December 2009 Archives

Andrea has left the building...

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... and the country. She has started her whirlwind tour of the world. Yesterday she caught a midday flight out to Los Angeles, and after a 5 hour layover, connected to a flight to Atlanta. Right now she is in Zertec (Glenn and Dee Dees bus) with Dee Dee. Glenn is in the tow truck that is pulling Zertec somewhere. I only have an sms from her, so I've no idea what is wrong with Zertec. I'm glad her first mishap has occured with some friends.

I'm missing her already, but I think it will ultimately be good for me to fend for myself for a couple of weeks. I went and had a lovely dinner with Phill and Meg last night. I'm not sure it's going to count if I don't feed myself sometime though. I've got an aikido dinner tonight. Perhaps I'll cook something on Wednesday.

Stratdat Xmas drinks '09

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We were fortunate enough to be invited back to Christmas drinks with Strategic Data last night. Since I left them to work at Trinity at the start of 2007 I've been lucky enough to maintain a conection with the people there. Simon and Andrew (two of the directors) were both sounding a bit worn down. I've consistantly been hearing how busy they have been in 2009, and Simon sounds like he is close to burn out. Adam Clarke was pretty chipper though. Talking to Simon about the scalability issues if staffing at stratdat was really interesting. It made me appreciate that in order to do strategic. Thinking on any issue, you need to have someway of stepping back from the coal face. I was having a conversation with Simon that would have been impossible for me at the end of 2006. I simply couldn't have come with the ideas I had last night if I was still working there. That's not to say my ideas were any good, and I doubt I'm suddenly going to see stratdats flat management structure change all of a sudden.

misdiagnosed special skills

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Tom Limoncelli has just posted some thoughts on misdiagnosed special skills. His closing comments on struggling to take a compliment ring true with me as well. Interesting.

facebook friends break your privacy

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According to the blogosphere facebook makes it really easy to give away your privacy. So as a savy facebook user, you might decide not to sign up for some crappy gift poking wannabe app, because you happen to know that the authors will use your personal information for all sorts of crazy things.

But it doesn't matter, because if just one of your friends signs up, those bad authors get access to your information anyway. Now whether this is true or not, or whether there really are bad authors or not is irrelevant to me. It gives me enough justification for me to continue my irrational desire to steer clear of facebook.

Slashdot has an article about recent changes. It's an anonymous post, so no more reliable than the above blog link.

Slow and steady...

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... loses the race. I was last in today (last of Andrea, Phill and I). I had quite a slow ride today for the 64 km from Anglesea to Queenscliffe. Probably due to going so hard the day before and the small breakfast.

The Anglesea campsite was split across a few venues, with the dinner tent a kilometre from the campsite. So breakfast was pre-packed boxes. Not only were they smaller than normal, but I didn't get soy milk. As they had told us the camping was going to be squishy Phill organized a cabin at the YMCA venue. Which worked out really well. We also went swimming at the beach while we were there.

The riding today would have been good if I'd been up to it. A tail wind most of the way. Only a few short sharp climbs. Phill says he was flying after Barwon Heads. There were a few spots where the pack clogged up. Not enough riders were staying left. Someone had a go at me for overtaking on the left. But I figure if I can slowly pass them on that side, then perhaps they are too far out?

Great Ocean Magic

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Stunning. Unbelievable. Amazing.

Today we rode from Apollo Bay to Anglesea, along The Great Ocean Road. And that road was closed to traffic for most of it before Lorne. Not only that, we had a tail win, and a beautiful sunny day. This has clearly been the best day of riding of the trip, and I'd almost go as far to say the best day of riding of my life. if you get a chance to ride that road free of traffic, it is really worth it. Smooth roads, rolling hills, great views. Can't ask for more than that.

I rode 77.58kms, in 2hr 36min giving me an average of 29.76km/h. I was trying for an average of over 30km/h. And at the first rest stop I had over 31km/h. By lunch in Lorne it was 30.6km/h.

Four seasons in Apollo Bay

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Today was the rest day of GVBR. I slept in. Andrea didn't, but she was very kind, and did some of my washing. We went back to the Apollo Bay hotel for lunch. We went there last night to celebrate conquering Lavers Hill after Megs friend Catherine told us that is where all the pretty girls were. Catherine was right, but only because Andrea and Cath were there. I got to meet Caths friend Alex. He's a very cool guy. I'm hoping to do snow snowboarding with him sometime.

After lunch we head down to the foreshore to digest, and wait for our surfing lesson. The weather closed in and started getting cold. I was seriously thinking of pulling out. But we stuck with it. We had a good lesson, despite the lack of waves, and the sun came out!

Hills of hardship

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Port Campbell to Apollo Bay. Near enough to 100kms to not matter. I really enjoyed the riding. Going up Lavers Hill was tough but rewarding. We rode past where Ross works (a helicopter pilot, who is single). I didn't let Andrea stop. I rode with Andrea to the first rest stop. Then we split up, so we could form separate friendships with the hill. I finished riding at about 3:10pm. Left at about 7:45pm. 99.95km, 4h55m for and average of 20.31 km/h.

We later learned that the sag wagons picked up 800 riders. People were waiting for hours to come in. Riders were still rolling in at 7:30pm.

100km on the hard road

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We rode from Port Fairy to Port Campbell today. And we had a head wind just about the entire way. My ride started well at 7:30am, by breaking a spoke nipple before even leaving the camp ground. I'm so glad the Bicycle Superstore is along for the trip. Mark fixed me up, and I got riding by 8am.

So now I had a 30 minute lead to catch up on Phill and Andrea. I grabbed onto the back of two blokes until the crowds at Tower Hill. Then did it solo, and saw Andrea not long after. After a bit of a chat I went looking for Phill. Four guys from Kingswood school were setting a great pace and I stayed with them until Allansford. Phill saw me and tacked on as well.

Andrea found us at lunch. She had managed to puncture both wheels in the last 1 km. So we repaired them. Then the valve blew out as I inflated it. So I had to buy another tube. The rest of the day was just hard work. Phill and I left Andrea behind and pushed on. We got involved in a few trains of riders, both leading and following. Including one train that was headed by a WARBY guy. These guys are GVBR volunteers. They are there to offer moral and mechanical support.

Phill kept stopping for photos. In the end I stopped with 105.58 kms and a ride time of 4hr46m, to give me an average of 22.12km/h. We got in at about 15:20. Best of all, Andrea was only about 45 minutes behind us, she did really well.

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