5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This was in all probability about as near a semi-normal weekend as we’ve had in a number of years now. Plus, it was truly sunny – a change from every week of rain, snow, wind, and all of these by some means blended collectively angrily.

1) Cargo Bike Ambulance:

One in every of our cargo bikes (sure, we now have two – however no automobile), was due for some spring upkeep this week, together with truing the rear wheel and tightening the belt. In all probability a brand new set of brake pads too. That was set for Saturday morning, when on Thursday morning stated similar bike determined to have its rear tire pop at 5:30:21AM. I do know the precise time as a result of I may truly see it occur on one in all our Nest Cams. It silently popped, and the rear tire squished down.

Anyhow, with that appointment already set, t. was no motive for me to cope with altering the tire myself. It’s not tremendous exhausting, however it’s additionally not as straightforward as a street bike. Atop that, bike mechanic labor charges are foolish low-cost in Amsterdam – and I’d should go to the bike store to get a brand new tube for it in any case. So, I figured I’d do it abruptly, and simply get the flat-tire bike to the bike store (about 2KM away) both by slow-riding it, or slow-rolling it.

That plan failed miserably.

About 200m down the road, the tube determined to depart the bike and find yourself wrapped across the hub. After which, the bike turned extremely exhausting to push on simply the tire alone (plus, attempting to maintain the rim on rubber solely). So, I gave up on that. Carrying the bike wasn’t an choice. However, suckering my Dad (who was on the town) into serving to me elevate one City Arrow onto one other, after which stroll it the 2KM to the bike store at 10PM? Positively an choice.

This labored surprisingly nicely. As soon as we received it up t., it managed to remain put and really strong atop the opposite one (the crank arm sorta nestled into one nook). And t. was no significant resistance when it comes to pushing it, it simply rolled alongside fortunately. And we solely bumped into one signpost.


Right here’s my dad at our vacation spot.


I’d additionally level out that even having a automobile or SUV on this state of affairs wouldn’t have labored. The bike is just too massive for these. Some bigger American truck beds might need had room within the again for it, hanging out the again. Getting the bike up solo would have been tough. Not unattainable, however very tough. So having a helper made issues simpler for the mount/dismount.

They fastened it the following morning and we had been good to go.

2) Working Buddies:

Saturday, simply earlier than dinner, I made a decision it was time to squeeze in a 10KM-ish run. With the three Peanuts beginning to lose the plot within the early night witching hour, I figured taking one in all them with me could be the prudent factor to do. Initially I used to be going to take the littlest one within the operating stroller (The BOB), however a cut up/last-second choice was provided to the center one (4 years previous) to see if she wished to bike as an alternative with me.

Certain sufficient, she was thrilled. Additionally, sure her face is painted. No, she isn’t usually a bear.


I wished to do about 10KM, and wasn’t tremendous certain how nicely she’d deal with the pace side. She’s often fairly good within the ~10KM vary simply poking round, however I haven’t taken her out on any solo runs but. So this may be a primary.

Seems, she did nice, and we had a blast.


The way in which again on the lollipop-designed farmland loop had some fairly stiff headwinds, in order that slowed issues down barely. Each when it comes to pace but additionally motivation. However we simply ended up enjoying a sport w. each fifth large tree on the tree-lined path, she’d get a pair second ‘increase’ to hurry forward. That saved her entertained.

All in a bit greater than 9KM, at roughly my long-running tempo. Not too shabby for a 4-year previous.

3) Drone Testing Enjoyable:

I spent a little bit of time getting a brand new plane all set-up for some stuff later this week. This can be a bit completely different than many of the drone stuff I evaluation, in that it’s so-called FPV flying (First Individual View). Usually talking, this side isn’t utilized in follow-me sports activities, however the factor I’m reviewing crosses over to extra of the realm of stuff I evaluation on the . facet. W.as, you do truly see FPV drones used increasingly in dwell sporting occasions – akin to GoPro utilizing one in dwell freestyle snowboarding competitors a number of months again, and DJI doing comparable with this ski movie, together with tons of FPV work, (and we’ve seen numerous piles of FPV work in biking movies, each on the common . stage however additionally with the UCI even just lately at an occasion).


Anyhow, I made point out on ., but when anybody within the Amsterdam space is an skilled FPV pilot and desires to assist me out on Tuesday morning (somew. simply outdoors the allowable flying space), I’m joyful to have a flying helper. Shouldn’t take lengthy, simply drop a word beneath or utilizing the ‘Contact’ choice above.

4) Sunday Intervals

Sunday noon I went out for some intervals within the solar. I wished to run by means of a structured exercise (one w. I downloaded what I used to be doing to the watch to have me iterate by means of it), so I arrange a pile of 800s, together with a warm-up and cool-down. First up was passing by the rowing basin, w. a contest was underway. Loads of giant semi-trucks stuffed with boats off within the distance.


After that, it was free crusing with only a few individuals. It’s all the time good and quiet when you get away from the basin.


I ended up doing a pair rounds of the hill. This hill is just 15m excessive, however it’s the one hill I’ve received. And it technically journeys the brink for what I want more often than not.

As soon as performed, the Garmin Descent G1 (which is principally a diving model of the Intuition 2 sequence) was upset as all the time with my lack of productiveness. Usually talking, the underlying motive why it provides ‘Unproductive’ is often proper. Although, this one was considerably questionable to be trustworthy. It stated I wanted relaxation a bit extra. However I managed a 74 sleep rating with an ‘Wonderful’ sleep length, although Physique Battery didn’t fairly nail as excessive as I wished, at 68 for the evening. Nonetheless appears a bit aggressive for ‘Unproductive’. Although, as I stated earlier than, typically – more often than not I discover that objectively it’s proper, even once we don’t like the reply (the exception is usually excessive load weeks like coaching camps and such – w. it simply fumbles).

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Both method, my intervals had been largely good – so, that’s what issues. Effectively, truly, I received the take a look at information I wanted – in order that’s actually what issues.

5) Meals Pageant Enjoyable


After the run on Sunday, we introduced the youngsters to Amstel Park, which is a huge park alongside the Amstel river. They’ve received every thing from gardens t. to cafes, even a petting farm. However for youths, the primary attraction is the large playground space.

Nonetheless, this weekend the Pure market was up and operating once more. It was its second weekend of the yr, and rotates between three completely different venues round Amsterdam every weekend. Usually, we go to it within the Amsterdam Bos, which could be very near the DCR Cave (and w. I did my intervals above). So it was a pleasant shock to see it ..

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The meals is all the time good, and t.’s tons of selection for the youngsters to choose which meals they need. One had recent dumplings, one other rotisserie rooster, and the final one selected Thai-chicken pot pies. The adults (together with the grandparents) sampled from that set of stands, in addition to others.

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Plus, a practice experience across the park with the grandparents topped it off earlier than they flew again throughout the pond this morning.

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After which, it was a experience dwelling because the solar set, compulsory windmill included.


With that – thanks for studying, and have an excellent week forward!