Sunday, February 7, 2016

2016 Taconic Road Runner's Freezer 5k: Race Photos & Results


Except for a couple of patches of ice here and there, there was nothing "freezing" about the Freezer 5k this morning.  The race weather was a sunny, low 40's (and hard to believe snow is forecast for tomorrow)!  The great weather made for an equally great turnout :D

As for the race itself, I found myself somewhat overdressed!  The 22:14, 7:11 pace, missed my sub-22 target by 15 seconds (but walking up the last hill may have had something to do with that outcome).  But I was plenty happy with it :D

Here are the official results from the Taconic Road Runners.


 


 


The rest of my photos are up on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day 2016!


Happy Groundhog Day!  Punxsutawney Phil just weighed in that Spring is just around the corner (he didn't see his shadow this morning)!  Great news - but a bit anti-climatic given the 50+ degrees we had here in the City yesterday :D

And what better way to celebrate than squeeze in Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day" today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016 Race Schedule


With 50 degree temperatures, it's hard to believe this is the first day of February!  Given that two races last month were washed out for me (rain and snow, respectively), I hope that the weather holds up during the upcoming weekends!

February has a pair of Taconic races (the Freezer Fives) on the schedule, with the 5k this weekend and the 5 miler 2 weeks later.  In between those two, I'm planning to head over to Prospect Park for the Cherry Tree 10 Miler.  I haven't run that race in a long time - so i'm looking forward to the trip back to Brooklyn for it :D

The final weekend of the month includes the Boston Build-up 25k.  Last year I ran the Colchester Half Marathon the day before the 25K.  Not sure that I'm up for that particular double this time around - but let's see how the month develops.

Here's how it looks so far:

2/7 - Freezer 5K
2/14 - Cherry Tree 10 Miler
2/21 - Freezer 5 Miler
2/28 - Boston Build-up 25K

As always, if you're at any of these - say hello!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Skyline Radio Germany shortwave pirate radio 6229 khz (via SDR) QSL Card

 

This fantastic QSL Card arrived this morning from Skyline Radio Germany!  It's a rare thing around here to get back to back QSL Cards in the mail (yesterday one arrived from Xenon Transmitting Company - XTC).  This one was a complete surprise because when I submitted a reception report an automated email reply came back that said we'd hear back when the data was confirmed.  Somehow that made me assume an eQSL was coming.  So this was a double surprise (the confirmed reception, and the Card itself)!

I tuned in to their broadcast, from Germany, on 6229 kHz, via the SDR at Twente in the Netherlands.

Thanks Jan!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

XTC - Xenon Transmitting Company - British shortwave pirate radio QSL Card


This fantastic QSL Card arrived in today's mail from XTC - Xenon Transmitting Company!  I tuned in to their broadcast last month - and received an eQSL after submitting a reception report.  This old school - real - QSL Card was an excellent surprise (together with an information sheet/brief history of the station and some stickers)!

Thanks again Matt!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon Packet Pick-up


This afternoon I picked up my bib - and HAT - for the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon, from the NYRR's new West Side location.  At first I had been surprised when some friends mentioned that, instead of a long-sleeved shirt, we would get hats.  Somehow my mental image of it was that of the iconic bike style Fred Lebow cap.  When we received the Chullo styled heavy wool cap - it was actually perfect for the upcoming weekend snowstorm!

If post-snowstorm conditions permit it to go off  Sunday morning, it will be race #2 on my road to 9+1 for the 2017 NYC Marathon!

As always, if you're at this one - say hello!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Radio Alice Netherlands shortwave pirate radio 3905 khz (via SDR) eQSL


I received this fantastic eQSL from Radio Alice this morning! It was actually a pair (the second in the form of an awesome old school record label).  I tuned in to their broadcast from the Netherlands on 3905 kHz, via the SDR at Twente.  They were playing some great post-Beatles music on that particular show, including John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" and Paul McCartney's "Mrs. Vanderbilt" :D

Many thanks Herman!