Monday, December 22, 2014

PBC 2015 #1

Inspired by ChrisL at everydayriding.org, I decided to submit videos to the 2015 PolarBear Challenge. Thus is my first submission. A time lapse video with no music of the short ride to work with a short loop around campus thrown in at the end. Temperature was -13°F and total distance was only 11 km. I was originally going to add a much longer loop (as you get additional points for distance) buI had to switch to reserve just before I stopped by the university temperature sign. I didn't have a handy outdoor thermometer at the beginning of the ride, I may have to pick something up. According to the rules, the temperature and mileage at the start, and I assume the finish, needs to be spoken and shown at the beginning and end of the video. I forgot to do that. Oh well, plenty of other opportunities.

I tried to use the GoPro to log the mileage at the beginning and end of the ride but that turned out to be a mistake. Not having an LCD or viewfinder to frame the image or see if it's in focus was a problem. I'll try cell phone video next time for the beginning and end. Also, the camera started to slip in it's mount during the short gravel road portion of the loop.

8 comments:

redlegsrides said...

I seem to recall a video by ChrisL where he earned extra points by running around a stop sign I think, saying "polar bear, polar bear" or some such as he circled it three times......that in the plan as well?

;)

RichardM said...

No, I think that was for something else. Anyway, no running around stop signs. This is just something else to do...

VStar Lady said...

Richard I take a little hiatus from the blogging world and you've been flipping all over the place. Glad to see Alaska Airlines has treated you so well (a corner room with a view no less!) Have a wonderful holiday!

RichardM said...

Not too much "flipping" compared to many. But welcome back to the blogging world, such as it is.

Merry Christmas!

Trobairitz said...

A good idea. Good luck on the entry. You definitely should win something for your continued commute in freezing temps.

RichardM said...

The hassle is that you have to post a video with each one... And this one didn't qualify as it was less than 3 minutes long, the odometer wasn't clearly visible, there was no video of the thermometer at the beginning and the temperature and odometer reading weren't spoken at the beginning and the end. Pretty picky rules...

Lucky said...

Brr... Good luck, and I salute you!

RichardM said...

Just think, if only you had picked up that Ural last year!