Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Road ID app

I don't know about you, but my iPhone seems to have become an accessory that is within 10 feet of me at all times. Sad? Maybe a little. Sometimes I wish I didn't have a smartphone or cable or internet. I would be ridiculously productive. I'd probably do something crazy like read a book.

Anyways, despite how attached we've become to them, there's no doubt that having a cell phone with you is safe, especially when you're enjoying your favorite sweaty activity. In addition to having a Road ID on your wrist, there's now a great new app from Road ID that offers yet another way to be safe.

One feature of the app is that you can create your own custom lock screen for your phone (below). This allows a bystander or first responder to have instant access to any pertinent medical information and your in case of emergency contacts (you cannot actually "call" these numbers from the lock screen though).

The other feature of the app is the ability to let someone know when you are headed out for a run, ride, or just to walk the dog. You can allow these people to track you along the way with "eCrumbs" (electronic breadcrumbs) where your current location is updated every minute and your route is recorded along the way.

Your designated contacts will be notified via text message (they do NOT have to have the app) that you are going out for a run, ride, etc., and provided a link that can be used to track your location.

Another handy feature is that you can have an alert sent out to your designated contacts if your location doesn't change after 5 minutes (an alarm is sounded on your phone prior to this alert being sent out, so if you stop to chat with someone or take a pit stop you can cancel having the alert sent out). 

I think this is a pretty awesome app. Andrew and I have used it several times recently when he goes for bike rides while I'm at work. It gives me peace of mind to know where he is and that I'll be notified if anything awful should happen. This is one of those things that you hope you never have to use for its intended purpose...kinda like band-aids. 

Oh, and another awesome thing about this's FREE! Check it out in the iTunes store here: Road ID for iPhone

Road ID did not ask me to say all of these nice things about their app. I just really believe in their products and mission. I think that everyone, athlete or couch potato, should have some form of identification and ICE contacts on them at all times. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

June Recap

How is 2013 already halfway over?

June stats:
Running miles: 0
Walking miles: 15 (I'm pretty sure I didn't log a few of my lunchtime walks)
Cycling miles: 167

YTD stats:
Running miles: 323
Walking miles: 85
Cycling Miles: 663
Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 1056

I'm clearly taking an extended break from running to let my hip continue to heal. And I'm totally okay with it. Would I love to run? Yes. But I'm really enjoying the break and riding my bike more. I think the main reason I'm cool with this is because we signed up for the Back Roads Century on September 22. While there are 5 different distances to choose from, we've decided to go big. 100 miles.
The first half of the English Century takes you from Berryville, VA, northeast into West Virginia and circles through the historic town of Middleway, WV. Your first rest stop will be at South Jefferson Park (mile 25). You'll then head east towards the Shenandoah River. The route then goes south, back into Virginia and returns to Clarke County High School (mile 50). Here you’ll have an opportunity to relax, change clothes if the temperature’s rising and grab a bite to eat. Our English Century is a figure 8 course, which consists of two separate loops that go out and back from the ride start.

The second half of the English Century starts from Clarke County High School and travels south. You'll stop at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill (mile 63). You should take a few minutes to go inside of the Mill to see it in operation. Admission is included with our ride - just show them your rider number. The next stretch of our Century parallels the Shenandoah River, heading south. This is considered the toughest section of the Century, so save your energy and plan accordingly. You'll then turn north and take a break at White Post Restorations (mile 78). White Post is the home of our “world famous” tomato sandwiches. Be sure not to miss this treat! The ride then continues north and you'll travel right next to the river for some incredible views. Your Century will culminate with a ride down Main Street in Berryville, VA and then return to Clarke County High School.

The full Century has approximately 4,500 feet of climbing which would be considered moderately hilly.
There will definitely be a lot of riding in my near future!

In June we went to the beach and had a few good rides there. It is so much different riding at the beach because it's flat as a pancake. In some respects this makes riding easier, but on the other hand there is absolutely no coasting.

We also went for a hike up Flat Top at the Peaks of Otter. We haven't gone on a hike in quite a long time, mostly because we are always busy running or cycling on the weekends. It's something we really enjoyed doing when we were in college, so it was really nice to be able to do that. Not to mention it was absolutely beautiful at the top. 

So, that was June. I have a feeling July will be very similar with another trip to the beach and some long rides on the weekends.

And speaking of cycling, I'll end this post with a reminder that the Tour de France is going on right now! If you've never watched it, here are a few reasons to tune in: