Kill Yourself on Your Birthday, Will Ya?!?

lars_chad_brigthroom.jpgDamn, that was painful. Never, ever run a half-marathon in 100 degree weather with 100 percent humidity thrown in for good measure. It’s lethal. Having said that, I guess I felt “less bad” than many of the 700 other people who ran the 2nd ChAD Outrun The Sun half-marathon in Hanover, New Hampshire. Maybe it was because it was my birthday (37, if you must know), or maybe because I was in fairly good shape from a hard season of biking (in preparation for the Green Mountain Stage Race in, well, the Green Mountains).

1:45:21 was not a particulary stellar time — I ran 1:45:47 in 2006 at the Covered Bridges, the first half-marathon I ever ran, and I felt great at the end of that one. But the 1:45 in ’06 was only enough for a position around 400, the 1:45 in ’07 got me in 43rd place. My timing sucked — two minutes after crossing the finish line, the thunderstorm broke and drenched the remaining 650 or so runners on the track with some cooling rain. Of course, the ligthing and wind almost shut the whole thing down. All together a pretty rough ride.

Some amazing moments: passing Jill Kearney, my “boss” on the Norwich Rec Board, who is a phenomenal runner and just an all-round kick-ass athlete — she couldn’t deal with the heat, she later told me. Then I caught up to Tom Hulleberg, a good friend and a really stellar trail runner with an iron discipline… he was running in the relay with his kids, so catching him didn’t really count, but still… and then, finally, on the last half mile, I caught up to my good friend Michael Horvath, ex rower, ex iron man competitor and seriously fit. Never thought I’d see the day. He was hurting at least as bad as I. Right before that, at the bottom of the Occum Pond loop, I also had the good fortune of catching my biking buddy Dave Muller cheering on the sidelines — that was a boost I needed really, really badly.

Not sure I’ll sign up for this thing again — but I’d like to see what kind of time I could pull off on a day with some decent weather.

Canon Software Policy Blows Chunks

So, I’m trying to off-load a bunch of shots from my Canon EOS 30D, but all I have with me is my laptop, and it doesn’t have the Canon software installed, so I can’t transfer RAW format images. “Well,” I figure, “I’ll just go to Canon’s site and download the software.” But in their infinite wisdom, Canon has decided to only make the updaters available for download, not the actual drivers etc. Why I don’t know — I would love for someone from Canon to email me with a scenario where someone who didn’t already own a Canon camera (and therefore, by default, a diskful of these applications) would be misusing a free download of the software. I mean, the program I’m after only works to move RAW images from a Canon digital camera to a PC — why wouldn’t you make that freely available?

But thankfully, only the lawyers at Canon seem to work overtime, because the software engineers who created the updaters really couldn’t be bothered to put much effort into protecting the installers. And thx to the migthy Google it took me exactly 20 minutes to find the solution here, and here. Hack the registry, run the updater — get the full package installed. Pain in the neck — and I never like hacking my Windows registry, but in this case it worked flawlessly.

Big props to those of you who posted those two how-to’s, and a major raspberry blown at the jerks at Canon for their stupid user-unfriendliness.