Trials #1, 3D Printing and More!

Olympic Trials

Despite having only a very very remote chance of making it to the Rio Olympics, I had the opportunity to race at the Olympic rowing trials last week. In my freshly resprayed Carl Douglas boat, I was feeling fast and ready to hit the racing. I hadn’t beaten any of my opponents in the last few months, so nothing to lose!

The TT at Olympic trials. ┬ęPeter Spurrier/Intersport Images

The TT at Olympic trials. ┬ęPeter Spurrier/Intersport Images

The time trial was solid, although the result put me in last. That said, the spread in time from 2nd to 7th was just 4 seconds, so all to play for. The semi-final started off well enough. Despite the worst lane (albeit not by much), I was level with Sam Tuck next to me for the first few hundred metres and at 750m gone I decided that I should probably make the first move. Big pushes at 750, 1000 and 1250m saw me move out to a decent lead, but I was now “hanging” and anticipated a big sprint from the man next to me. Sure enough, the sprint turned out to be fairly epic, and I crossed the line under 1 second ahead. Phew. Roll on the A-final!

The final was a little disappointing. I got out of the blocks ok, but Jamie Kirkwood and Will Fletcher stormed off to a sizeable lead (how are they so quick???). I should have been in the running for 4th place, but my main opposition were on the far side of the lake and I let things slip in the middle of the race. Last place. Shame.

3D Printing (Again)

For the aforementioned trials, I found myself in need of a SpeedCoach (a stroke rate and speed monitoring device made by Nielsen Kellerman) bracket for a borrowed SpeedCoach. Well, my landlord seemed to have a spare in the kitchen drawer, but I couldn’t just steal that without asking! So I quickly measured up the existing mount and a short while later I had a full CAD model ready to print. It all turned out rather well – photos below.

Bracket being printed

Bracket being printed

Comparison of official and printed bracket

Comparison of official and printed bracket

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In the boat!

 

A bit of cooking

Here are a couple of photos of my favourites from the last couple of weeks.

Cinnamon bagel French toast - why not?

Cinnamon bagel French toast – why not?

Olive oil and black pepper caramels. Seem to be a bit like Marmite...

Olive oil and black pepper caramels. Seem to be a bit like Marmite…

 

Watching the Boat Race

This year I got to watch the Boat Race from the roof of the Imperial College Boat Club. A great day and great vies from up here :)

The Boat Race from the ICBC roof!

The Boat Race from the ICBC roof!

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