I started sketching more the last month to see where things lead. Having great fun with it, drawing everywhere I can whenever I have time and seeing improvements quickly. I've decided to keep it up, to not worry about style, not worry about being "correct." I hope to just play around and discover some good techniques and styles along the way. The only rule I have set for myself is to draw at least 15 minutes a day. Most everything is being posted to my Tumblr account, some will be tossed here.икониикониПравославни иконииконописikoniсвети георгиikoniхудожник на икониИкони на светциХудожник
A little quick sketch for Illustration Friday. Its about time I started doing these again.
I've been wondering what an augmented reality HUD interface for runners would look like, so I went and tossed together this mock-up. Augmented Reality (AR) layers data on top of the existing world in real time. Science fiction authors have written extensively about it for decades and fighter pilots have been using HUD interfaces for years, so there's nothing really unique about it. Also patents on this technology were made years ago in anticipation of it going mainstream in the near future. In the last couple of years this technology has been trickling down to the average consumer in the form of iPhone and Droid applications.
Being a tech nerd this would be another toy to play with. But there are some real benefits to this interface as well.
All the data from my runs, everything from heart rate to pace to cadence, is displayed and stored on my Garmin watch. I glance down at the watch roughly every quarter mile just to make sure I'm within certain training parameters. So about every 2 minutes I'm looking at the watch, and if I need to look at a different parameter, I have to push buttons as well. So out of convenience I want all the relevant data to be displayed at all times. When I get home, I load the data into a program that displays everything into graphs. This data can be manipulated and compared to other workout sessions. These features are great, but again, it would be nice to be able to do this in real time.
This is essentially Biofeedback. All functions deemed relevant to performance would be displayed in real time, allowing for a higher awareness and better control of these functions. This would increase performance levels much faster than when training without this real time input. For elite runners, this makes perfect sense. They have been using Biofeedback for years, but this AR version would bring it out of the lab/treadmills and out into the field.
I would suspect that Garmin and other tech companies are already working on this, so a product such as runners sun-glasses with embedded data is just a couple of years away. Shrinking it down into a pleasing form factor would be key. This would not be for everyone, but could be very useful for some.ikoni
So its a new year and I need to lay down some goals.
Stay injury free
After using barefoot running to help me get back on track, I've been without pains for about a year. I've been careful at listening to what my body is telling me in regards to effort and pain. The nagging chronic pains have been replaced with "growing pains." My ankles have strengthened, and my calf muscles are always a little sore, but its the good kind of sore.
Increase mileage per week
The goal is up to 50 by the end of the year. This will be a slow gradual increase of an average 0.5 mile per week. Currently I am at 20 miles per week, mainly increasing my long runs. I've been a little conservative in the increase the last year, more aggressiveness is called for. This increase is dependent on potential injuries.
Increase training knowledge
Continue pursuing the track of reading about sports physiology and training trends. I'm not even close to being an elite runner, but I find this area interesting and fun to explore. A smarter runner is a better runner. Part of this is getting a better Garmin Watch. Being the geek I am, I enjoy crunching the numbers and graphs after workouts to track progress. I will also continue to "experiment" on myself by trying different techniques, seeing what works and what doesn't.
I can put in the time for interval, tempo and long runs, but when it comes to working out the rest of the body that's a whole other story. Being a cardio junkie I just can't stand static exercises. But in order to improve my running I need to just suck it up. I enjoy Yoga a little so will start doing that again.
I'll be "competing" in some local races this year, perhaps a half dozen. 5k, half marathon and marathon are on the agenda. Also the 50k stump jump in Chattanooga is high on my list of ultra's in the fall. Its been years since I've raced, so this should be fun.
I'm not even sure I can get close to these race times, but I have to set the bar high. 2009 was a year of transition and caution. 2010 I start really pushing to see what the limits are.
sub 1:40 half marathon in March (Knoxville race)
sub 20 minute 5k by June
sub 1:30 half by Aug
sub 3:00 marathon by Nov
The sub 3 hour marathon by the end of the year is the toughest one. 3:15 is slightly more realistic, 3:30 is the lowest hanging fruit. I'll see how this plan goes over the year. Hopefully it won't go bust.