Don’t lose sight of the big picture.

I recently did some professional sales negotiation training, where they talked about moving difficult negotiations up from the micro to the macro level.
Tonight I was walking back from an evening meal and I started to think how this could be applied to the amateur/semi serious athlete, and the answer was surprisingly simple.
All too often we focus on our performance vs yesterday, last weekend or last month especially if we under perform. If we do this we are dragged down to the micro level and normally end up disappointed with our performances.
A perfect example of this is using the Etape Du Dales I rode on Sunday 15th May 2016. I had trained hard for the event but woke up on Friday 13th (unlucky for me!) with a sore throat and the onset of a cold. This obviously affected my performance on the day and initially I was disappointed with my overall ride time. However this was looking at the micro level.

EDD Buttertubs
Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture (the macro level) then I had made great progress.
Some examples from Sunday 15th May when I was ill with a cold. The Fleet Moss climb I posted a time of 14:53, however in 2014 my time was 25:07. The Buttertubs climb from Hawes I posted a time of 24:26 compared to a PB of 34:02 last year

So my message is very clear, don’t worry or concentrate on the micro day to day improvements you make, more think long term and compare the macro improvements that you have made.
We all have bad days and good days, but look back over the longer term and I hope you’ll find you are improving, despite “micro” set backs.

EDD Halton Gill

Syncing OneDrive to an SD Card on Windows 10

My previous method stopped working with Windows 10, fortunately I found another workaround on the Microsoft Forums as follows:

It looks like the OneDrive client in the RTM version of Windows 10 does not allow syncing OneDrive to an SD card via the empty NTFS folder method if there isn’t enough free space on the C: drive for the data to be synced. There is a simple workaround from GiovanniSantoroJunior:

From the Disk Management console, follow these steps:
1. Right-click Disk Management and then click Create VHD. Follow the prompts that appear.
2. Right-click the new disk and then click Initialize Disk. Click OK.
3. Right-click the new disk and then click New Simple Volume (or select a different volume type, if available). Follow the prompts that appear.

Follow these instructions to set your new VHD to automount when Windows boots.

How to UEFI boot a 32 bit Windows OS

I just got a HP Pavilion x2 and wanted to install the Windows 10 32 bit technical preview.

Everywhere I searched said I could only UEFI boot a 64 bit OS.

So I tried a different partition option in Rufus and I am pleased to say it worked.

The secret is to use the MBR partition. Below is a screenshot of the Rufus settings I used



pavilion x2

Converting from imovie on Windows

I’ve recently migrated off a Mac onto Windows.

After the event I found all my home video files were encoded with the Apple Intermediate Codec and couldn’t be played or edited on my PC

After lots of trial and error I found ffmpeg could convert.

A created a simple batch job which I ran from a command prompt to convert all the videos. It took over 2 days to complete but appears to work fine.

the batch job was a simple one line:

FOR  /R %%a in (“*.mov”) do ffmpeg -i “%%a” -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 20 “%%~dpna.mp4”