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Mt Evans: For the love of the ride

Mt Evans Summit - from Sundance Images

Mt Evans Summit – from Sundance Images

The Bob Cook Memorial/Mt Evans Hill Climb has long been a favorite race of mine.  I am aspirationally a climber on a bike, which is to say that I am not able to compete with the people who are really good, but I love doing it anyway.  I first did the race when I was 29 and did a pretty good time.  When I turned 40, I decided that I would beat my time from 11 years before.  It turned out that that was a slightly more difficult goal than I gave it credit for, but after 4 years of trying I finally did it and bettered that time by 2 minutes.

That was 2 years ago.  This year in February I registered for the race with good intentions of getting fit and trying to do well again.  Fast forward to a crazy busy summer without much time for training as well as not being very diligent in keeping the weight down and I started to think about not doing it.  Instead I made the decision to go ride it just for the fun of it, and not worry about my time or anything.  I am so glad I did.  It is such a different experience riding that mountain without trying to go hard.  My time was 36 minutes slower than last time, but at the top I felt relaxed and happy instead of ready to throw up.  I had thought I might be done riding in the Mt Evans race, now I just think that I am done racing in it.

If you are a cyclist and have never ridden Mt Evans, I highly recommend it.  Just don’t worry about trying to go fast, just slow down and enjoy it.

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Alteryx: Skip Last N Records

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks – I have been busy few weeks heads down working on a futures project (code named LockIn.)  I went as far as turning off email and IM to get some real focus.  It was very productive –  I haven’t produced that much code in a while.

Anyway, this week I have a very quick post answering a question from the Alteryx forums.  The questions asks:  How do I skip the last N records from a data stream.  Skipping the 1st N is very easy, just use the sample tool, but it doesn’t have a mode to skip the last N. Continue reading