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Cycling to the beach + late night clubbing = no immune system

By , May 23, 2009 5:56 pm

Two weeks ago (9th May) I did a merry little 140km jaunt to Hastings with the tireless MWS, followed by fish/chips/pasties/coke on the beach, and a little 60km warm-down to Ashford before catching the train home. This was actually the longest single ride I’ve ever done (just over 200km = 125 miles) and my body wasn’t quite ready for it. My body definitely wasn’t ready to join Becky’s birthday party/clubbing expedition soon after – as a nice thank-you for staying out drinking till 3.30am, it rewarded me with something quite similar to swine flu, which has taken the best part of two weeks to shake. Bah.

By the way, when Matt got back, he promptly went for a 10 mile run with his mates, and apparently followed it the next day with another 20 mile run and an appearance at the swimming session…

Thanks Matt for providing the .tcx file of the route recorded by his Garmin, which I converted to KML using this converter. I also recorded the route on my phone as per normal, but it was so damn long that the phone ran out of battery before it finished recording…

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Publishing long rides from MyTracks in Google Maps

By , May 3, 2009 3:22 pm

Just in case it’s useful to anyone, here’s how I publish my cycling routes in my blog. I record the routes on my great G1 Google phone which runs Android, using the great MyTracks application from Android Market. Once the route is recorded and I get back home, I do the following:

  1. In MyTracks, copy the track to SD card as a KML file
  2. Plug the phone in via USB and mount the SD card’s filesystem
  3. Copy the KML file from the kml directory to a local directory.
  4. Open the KML file in an editor, search for 7f0000ff (light orange) and change it to ffcc66cc (purple) or something more visible
  5. Ensure the track name is correct
  6. Go to http://maps.google.co.uk/ (ensuring I’m signed into my google account)
  7. Click “My Maps”
  8. Click “Create new map”
  9. Click “Import” and upload the KML file
  10. Edit the route if necessary and save changes.
  11. Sometimes it’s necessary to click on another route and back to this new one, in order to make the “View in Google Earth” link appear.
  12. Copy the URL of the “View in Google Earth” KML link and paste it into the Google Maps *search* bar (yes that’s right, *not* your browser address bar)
  13. Click “Link” near the top right
  14. Share the link with friends and/or paste the embeddable HTML into a new blog post.

The copy of the “View in Google Earth” KML link back into the search bar in step 12 is necessary to stop Google Maps from splitting the route up into multiple pages, which would only show shorter segments (“lines”) of the overall route at one time.

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