Wednesday, January 30, 2008

27 on 27

This past Sunday (1/27) was my 27th birthday, and Erin, Pat, Jess and I made the trip up to Big Bear Mountain to do some skiing and riding. I am glad we disregarded every news and weather report in socal warning of flash floods, rain, and the general California pansy-ish doomsday weather prediction. Here are some pics (and yes, my camera is indeed freeze proof)...

(only in socal...)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Quadruple Proof Great Weekend

Saturday, Erin and I rode Del Dios, with a slight detour off the main road to climb Mt. Israel. It was definitely a spur of the moment type of thing, and we had no idea what the climb entailed, but who cares, right? We made the left, and immediately the road just started going up. Here is a pic of Erin grinding it out:

All in all, it was just a .25 mile climb. I'd say it somewhere around the 18% grade mark. It definitely seemed longer, but the fact that I did weights the day previous which included some leg presses, and for the first time in about a year - deadlifts, coupled with an early season ride made for heart rate inducing ascent. It's also safe to assume that the legs just didn't have the oomph I was used to heading back to Solana. Saturday's ride marked the inaugural Forerunner 305 ride (!!!), but I've just been lazy in installing the software to download the data.

After that, I killed some time, had a burrito at Wahoo's, and kayaked for the 2008 TNT Lavaman team's first ocean swim down at La Jolla shores. Ocean swims were by far my favorite when I did 2 seasons with Lavaman, so I volunteered to kayak just about every weekend for them. The first ocean swim is always great because its one of the few times of the season where grown men can actually scream like school girls once they get 55 degree water in their wetsuits, and all the sudden it hits that oh so sensitive area :)

Here is Robbie performing his version of the clif bar triathlon start video with Ryan...

and Bill Earley "training" for Hawai`i

I was really excited because this was the first time I got to test the waterproof part of my new camera - the Olympus 770SW. To highlight, this 7.1 mpx camera is:
  • Water proof (down to 33ft)
  • Freeze proof (down to 14F)
  • Crushproof (up to 220lbs)
  • Shock proof (up to 5ft fall)
It's pretty much bad ass. I got this camera because I needed one that could take a beating as I document my Ironman training.

Sunday was spent sleeping in, laying in the sun, taking a nap and going for a 75 minute run.

Now it's time for burrito's and beer.

Garmin data to come soon!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Aaahhhh... January Training

My sickness has subsided for the most part, so I was able to get back out there this weekend and enjoy these January 65/70 degree temps. Sweet!

Friday: Before work, I got in a 1 hour base ride on the trainer. After work, I did a 50 minute Zone 2 run along the cliffs in Del Mar at sunset. The fog rolled in thick just after sunset, which made for a slightly eerily yet pretty cool feel to the run.

Saturday: Learning about, and being active in helping the environment is on the 2008 to do list, so I volunteered with San Diego Coast Keeper by collecting some water samples at Otay Lakes Reservoir. After that, I rolled down to Coronado beach with some friends for a bonfire and hanging out. I learned that Trader Jose's Frozen Burritos can indeed be cooked over a bonfire, and came out pretty damn good at that.

Sunday: 2 hour Del Dios ride. I wanted to do this ride to check on the effects of the wildfires from a few months back. In general, there is some regrowth on its way that was def helped by the rains last weekend. Here are some pics:

Unfortunately, the del dios hill didn't get any easier though

Also, item worth buying: Trader Joe's 3 layer hummus: Regular/Cilantro & Jalapeno/Spicy.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spreading the good word

I purchased the china study for 2 people in my family for christmas and one of them was my stepmother. She had a very unique nutrition issue a number of years back. After figuring out the problem and fixing it, she continued to learn about nutrition through her doctor, and although I was young at the time, I remember her saying one thing: "get rid of everything 'white' from your diet". At 40, she looks as good as ever. I figured she would probably enjoy this book.

I gave her a call yesterday to see how her reading was coming. The enthusiasm in her voice was noticeable before she finished her first word. Two weeks removed from christmas, she is nearly done with the book, and had these things to say about it: "I love this book", "Everything I learned 15 years ago was proven - he did all the work, and had hundreds of thousands of test subjects!", "I will read, and re-read this many times", "Even if you don't subscribe to the vegan diet, this will no doubt make anyone rethink their diet", and "Every single one of my friends wants this book when I am done!", and completely disregarding my father's wishes, she is changing the weekly dinner menu from 1 vegetarian/week, to 2 veg + 1 vegan/week. Dad is def a meat and potatoes guy and rolls his eyes to ill-conceived visions of eating "nothing but lettuce", but with his cholesterol, that ain't gonna fly anymore.

I am not one of those super obsessed people that tries to push certain subjects, has a chip on my shoulder, or thinks that I am better than the next person because I subscribe to a certain way of thinking, but I encourage anyone reading this blog to give this book a read.

