One piece of hardware I was glad to get rid of was this plate I had placed when I obliterated my clavicle as a result of a bike accident a few years ago. It will be nice to pass airport security without constantly triggering the metal detector.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The Holidays. Food, family, friends, the Giant Sequoia. My father in law, Vince, is the undisputed Giant Sequoia. The Giant Sequoia is a family tradition. My wife's crazy family's tradition. He who consumes the most food and drink during a holiday celebration will henceforth be known as the Giant Sequoia. A holiday dinner with Ellen's family is a day of loud talking, arguments, and confusion followed by voracious feeding. The actual meal lasts a brief 10 or so minutes. Chairs lean back as contented bellies are patted. A few deep knee bends to aid digestion, and it begins once again. Round two, and so it goes. Vince honed his iron stomach eating kielbasa and stale rye bread while growing up in the Polish ghetto of Lackawanna, New York. We are mere saplings in Vince's presence. He is truly the General Sherman among the redwoods. I love this time of the year. There is nothing better than watching a happy man attack a plate of food.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I am always amazed what the human body is capable of doing. Here is a video of Lewis Pugh swimming the sub freezing waters of the north pole. Pugh's talk is taken from this year's TED conference. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. You can watch more thought provoking stuff HERE.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Rincon Road, circa 1913
There were two ways for motorist to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco during the turn of the century. One was through the Casitas Pass, which was considered treacherous and often times impassable. The alternative was driving along this rickety pier-like road which hugged the coast from Ventura to Rincon point.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
You may remember my rant about Jennifer Figge's claim about swimming across the Atlantic ocean in 19 days. That one really set off my BS detector. Well, here's another one. 55 year old Martin Strel claims he swam the entire length of the Amazon River. That is 3,274 miles, 66 days, 10 hours per day, non-stop. Strel battled the constant threat of piranhas and crocodiles averaging 50 miles a day. Impossible? I'll let you decide.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Plantar Faciitis is one of those nagging injuries that can last for months. I haven't had a problem for years, but it reared its ugly head after my Ironman race. Here is how I handled the beast.
1. Ditch your old shoes and get some new running shoes.
2. Wear supportive shoes at all times. No bare feet or flip flops.
3. Self massage. I use these round rubber spikey things, but some people just roll their foot on a golf ball.
4. Stretch your calf and hamstring muscles
5. Ice your foot after every run and before you go to bed.
6. Dorsal Night Splint- It holds your foot in dorsal flexion while you sleep. It really helps prevent that initial pain when you first get up in the morning. I got mine from ActiveAnkle.com.
That's my secret. It works for me. It will work for you.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Long before Dial soap and chicken knuckles, my favorite father-in-law, Vince, dabbled with the amazing power of magnets. Energizes the blood, claims Vince. Blood has iron, magnets attract iron, you get the picture. In an attempt to cure various aches and pains, Vince adorned himself with various magnetic bracelets and patches which had the curious side effect of picking up random metallic objects. Vince was slightly annoyed by this, but it did come in handy if he was in sudden need of a paper clip or safety pin.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
My friend Kim who moved up to to Washington a few years ago, sent me this picture of the lap pool she just built. Kim lives in quite a spread. She once sent me a picture of herself and her boys sitting in front of what I thought was resort. Turned out it was her house. Wow.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
No, I didn't need an ambulance but at one point of the bike I thought I might. I was having some nutritional issues on the run and by mile 10 I thought I was about to faint. One thing I can guarantee about ironman races is you never know what you are going to get. You just have to go with the flow. It is a lot of crisis management, trying to figure out how to rally from a sometimes desperate situation. I was able to slowly titrate some calories back in and eventually I was able to run and finish the race. 11:36. So when is my next Ironman? Probably in a couple or three years. I know I need surgery on my torn rotator cuff. That injury really has hampered my swimming. But I can assure you, I'll be back toeing the Ironman line.
Elda, Marie, and Chris race morning. The weather was a little breezy, but nice. It turned ugly in a hurry.
Looking a little dazed, but happy