Had a nice visit tonight catching up with the robotics team. I had been away for awhile while working on my house foundation project. I gave the team a “Team 1225” front license plate for the bus I ordered from CafePress. I also talked with a couple of team members about the request for the team to visit the prison the week before Thanksgiving.
Speaking of the home project, going to be backfilling this weekend. Looking forward to having flat yard again.
After a fairly successful showing at our first competition at Myrtle Beach, we have three weeks to make spare / new parts for the robot. The robot itself is in a bag and off limits. We are only allowed to work on spare / new parts between competitions. We are working on changing our trash can flipper style loader to a lifter over the exit chute. the lifter will allow us to place a trashcan on top of totes ourselves. Here is a picture of the robot from the Palmetto Regional at Myrtle Beach.
At Palmetto Regional
Its been a long time since I posted anything. I guess that’s what Facebook can do to an independent blog. I’ll try to write more frequently.
After a long and cold training period from January to March, my buddy Chris and I ran the Virginia Creeper Marathon today in Abingdon, VA. The race was on the lower end of the Virginia Creeper Trail. The course was great – all trail except for a couple of miles at the beginning. The weather – not so much. It rained the whole time and temps started out at 38 and climed all the way up to 43. Everything got wet, shoes, shirt, and hat. I ran the race in a rain jacket because it was cold enough. Thinkgs went well until I stopped to change my socks and shirt at mile 18. It was hard to get back in the groove after that and I had to slow down and walk some. All in all, I’m glad I did it (especially now – aftewards). Miles 19-26 were pretty tough. I had to just find a pace I could maintain and just keep going.
Chris and I after the VA Creeper Marathon
A few weeks ago I finally got around to replacing the water pump on my 2004 Chevy Silverado. It had been slowly loosing coolant from behind the water pump and I assumed it needed a new one. When I got it off, I discovered one of the gaskets had been installed incorrectly from the factory.
Thanks a lot Chevy
Virginia Creeper page has been moved to here http://www.briankowald.com/?page_id=75
Starting this blog over. It got hacked and I had to blast it all including the database. Hopefully I can think of something new and exciting to write.