Friday, October 7, 2011

Turn off anti-alias for Sublime Text 2

This was hard for me to find, so maybe this will help out some other people.

I'm really liking the Sublime Text 2 editor, nice support for vi(m) commands, and very flexible configuration for code highlighting, project management, search and replace...all then things a programmer needs and none of the extra stuff that just gets in the way.

Anyway, I found the anti-aliased text to be blurry and it took me a long time to figure out how to disable it. Here it is:

Go to Preferences -> file settings - User and do some thing like this:

    "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/RubyRobot.tmTheme",
    "font_face": "Monaco",
    "font_size": 10,
    "vintage_start_in_command_mode": true


Monday, August 1, 2011

Spudman Triathlon

Matt - Spudman Triathlon July 30, 2011
Matt participated in the Spudman Triathlon this past weekend.  He has trained all summer for various events and this was one we were all looking forward to.  Matt was on a team and was the biker for the race.  He had a goal to finish around 1:15 and he beat that goal!  He came in at 1:13.  His team placed 5th in their division and 32nd out of the 92 relay teams that participated.  We thought that was pretty good after having to find new teammates just days before the race due to his other two teammates getting injured.
We are so proud of Matt.  He has set some pretty high goals and has worked hard and met them all.  We are looking forward to a century ride that Matt will be participating in in a few weeks.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting the lead out

My ride this morning.  Feels like I'm getting the lead out from a weekend in Burley with only 1 workout...This was almost the exact ride as the 6th, but my pace was much slower.

Name:Track 033
Date:Apr 11, 2011 7:25 am
(valid until Oct 8, 2011)
View on Map
Distance:8.25 miles
Elapsed Time:32:24.6
Avg Speed:15.3 mph
Max Speed:26.7 mph
Avg Pace:03' 56" per mile
Min Altitude:4,192 ft
Max Altitude:4,285 ft
Start Time:2011-04-11T13:25:02Z
Start Location:
Latitude:40.874257º N
Longitude:111.932248º W
End Location:
Latitude:40.874015º N
Longitude:111.932120º W

Ride Data for April 6th

My Ride on April 6th...

Name:Track 032
Date:Apr 6, 2011 9:14 am
(valid until Oct 3, 2011)
View on Map
Distance:7.08 miles
Elapsed Time:26:00.1
Avg Speed:16.3 mph
Max Speed:26.6 mph
Avg Pace:03' 40" per mile
Min Altitude:4,191 ft
Max Altitude:4,260 ft
Start Time:2011-04-06T15:14:27Z
Start Location:
Latitude:40.874266º N
Longitude:111.932419º W
End Location:
Latitude:40.873997º N
Longitude:111.932262º W

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Update by the Numbers

I've been really busy at work (excuses excuses), and I've decided that it really shouldn't be that hard to blog about my experiences with getting in shape if I keep the posts short and sweet.  So in that vein, here is an update on my goals by the numbers (details to come):

  • 29 pounds lost - can't wait to see that 30
  • 1 new bicycle - great deal from Masherz
  • 131 tracked miles ridden
  • 13 tracked rides
  • 1 triathlon entered (Spudman - as a member of a team.  I'll be doing the bike portion)

I've been using an app on my iPhone called MotionX to track my rides.  Here are links to maps of everything so far.  MotionX also generates kmz and gpx files, I'll have to find something cool to do with those.

Big Ride On Bountiful Bench: GPS Tracked

Trying out some sharing features of motionX iPhone app.  Here are the stats for a ride I took last night.  If you look close, there are some deer in the trees in this photo taken of Davis Blvd.

Name:Big Ride On Bountiful Bench
Date:Apr 4, 2011 7:00 pm
(valid until Oct 2, 2011)
View on Map
Distance:16.9 miles
Elapsed Time:1:12:37
Avg Speed:13.9 mph
Max Speed:33.7 mph
Avg Pace:04' 18" per mile
Min Altitude:4,175 ft
Max Altitude:4,747 ft
Start Time:2011-04-05T01:00:51Z
Start Location:
Latitude:40.874177º N
Longitude:111.932198º W
End Location:
Latitude:40.873941º N
Longitude:111.932146º W

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Modifying the Goal

First, a progress report.  Since getting serious about getting in shape in early December, I've lost 19 pounds. I've hit various discouraging plateaus, but I've also had some great weeks of 3 or 4 pounds.  I feel like I have more energy, I get winded less easily, and I'm noticing changes in my body.  All great stuff.  I'll write a bit more about both triumphs and challenges in future posts.

