Lastly, it’s getting warmish right here. Not like Florida heat, however like acceptable ranges of heat heat. So, right here’s what we have been as much as!
1) Openwater Swim Afternoon
I kicked off the weekend with an openwater swim Friday afternoon. It lastly stopped being chilly (and stopped raining). Although in fact raining doesn’t matter, however there’s one thing pleasurable about getting out of the water and it being heat and sunny out that makes summer time openwater swims one of the best.
The aim of my swim was to check the new beta GPS firmware for Garmin’s new lineup of watches, which goals to repair the problem I and others have encountered the place it stops monitoring distance after a really brief time interval (like 20-50 meters). It’s finally what led to this tweet and subsequent submit (with simply shy of 600 feedback now). So I obtained each the MARQ & Forerunner 945 all up to date and charged up, then headed to the lake. Technically I might swim straight from the DCR Cave entrance door, however the water high quality appears suspect at that locale. So I pedaled two minutes away to the newly constructed docks:
I then took some compulsory pics and obtained into the water. Oh, and I had a Forerunner 935 (older unit) in working mode on the swim buoy above the water. This may be the reference monitor.
Able to roll, I saved my motion cam and pressed begin. Then I gave the items 5 seconds with my wrists nonetheless above the water (in order that they’d have a clear place to begin), I set off swimming.
I didn’t cease until I accomplished my large squarish factor. I did handle to take one photograph although of a buoy/marker construction by swimming one-armed. Kinda just like the previous days.
Randomly, a minute later two ladies went swimming by in the wrong way sans-clothing of any type. That was surprising.
I obtained again to the dock and gave the watches 5 extra seconds above the water earlier than urgent cease (which roughly simulates popping out of the water and working to a close-by T1 timing mat, giving them probability to get one final clear repair). Right here’s the outcomes:
You’ll see the MARQ (purple) was very near the reference monitor (blue). Greater than acceptable for an openwater swim monitor accuracy-wise. Good? No. But it surely’s nearly exceptional to have good tracks. This barely reduce the corners, however nothing main for swimming.
Whereas the FR945 (crimson) gave up on life after 68 yards. However I’m not going to carry it towards Garmin at this juncture (I did that final week in spite of everything). As an alternative, that’s the *whole objective* of releasing beta updates that the general public can strive. I despatched them the suggestions from my swim just a few hours later. Clearly, beta testing isn’t for everybody, however I’m pleased for an excuse to go swimming. It’s presupposed to be stunning climate all week lengthy. At this level although, it’s clear the problem isn’t but fastened. And having solely a single swim on the MARQ doesn’t declare it fastened there both. I’d need 4-5 swims with out situation to imagine it could be fastened. However once more, pleased to swim extra.
(Aspect notice: I in all probability didn’t make it tremendous clear in my submit final week, however I’ve principally zero points with testing pre-production gadgets that aren’t prepared and have bugs. That’s by no means been my situation. My situation is manufacturing gadgets which can be accessible to most people on last firmware however are nonetheless buggy. Give me buggy beta gadgets all day lengthy, I’m by no means going to complain about it publicly.)
2) Let there be mild!
I spent an unbelievable period of time unboxing mild packing containers. Significantly, how is it that every mild wants like 28 packing containers for all of the elements? There have to be a greater manner.
That is principally as a result of the lighting in the primary DCR Studio portion continues to be the bane of my existence. Although, these lights will truly be used elsewhere. I’ve obtained some giant overhead LED panels that ought to blanket the studio with crispy mild beginning this week, assuming PostNL manages to ship them. They’ve been delayed twice now because of some sorting situation. Perhaps tomorrow.
Hope they hurry up, I’ve obtained unboxings to get performed!
(Aspect geekery notice: I had desperately wished to purchase these particular lights for the primary studio, however seems they have been solely accessible within the US. Regarded superior. Ended up with one thing related although by means of Amazon Germany. Not an ideal match, particularly on worth, however one of the best I might discover.)
3) Flower supply by bike
This weekend The Lady and I made a decision to spruce up the yard a bit. With the climate turning summer-ish, it was time to get some flowers planted. Certain, the remainder of our block already has flowers of their backyards. However the remainder of the block can also be retired with out kiddos working round. And, it’s not technically summer time but, so given it’s nonetheless spring – I feel we’re completely on time.
We went to the backyard heart and picked out a bunch of flowers, however by the point our “marriage negotiations” have been over, the youngsters have been beginning to lose it, so we pedaled them again dwelling for snacks and naps. Thus, I went again solo to pickup our items:
Seems, we badly miscalculated on how a lot area we’d want within the bike. So it’s a superb factor the youngsters weren’t in there too. Right here’s my first load, with the leftovers within the cart.
After which I went again for the second half. By then The Peanut was awake, so she got here alongside for the journey. As soon as once more, it was a decent squeeze, however she favored being surrounded by flowers. Largely.
Like I’ve stated previously, we use the crap out of our cargo bike. So good to not have a automotive, even when it takes just a few extra journeys.
4) Pancakes, Pie, and Peddling
Saturday afternoon after our flower supply we determined to flee to the pancake home for dinner. We’ve come right here numerous instances earlier than, however at all times for breakfast/lunch. For some cause we determined to check out how nicely dinner would work. Stuff the youngsters filled with dinner, allow them to play on the playground, after which pedal dwelling and ship them to mattress. So first, the pancakes…after which pie.
After which the pedaling dwelling:
On the straightforward tempo we peddled at, it takes about 20 or so minutes to get dwelling. The youngsters had a good time, as after pie we left them unfastened within the playground for a bit. There’s additionally the petting zoo portion too. Which I suppose makes for all of the P’s: Pancakes, Pie, Playground, Petting, and Peddling. Although the ‘petting’ half sounds a bit improper standalone like that.
Significantly although, life is simply really easy right here with bikes and youngsters. Maybe it feels like we simply bike round all weekend with the youngsters and that’s it. However actually…yeah, that’s kinda it. We additionally went swimming Sunday morning too through bike. We do the whole lot through bike. What households do within the US through a minivan, we do with a cargo bike on nearly completely separated and guarded bike paths. It’s superb.
5) A lot dust
Keep in mind all these flowers? Yeah…us too. Now we needed to plant them. And to be honest, that really didn’t take very lengthy. It’s the whole lot else that took endlessly. Trimming again bushes, weeding, holding children from choosing up the shears, and so forth… Many many many hours slowly vanished on Sunday afternoon and night. The Lady and I completed up at 10PM. Apparently it was Father’s Day too. Oh and The Lady found we had some form of poison ivy on the market amongst the bushes as nicely. Doh.
We are going to now have fairly flowers in our yard for when GPLama (+1.5), DesFit, and others keep over the approaching month for the DCR Open Cave. Assuming we don’t kill them first (the flowers, not the Lama’s). Which is an efficient reminder to get all registered if you wish to come to the DCR Open Cave. We’re undoubtedly on a sooner sign-up tempo than again within the fall.
With that – thanks for studying! I’ve gotta get again to deboxing and assembling extra lights.