Saturday, October 30, 2010

6 days of rest

I had 2 doctor visits and medication these are good excuses for not running for 6 days.   I didn't expect to run very hard today.    There were a few spikes on heart rate these are possibly due to dry weather.    I can run a bit harder when I'm fully recovered.     By the way in October I made a new record of 76k total distance.

Nike+ 10.02 time 66:34 pace 6:38 A/MHR 155/166 score 60%

 

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手錶

最近錶帶又折斷了,第二次吧,家中老細說原廠都沒有新的換,這些東西太平了。

一句太平了我們的堆埋區就滿得很快,好在原本的盒還在,一看原來這平錶用了六年,裏面找到 spare pin,不用五秒搞定了。

抽屜裏只得一只可用的錶,我這類人簡直阻礙經濟發展。其實有另外一隻"人行它才行"的, 歷史更久遠,不想費力使它復活。

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tested Nike+ GPS app for iPhone

Walked slowly first along Tai Hang Road to Bowen road, GPS signal was low so app must be on the foreground, i.e. iPhone can't be in sleep mode. The distance was way out (1.62 vs 1.8) and no mapping due to low signal.

I then ran slowly 6k along Bowen Road, still too fast for the satellite, lots of trees and along hill side maybe the problem. Distance recorded was again way out (too much this time 7.61 vs 6). miCoach distance was dead on with only 0.6% error.

This $1.99 app may be OK elsewhere I'll go back to Nike+ and miCoach.

Ran between milestones of 6k A/MHR 151/157 score 80%

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Friday, October 22, 2010

氣候沒變化

政府公佈了應對氣候變化的政策。幾天前去了這個氣候會議的開幕及聽了兩個 keynote speeches 一個是國內教授談的氣候變化作為一門科學的看法,另一個從英國來的教授談的是世界能源供應及需求問題。聽後聯想到不是什麼商機,只是想到富裕國家因太發達,太奢華,要減廢,節能,投放金錢去救地球,心想為了誰教這地球?

從英國教授的數字看我們正使用 13.3TW (Tera = 12 zeros after 1) 從地理或國家的分類看便知世界的不公,大比例的人類連甚本生存權也沒有,為什麼一小部份的人說他們正在為人類救地球?

地球上很多地方的人類我相信未聽過氣候變化這問題,他們也可能未享受過空調,天天在40多度氣溫找生活,每年上升一度半度實在不是問題。他們沒有化工廠,煤電廠,連牲口也不多,他們不用對炭排放負責吧?

如果你用 "anti climate change" 去找你會有一千九百萬個結果,甚至有些說 climate change is a hoax or Myths 又或者有些真正的地球物理學家說氣候變化的周期可能有1,500 年那麼長,我們有生之年為些微氣温上升而費九牛二虎之力去救一部份有錢人,值得嗎?

看過一個記錄片說人類文明全是大地氣候造成,如果大地母親要滅人類我深信我們可做的是零。

我的愚見是人類不可能自救,只因地球有國家,國界,宗教, 種族….。地球眞正有難時人類不自相殘殺才怪。費力研究氣候變化救地球不如努力滅貧給那些有需要的人類有機會享受空調,汔車,資訊,清潔的食水,書本。

不要誤會我,不浪費,不破壞環境,生活健康點,凡此種種是應該的,但不是這麼偉大救地球,是救那些生下來沒有那麼幸運的同類。

人類只能繼續做夢

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one …..

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Need 3.5k to warm up

I just need around 3~4k to warm up, I certainly won't run any 5k race.

Air has been pretty strong and cool during the night but when I was out running the temperature was higher than I have expected.    I don't think I can run during coming weekend as the city is expecting a strong typhoon Megi.

Nike+ 5.01 time 34:18 pace 6:50 A/MHR 151/162 score 20%

 

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

15k wasn't that difficult

The original plan was to run beyond 10k so I set a favorite run in yellow zone for 90 minutes.    I expected somehow near the end I would be in yellow zone although I intended to run slow with stride rate around 165 for this first attempt of running beyond 10k.

I am so happy to see the low score of 10% meaning that I ran most of time in the easy green zone.    In fact my heart rate near the end was lower than I ever have expected.   I felt differently comparing to a 10k experience such as

  • a bit hungry at the end, a banana prior to the run obviously wasn't enough
  • flexibility of my muscles, joints, feet appear to have gone near the end
  • I need a new pair of shoes
  • if this is a race I can continue for another 30 minutes or so

Half marathon I'm coming.

 

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Light shower this morning

The weather was still stuffy and there was a light shower when I ran this morning.    I hope it'll be cooler and dryer coming Sunday.   I have added a favourite run of 90 minutes to my miCoach Pacer and I hope to run beyond 10k.


