Ashok Nayar
posted by ashok
June
7
On the lack of updates...


Well, the only real reason for the lack of updates on this particular site is because the Raspberry Pi that this is being hosted on has been through many physical movements over the course of the month. On top of that, it's in an awkward location where it gets accidentally bumped and the power gets cut to the device. Not to mention that there have been several router replacements on my local network, requiring port forwarding updates and reconfiguring the DNS. For the time being, I won't be updating this site but I'll likely have more updates at http://ashnayar.com
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posted by ashok
July
29
An update!


This site has been up and down over the past few months as I've been shuffling it's physical location to different rooms. On top of that, I've kicked it quite a few times on accident, sending it down for days at a time. Since the last update I've completed a Half Ironman, did two full centuries, climbed 65,000 feet in a single month (and just shy of 1200 miles biked in a month) and a bunch of other things. Next on the list integrating some Strava stats on this site. Yay!
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posted by ashok
December
20
Goals


I really dislike setting New Year’s resolutions because it feels cliche. However, I already set a lot of goals for myself and I figured I can consider these New Year’s resolutions. Here’s what I plan to do next year:
  • Complete a Half Ironman [registered and on track for mid-March]
  • Cycle a full century (100 miles) [I’m doing one in Palm Springs mid-February and another in April]
  • Run a full marathon [I’m hoping to do one in the late summer in Southern California.]
  • Cycle 10,000km (~6,000 miles) [About 100 miles a week]
If I still lived in the Bay Area I might have tried to swim to Alcatraz, but nothing down here compares to that. Plus, I dislike swimming long distances. It’s boring and repetitive. Cycling 10,000 km will be tricky, especially if I miss a week of cycling. That means I’d have to increase my distance for the next few weeks to make up for it or do a few longer routes. Either way, it gives me something to focus on!
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posted by ashok
December
1
The New Hotness


aww yisssss

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posted by ashok
September
9
Like rolling on butter coated ice...


...that's been floating on a cloud. I got a flat tire and as I was inspecting the treads I found this:
Not the puncture but just as ugly
It's been a while since I changed the tires so I upgraded and now biking to work is easy and smooth. Also, this past weekend I did a 40 mile bike ride that started and ended at the beach, through the mountains, and passed a lake. Awesome ride. Malibu triathlon next week. Then pizza. Then beer. Then cake. Then sleep!
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posted by ashok
August
12
Starchild


He is the starchild


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posted by ashok
July
30
A long overdue update!


On July 13th I did the Carlsbad triathlon. The weather was nice (not burning hot like last year) and I beat last year's time. I hadn't trained nearly as well as I could have, not out of lazyness, but lack of time. This has been a hectic year and doing all these events have helped me cope with it all. I have the Malibu Triathlon coming up in about six weeks and I've decided to make a few changes before then:

  • I'm going to be biking to work four days a week from now until then. I need to get better on the bike. Plus, gas is expensive now :(
  • I just upgraded my wetsuit to a proper tri suit. Last year I knew nothing about swimsuits so I headed to a surf shop in Oceanside and told the guy about the triathlon. He set me up with a relatively inexpensive suit (it was cheaper to buy it then to just rent it) but, after learning more about triathlons and suits I realized I was using a surf suit which is thicker, thus making it harder to move. This was slowing me down since I felt like I was struggling with my suit.
  • I'm getting the lust for a new bike. My $600 road bike is serving me well but I'm ready to kick it up a notch. Triathlon and time trial bikes are expensive so it'll be a while until this happens.
  • I drank a PBR and then did this…
yeah...


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posted by ashok
July
3
Race Report!


The race! To begin with, I’m writing this post which means I survived the race. Overall, a pretty good race. Considering I had only two months of training and some terrible long runs the race went pretty well. It was an early start (6:15am!) which meant I had to wake up at 5am at the latest. I ended up waking up at 4:30 because I was paranoid about my alarm not going off. I may have mentioned previously that I have a hard time eating really early and so soon after waking up and eating my breakfast was like eating a block of wood and spooning sawdust into my mouth along with it. It was not a pleasant experience Most of the race went pretty well and I was on track to meet my target time until mile 19. I didn’t hit the wall or fall apart but I did have a small cramp in my leg that started around the halfway mark. After drinking some water and slowing down a bit the cramp eventually went away and was manageable. No, what killed my time and spirit was the awful hill at mile 19. Take a look at the elevation screenshot below:

ouchies

I always have trouble visualizing how bad these look on paper. My first marathon in Oakland had an elevation map that looked similar to this but it ended up not being nearly as bad as this one. I ended up running the entire hill during the Oakland marathon but this one was too much. It was on the freeway, which should have a been a fun experience but it wasn’t at all. I got on the freeway between 9-10am and it was already blistering hot. There was no shade and no aid stations along the way. If I hadn’t brought my own water (a mistake I made during Oakland) I probably wouldn’t even have finished the marathon. Usually during these runs there’s always the lone crazy guy who runs the entire length of the hill. In this race, however, the lone crazy guy wasn’t around. It was too much, even for him. As I shuffled up this hill, I could feel the air of defeat around me. There was just an atmosphere of disappointment as people watched their personal records (including my own) slip away from them. Instead of being happy after getting over the hill, the feeling was more of a “Ugh now I have 6 more miles left.” The remaining miles weren’t too bad, but after the demoralizing experience of running up the 163 freeway, it was more painful that it should have been.

Aside from that the rest of the race was a crazy experience. There were two men who ran the full marathon completely bare foot. It was admirable until I saw one of them step out of a porta-potty. Gross. Right after stepping onto the freeway and just prior to the hill I saw a police officer playing around on his motorcycle and swerving back and forth, like you would on a bike when waiting around for something. The bike ended up falling on top of him and a bunch of runners ran over to pull it off of him. He was fine, though, but he must have been extremely embarrassed. Now that my personal record attempt was ruined ( I still beat my first time but that time is an embarrassment) I’m making plans on running one more to redeem myself. I won’t run the San Diego course, however, unless they get rid of that stupid hill or at least put it earlier in the race. I spent the following two weeks eating pizza and I’m about to dive back into training for a sprint Triathlon next followed by the Malibu Tri again September. Fun!


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posted by ashok
June
22
Science!


I spent part of this weekend playing around with Arduino. This little test right here is part of a bigger project. Enjoy!


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Murphy says:
Okay, I'm ready. Let's see the real thing.
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posted by ashok
June
11
Updates!


I updated this site to include the ability to comment on posts. I still have some cosmetic fixes to implement (if you are using Firefox you'll notice some issues) and the remaining fixes are for the admin panel that I have set up for myself. There still some optimization I need to do but, overall, I'm really happy with the results!
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posted by ashok
June
5
We're live!


If you're reading this, that means this little project was successful! For those that stumbled here without any prior context the aforementioned project was to turn my Raspberry pi into my own personal webserver and to implement a site and blog running Ruby on Rails. Everything was put together from scratch, starting from burning the operating system onto an SD card, setting up nginx and passenger, and writing all the ruby code along with all the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Most of it went easier than I expected and there were a few speed bumps along the way but I'm happy to report that it all worked out in the end. Even better, the site runs faster than I had anticipated. It's still slow, but there is a lot of low hanging fruit that is waiting to be plucked and optimized. I'll be chipping away at this over the next couple weeks, but so far so good!
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yes. yes it was a success. yes. a success.
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Hi! I'm Ashok. I like computers, movies, building stuff, and exercising more than is considered acceptable by today's standards. I live in California and I cohabit with a dog named Juggernaut.
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