Map it! Map it good!

I’ve been using Gmaps Pedometer to map my runs and bike rides. It’s a simple goodle ad app that lets you outline your intended path and calculates the mileage for you. It’s been great. Thanks to Caleb Brown and Jack Gilbert for turning me on to it.

However! I’m about to upgrade.

When I first got back into biking, I looked for an easy way to tell which LA city streets would be good for a long ride. Lots of the streets are narrow and many are quite busy, as you’d suspect. On that search, I found and at the time, it was chucky, clunky, and didn’t work. But I Apple+D’d it nonetheless, just it case they got themselves figured out.

And they did! They are now eons beyond Gmaps because while Gmaps will show you the google satellites and topography maps, MapMyRide will show me google’s new terrain maps which I much prefer! And they even show me the elevation of my intended (or already executed) ride, per feet and per miles! And you can change it to kilometers if you like. And it’s awesome. Did I mention that?

Shown here is the ride I just rode. Short, comparatively, but I have a lot to do today. Cheers!




[At 11:42 AM] a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego. It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no reports of major damage or injuries

This was my first earthquake.

I was sitting in the lobby of Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills when I felt my seat start moving back and forth beneath me. I looked up and the flower arrangement was waving erratically. The concierge started yelling, “It’s an earthquake!” None of us moved, we simply rode out the waves together remaining in our seats. Strange. I wasn’t frightened. I was simply shocked!

Seemed like it lasted at least 30 seconds. About 30 aftershocks have been reported and are still occurring.

All the news stations in LA are reminding locals to have their Earthquake Kits ready. Earthquake Kit? Good idea! Here’s a great list from the San Francisco Chronicle:

  • Water and food to last at least three days
  • Water purification tablets
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • A first-aid kit
  • A minimum of $100 in cash (automated teller machines and banks may be shut down following a quake)
  • Family photos and descriptions (to aid emergency personnel in finding missing people)
  • A flashlight and portable (or solar-powered) radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Goggles and dust mask
  • A personal commode with sanitary bags

Ryan and I have emergency water stored in our cars as well as blankets, but not money and certainly not dust masks! Gotta get on that.


I just noticed this quote on the back of my Good Earth Tea tag:

Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.

– Hugo De Groot (1583-1645)

Now what on earth does that mean? Does he mean the choice to be ignorant? Does he mean wisdom occurs out of ignorance? Which subjects? Anyone? Anyone?


Today I ran 2 miles.

For those of you, you know who you are, who’ve been really awesome about asking me about my running, holding me accountable, I write this post.

I have regrouped, recalibrated, reassessed, and reevaluated; and consequently I have changed my intended running schedule.  I’d been planning on running a marathon in August.  Not gonna happen.  Instead, I’m just gonna put 15 miles jogging per week and 15 miles biking per week, and a bit of swimming.  Then 18 weeks out from the Pasadena Marathon in November (16th), I’m gonna start the training again.  Hm…  I guess that’s in two weeks.  Perhaps I should reevaluate again…


Customer Relationship Management Software. Lesser of two evils?

I just received this email from a local sports-oriented small business for which I’d signed up to receive such e-newsletters. Golly, I feel special!

The email continues with actual news and monthly highlights, an announcement of a new class, and the requisite contact info at the end.  But this oversight so creates the feeling of “just a number” that I think it certainly would have been better had they not sent a letter this month.

Ah the irony of software support for relationships.