Sunday, 18 February 2018

Interesting Statistics

To complete my goal for the 2018kms (walk/run/cycle) in 2018 challenge, the minimum kms needed is 40km/week. Now that I've embraced this Endomondo App it is looking very achievable. While the weather is great pile up all those km's as much as possible, because the bad weather is just around the corner. Mind you I feel I could walk through the bad stuff if needed.

Everyday you see something new, chances are one would forget that right here used to be tall trees that we could sit down under and enjoy the shade.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Creating Animated GIF from a Video in BASH

Open a terminal in the folder where the video is located

Play the video and determine (timeline wise), start and duration for the GIF

Type in the following BASH line

fmpeg -ss 00:07:30 -i videoname.mp4 -to 8 -r 5 -vf scale=400:-1 out.gif

-ss = start GIF here
-i = input video filename
-to = duration (in example above create an 8sec GIF)
-r = frames per sec
-vf scale = 400 px width (-1 means retain aspect ratio from original)
(for -vf scale I like to use 480 if I created the -i)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Winter is Coming

On this evenings walk it got dark fairly quickly, still another 13km under my belt.

The Endomondo App glitched in a few places and gave some obvious bad GPS results for speed, but I'm putting this down to having my mobile phone in my shorts pocket. When I had it in my backpack all went well.

The sony FDR-X3000 night shots came up pretty good. I had to put the Sony on top of a wooden post, hand held gave terrible blurry pictures.

Todays workout:-

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Time to Retire My Giant Rincon

This morning I decided to pull out the old Giant Rincon MTB (2000) and take it for a ride up Wainui Hill Summit. This was not a pleasant experience, but that is understandable, I compare all bikes to my Specialized Allez Road Bike and so far nothing comes close.

Without suspension or disc brakes I was expecting it to be lighter, more agile and faster to the Avanti bike I'm currently testing out.

On all aspects of this ride, flat, uphill, downhill The Giant Rincon felt extremely sluggish. I felt as if I did a triple workout over a smaller distance traveled so I'm kind of OK with that. The rear dérailleur limit switchs and indexing have been tuned (by me, I'm getting good at this stuff) so I guess it is ready to give away if anyone wants it.

That 19km felt like 40km ..


I'm really enjoying getting back into Blogging so now I have given myself a new goal, and that is do do at least 1 post a day, so here goes :-)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Chain Slipping Adjustment Test Ride 1080p50

The quality of this video after uploading to youtube is awful, oh well.

Recently borrowed a MTB for an upcoming family cycling event, and after working on the gears it was time to give it a test. Throw on the Sony FDR-X3000 for fun and lets go to a local track just 3km away from me.

The noise both tyres make while riding on a sealed road is surprisingly loud, good to know it disappeared once I hit grass. As you can see from the footage I don't like this style of riding, scares the crap out of me. Twice my foot slipped of the pedal (left hand side) and I nearly ended up in the bushes. Importantly, the gears worked well, no slipping at stressful times on the uphill legs.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Walking 12km Was Too Much

So 2 days later I did a 15km walk, I know, crazy! At the 12km mark I wasn't feeling too good. Surprisingly at the 14km mark I felt really good. Walking does take up a lot of time so I must work on my time management to include longer walks.

I surprised myself with this one, and as I write this blog, I'm still feeling pretty good.

Some photo's taken en route:-

Yes, it was a wet day.

Quick Ride to Brookfield

I'm enjoying these solo rides prior to the TriAbility group training runs. Gives me a chance to hone my action camera and editing skills, every video produced I'm trying out different techniques.

This ride I held the action camera, gave me new ways to view the ride, still work in progress.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Second Walk Recorded

I got invited to this challenge that closes very soon (duration of 1 week), which prompted me to get some km's under my belt.

Doing 12km was a bit too far, 8kms would've been more comfortable, it was extremely hot out there today.

I really like this Earth song by Nihilore and I'm going to use it on all my walk videos. So here's todays video of my walk:-

Next time I will take a drink bottle .. so needed it.


  • I like the idea of creating video's under the Unlisted Category, where the only way to access the video URL, is viewing my Endomondo Profile or by coming here to my Blog.
  • On the subject of routes, I cannot see myself setting any up . Unlike cycling where it is all about beating your time over a set distance, walking for me should be enjoyable, and a different route taken on every outing.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

First Walk Recorded with the Sony FDR-X3000

Really pleased how this video turned out, now just need to work on composition, I'm sure I'll get better as time goes by.

I don't get a buzz out of walking. It seems you put all this effort and a lot of time getting no where fast. But it is obvious a lot of people enjoy this activity, maybe I should try the bush walks around here, there is many to choose from.

I need to work on creating myself a route with a target of 8km at this initial stage, and attempting to walk the route at least 3 days a week (24km/week).

Another Endomondo Challenge: Walking

As of today that leaves 22days to complete this challenge. Even though this is a small challenge it's kind of a biggie for me, I don't really like walking or running but one can only improve by actively doing the hard yards.

Interesting Statistics

To complete my goal for the 2018kms (walk/run/cycle) in 2018 challenge, the minimum kms needed is 40km/week. Now that I've embraced t...