Monday, June 6, 2016

Sun Top Recon

I decided to head out to the Sun Top trail, near the Dalles Campground in Rainer Park. My goal was to do a recon ride on Saturday night to find the trail head at the top of the mountain and get some photos of sunset from the top of the mountain.

Unfortunately, I did not get to reach the top since the road became increasingly more blocked by fallen trees and the snow cover was increasing. The snow is usually gone by the end of May but I thought it would be worth seeing if it was already gone.

Given that the top of the mountain peak and trailhead road was still not cleared I figured that the mountain bike trail would have a similar issue. That as well as the snow cover on the exposed road made be think the trails would still have snow given the fact it is in the woods with more coverage.

So, my plan to ride the trail on Sunday morning was put on hold and this ride became a recon ride. On the plus side, the climb was not difficult but it was long and steady. Here are the stats from Strava:

Of course, I also got some footage from the ride. Here are some highlights of going too fast down the mountain on the return. As well, you might see some Elk if you have good eyes and watch high res.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Video: Tiger Mountain Sun

Here's a sunny ride from a few weeks back. These are some highlights from my April 17, 2016 ride on Tiger Mountain.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wet and Sloppy Ride with a Crash Bonus

Through darkest night, through pouring rain, no weather will stop my riding...or pain.

Crashed yesterday during a wet and slippery ride on Tiger Mountain. Funny thing is, I posted some PB (Personal Bests) for time on some of the trail sections even though it was a slip slop ride bouncing and sliding along roots and rocks.

Without further adieu, here's footage from my April 24, 2016 group ride with just 3 of us braving the elements:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mountain Biking Tiger Mountain April 10, 2016

Here's a new biking video from a recent ride on Tiger Mountain:

Here's a breakdown of the ride on Strava where I upload my Microsoft Band rides.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Channel 9 Speaker: Developing Windows Apps with the Microsoft Band SDK

The Connect(); // 2015 event just passed (November 18-19, 2015) and I got the opportunity to be one of the speakers in this years event.

About a month ago I was asked if I would like to be one of the speakers and present a demo that showed the integration of the Microsoft Band SDK with a Windows Universal App using Visual Studio 2015. Though nervous, I jumped at the chance to improve my presentation and public speaking skills.

You can read more and watch the video at Developing Windows Applications with the Microsoft Band SDK over at Channel 9.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last and First Day with the Microsoft Band SDK Team

Well, for those that don't know, I have been working at Microsoft for the last 1.5 years as a contractor on the Microsoft Band. I have spent that time with the Microsoft Band SDK team and helped with test automation and testing first. Then I moved into feature development on the Band SDK with the majority of that contribution on the Microsoft Band WebTiles for iOS feature.

Friday was my last day as a contractor at Microsoft on the Band Team.

Today, Monday, November 9, 2015, as you read this I am likely sitting in a New Employee Orientation session. Today is my first day as a Full Time Employee at Microsoft.

I am staying with my team and will be continuing to contribute to the Microsoft Band SDK Team. I will be helping to implement upcoming features and continue to improve the Band SDK for 3rd Party Developers.

It's an exciting day. I am happy to join my team as a Full Timer and continue to improve the Microsoft Band.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mtn Bike Vid: Duthie Hill

Another mountain biking video. Little shorter this time with some footage from October 23, 2015.

These are some of the trails at Duthie Hill Bike Park.