Category Archives: Past interests

Improving your running form with a metronome

Let me get one thing clear straight up: I am a lazy runner. I began running again about 25 kg more than my weight when I last ran as a teenager. Minimising the effort required to lug around the extra flab was essential to get me running. This is my experience. I began my journey by trying to find hints that would minimise the effort required to run. In the process, I discoveredmore »

Garmin FR60 initial impressions

You want to monitor heart rate and pace, but can not afford (or do not want) a GPS enabled watch. The Garmin FR60 HRM and foot pod bundle is the answer. Let’s face it, I know where I am running so do not need a GPS, but it is much more difficult to calculate distance and pace on the fly, so in my opinion, the FR60 bundle is ideal. I picked up mymore »

Specialist running stores in Brisbane

My ultimate running goal race is to run a half marathon the year of (or before) my 40th birthday. Running a half marathon is going to be a challenge and will require some specialist running gear, both for the training and the race itself. So I set out to visit each of the three specialist running stores in Brisbane that I know. Yes, there are numerous Sports Power, Rebel Sport, Amart All Sports, etc.,more »

Run on dudes!

In the last eight or so months, I have got into running. This is a pretty good effort given that at the beginning of the year I could barely walk because of a back injury cause by trying to shift a marble-topped table in a restaurant! 20 years ago I used to do some running, but only as part of triathlons. My preferred sport was cycling. I could just struggle around a 1more »

Vault mountainboard

My Vault mountainboard turned up on a courier yesterday. I purchased it for $260 plus $24 freight from eskatestuff on eBay. One thing is for sure, eskatestuff have fast delivery. The advertised Vault mountainboard specifications are: 36″ x 9″ Canadian maple deck 11″ spring truck polished blue aluminium 200 mm X 50 mm rubber tyre wheels PU football style cushion removable foot straps with velcro leg leash rubber grip pads set allum keys hand tools.more »

PKD Buster II 2m and Prism Stylus P3 comparison

The wind was blowing, the sun was shining, and I took the opportunity to take my two biggest parafoil traction kites down to my local park for a back-to-back comparison. My wind gauge was indicating 5 knots to 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The two kites on test were a PKD Buster II 2m and a Prism Stylus P3. The Buster II with its four lines is more complicated to set upmore »

PKD Buster II 2m – first flight

I have finally got around to flying my PKD Buster II 2m. I bought the kite second hand off eBay before going on holidays to the beach. I had grand plans of spending some hours flying kites on the sand, but sadly children and visiting relatives got in the way. Yesterday I got the chance to scoot down to my local park to put the Buster II up for an hour. According tomore »