able to access 30 and 60 fps.

If anyone else is struggling with the same issue, or trying to get 24 fps on a NTSC-configured Canon, here is how to change it: