Thursday, July 31, 2008

New York's Finest

Take a look at this video of a Critical Mass cyclist getting blind sided by one of New York's finest.What ever happened to To Protect and Serve?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another Cycling Record Falls

Another record falls, but the question is, was he doping?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Joe's Toe

My buddy Joe Howell has had a rough year. Earlier this year, Joe had a hard bike crash and fractured his pelvis. His come back has been slow but steady. During last Saturday's Steve's Tri, Joe totally busts his big toe on a rock running up the beach after the swim. Say it's not so, Joe!
PS: If you want to see Joe go off, just mention the name Andrew Duncan.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pull my Flipper

I figured I would go my entire life without seeing a whale fart. I was wrong. I have to admit, it looks pretty cool. Check it out here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Steve's Tri

Steve and Fred at Ironman

Steve's Tri is a informal sprint triathlon the SB Tri Club puts on in memory of Steve Issaris. It has been 5 years since the unexpected passing away of my friend Steve and most of the 40 or so participants have never met Steve. Yet it remains a great way to keep Steve's memory alive. I finished right behind Steve's best bud Fred, and was, Cook would be happy to know, the first woman finisher.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Out of the Olympics?

Well, it is already starting. US Olympic qualifying swimmer, Jessica Hardy could lose her Olympic spot after two positive tests for a "stimulant" following Olympic trials. Too much Red Bull??

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nuts to you

Not much to say about this. Obviously a Euro.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dara Torres

My buddy Mike T. hopes she will fail. I, on the other hand, think this is a great story and am rooting for her. Score one for old people, I say. Find out how Dara does it... it may be not what you think.

Monday, July 21, 2008

5 mile Biathlon

A four mile beach run followed by a one mile ocean swim. The run is a bit too long for land challenged swimmers and you would never see anyone from my Saturday morning running group tackle a one mile ocean swim. That's what makes the 5 mile biathlon special. To do well, you have to be decent in both. It is one of the few races that places equal weight on both events. I've done the biathlon for years, usually finishing right behind the first women finisher. This year, true to form, I finished right behind the 1st place woman, and was, as my friend Cook says, the 2nd place woman.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Batter Up

Yesterday, Mike T. and I buzzed down to Anaheim to catch the Angels-Red Sox game. The Angels came from behind to win 4-2, so Mike and I left satisfied that our afternoon of baking in the sun was well worth it.

Double Props

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius failed to make the South African Olympic team by just missing the qualifying standard for the 400 meters earlier this week. Undeterred, Oscar vowed to continue his training and try again for London 2012.

I took this picture of Sarah Reinertsen at the 2005 Honu Half Ironman. In 2004, Sarah attempted to be the first woman amputee to finish the Hawaii Ironman but failed to meet the bike cut off time. Undettered, Sarah continued her training and returned to Kona in 05 and successfully completed the Hawaii Ironman in 15 hours 5 minutes.

Props to both Oscar and Sarah, and next time my plantar faciitis acts up, remind me not to grumble so much.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Exercise and Shrinkage

Shrinkage is never a good thing and now there is a study that exercise may prevent it. Read about it here.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Going Green

Yet another way to go green. While this may seem like a crazy idea, using the kinetic energy of the movement of fabric to generate electricity is already being researched.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

R U Crazy?

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Apparently my buddy Fred misunderstood California's new hands free cell phone law.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

W is the new V

Viagra has recently become the latest drug to be used to enhance athletic performance, but scientists have discovered watermelon acts much in the same way. Watermelon Gu, anyone?

Monday, July 14, 2008

6 mile Swim

Here is my swim buddy Chip and Jane at yesterday's 6 mile swim. Chip finished the swim in a tad over 2 hours and finished 5th overall, a fantastic swim. The 6 mile swim was probably one of the most physically challenging events I have ever done. To do the 6 mile you have to be big and fast, skinny and fast, or just big. For skinny and mediocre guys like me it is a recipe for hypothermia. Hence, these days I stand on the beach, cheer the finishers and drink coffee.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Darwin at Work

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Along with Florida, Texas is another one of my favorite states. Fortunately for us they tend to do their own population control.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

No Dog food for me

Here is my 17 year old dog Tux and in the background Morgan is busily digging to China. Both Tux and Morgan were totally excited that after reading this, they would be able to jet over to Beijing and catch the Olympics without ending up on someones dinner plate.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Congratulations to Delia and Brian Cook!!

Braeden Douglas Cook. (Brian was pushing for the name "Achilles", I guess that didn't fly)
Born July 8th, 2008. 12:29 PM.
7 lbs. 10 oz.
19 in.
Black wavy/curly hair.
Birth mark on his left hip.
Delia is doing great.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Too Much Information

Can you ever have too much information? I find it fascinating how different people race. Two of the most successful age group ironmen I know, Duncan Thomas and Vic Birtalan, wear neither a heart rate monitor nor even a watch when they toe the line. Vic's discription of Ironman CDA: "I woke up, swam, biked, ran, won my age group, took the spot to Kona." On the other hand, if you want a minute by minute, watt by watt recount of an ironman race, read this.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Road Rage

Roadies are far from being angels. Mix that with LA drivers who are trying to squeeze by on a narrow windy road and something bad is bound to happen. Read about it here. Everybody please mellow out.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Real Nail Biter

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

It was a real nail biter. Eating legend Kobayashi was 2 hot dogs behind Joey Chestnut with seconds remaining in this years Nathan's Famous Hot dog eating contest. In a desperation move, the wiley Kobayashi employed the controversial "cannonball technique". The strategy worked and when time expired, Kobayashi and Chestnut were tied, 59 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That led to overtime- speed eating 5 more dogs. Chestnut dug deep and nipped Kobayashi in OT to claim the $10,000 prize. Wow, that was intense.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Semana Nautica

Semana Nautica has to be my favorite time of the summer. For 3 weeks in July, Santa Barbara hosts an eclectic assortment of athletic events ranging from the more traditional running and swimming to lawn bowling and cardboard kayak races. I try and participate in as many as possible. The 15k run was postponed due to the fire, but Saturday I geared up for the 1 mile ocean swim then jumped into the 3 mile ocean swim on Sunday. Just over do it, I say.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tour de Google

The Tour starts today. You can check out the course using Google Maps. The street view gives the rider perspective and it's pretty cool.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Hot Times

I was helping my friend Jane pack up for a possible evacuation last night. You can see the fire just peaking over the next ridge. It was crazy smoky up there.

This Buds for you

Budweiser has been working diligently with their famous Clydesdale horses to help provide support for the Tour de France riders. Hopefully they'll have the kinks worked out before the start of the race.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Nice Catch

This is what I love about sports. Out of nowhere, a ball girl makes an unbelievable Bo Jackson-like catch.

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