Running, biking, & walking in Coed Y Brenin.
Here's some video from the drive up and the first day of fun at Coed Y Brenin Forest Park.
I managed to sneak 2 days of leave from work last week during the kids' half term to get away to Coed Y Brenin Forest Park in North Wales to do some mountain biking and trail running. It's an excellent place to visit and I've been meaning to go for years, often driving past on the way to somewhere else. There are 8 mountain biking trails from green for the kids to longer black routes needing a bit of skill and fitness. The running routes are also great, and let me switch my brain off for a bit, following sign posts to get a tour around the forest on footpaths and logging roads.
It was a great few days away, and the kids got some mtb skills going on green and blue routes. The autumnal colours of the forest made all the riding and running even more beautiful, and we sneaked in some geocaching. I even got everyone out on a night hike for caches with the nights drawing in.
My main aim this year was to try to take all my leave this year and I've failed miserably. I've been working too much again, becoming more like the salmon, even though I'm not striving to get anywhere (I'd like to strive to get outdoors to play more). We've been asked to teach two new courses and have not yet had any new staff, so we've had to get the preparation work done ourselves to make sure it all runs smoothly. Damn my work ethic.
I didn't record an anatomy video last week because I was away, but I have a couple of ideas for videos so I might do 2 this week. I'll edit the Coed Y Brenin videos and get them up on the YouTubes too.
I was planning to go for a quick ride at Afan Forest Park on Sunday morning, but as we're planning to visit Coed Y Brenin in the half term week the rest of the family wanted to come too.
Kim wanted to go and find a tidal pool that's hidden in a bay by the sand dunes of Broughton, on the Gower. We had a spot on a map and a vague idea so we followed the coast at low tide as far as we could. It turned out pretty well. But cold!
I do a lot of breathing when cycling so I thought I'd record a video about this week's anatomy topic from year 1 GEM.
It feels good to be making stuff again.
Blogging has been paused because this summer has not been good blogging fodder. Racing ended with a torn calcaneal tendon at the end of June, but I'd written off the remainder of the season long before then for other reasons, unrelated to me or my racing. I probably tore the tendon because I wasn't looking after myself properly. I don't think I've been to see Gareth at Swansea Health Solutions since the Gloucester Triathlon, when he was working on the things that were precipitating the tear.
I tore it at the Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon at Broad Haven. It's a tough course, I predicted if it were to fail it would be on a downhill section, and yes, it went as we started descending with about 4 miles to go. Increased eccentric loading, see? Running up hills makes you stronger. Running downhills is the risky bit. If you're running hills in training make the downhill recoveries super easy.
I've been working with a bug in the Android version of the Daily Anatomy app that meant the app didn't update with a new question each day for some users that maybe didn't use their Android devices much. I think I've fixed it - fingers crossed and I've sent the new version to Google's Play Store.
I also introduced a big problem for users with older versions of Android by adding something new, but I think I've fixed that too. If the app crashed when you tried to start it and you're using a version of Android older than 4.4.4 try the new version in the Play Store. Hopefully it will start up and run now.
The code is a mess. But it works.
I've been writing new questions over the summer, filling in some gaps and rounding out the collection a little. All the new questions I add will pop up in both versions of the app.
I hope it's helping! Andy's learning from it, so that's a start.
I learnt a bit of Java and Android programming a month or two ago and built the Android version of the Daily Anatomy app. It's now up on the Google Play store for your favourite Android device.
The app will give you an anatomical question every day, will record your total score, and keep track of how you perform on questions from different regions and systems of the body. I'll add leaderboards and achievements in the future.
Go get a copy: