It’s the engineer in me. Or, maybe I’m an engineer because I love this stuff. For whatever reason, I keep pretty detailed training data for each marathon training cycle. If you’re interested, it’s all here in an Excel spreadsheet.
If you can use the spreadsheet and/or formulas in your own training, please feel free. The only tab I didn’t really keep up was the Food Groups tab. That’s for tracking the number of servings from each food group consumed each day. The Plan tab contains some mileage and time calculation formulas that I used for setting quality runs. And, the Cal % tab contains some Daily Activity Time calculations that I didn’t keep up for the duration. Those were originally intended to create totals to guide the carb intake, per The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition.
I haven’t sifted through all the data just yet, but I can always pick out one or two things that are useful for the next training cycle. Let me know in the comments if something stands out to you.
A service member carrying the US and POW flags at the Quad Cities Marathon. I believe this group ran the race in full gear.
This is definitely an annual highlight of the race: the bagpiper on the I-74 bridge, less than 2 miles in.
I got in a slow fiver last night. It was the first since the Quad Cities Marathon and my first as a 2016 Boston Marathon qualifier. Those first runs after a race always have a special quality to them. It’s as if running takes on a new and different meaning with every race. This one was that times ten.
Circles, ellipses, and parabolas were my love when I was a young man, but are very rare in the wild. Galileo was absolutely right to assert that in science those shapes are necessary. But they have turned out not to be sufficient, merely because most of the world is of great roughness and infinite complexity.
via In the Mind of the Fractal King – Preview Issue: The Story of Nautilus – Nautilus.
Kreek hands his oars off to a crewmate and squeezes through the hatch into the tiny sleep cabin. He curls up on the waterproof padding that serves as the crew’s bed and is just starting to drift off when he feels a few splashes of water lick at him. The next moment, a flood rushes into the cabin, trapping him. Then the world turns sideways.
via What happens when four guys try to cross the Atlantic…in a rowboat – Sportsnet.ca.
For the last four years, Robbie Mitchell and his team have been inventing ways to describe an entirely new suite of education possibilities. As Knewton’s Head of Marketing and Communications, he has not only helped shape the company’s identity, but also the way it approaches marketing to get the most traction possible.
via The Case for Why Marketing Should Have Its Own Engineers.
The speed bump won’t be because our devices are getting faster, but they are. It won’t be because some giant company created something great, though they probably have. The Web will be getting faster very soon because a small group of developers saw a problem and decided to solve it for all of us.
via How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica.
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While the drone system would follow the same principles as full-fledged air traffic control, the NYT says its control center would be fully automated. Parimal H. Kopardekar, the NASA principal researcher managing the program, said that the first applications for the system would be in sparsely populated areas, performing such tasks as monitoring oil pipelines or crops.
via NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones | The Verge.
In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision. Artificial intelligence software can drive cars, beat grandmasters at chess and leave “Jeopardy!” champions in the dust.
via Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy – NYTimes.com.
Smartphones go from being the inconvenient way to pay to an easier one once you can just tap them on the terminal. Credit cards with NFC chips, like Mastercard PayPass are similar, but few merchants are issuing that type of card.
via Nobody Freaking Cares? With iPhone 6, Apple Makes NFC A Must-Have Mobile Payments Feature.
In 2009, two previously competing designers teamed up to build a spacesuit glove to enter in a NASA competition. After taking home second prize and winning $100,000 for their high-tech creation, Ted Southern and Nikolay Moiseev decided to go into businesstogether.
via What to Wear in Space: Spacesuit Chic with Final Frontier Design.