Link Dump – 2018/08/08


Fresh Miles

In my post about the truck interior a couple of weeks ago I talked about the broken odometer and inaccurate speedometer. Last weekend the new speedometer came in and I installed it before making the trip down to my brother’s place.

Driving on a marked freeway is the best way to test the accuracy of your odometer. At one of the mile markers (not an exit), note your odometer reading. Drive 10 miles (by the markers) and note how far your odometer said you travelled. Mine was showing about 11.8 miles each of the 3 times I checked it, so it was about 18% high. When I compared the speedometer to a speed app on my phone it was even more inaccurate.

I was not going 100 mph! More like 80. Cool to have an odometer starting from 0.

After testing the odometer you basically have two choices: 1) swap out the speedometer gears inside the transmission, so the speedometer cable spins at a slower rate, or 2) put a ratio adapter between the transmission and the speedometer cable. The first option is much cheaper and the second option is much easier.

I went with the easier option so I could fix it myself. You can buy adapters that either speed up or slow down the rate that the speedometer spins. This is where you need a bit of math. My odometer was 18% high, but that doesn’t mean I want to slow it down 18%. To go from 11.8 miles to 10, it’s about a 15.3% decrease (1.8/11.8). I didn’t feel like getting a custom ratio adapter built, so I found one close enough (17.6% slow down), which cost me $91. It was an easy install…

I took the truck out for a test drive and after 2 miles the speedometer dropped to 0 and the odometer stopped turning over. What the fuck?!

The next day I started troubleshooting and quickly found the problem when I unscrewed the speedometer cable from the ratio adapter. When I tugged on the inner cable a bit, the end came right out!


I must have either bumped the cabling around during the install or this was really bad timing. The outer cable housing must have been sitting on the exhaust, which melted right through, jammed up, and prevented the inner cable from spinning freely. The transmission kept spinning the end and the inner cable unravelled, completely snapping.

Bad picture

I picked up a brand new speedometer cable and outer jacket from Advanced Auto Parts for less than $14. I’m glad the closest they had to 72″ (length of my old one) was 83″ because I ended up needing the extra foot. I installed the cable, properly routed it up to the dash, and zip tied it in place so it can’t come in contact with the exhaust or any moving parts.

After a test drive, the odometer was about 3% high, which was to be expected. Remember that I needed to slow it down 15.3% and the closest adapter I could find slowed it down a bit more, by 17.6%. Speeds were about 2-5 mph fast until I got on the freeway where it was dead nuts while going 70-77 mph. Close enough for me!

I have an idea of the gas mileage from the first trip with the odometer (after adjusting for the inaccuracy), but now that everything is working I’ll be able to track it and see for sure what I’m getting. Stay tuned!

Thoughts on the 2018 CrossFit Games

  • Haley Adams in the girls 16-17 had the most dominating Games performance in history, winning 9 of the 11 events. The other two events? She was 2nd in both! She earned 1,080 out of a possible 1,100 points. Can she be the first athlete to make the jump from teens to the Games?
  • We should be talking about Tia-Claire Toomey as the best CrossFitter in history instead of Mat Fraser. If she can match Rich Froning’s 4 straight championships by winning the next two years, she also has two silver medals vs his one. She didn’t show any weaknesses throughout the weekend.
  • I wish they would switch back to YouTube Live. Facebook is horrible.
  • I will never row a marathon. Boring as fuck, but impressive to see their times.
  • The Crit was such a crapshoot event. The top 20 women in the event were separated by less time than they were in the time trial!
  • Speed lifting ladders are still the most exciting to watch.
  • It’s incredible to watch what the Games athletes can do with their bodies. I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 8 years and they always blow me away.
  • May have to get out to Madison next year after not attending these last two years.
  • As I predicted, the stupid Handstand push-up standard from the Open was nowhere to be seen. When doing any type of overhead pressing movement they don’t require your shoulders to be extended up so why do they require it when we’re upside down? Makes no sense whatsoever.
  • The announcers are clueless about what is going on way too often compared to any other sport I’ve ever watched. There were so many times when they were completely wrong on strategy, placing, points, saying someone was finished when they weren’t, etc. It often seemed like they were often watching a different event.
  • Huge inconsistencies with judging. No surprise. They need to start training people and paying them instead of getting volunteers. The job is too important.
  • In other sports you get explanations of decisions by referees. In CrossFit they never explain what goes on with a judging mistake or when an outcome is contested and adjusted. Even the announcers would comment on how judges seemed to throw the rules out the window for certain athletes.
  • Watching on TV it seems like they complicate way too many things with movement standards, judging, layout, barriers, etc. Keep it simple. The cones separating the rouse course for the Battleground events is a good example. You’re never going to have some athletes running in one direction while others are running back, so why put those barriers in the way?
  • It’s annoying to watch some of the same things repeated every heat when they go down to the floor for “inside” info about the event that is about to begin. I understand doing it for people who may be tuning in for later heats, but hearing something like Fibonacci numbers explained eight times gets really old.
  • The planning and work that goes into an event like the CrossFit Games must be unthinkable. I wonder how many volunteers, employees, and hours are involved over the course of the year.
  • Mat Fraser didn’t seem quite as dominating this year, but still won by a huge margin in the end. I’m still not a fan.
  • Speaking of Fraser, he screamed and waved at a cameraman again this year, who wasn’t in his way, but was in his sight line. Come on dude. You’re the fittest man in the world. Get over it and concentrate on yourself. I have never seen anyone else yell at the camera crew during an event.
  • Laura Horvath was impressive throughout the competition. I think we all kept waiting for her to disappear and she seemed to get better. Being 21-years-old probably helps a lot with recovery!
  • Too early to guess who might replace Lindy Barber on CrossFit Mayhem Freedom? Last year I guessed Jen Smith would replace Kristin Reffett and was obviously wrong.

Reclaimed Wood

A few weeks ago I picked up this truckload of old wood someone was giving away.


I pulled a lot of nails, cleaned up the wood, and cut it down to size. Turned out to be a nice stack, though I’m not sure what I’ll use it for yet. The right projects will speak to me at some point.



Always a fun scramble at Sugar Springs. Tough to score when we struggled with our wedges and also couldn’t make any putts. Took one of the five skins with an eagle though.

Running Upgrade

Grabbed this treadmill for my garage gym, because I love running so much (haha). It’ll be a nice option in the winter, even for active recovery walking, which I miss out on when it’s not golf season.

It doesn’t fold up, but I couldn’t pass on the price (free) and having a truck means I can grab stuff like this now. Just need a Concept 2 rower to complete the cardio quartet since I have an Airdyne and Ski Erg.


Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Marvel’s Luke Cage series on Netflix has some great music, with many artists actually performing in the show. I had to pause season 2 episode 4 to look up the blues player, who is 19-year-old Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Here are the two songs from the show.

I Put a Spell on You

The Thrill is Gone

Unfortunately there were only four hits on iTunes and he may have only been playing the guitar in the other two. Here’s a full performance I was able to find. This guy can really play the guiter and has a cool voice.

Link Dump – 2018/07/31