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Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary to the awesomest man in the world.

To another 10 years!

La Roux - Bulletproof

This song is stuck in my head now. It is channeling Depeche Mode's Speak and Spell and the singer reminds me of Tilda Swinson from Narnia series. Aparently, the 80's are back.

You are welcome.

The Race That Almost Wasn't

The Race that almost wasn’t

For me the auburn triathlon was an exercise in tenacity. Not because the race course was hard (it was) or because two transitions can make life a little complex (it did). No, web world, the race almost wasn’t because of issues that occurred in the week before the race. What issues, you ask? Well let me fill you in.
A week and 2 days before the race, I “female” problem that I haven’t had in YEARS reared its ugly, yeasty, head. I had to cut my last ride short because there was no way I could continue riding when I was so uncomfortable. OTC medicines didn’t kill the little bugger, so a scrip from my MD on Tuesday helped the wee-beesties die a horrible death.
This first “female” problem became moot because on Thursday auntie flow showed up with accompanying cramps and swollen ankles. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Friday afternoon I feel a slight tickle in my throat. I ran over to the local thai food place and bought some hot and sour soup and downed it like a dr…

Floyd Landis' doping allegations rock the Tour of California

I don't know what to even say about this new story. I am stunned.

Reporting from Visalia, Calif.-- The cycling community gathered in this farming town for Thursday's start of Stage 5 of the Tour of California was left stunned by allegations made by cyclist Floyd Landis that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and other top American riders were involved in blood doping before 2006.

Landis, who lost his own 2006 Tour de France title because of a failed doping test and was subsequently banned for two years despite years of denials, not only has admitted his own use of performance enhancing drugs during races but also reportedly sent e-mails to cycling and anti-doping officials detailing how Armstrong, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer and Dave Zabriskie schemed to engage in blood doping. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the allegations on their web site late Wednesday night.

All the accused riders are in the Amgen Tour of California, which starts at 10:45 …

Grandma Strikes Again

Sorry for not posting the last few weeks. Family obligations, including two surgeries have kept me too busy to do much of anything other than go to work (sporadically) and eat and train (again, sporadically).

Last night I visited with my Grandma at my mom’s house. She's visiting from India for a few months so i thought I would hang out with her and my mom. As you may recall, my grandma has very definite ideas about how people should behave, dress, etc. (See Here). I was excited to tell her about my upcoming triathlon in Auburn this SUNDAY. She seemed really pleased and asked how far the “running” was.

Me: Oh, its not just a run. It’s a swim, a bike ride, and a run.Gma: Oh, ok. (Pauses) In the same DAY????Me: Yes, back to back.Gma: But you get to rest in between, right?Me: Well I can, but it’s a race so I should try not to rest.Gma: What about eating? Isn’t there a lunch in the middle? (like all grandmas she is concerned with making sure everyone eats enough food)Me: (Trying to…

American River Parkway Half Marathon

First off, I love this race because it is a fairly fast course, you can wear headphones and it is close to my home so there is little travel time involved.

The last time I did this course in 2008 I managed a 2:06. The fastest half marathon for me at the time. I was also taking tons of steroids so my 2008 finish time was partially due to the superpowers given to me by that prednisone prescription. One of the only pictures of me from that race depicts a bloated tuba-bubba trying to finish a run. No, I won’t post a picture of that.

I got up at 5:15 a.m. had coffee, pb&j, checked email. It looked like it would be nearing 80 degrees for the day so I elected on nike shorts, Hawaii tank top, hat and large waterbottle.

Left the house near 6:00 a.m. I wanted to leave earlier, but somehow I got side tracked. Got to William B. Pond park around 6:20 and found that I barely found a parking spot in the park itself. Sat in the car and watched others drive like maniacs looking for parking.

I felt a…


Just a quick bulleted list of things. In-depth Race Report of Parkway Half Marathon to come later.

Chip time--1:56 --Another 5 minutes off my last race and another PR!!!
It was a HOT HOT Day!
Sore legs today!