I've been stuck for the past month or so - as usual, cutting back to 2000 calories is easy, cutting back to 1700 is a lot harder. The bike riding has been the only reason I haven't started putting weight back on - It's become really difficult to stay inside my calorie targets if I'm not working out, as demonstrated by the recent surge in my weight, caused by the weekend-long celebration of my brother's and sil's college graduations.
I did get that new road bike - ended up with the Secteur, because it was just so nimble and surprisingly comfie - although I really despise the Speed Play pedals they sold me. I'm seriously considering buying another set of Crank Brothers' Mallets and using my my mountain shoes. I've taken the bike on a couple of 50+ mile rides, and not being able to instantly clip-in was the only real liability. (Well, the other liability was my old Nikon 995, which died when I took it on a ride with me. I think I'm going to have to reconsider what I can and can't take on a ride - if the vibration was enough to kill an old P&S (I don't know that for sure, but it's a reasonable suspicion) then I certainly don't want to try and carry an SLR.
Geeking Out: Magellan Triton GPS
I did buy a GPS to use on the road bike, because I like exploring odd nooks and crannies of the universe. I bought a Magellan Triton 400 because I found a good deal on a refurbed unit and because I've had an excellent experience with the old Magellan Sportrak. This turned out to be a mistake - while the new unit gets a satellite fix far faster than the old one, the color screen washes out in sunlight and it speaks a proprietary and undocumented protocol which means that neither my Mac GPS software nor my old Magellan branded mapping software can read or write data for it and Magellan wants $150 for a new version of the software. I think not.
I did eventually find a great site that lets you download reasonably good maps for extremely little money (basically, you're just defraying the guy's bandwidth costs) but I'm still stuck booting into Windows to upload maps or download ride tracks. Very annoying.
Geeking Out: Eye-Fi
Another new bit of electronics I've got is an Eye-Fi memory card for my SLR. (Actually, I've had it since last Xmas, but last weekend was its first real workout.)
The Eye-Fi is a memory card with a built in Wifi transceiver and some basic logic. You program it with your computer before installing in your camera then, depending on the settings, when you take pictures it starts automatically sending them to various remote destinations. This includes lots of photo sharing sites but can also include private FTP servers.
My conclusions on this item are mixed. Having pictures of my brother's graduation sent up to FB nearly as soon as I took them was great, but hardly vital. In addition, the wifi transceiver appears to suck power out of the camera - I've never managed to run the battery dead on my D60 before, but it happened twice that weekend.
Good thing I carry a spare battery.
The upshot? I'll probably continue using this card for certain special occasions but I think I'm going to go back to using plain memory cards for the upcoming AZ trip. My relatives will just have to wait a week before they can check out my amazing photographic skillz.
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