Now, I'm off to git some oatmeal...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Day #11

I am on day #11 of this ridiculous sickness I have. My head is still generally "cloudy". My body feels good, but I have the nasally tone to my voice. I am however, feeling significantly better than last week. Antibiotics have helped tremendously. I was talkin with Kevin over the weekend (I actually made it out of the house to somewhere other than Von's, the Dr's or Longs), and he said he has had it for about 2 weeks. Shit.

Tonight after work, I hopped on the trainer for a 45 minute tempo ride. It was as brutal as a solo trainer ride can be, but I put on the normal trainer video to keep things going - the 2006 Ironman Championship bike ride. Watching Stadler ride the legs off everyone en route to a 26mph average over 112 miles is quite motivating.

I also hope to be back in full training mode this weekend. Let's hope for the best!

Until then...

Friday, January 04, 2008

Day after tomorrow

Don't look at right now. The monster storm over california right now looks eerily similar to the storm from "Day after tomorrow":



Hopefully the snow stays for a possible trip to Tahoe at the end of this month!

Help is on the way!!!

I finally saw my doc today and got some antibiotics, and cough syrup with codeine. Hopefully this should do the trick. He mentioned that he has seen people that have been sick for up to two weeks. I got two words: F*%K THAT. Since the storm of the century is heading into town this weekend, I won't feel so bad about not training. If I am up to it, it will probably be a weekend spent on the trainer.

I was going to post some of my favorite commercials viewed over the past few days (I have had way too much free time), but I just received a video of Paul chasing Greg down during the polar bear swim - I am pissed I couldn't make it!


Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Year's Sunset

I know it's a few days late, but check out the new year's day sunset...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

HFNY, 07 Reflections, and looking forward to 08

disclaimer: this may be a long one

Apparently, I had some excess baggage when flying back from the east coast. Shortly after getting on the plane in B'more on Saturday, I started feeling like absolute ass, if there is such a thing as absolute ass. I figured it was something I ate, but 3 days later, I can't remember the last time I was this sick. My roomate Greg, now infected, mentioned that his Dad said there was something going around back east, and antibiotics are about the only cure. Sweet.

So now that I have loads of free time on my hands, it has allowed me to reflect on 2007, talk about things I would like to do/planning on doing in 2008, and watch a CSI marathon all day on NYE. I also watched one of the worst movies ever, "Next", and a decent movie, Ocean's Thirteen.

Overall, 2007 was a great year for me.
* I found what all the spin class craze was about
* won my AG in a 5K (with probably the slowest winning time ever) and found my preferred racing gear
* had a indescribable lavaman triathlon experience
* incredible vacation in Hawai`i afterwards
* Jeff went back into remission
* PR'd my 10K by 4 minutes (in a tri)
* completed my first half Ironman
* reaffirmed my dislike for swimming in a freaking pool
* started to *really* enjoy running
* signed up for IMLP next year
* lived life and worked without a car for 3 weeks
* realized that life can be lived, and preferred, sans meat
* photographing tri's is a lot of fun even if I am not racing
* Encinitas Tri
* Solana Beach Tri
* SOMA Tri
* and with a recent promotion at work, kicked ass at my presentation and generally had a great time at Oracle OpenWorld in November.

Although ringing in the new year with a glass of OJ and sudafed wasn't on my to do list, I can only look forward to a better year in 2008.

In general, I actually enjoy running now - long, short, easy and hard. In fact, in some weird way, I look forward to the marathon at IMLP. My main motivation is the horror stories I hear about on the back half of the marathon where people question their existence. Well, that just makes me want to crush the marathon (if crushing means running under 4 hours for someone who has never run a marathon).

The focus of the year is obviously IMLP, so that needs no explanation. Other races I plan on doing are the

* superseal tri (to fill that early season olympic distance craving)
* wildflower long course (already registed)
* San Diego Int'l (the staple race to gauge progress)
* more (free) TCSD club du's/tri's

I definitely want to throw in an xterra tri or MTB race. Even if I don't throw in an xterra race, I will definitely be mountain biking more, and doing a few adventure races. I haven't done an AR in almost a year, and I am definitely longing (or pining as Brian Gunn would say) to do one. Hopefully if this sickness goes away, I will be heading up to Irvine on Saturday with Damian to do one. As much as I love the competitive spirit of, and racing triathlons, adventure races are just as intense and require a different level of mental strength. Everything is fine and dandy when it takes you less than an hour to get the first 6 checkpoints, but when it takes you nearly an hour to find one checkpoint, it can really test one's patience.

I am also well overdue for some international travel, so I'd like to fit that in somewhere to. Luguna Phuket Triathlon anyone?!