Friday Funny 1608: Mountain Biking with a Burley

>> Friday, May 31, 2019

Check out professional street trials / mountain biker Danny Macaskill as he takes his daughter out on the trails. This video is queued up to start at the 0:37 mark:

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Back with some training updates and 2 GOOD runs with Charlie shortly.


Friday Funny 1607: Snack Names

What these snacks SHOULD have been called:

I whole-heartedly disagree about the Reese's Pieces. They are delicious.

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Friday Funny 1606: Nostalgia

Ahhh... lots of these take me back.

I had a crush on a girl (well, on a few girls) a town away growing up,
and I'd call them later so my parents wouldn't see it on their bill.

My college had computers where you could download and run anything without
admin privileges for 1 summer. I downloaded SOOO much stuff from Limewire!

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Decent Week of Training, Ending with a Photography Trip

>> Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Here’s what my last week of training looked like:

Everything in there is very normal, except my “usual” Saturday run and Sunday ride were flipped around. That’s because I spent Saturday through Monday in a small cabin in northern Wisconsin paid for by my employer as I brushed up on my (photography) lighting skills. (I mentioned a bit about it in this post on my Photo Blog last year.)

I’ll have more on my Photo Blog over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, here are just a few of the photos I have fixed up so far:

2-point vs 3-point lighting.

I spent the first half day making all kinds of examples of different basic lighting set-ups with some strobes. The left photo is standard 2-point lighting with the brighter (key) light on the right. The right photo is the same exposure with the same 2 main lights, but with a third “hair” light off to the back left to highlight the separation of my hair and the background (upper left edge of my head/hair) as well as my left shoulder. Ideally (if I had more space in that cabin), that light would have been placed a little farther behind me as to not throw QUITE as much light on my cheek, and keep most of it as just a fine line of light to define me from the background (like on my shoulder).

Playing with some close-up filters as well.

Doing some work for my “4 a.m. series” on the morning of day 2.

Waves crashing creating a blurry fog effect over a 2 minute exposure.
That’s the reflection of a half moon in the water.

A foggy start to day 2.

Changing the set-up to a table top: 3-point lighting with the third light being a background light.

Lots of botanical studies like this that still need to be fixed up.
(This one might be my favorite of the plants.)

Some field horsetail.

I have a running list of “stereotypical or cliche photos that every photographer HAS to make,” and I made 2 on this trip. (I started that list for fun, and I mentioned it to my intermediate photography class a few years ago, and they would randomly come to class and say "Steve, I thought of another one!..." In fact, my profile picture on my Photo Blog is totally one of these photos on my list.) My first cliche photo every photographer has to make is this one in a milky tub:

And the 2nd cliche photo is a long exposure while spinning/swinging something that creates light. Here’s me spinning some burning steel wool by the edge of a river over a 30-second exposure:

Day 3 started with more studio experimenting. I placed an LED light horizontally, placed some fogged plexi over that, and did some food studies (with another LED light to the right, and a bounce to the left):

A different softly-lit set-up, also hit with a ring flash.

I’ll have more on my Photo Blog in the upcoming days and weeks. I shot some film too (as part of a different requirement for the grant that paid for this all), so I’ll share that once I get those rolls developed and scanned. Back to training!...


Intervals by the River

>> Saturday, May 25, 2019

Thursday afternoon, I dropped Charlie off at the neighbor's house for 90 minutes. (We've been swapping kids for the last few months, and it's been great! I hope it continues into the summer!) I had my running clothes on and just took off for the river. I was going to do my favorite "go to" distance-based interval workout: 2 x 2 mile intervals with 3:00 rest between.

After a 1.25 mile warm up, I was set to go. Here were my half mile splits:

2:50, 2:59, 2:53, 2:54 = 11:37.77

3:05 walking rest

2:52, 3:04, 2:53, 2:52 = 11:42.86

That entire first interval was great. Solid effort throughout, and a good time! Starting the 2nd interval was ROUGH, and I'm not surprised it was 5 seconds slower overall. My times usually drop during workouts like this (well, "usually" meaning that I like to start a bit easy and then build speed), but I knew that #2 wasn't going to be faster than #1. Just a simple, good workout!

Last weekend, I had a shortened tempo run because of a thunderstorm. Then Tuesday was a long stroller run down the Greenway Detour, and Thursday was this 2x2 mile workout. So this weekend's run is just going to be "running" - nothing too hard or too long.

Unrelated: we just got Charlie's pre-school photos earlier this week:

Just a few more days of preschool! :(


Friday Funny 1605: Fitness Funnies 14

>> Friday, May 24, 2019

Just some "funnies" that were tagged with "fitness" on

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