Nike+ 5k time 36:38 pace 7:19 A/MHR 150/157 score 80%

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Monday, October 11, 2010

miCoach fixed an easy 5k to test

The Adidas support did a great job, I was told to follow this instruction to downgrade the firmware and restore my miCoach Pacer to factory setting.    Too bad there are too many steps there and my Pacer didn't behave exactly as described.    Support gave me another text file which can be launched as commands in Terminal to reformat the pacer which is no different from an ordinary external storage device.   It worked.

When thanking them I suggested:

I wonder if the software logs user actions (such as what buttons are pressed, switch location etc).   The good thing about having the miCoach Manager to do the reformatting (instead of that in the forum Q&A, involving too many steps, easy to make mistake and misunderstanding) is that the desktop app can retrieve error logs, perform diagnostic, send them to miCoach support, before reformatting is done.

 Nike+ 5.02 time 35:56 pace 7:09 A/MHR 152/163 score 60%

 

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Friday, October 8, 2010

長方,三角,圓形

小兒是那種沒有什麼鬥心的人,不愛比賽,不愛出風頭。他最近作文說他喜歡數學因我給他課程以外的練習做,一般來說他要玩我 iPhone 上的遊戲便要先算我給他的數學題。

我目的是想將數學帶進生活,早點知道他的弱點,給我時間去找方法教,課堂上老師要送出去的及要照顧的實在太多。

前幾天給他講了三角形面積怎樣算,我說其實他如果知長方形面積怎樣算就應該想到怎樣算三角形,我不用教(當然他棄權,玩 Angry Bird 去了)。我想學校老師因時間關係一定只會叫學生記了"底乘高除二" 便算。

我後來再想數千年前的人是怎樣解決問題的? 下一個我希望小兒想的便是圓形面積,想了一晚如果我會算三角形面積我應會想出怎樣算圓形,也應不用教!再者我未見過有書本記載發現算這些面積的人,所以能想得出也應不是了不起!

我已經忘了我小學時老師怎樣教,多半是填鴨式 "記了這個,不要問,做練習",長大後才發現以下的書,才知解決問題的樂趣給教育制度殺掉了。

你要試一試嗎? 答對了可叫你的孩子試試。

要求

  • 小三
  • 會算三角形面積
  • 未聽過什麼 pi 或圓周率
  • 見過切了的 pizza

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New features added but with new bug

Ran 5 k this morning found new features in miCoach.    I used my favorite 30 minutes green zone run and in the middle of it I heard "15 minutes left" this has been a feature requested by many users.    Nike+ gives you the same, either for time or distance, depending on what you have selected to run for.    Then I heard "yellow zone in 15 seconds" meaning that I was outside my target green zone for 15 seconds, nice warning, however this caused a bug which disabled the center button which I press from time to time to know what I am doing (stride rate, heart rate ... etc).

At the end even the "workout saved, goodbye" has gone missing.

Nike+ 5k, time 33:48 pace 6:45 A/MHR 152/164 score 50%

 

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

妥協

每星期都要帶大提琴上班,一天在升降机內鄰居問"你教大提琴的?"我答"不,我在學",他說"難得,我們這個年紀的都要妥協。"

在我住的地方幾乎全部都是為了小朋友而選擇這地方,選地區是妥協,給子女學這學那是妥協,放棄自己理想也是妥協。

我老友最近想找些 “世藝” 及想和他的女兒們多點話題,問我學什麼樂器好,他的大女兒學小提琴,小的學鋼琴。不用猜我要答的是那樂器比較易,這裡說過了,我只強調不要自學因我是失敗例子,我說一定要跟老師,學習沒有捷徑。活了半世紀才知自己的音樂天才這個可能性實在太低。

老友的其他煩惱是為何他的女兒好像什麼基本的都不懂,不會教他呢? 其實這是溝通問題,不是他女兒不懂只是逃避教他而已。這是做父親有的 authority 及和子女的 power distance,這等於我老闆來叫我教他管理的 ABC ,我只能說 “不要玩我吧,我懂什麼!"

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

I need a plan

I just did 5k today in yellow zone.    My target stride rate was 170 right from the start but I found that I really need at least 1.5k to warm up, I didn't feel comfortable at that pace right at the start.    I therefore need a scheme for my 10k, such as this

1st km: 7 minutes
2nd k: 6:30 minutes
3-5 k: 18 minutes
6-8 k: 16:30 minutes
9-10k: 12 minutes

Nike+ 5k time 33:26 pace 6:40 A/MHR = 156/165 score 70%

 

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Still too slow

My stride rate is pretty much under control near 168~170 but obviously this isn't good enough.    I'll have to run a bit faster at the first 5k (took me 36 minutes this time) next time.    This approach should be better than catching up near the end.


Nike+ 10k time 69:57 pace 6:59 A/MHR = 158/168 score 80%

 

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