I It is pretty hard to say that isn't good progress, because it is.  At the same time I wonder if that rate will keep me on track to lose enough weight to make my goal.  Which brings me to toe the title of this post.  In the weeks since making a very serious personal commitment to not only get in shape, but enter and finish a 206 mile bike race, I've been doing a lot of research and talking to a lot of people.

The race is intimidating, no doubt about it.  At first I thrived on that fear and the challenge of it.  I feel that the process of conquering that fear will be an important part of my journey to better health.  Slowly, however, reality is setting in about the costs and sacrifices necessary for this race.  Everyone I asked about the race, who had done it before, would start out their advice with "First of all, you can do it, but...." and then comes the discussion of training, support, nutrition, equipment, etc.

There are the obvious monetary expenses like bike, bike accessories, race entry fee, hotel stays, specialized nutrition, training rides, and more.  Then there is the time commitment of daily training and long weekend rides.  I would also need someone for support during the race.  Initially my wife and kids were excited to be the "pit crew", but then we realized that the support ends up driving over 300 miles on backroads (to avoid creating traffic for the riders) to get in and out of the various support stops along the way.  There is no way I can expect my wife to do that with 3 kids at 1, 5, and 7 years old, and to find someone else to be support would mean ditching my family for a weekend.

I was committed to make the sacrifice personally, but I can't make the sacrifice of my family's summer and my time with them.   This has been a terribly difficult conclusion to accept.  My commitment to change is deep and sincere, and was very linked to this audacious goal.

Don't worry, I haven't retreated entirely.  I'm considering several possibilities for more manageable goals:

With the exception of the Moab Century, these options have family to stay with and are closer to home.  I'm also liking the goal of a century ride.  It is still huge, and scary, but a little more forgiving.  More on these options to come. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Goal

First was the doctor checkup. It was a wakeup call that I need to get healthy. Nothing too serious yet, but cholesterol and blood sugar on the rise.  If I do nothing, I'll be on drugs within a few years.  If I still don't do anything after that, well you get the picture.

Then I had a co-worker who is in to doing crazy ultra-marathons and stuff. He wrote a blog post about why he did it, and then shared some of his thoughts in a meeting as well. Another co-worker has done Lotoja 5 or 6 times. I've always been interested in the race, and have sort of considered doing it a few times.  

It is hard to explain, but I did a lot of thinking after talking to them.  I realized that a crazy, insane goal like riding 206 miles in one day might be exactly what I need to get in shape.  9 months (now 8) would be enough time, perhaps barely, to lose the weight and get in shape for it.  The goal would keep me on track. It is too easy fall of the wagon when your goal is just to "eat better and exercise more".  

One of the hardest things about losing weight for me is that I know deep down that I need to make fundamental lifestyle changes.  Those changes are intimidating.    

Lotoja would be a serious accomplishment, and a life milestone.  An achievement that would require such an effort that I will not be able to help being utterly changed for the better afterwords.

The co-worker who has ridden Lotoja is a cancer survivor, and rides every year for the Huntsman Cancer Center's Hometown Heros to raise money for cancer research.  It is hard to get in to Lotoja since more people want to ride it than there are slots.  With the help from my friend, and if I can raise at least $1000 for the Huntsman Cancer I can get guaranteed entry.  Not to mention raise some money for a good cause.  Our family has been deeply effected by cancer.  The thought of making the ride at least partially in honor of my father sealed my resolve.

It will be hard.  Lots of training.  A very long day.  But I WILL do it.  So far I've lost 14 Pounds.  In this blog I plan to write about my weight loss, training, and becoming who I want and need "to be".  More to come...