I purchased this really great accessory this week on advice from Tyler Lu. I had been reticent to try any of those goofy iPhone camera accessories you often see at those shady mall kiosks. However, I noticed Tyler using a zoom lens on his iPhone and asked him about it. Turns out it was one of those same odd looking accessories I had been avoiding. He showed me a few sample pictures he had taken and I was impressed. At the price of $10 on average I thought it would be worth a shot.
This week I wanted to provide a quick training update on how 2014 is going so far and I’ve got great news to share. First off, I have picked up a sponsorship with TriSports.com, one of the leading online retailers for all things Triathlon. TriSports has added me to their TriSports’ Champions team for the 2014 season. As a member of this team, you will see me wearing a lot of TriSports gear at all my races and events during the 2014 calendar. TriSports is also going to be helping support this blog and my efforts to bring great product reviews and training analysis.
Today’s tip involves how to create custom view controllers in Xcode 5. Creating custom views that leverage multiple custom subviews such as tables and collections is a great way of presenting information to users. However, it is not so straight forward for new iOS developers to master the art of instantiating subviews within a standard view. This approach is especially frustrating when you try to load data into a UICollectionView dynamically from a REST API call.
I wrote in a previous post about my deep love for the Nike Free running shoe series. I also mentioned in that post, that I was, however, looking to test out a potentially more minimal shoe despite favoring the Nike’s already. I decided to give the New Balance Minimus 20 V2’s a try. I got them on a great deal from The Clymb. Below is my in depth review of this particular model after about 3 months of use. The shoe will probably be up for renewal by the time I release this review but I wanted to be thorough so others could use it as a reference point for deciding on New Balance Minimus shoes in general. Immediately, below is the product description from New Balance themselves.
This race was the first event of 2014 for us. We at first heard about the hot chocolate series while living in Atlanta and heard lots of good things about this series from our friends. This series is mostly a fun run type of event, incorporating live music, hot chocolate finisher mug at the finish, warm sweat shirts instead of t-shirts and comfortable race distances. Additionally, for us what makes participating in this event enticing was a combination of factors. The event falls early in enough in the year that it would help motivate us to stay in shape over the holidays. The 15K distance is just the right length to train for that doesn’t require the heavy volumes of a triathlon or half marathon. Also, the swag is not half bad.
For the past couple of I have played around with building an iOS app with Firebase as the back-end for it. I wrote a previous post about the joy that is Firebase, which you can check out. One of the features I am trying to incorporate is taking a picture of an item and uploading it with the post. Well, unfortunately, Firebase does not natively support image uploading. In order to store images with Firebase, you need to first turn them into their Base64 equivalent and store that string value as the value for the “image” key in your Firebase JSON structure.
Two challenges for January 2014. The first is the SQUAT CIRCUIT and the second FITNESS AMBASSADOR. For January, challenge yourself to get to 200 squats in one session starting at 30 on January 1st. Beach legs by February for all, click for more..