Outlaw Triathlon 2

OK, the Outlaw is done, and yes, it did start pissing down for the last 90mins of the bike (Met Office got it spot on). Splits below. Nutrition worked fine. Took too long in transitions (might have gone sub-11 if I’d done my 2011 transitions!), but wanted to be comfortable on bike and run.

  Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
2011 0:59:01 0:04:28 6:08:05 0:04:53 4:32:19 11:47:05
2015 0:58:24 0:07:50 5:49:52 0:08:43 4:07:03 11:11:53

Outlaw Splits

Happy with results – was aiming for A) sub-11 hours, B) beat 11:18 (Challenge Roth 2010 time) or C) beat previous Outlaw time (11:47, 2011) – smashed C and managed B. Next time… A.

Really felt for the slower competitors (hark at me!) as they were in the rain for lots of their bike splits and all of the run, with the rain increasing as the afternoon turned into evening and beyond. This meant the tow-path along the Trent became one big puddle in places – not fun for tired body and legs! Kudos to those guys…

Outlaw Triathlon

Outlaw Triathlon this coming Sunday, heading to Nottingham tomorrow. Think I’m ready, too late if not. Biggest concern is the weather, as I’m not keen on cycling in the rain (although had plenty of practice recently). Met Office forecast for Nottingham Race Course below:

Forecast for Notts Race Course for Sun 26th July 2015

Forecast for Notts Race Course for Sun 26th July 2015


Last time I did 11hrs 47min 05secs (splits below), so hoping to beat that whatever the weather throws at me. I’m hoping that coach Jason B (http://www.performancecoaching.me/) continues to have a positive impact!
Swim:0:59:01
Bike:6:08:05
Run: 4:32:19
Using same bike as last time, but deciding to do a complete change in T1 and T2 into most comfortable bike and run kit, as hopefully being comfortable will help me flow better? Will post report next week…

Android: Remembering users previous tab selection

This is something I built into v2.0 of Pace Calculator, since often users would be only runners, cyclists or swimmers, and once they select a particular tab, they want the app to start-up in that tab every time. It uses the basic SharedPreferences object, all within the main activity that controls the ActionBarActivity tabs.

First, in MainActivity, set up the following variables

Integer tabPref;
SharedPreferences prefs;

In the onCreate method instantiate the variables, defaulting to 0 if the app has never been used before

prefs = getPreferences(Context.MODE_PRIVATE);
tabPref = prefs.getInt("tabPref", 0);

You need to make sure that when each tab is selected, the preference is also set, and editor.apply() called

mViewPager
		.setOnPageChangeListener(new ViewPager.SimpleOnPageChangeListener() {
			@Override
			public void onPageSelected(int position) {
				actionBar.setSelectedNavigationItem(position);
				SharedPreferences.Editor editor = prefs.edit().putInt(
						"tabPref", position);
		 	    editor.apply();
		}
	});

Finally, at the end of OnCreate, you need to make sure that the tab determined in the preferences is selected with

mViewPager.setCurrentItem(tabPref, false);

That’s it!

Plantar fasciitis…

…is a right pain in the arse. Probably caused by running hard (Edinburgh 1/2 Marathon with Sandy Cleland) on shoes that were past it, then not resting up. Last week was a big running week for me, about 60km, and I’m now hobbling about. Remedies include massaging with Tiger Balm (homeopathy I guess, but it smells great) and rolling a frozen Sigg bottle on the floor with knackered foot. Hope it’s OK by tomorrow, hill reps on the bike. Wikipedia Plantar fasciitis >>>

Pace Calculator updated

Today I updated the first Android App I ever built (released December 2010!) Pace Calculator has been updated to include speed calculations for cyclists and pace per 100m for swimmers. Both run and bike tabs include metric (km) or imperial (mile) options. It’s been a useful exercise using action-bars, styles and swipe tabs, all new standards since I built the original app. APPS >>>

Further fun with WordPress

So, since this is my first play with WordPress, I’ve been applying a load of different ‘themes’ to the site, but always keep coming back to Formation. The others look good on screen preview, but these previews don’t seem to capture the same font sizes or page positioning. For now, Formation seems the business…

Forest run

Thetford (Norfolk) is fabulous. Well, the forest is anyway. A morning run on trail and track, in the sun, lifts the spirits, but tires the legs – 19km! Amazed to hear Cuckoo calling near the range (juvenile bird? I thought all adults were back in Africa, or maybe just leaving) and glad to see and hear Woodlark in the clear-fell areas north of Mayday Farm [Yes, these are now in BirdTrack].