So, let’s see, this is about week three-ish of quarantine? Anyway, with the CDC having taken an about-face on the wearing of masks, which is now starting to be the new normal in public, it feels like it’s the right time for a quick update.
Even with a slightly reduced work schedule, I’ve had no shortage of things to do. Continue reading
Time to revive this blog for a bit to share a few notes during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
I played in a chess tournament in Los Angeles the weekend of March 7-8. Participation in this event was down from prior years due to the threat of COVID-19. They had a rule prohibiting hand shaking before and after the games, but otherwise the tournament was uneventful. (Well, aside from me making a huge blunder in my last game in a favorable position against an internationally titled player, but that’s another story.) The plus side was that we had enough elbow room in the top section for social distancing, even before social distancing became a thing. Continue reading
I just had my one month follow-up doctor appointment for the ankle and foot sprain. The swelling has gone down enough to start physical therapy to regain the lost range of motion. I go back to the doctor in an month, I should be at least walking in the boot by then, if I don’t have it off already by then!
In celebration, I set up the bike on the indoor trainer and went for a short ride.
At run club a little over a week ago, I rolled my left ankle on a really steep concrete to pavement transition. It hurt, but I was able to walk the remaining 50 yards back to the start. But then later that night it swelled up and it hurt to put any weight on it.
Short answer: pretty much, but I’ll still keep it around for the archived material, such as my bicycle trip across the USA, and my Kenmore dryer mounting hardware post which seems to be of use to many. Also a couple of posts on using Open Street Maps and using my Garmin for on-bike navigation seem to be of interest to more than me!
I’d say that I don’t have the time to post, but that’s not entirely true. It’s just that, in general, I’d rather not spend the time writing about doing something, when I could be spending more time doing it!
One other update from mid-2019: I disabled all commenting on this site. The spammers are getting more creative, and since I rarely post, the spam battle is not worth fighting.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been pretty busy lately, so just thought I’d get a quick update out on the main topics that I talk about here: ElliptiGO, bicycling. running, and chess. Continue reading
Just a bunch of random photos from earlier this month. Continue reading
Normally when I take my Garmin FR220 running watch (retail $250) on flights, I simply wear it on the plane. On this last trip, I had a last minute change of heart and packed it in my rollerboard, which I normally carry on. But at that time I forgot that I had also planned to check a box of work supplies, so it made sense to check the rollerboard too.
When I arrived in my hotel in Houston on Sunday, the Garmin was not in my rollerboard. I was puzzled at first, because at home I keep the Garmin with my running armband and headlamp, and so I would have packed all three of them at the same time. Yet only the armband and headlamp made it to Houston. At the time I assumed I somehow must have forgotten to pack the Garmin, even though I thought that was implausible. When I returned home late Friday, I searched all the places the Garmin could/would have been. And then I finally realized the unthinkable: the Garmin was stolen from my checked baggage.
There was nothing inside the bag saying it was inspected by TSA, so I’m going to file a claim with United. I’ll update this post with more details after they are available.
The biggest challenge was setting my target pace for the race. My last 5K was in November, which I ran in 23:40, at a 7:37/mi pace. But this winter I got plantar fasciitis which sidelined me for a while. I’m been on the mend and now returning to running form. A couple of weeks ago while on a business trip I ran 5K on a flat route after work in about 26 minutes at tempo pace.
The other complication was that I caught a cold/sore throat a couple of days before the race. I’ve never raced when sick, so I was in complete unknown territory. I figured I’d start off the race at an 8:00/mi pace, and if I could pick up the pace later, than great – but if I couldn’t, then at least I’d be at a reasonable pace that I could hold. Continue reading
Just a quick update since my return to running after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis. In my last post, I described my plan to transition from walking to running in four weeks. That plan worked rather well, and last week while on business I was able to run 5K at tempo pace! Continue reading