Sunday, June 29, 2008
As you can see it is about a 1500 metre climb and if I had bothered to look at this chart before the race just over 18Km, not as I am sure I had been told just under 17Km!
So this year we modestly set off from the back as usual. As with last year this meant that we had to wait and often walk as the initial river path in front of us was blocked by people walking. From the front next year!
This adrenaline took my mind of my agonising foot trouble which stemmed from a practice run of last Thursday. It had ended in a painful blister
The race progressed well for both of us except that the last 3Km or so reduced me to a walk. I first thought this was an excellent idea since slightly earlier as I was running I noticed a man in front of me keeping pace with me although he was walking. So I tried it too and sure enough nobody passed me on the last 3Km, well in fact only 2 people passed me in the last 15Km of the race.
For marcus there were two low points in the race:
- At 16Km they said refreshments in 1Km, I assumed for this 17Km this meant the finish. Unfortunately at KM 17 I found there was another 1.something Km to go. Most demoralising!
- I stepped over the finish line and the clock said 02:11 but it turns out Marcus's time is down in Datasport as 02:30 and Agata a good 02:51. I can't understand the difference but know that her Datasport time and clock time are identical. So initial elation has now been replaced by a bit of gloom
Still we had a fantastic time overall and the time anomaly excepted we look forward to the 2009 race, another T shirt and a better result. I will take my watch next time :-)
Some more photographs
marcus was lucky 99
Sexy Agata was a smiling 209
Agata pretends to have a post race converstion to Islam
Bloody papparazzi photographers no publicity
Thanks Ingrid, for being our support team
Marcus gets closer to a Marmot
View from the train to Montreux
View down to Montreux
Next time we'll bring our helicopter too and not take that slow train down
Whilst also Surfing
Doing some DOS5 retro work
And rebuilding the Windows 2008 server virtual machine in 64bit mode
All this and I'm still only using about 6GB memory
It realy is quite wonderful when technology works, and the key learning points as always are
- Take your time, make a plan and go slowly
- Backup, and more backup
- Always have a backout plan
- When all is done proceed to a large glass of wine to celebrate
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
- Computer Software always gets bigger and slower
- Fuel prices go up and
- Over time your body gets larger not smaller
Is was with this last point that convinced me that I was never again going to fit into my
Aquaman wetsuit ever again despite a desperate 2 months of dieting. So I resolved to get a super-dooper new suit and I chose an Orca 3.8
However to date there is no happing ending. I chose size 7 which should actually too big based on the orca sizing guide:
Imagine my suprise, shock and rather disappointment (since I travelled all the way to London to pick this up) when I found it too small! Too small on the thighs, too small on the chest, and not long on the arms or legs. All this despite the fact that I am surely not 173cm tall nor 75Kg in weight. Well I would not believe it either. So here is an extreemly unflattering photograph to prove it
So all in all I'm going to reorder a size 8 orca 3.8 suit which is for people upto 188cm in height and 89Kg. This is somewhat surreal to say the least. So to finish what 10 things might you like to know about wetsuits
- You wear a wetsuit because it is too cold to swim in the open water / sea
- Not only will you be warmer but you'll swim faster too
- Orca 3.8 and other wetsuits have different thickness of neoprene and / or air filled buoyancy compartments to place your body in a better swimming position
- A triathlon wetsuit differs from a diving or shorty recreational wetsuit mostly in that the area around the arms is specially flexible to aid swimming
- Instead of wearing a wetsuits some triathaletes wear a single (sleeveless) suit that they can use on the swim, bike and finally run. This cuts down transition times but does not give you the speed advantage that a wetsuit does in the water
- Traithlon Wetsuits are fragile, they tear easily. Shorty recreational or diving wetsuits are almost indestructible. You could tear a triathlon wetsuit with sharp nails just trying to put it on. So apart from keeping your nails short be careful pulling on and taking off a suit
- The suit should fit tightly all over the body. However if it is too tight on the chest you wont be able to breathe properly. Pay close attention to chest sizes on wetsuit specifications therefore
- After sports use best to wash your suit in clean water and hang it to dry. Some suits e.g. Aquaman are designed to dry quickly. Hanging avoids creasing.
- Women and men have different body shapes you cannot interchange suits!
- Trying on a wetsuit at a local shop is usually the best bet. Remember to put on a rash vest and swimming trunks before you try your suit on. You would do this in real life and these two items will make it easier to suit up in the shop.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Hamilton senior was quoted:
Not a good week for the Hamiltons then
Friday, June 06, 2008
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this AMD dual core, 2GB powerhouse has toiled away as our media centre, download PC and webserver.
