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Cycling to work



Bicycle Belles,
originally uploaded by www.alastairhumphreys.com.

This week I have started to cycle to work again. My monthly train ticket had expired and at my clients office there is ample bike parking and showers. I had no excuse.

So last Monday I got my bike out, packed my bag, planned a route and went for it.

Seeing it was about 3 months since I had pulled my bike from storage and at that time I was only cycling a mere 3.5 miles to my client I wasn’t sure how I would find the new 8 mile trip.

I shouldn’t have worried. It is taking me about 35 minutes on the bike which is a good enough pace. I would like to get that under 30 minutes but the goal is to get to work not to beat Chris Hoy in 2012.

There is a great feel riding on the road in London. There are lots of people out there and while there is a little argy bargy most of the people I have seen have been pretty safe especially all the cyclists passing me. If there is anything that get my competitive edge going it is having someone pass me. I always want to jump on their wheel but most of the time they are much fitter than me and they leave me in their dust.

I am not sure how long I am going to be able to keep on cycling with the darkness and winter approaching but in the mean time when you are driving your car – watch for cyclists.

Thanks to Alastair Humphreys for his great shot of the woman cycling entered in a competition to make cycling more accessable to women.

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CRM and Le Tour

Two very unrelated subjects, I would have thought.

Yet here in the depths of SAP CRM there is the following line of code:

if cl_crm_ic_services=>greglemondmemorial = space.

Not quite sure why this is here. There is no else statement and nothing changes the value of the static attribute greglemondmemorial. They may as well have written ‘if 1 = 1’ or removed the if statement completely.

But it is finding this like this in SAP that makes your day interesting. So three cheers to Greg Lemond, three time winner of the tour.

For the curious this line of code is in the file abap_contextAreaPage.htm, which is in the crm_ic BSP application. The system at hand is a 4.0 system and I am not sure if this has been removed in later versions.

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Fit for purpose

There is a new meme on the block.
Donald has kicked it off and tagged Thomas who in turn has tagged me. This was an age ago now, but here goes.

The question this time is “How do you stay fit?“.

That is a very good question and indeed one that needs to be asked and at the end of the day it is proposed to bring forth a full and fruitful answer to this no doubt excellent line of enquiry.

I am waffling – I shall slip out of Sir Humphrey mode and actually answer the question.

Short answer
I run.

Longer answer…
I run in the mornings 15 Minutes 4-6 times a week. Some Saturday mornings I will go for a 45 minute cycle and try and find some challenging gradient. But finding that gradient is challenging in London. Running is my least favourite way of keeping fit. I would much prefer to cycle or swim but I want to stay fit and running is so accessible. All I need is my runners and my motivation. No expensive equipment and no gym fees. Me, the road and the stopwatch. Some mornings are harder that others and to be honest I lost a bit of momentum over Easter but that has been remedied this week.

It’s not just running around the block. As we software types like to say – GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Staying fit is about eating healthy too, which is why you will see me with a big bottle of water on my desk and munching on insanely healthy things like raw carrots, celery, oat cakes and bananas. You will also see an empty chocolate wrapper or 3 as well, on occasion, so I am not just a fitness fanatic. It’s not like I am threatening Stuart O’Grady for his place on the CSC team and I am certainly not weighing my pasta like Lance used to. I am running to maintain a level of fitness that I am happy with with the level of commitment that I am happy to maintain. My goals are to keep my resting heart rate at or below 60 bpm and maintain a state of health that I am happy with. That means a simple 15 run almost every day is enough to keep me fit enough without costing me precious time sweating it out in a gym.

That said, it is only recently that I got back onto the road. I have, in years gone by, ridden 100’s of kilometres and participated in RunLondon but up until a month or two ago I was doing very little. I went to a local gym to check out what they could offer. I decided I could put money in my pocket by pounding the block every morning and rather than ‘fatblogging‘ I am using twitter to record my progress. Every morning after my run I text in the relevant stats that I care about. Using twitter will enable me to consume and parse the rss feed into a nice graph. I could keep track of these thing many other ways but using twitter to record this stuff is a fun experiment too.

So there you go. That is how I keep fit.

Now in the way of the meme – tagging. Whom shall I tag? Well Martin, Blag, Craig and Michael – your it. How do you keep fit in this busy busy SAP world you all inhabit?
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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about me

Ha!

What happens when you see your entire blogroll has gone nuts doing this whole ‘5-things’ thing? You can just see it coming.

Thanks Thomas for tagging me. So for your reading pleasure here goes…

1. 30 kangaroos used to live in my back yard. OK, so the back yard in question was 3000 acres and they lived in the bush paddock at the far end of the farm. They are such graceful animals in full flight.

2. I am a university dropout. I dropped out of an Architecture degree before later doing a information technology degree. My results were much better the second time around.

3. I have performed for royalty. When I was younger, oh so much younger than today, my high school took a musical on a tour of the UK doing about 20 shows in about 25 days. At one of those shows Prince Edward, who was then the arty royal working for the Really Useful Theatre Company, was in attendance.

4. My favorite musical is Les Mis.

5. As for sport I am passionate about cricket and cycling to the exclusion of pretty much every other sport including football aka soccer, AFL aka Aussie Rules or footie, rugby (both codes), basketball or anything really. The Ashes and those three weeks in July are the top of the sporting calendar for me. Roll on 07-07-07 when Le Tour leaves from London.

Ok Alvero and Demian consider yourself tagged.

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No middlewear here! Bicycles as software development metaphores

Thomas gives us the run down of his very nice bicycle components and advice on what not-to-do on them.

He says…

For those of you expecting something extolling the praises of SAP here, you will be disappointed. When it comes to bicycles, I’m very much a best of breed guy. Each little bit is from a specialist vendor, but somehow it all fits together perfectly. Without any middleware. (unless you try mix shimano and campag)

Well putting shimano and campag aside for one moment and just thinking about where the middleware might fit in the analogy, I would say that the bearings and grease are the middleware. Middleware is by definition (at least in my book) meant to make the parts “fit together perfectly”. The middleware between lets say SAP CRM and SAP R/3 (FICO) is meant to get any financial transactions information from CRM into R/3 without having to worry about it too much.

I generally don’t expect to have to worry about bearings on most things that move me from A->B.  I’d like to think that I could rely on middeware in just the same way.


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