When I see that word I hear one of my old editors lecturing me, "An 'ex' is a has-been", he'd say, "while a 'spurt' is a drip under pressure". A cliche perhaps.
Find it here.
As with the iPhone App I'm not too pleased that I am forced to charge $1.99 for it.
I would prefer it to be free, but the whole thing is run by Libsyn and this is the minimum charge they permit.
It is a pretty neat new way to access Sea Kayak Podcasts and also bonus content which I hope to start adding to new podcasts.
The next new podcast will go live on 1st November featuring Joe Leach who set a new record for sea kayaking around Britain.
[edit: It received a double-page feature in The Scotsman Property Section on Thursday 1st November and so there is a lot of interest.]
I get some useful statistics from Libsyn, our new Podcast hosts and the people who've helped to create our new Apps for iPhone iPad and Android.
I'll not bore you with all the numbers, but I thought you might like to know where you all are. This map is a quick way of seeing where our listeners live. Obviously most downloads come from the UK and USA, with surprisingly few in Canada.
|Darker colour = more listeners|
I receive precise download figures for each Podcast, and while I won't bore you with the numbers, it's obvious that the new releases are of most interest.
You might like to know we'll have THREE new Podcasts lined up, and they're all different aspects of a similar theme. The first goes live on 1st November, the second on 15th November, with the third coming 1st December.
Details nearer the time. Until then we're publishing an older podcast every day until 22nd October as we migrate the archive to Libsyn.
Read how to get the App here - how it works and its limitations.
But you might like to know everything is done through Libsyn which sends the mp3 file to the following locations.
Our big news though are the APPS. They're the direct way to access the entire podcast library and bonus content.
For the next couple of weeks, through much of October, archive podcasts will appear in the feeds as I migrate them onto the new system.
On 1st November a brand new podcast interview will appear, with another new release coming around 15th November.
Was it too tough? Some might think so. Yet the numbers say it was easier than the Bealach Mor sportive over the Applecross pass (90mls 9,500ft). And it doesn't come anywhere close to the daddy of European sportives La Marmotte (108 mls 17,000ft)
Most significantly, it was easier than the Etape Cymru (92 mls 9,800 ft). So no, it wasn't too tough. Competitors just need to appreciate the seriousness of what they've entered.
That's steeper than the acclaimed 'Horseshoe Pass' gradient on the Etape Cymru. It's even steeper than my big, local 20.7% hill, and it is like riding up the side of a house.
We were blessed with good weather. Had it been bucketing down and/or high wind, those rough-road descents, polished cattle-grids, and tight turns right at the bottom would have been a lot more dangerous. Bad weather could easily have added thirty minutes or more to my time.
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