But in mid 2007 it was time for a change and I was just about to order the Shuttle SX38P2 when Intel released the X48 chipset. Well I opted for the SX38 anyway: So another 6 months of waiting later and our local Swiss computer store finally has it in stock. But just as I was about to order it, Shuttle finally announce their X48 based computer
Shuttle SX48P2 has landed
So all I have to do now I presume is wait another six months for the Swiss market to catch up and replace old faithful with this new 1600Mhz front side bus and Quad Core processor capable unit.
Shuttle SX48P2 spec sheet (I hope this super slow web page is not driven from a Shuttle computer)
Special Deluxe Features
Fingerprint recognition technology
Speed-Link - easily connect 2 PCs via USB and share data
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g, up to 54 Mbit/s data transfer rate
Bluetooth 2.0 dongle Processor
Support Socket 775 Supports 800, 1066, 1333 or 1600MHz front side bus (FSB) Core 2 Quad/Extreme/Duo, Pentium Dual-Core, Pentium D Core 2 multi-core processors in 45nm technology
Shuttle I.C.E. heat-pipe module (Integrated Cooling Engine)
SilentX Cooling and Noise Reduction Technology advanced Heatpipe technology, linear fan control.
3 independent airflow zones: CPU, HDD and Case (including power supply, mainboard and graphics card)
OASIS Cooling Technology: additional fanless heat-pipe design covering the MOSFET modules (VRM), north- and southbridge
Shuttle FX48, Shuttle form factor, proprietary design for XPC SX48P2 Deluxe
Chipset: Intel X48 Express (MCH) + ICH9R (I/O Conroller Hub) All Solid Capacitors for excellent heat resistance for enhanced system durability Color slots/connectors design (Power switch, USB, PCIe, DDR3)
4 memory slots 240 pins
Supports DDR3-1066/1333/1600 memory (unbuffered, non-ECC) Supports Dual Channel max. 2 GB per DIMM, up to a total size of 8 GB
2x PCI-Express x16 Version 2.0 expansion slots for x16 graphics cards (full 16 lanes each slot) Supports Dual Graphics card by ATI CrossFire™ Technology.
8-channel audio with DD/DTS
7.1 channel High Definition Audio, Realtek ALC888DD codec Supports Dolby® Digital Live! and DTS™ Connect (Digital Theater Systems)
Dual Gigabit LAN Controller
2x RJ45 connectors supports Teaming-Mode**)
2x Marvell 88E8056 Ethernet network controller With PCI Express x1 interface
IEEE 802.3u 1000Base-T compliant
Supports 10 / 100 / 1.000 MBit/s opteration
450 Watt ATX mini PSU, AC input voltage: 100~240V 80 PLUS® certified (80% or greater energy-efficient) . 85(W) x 83(H) x150(D) mm
Connectors: 20-pin ATX, 4-pin ATX12V Active PFC circuit (Power Factor Correction)
With AC power switch
325(L) x 220(W) x 210(H) mm
Shuttle SX48 HotSpot
EU Download Files for Shuttle
Shuttle SX48 Users Guide
I hope the 12 month plus wait is going to be worth it!
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Here is the route:
The general idea is from Lausanne to Vevey to Montreux to Villeneuve to St-Gingolph to Evian to Chens to Genève to Nyon to Morges and back to Lausanne.
In more detail...
So it was another weekend of tortuous early rising when we pottered down to the cave at about 5:30 am to check our bicycles and load up with the necessary fluids, rain protection, tools, high calorie bars, camera and all things necessary to navigate a 180Km race.
This year on Agatas prompting I did wear the impractical orange short sleeved Cycling jersey. Apparently its the rules, jerseys must be worn and to stop me freezing to death we both bought some arm warmers
In a pleasant change it was dry when we finally set off from Lausanne at about 07:00, after waiting about 30 minutes in a queue. The first 40Km or so flew past with an average speed of over 35Km/h.
Then for me a nasty pain developed above the right knee, a bit like cramp and sufficiently painful to prevent any real pressure being possible on the right leg. So for the next 150Km or so; I tried to smile as I mostly left footedly kept cycling. Any significant pressure on the right cycle pedal meant oooooooow. Hills and any sort of acceleration became a particular challenge, as did the steep ascent home after the end of the race. (Unfortunately it is all uphill from the lakefront to our home several hundred metres at the very top of North Lausanne.)
We took the time to take some photographs so here they are:
Our race numbers
We bumped into Ania
100Km Forest Food Stop
Agata takes it easy
We reach the finish line and our fan club is mysteriously absent
We think of the our achievement and our mood improves
So that is it for another year, unless we do it again one summer weekend just for fun.