Three Hilly Bike Rides

I completed the first of three rides that I plan to do this summer. The first was the Horribly Hilly Hundreds. I choose and stuck to my plan of doing the 100K route. The course is tough, with ~6,600ft of climbing within that 100k (~66mile) route, with the hardest climb (in my opinion) being the second climb up Mounds Park Rd. Strava says it s Cat 3 climb from the very bottom all the way to the top at the Blue Mounds State Park parking lot.

I felt good going into the ride and had my hydration and nutrition well planned for the route. I had also changed out the standard (11-28) cassette for a 11-32 with a long cage derailleur.  I also tried something new on this ride: arm coolers (for UV protection). The temperatures that day were idle, in the high 70's to low 80's with light to moderate winds. The arm coolers worked as advertised and I was wearing them even up the last climb to the parking lot.

The toughest part, I'd have to say, is riding passed other riders who have started to walk up the hills. I know that a large part of climbing and endurance is not only physical but mental. I'm happy to say that training and planning allowed me to bike up every hill on the route I selected, but I don't think I could have tackled even the 150k route.

The next ride on the schedule is the Dairyland Dare in Aug. and then the Wright Stuff in Sept.


Is google glass a data gathering tool for training autonomous vehicles or AI?

I had this thought the other day, that perhaps, Google Glass is a way for Google to acquire human experience, from the "human-eye-view" on real world interactions. Which could then be used as referential data for the AI algorithms that power autonomous vehicles, robots or other services for human-machine interfaces or simulations.

This wouldn't be a unique concept for Google, they scan our gmail for purposes of providing relevant ads. They also have years of google voice mail data to help make their voice recognition systems better.

Their Privacy Policy allows for this type of usage for the development of new services and it would seem to me to be the perfect way to provide nature interaction data that might be hard or impossible to acquire in a lab.

If we are the "teachers" of these future AI algorithms, lets hope the people providing the data are doing so responsibly.

Just a random thought for the day.


Pactimo Brand Ambassadors and Misc.

Pactimo made their announcement, and sadly I didn't make the list. Oh well, maybe next year. They had ~1800 people register for just 25 positions. The full announcement and the list of ambassadors can be found at Pactimo Brand Ambassador Program. Pactimo did provide a consolation gift, of a non-transferable discount on a future order, which is a pretty good deal.

This coming week, on Mon, Feb, 24th,  I'll be the substitute/guest yoga teacher at Soleil Lune Yoga Center for the 7:15PM Yoga for Stiff Folks who Ride Spokes class (FYI this class is full, so no Drop-in slots are available).

Training continues indoors (as it's still cold and icy/snowy around here) for my summer list of rides in Wisconsin's Iowa County's Drift-less Area: Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Dairyland Dare and The Wright Stuff.