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:
The animations for Embryology at a Glance that Steve Atherton has been creating have started going up on YouTube. We'll keep working on them and keep adding to the channel. The animations are intended to support the text and illustrations in the textbook. Go and have a look:
I'm building up in training towards the TTG Gloucester Triathlon at the end of May, which will be a training race itself, and then the Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon at Broad Haven at the end of June. That race will also be the Welsh Championships for that distance, and apparently the club champs. I haven't had a crack at the Cardiff Triathlon club championships for years. The European Championships in Lisbon are in May this year, on the same weekend as Kim's birthday, so I'm skipping that. I can't afford to enter the World Championships, and there has been no sign of XTERRA UK in 2016 so that's died a death. Which sucks, because that's an awesome race. So after Broad Haven, what do I do?
In 2017 the European Triathlon Championships have been split between Dusseldorf for the sprint distance and Kitzbuhel for the standard distance, so if most of my buddies race the sprint distance and I go to Austria on my own, what's the point? Triathlon is partly about competition but largely about friends and experiences, so I'm not motivated to spend the latter half of this race season training to qualify for international 2017 races. Maybe I'll look out for some other multisport events that catch my eye, like the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun series or the OMM... I'll need a partner for those.