Finally, I did a +100km ride, and in the best possible company
10 of April, 2016
The alarm should ring at 07:00 (EEST), but I wake up way before
that. I'm too excited to stay in bed, so I get out of the room as stealthy as
I can, trying not to bother Oscar, sleeping in the other bed.
I left the clothes ready the day before, in the living room, so there is where
I go after preparing breakfast (coffee, milk, bread and cheese).
I take it easy, eating slowly. It is always really hard to have breakfast so
early, but today I manage quite well and I eat it all up. The bike is ready
already, I put my cycling clothes on and I double check again that I have
everything with me (Phone, Garmin, HR Sensor, GoPro, spare tube, tools...).
Then I pick up Sascha's Jake to get outside.
Today we have planned to go on a longer ride together, Sascha and me. We will
do the Apollonas round (clockwise), a route that covers something like 100
kms around the island of Naxos. We will pass by beaches, villages, valleys
And I am pretty sure we will have looots of fun
Continue reading "The 100"
Moving through the big city
It had been a while since the last time I did this
(image from the wikipedia)
Eleven days ago I hopped into a plane in A Coruña. That was the first part
of a trip that would take me to Barcelona, then Athens, then the island
of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea. We were going to have another
International Pizza sprint, but that's a totally different story, I just
wanted to add some context for this short story.
Yesterday I arrived in Piraeus around 15:00, as part of my trip back home. I
did step down the boat (Blue Star Naxos) and I went to the Piraeus Metro
I was a bit excited. Moving around big cities is something that always excites
me, specially if I'm not in a hurry to get quickly somewhere. I like to take my
time, see what is happening around me and try to stop and watch even the
Before going to the Metro station, I gave my bigger backpack to my friend
Panos, so he and Oscar could take it on their motorbikes. Then I picked up the
smaller backpack and a bigger piece of luggage, one of those harder suitcases
with wheels (that they couldn't carry on the motorbikes). I also checked I
had a book with me, real paper book this time, it was a novel from
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore.
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Why you should use NoScript
Sounds simple, right? Well, NoScript has a lot more features and options, feel free to install it and take a look at its documentation and features, it is really worth it.
Well, the answer is for security reasons. Exactly as when I do a network firewall setup, I prefer to go with a block by default, then allow what is needed policy in my browser. I think this is a very good idea, specially if you take in account things like this bugs here:
2015 - A year in cycling pictures
Taking a look back through the pictures, I had lots of fun during last year
I've prepared a small gallery with some pictures of what 2015 was for me, related to cycling.
According to strava, I've cycled 2040 Kms in 89 hours and 40 minutes, with a total of 24650 meters of elevation gain in 58 rides. I did some more cycling, as I don't track commuting or family rides with strava, but I guess that won't make a big difference in the numbers.
Depending on how much you cycle maybe you could find those numbers too short/less or maybe you could find them awesome. For me it has been a nice improvement over previous years numbers. I'd love to go out more time, further distances, longer rides, but even so, it has been awesome almost every single time.
You can check the gallery here:
I hope you will enjoy it.
Three terrible weeks
and a long road to be walked ahead
I sent this email almost three weeks ago:
|Date:||Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:26:24 +0100
|Subject:||Bad, bad news
Last evening my mother suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
My father called me when they were getting her to the hospital in Lugo and I
quickly went there too. The doctors were really pesimistic there, it seems
the amount of blood adding pressure to her brain was too much.
They were helpless there, they couldn't do anything for her so they sent her
to Santiago. A couple of hours afterwards she was on her way on an ambulance
to the hospital here in Santiago.
Shortly after, my father and me came to Santiago too.
We've been in the hospital and we've talked with the doctors that will treat
her. They are pessimistic too. So far they have to wait until tomorrow to do
some tests on her, see if they can find what caused it and if there is a way
to at least stop the bleeding. Then they will have to find out a way to remove
all that blood and then... see if she can wake up from the coma, and how she
Right now I'm sitting in the bed of a hotel room by the hospital, with my
father totally crashed laying on the other bed.
Life can be tough sometimes, really.
I'm afraid I won't be online tomorrow. By midday they should have the results
of those tests, then they will give us some more information, and I'll get
back to you.
Thanks for reading, my friends.
Continue reading "Three terrible weeks"
Got my cycling federation Card/ID
one more step in the cycling world!
Last year I decided that I really wanted to get more into cycling. I
totally love it. The cycling bug bit me for good and now I can't (don't
want to) think of a live without it.
And so I started to ride more, increasing the number of rides per week and
the duration of those rides. I did it gradually, too slow maybe, and let me tell
you that finding time to go out is really hard some times (specially having a 4
years old daughter :-P).
I also got some proper cycling clothes, cheap stuff from Decathlon at
first, some more cheap stuff from Lidl afterwards, and some better stuff from
brands like sportful too (also, some good stuff made in Italy should arrive soon...).
Then I decided to join a cycling club. I had some conversations with my
friend Xurxo about it. He had been in the cycling world for much longer than
me and he knows a lot of cyclists, teams and clubs in Lugo, so I asked him for
a recommendation on which club I should join. He recommended me the Club
Ciclista Ribeiras do Miño, where he has some good friends. He thought I'd
be comfortable among them, and he was right!
And finally, earlier this year, I decided to join a Cycling Federation.
Being federated has multiple benefits, you get insurance in case of accident,
legal counsel, access to races and events... and, best of all, your wallet
gets a bit lighter every year!
Some days ago I finally got the card/ID you saw at the beginning of this post.
There it says that I'm now a member of the Galician Cycling Federation,
the Spanish Cycling Federation and, in the end, a member of the
Union Cycliste Internationale.
Wow, who would have guessed this 5 years ago... o_O!
OpenSSH based VPNs
The poor man VPN setup
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is probably something most of you
already know about. I guess most of you are familiar with terms like ipsec,
pptp or OpenVPN and probably some of you know how setting up any of those
feels like... yeah, a PITA.
So, this is a post for those who would like to be able to set up a
VPN quickly, without having to install additional dependencies or having
to mess up with complicated certificates/CAs or configuration files.
What if you could set up a fully functional VPN using just OpenSSH?
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