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Convert a Route to a Garmin Course File

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I've been preparing cycle routes for my new bike commute and while that part of the process has been pain free and successful, the art of transferring the route to my Garmin Forerunner 920XT so I can follow it as a course, has been a royal pain in the proverbial. I have managed it though [...]

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A Palaver of Monstrous Proportions

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My focus has temporarily shifted from running to a new acquisition which is being assembled on the workstation, also known as the treadmill. The plan is to convert this 1980's custom built frame into a classic bike of wonder, preferably a working one. It's going to be a challenge, and not a pretty one. I'll [...]



Return to the Humdrum

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A few days away from the hum and drum of life and I’ve already forgotten how to function. This morning’s cycle commute was a case in point, I couldn’t get my brain into gear at all. The moment I left the house and pushed myself down the col de Norbury, pedalling head first into the [...]

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Garmin Forerunner 310XT – The Review

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Having abandoned treadmill running in favour of the great outdoors it wasn’t long before I began to bemoan the loss of my preferred running watch the Garmin Forerunner 305. I long for pretty maps to illustrate my outdoor running routes and spur me on to explore my surroundings and for that you need GPS. Fortunately [...]

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Slumming it with the Bottom Dwellers

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Everyone hates a cyclist, even it would seem, other cyclists. I regularly pass between the various food levels in the transport chain but rarely get lower than when I drag out the push bike. Cycle commuting is a thankless task so its fortunate then that’s it such good fun. I haven’t used my bike since I [...]

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London to Brighton – Geeky Stuff

As promised earlier, here's the route map for the London to Brighton 2009 Bike Ride, courtesy of RunSaturday. I've also added the speed splits from Sporttracks just to illustrate how painfully slow the process was. I've currently got my log set up to show running and jogging paces but its quite interesting to see that [...]

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London to Brighton 2009

Call that a bike ride....? At one point I thought we were actually going to be walking all the way to Brighton. Experienced L2B'ers had warned me to start the event early but I'm too lazy to get up for a 6am start. I may have had a leisurely 8:30am kick off but I very [...]

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Brompton World Championships – 2008

I am such a social cretin before an event and watching the city boys arrive at the coach station in their pin striped suits and titanium s-bar bikes didn’t go anyway towards making me feel at home. I cheered up a bit on arrival at Blenheim when friendly faces appeared out of the crowd and [...]

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Struggled, Tickled and Inspired

Running and therefore blogging seems to have turned into quite a struggle recently. I get to the 2k point and feel as though I can't go any further. My body feels like lumpen clay but I think my battle is as much mental as physical. Running can be a tough nut to crack sometimes. With [...]

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I Need a Tie

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I have just entered the Brompton World Championship race to be held at Blenheim Palace. Catch that, a world bloody championship! Anyway, rules state I must wear a suit jacket, collared shirt and a tie. I don't have a tie - disaster! Anybody got a spare tie that would complement my delightful bike and wouldn't [...]

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