Sunday, May 31, 2009

Super Brick

The SUPER BRICK. Probably my favorite workout leading up to an ironman race. The day was planned as such- 2.5 hr bike/10k run, 2hr bike/ 10k run, 1.5 hr bike/ 5k run. Aerojonny and BKO joined me for this crazy day. Jon and Brian rode well, and I hung on. The run was slightly faster than race pace. Ten hours later we celebrated with a cold beer and pizza. That was definitely a long day training...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Time Flies

Cook admires himself during his 40th birthday party

Time flies. I remember when Cook was a young smart ass fresh out of USCB, life guarding at East Beach. Cook once confided in me, " Being so good looking has been a curse."

25 Days til Ironman- AM Masters swim, 1 hour run, PM- Nitemoves swim /run

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I see the Light

I'm a bit of a skeptic. Especially when it comes to fringe medicine kind of stuff, but that doesn't mean I don't like to try crazy things. Have an open mind, I say. Acupuncture, aura adjustment, strange vitamin concoctions, you name it. Once a massage therapist cupped her hands and sang into my back. That was pretty weird. Usually I am disappointed. Waving that crystal above my foot didn't cure my plantar faciitis. What a rip. Aerojonny is recommending laser light treatment for my ailing hip. I'm game for just about anything, as long as it doesn't involve singing.

27 days til Ironman- up in the Valley- 6+hour bike, 2 mile run
26 days- 3 hour run
25 days- masters swim
24 days- 30 minute run, yoga, 1.5 bike

Monday, May 25, 2009

Burnt Out

Morgan and Lilo survey the damage to their favorite stomping grounds.
-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, May 22, 2009

Approach with caution

I'm going to have to get me one of these helmets. Probably not too aero, but it sure would keep people from crowding me.

31 days til Ironman- AM- easy swim, PM- the dreaded Yoga, 30 run
30 days- Masters swim, 2 hour bike
29 days- 2 hour run, Yoga
28 days- Masters Swim

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blazing in the Valley

Chuckie and Steve-o at the top of Tepusquet Rd.. It was a blazing 95 degrees at Blazing Saddles drive. We rode for 5.5 hours but I was suffering early due a hip that has been bothering me of late. Hopefully I'll be able to get it under control by the time Ironman rolls around. For now it will be a lot of ice, yoga, massage, and plently of vitamin advil.

32 days to Ironman- easy swim and jog

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fred, P.I.

I managed to snap a pic of my buddy Fred at Wildflower a couple of weeks ago. Fred has been racing really fast of late. Some say it is his new aero helmet, I say it is his clean shaven face. But I miss Fred's 'stache. If there was one person who could keep the '80's alive, it was Fred.

Magnum says, "Bring back the 'Stache!"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

More Fire

This was one of the more awesome pictures I have found of the fire. And no, that is not my house.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Breathing easier

This is one of my favorite WWF ads, somewhat appropriate as we Santa Barbarians clear the smoke from our lungs after a horrendous week. Ironically, investigators seem to think the origin of the fire was a result of using power tools to clear brush as a fire prevention measure. They have not identified the responsible party but I have the feeling if they do, their punishment will play out in one of two ways: 1. if they are volunteers from the Montecito Trails Association- a stern talking to by mayor Marty Blum, including some finger wagging , or 2. if they are some poor Hispanic immigrants working for minimum wage- jail time and a demand to reimburse the county for the 3 million fire fighting cost.

Friday, May 08, 2009


We received the final call to evacuate around 10pm last night. The streets were absolutely crazy, largely due to all the looky-loos parked along the street, running around taking pictures. Frigg'n idiots.

Jesusita Day 3

I managed to get in a quick workout yesterday afternoon doing a series of bike repeats up Old San Marcos Road. The fire has been relentless. A couple hours later Hwy 154 and Old San Marcos was closed, thousands evacuated.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

More Jesusita

Yesterday afternoon from my office

While Santa Barbara burns, Morgan and Lilo still expect their evening adventure.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Here We Go Again

The start of the Jesusita Fire.