I did the CU across the prairie metric century ride this weekend. We started at about 0845 and got finished around 1330, not a bad time for someone as inexperienced as myself I think. We did stop at 2 rest stops along the way for water. It was pretty fun, I never realized that Monticello, IL had so many nice houses out in the country around there. The head winds sucked toward the end and we had gotten started a little late, so heat was a small factor too. I got pretty sunburned on my arms but I did learn some good technique from Mark, who is an experienced cyclist. It’s a fun ride, I’ll be doing it again next year I hope, but I do plan to get a road bike for any trip longer than 20 miles. The Trek 7300FX is a great bike, especially now with the thin road bike tires, perfect for riding to work every day, but I think I’d prefer a more aerodynamic bike for longer rides.
The other day I came across pfsense while looking for stuff I could use on my openbsd based version of basically the same thing. I was intrigued by this because it was using altq as well as pf, which was the main reason that I was working on a similar product under openbsd. Upon actually installing it on a Soekris I was even more impressed. I installed it on a NET4801 with a wireless and crypto card and have been using it as my internet gateway for a few days. I am VERY impressed by the ease of use. The GUI looks to be mostly based on the M0n0wall but there are some major differences. There are wizards that help those that don’t know about traffic shaping set up some hfsc based QoS. There are many other “under the hood” enhancements like the fact that it’s based on FreeBSD 6-BETA2 (at the time of this writing) and not FreeBSD 4.10 (or maybe 4.11) like the M0n0wall. Most importantly for me, it uses pf + altq (from the OpenBSD project) which in my opinion is more robust and useful than iptables, ipfw(2) or even ipf. I’m hoping to either help out a bit with this project, take the gui and xml (and php) based stuff and port it to openbsd, or both. There are many, many more improvements, enhancements and features beyond the scope of this writing and this is a VERY useful project, please check it out and support them.
I did a little mini-triathlon on the 6th. It was actually really fun, except for the part where I rode an extra 1.17 miles on the cycling part. I got confused as to where to stop and was in such a zone that I passed it right up. In retrospect I think I should have practiced swimming, which I didn’t do much at all. I was sucking wind after about 100meters due to the fact that I wasn’t breathing in a consistent manner. My swimming technique was terrible. I plan on doing it again next year, maybe another one too. Anyway here are the results. I met my goal of doing it in under an hour, so thats good.