The key to bike theft

Normal seeming day, I finish my afternoon loop at work, locking up my bike and head up stairs for 10 minutes.  I am ready for my next round, coming down…. and the bike is gone. Security was on patrol somewhere else. I was freaking out, luckily found the guard in time so he can capture the security camera feed. Below is the vid from 1:10 to 2 min is the thief in action. Gone in 60 seconds: Continue reading

Roger’s First Overall win

Bessy won Silver Strand Half Marathon 2015, and Mission Valley 5k as the overall female – so why not Roger join the tip top podium as a couple goal? Well first of all, an overall win is highly competitive for males. I (Roger) had no idea this would happen.  While running the zigzag wind-pounding ONEHOPE ACT 10k course a few years back (fiesta island), which overlooked the simple flat all asphalt 5k loop, I aimed for this 5k as a PR attempt. Two days before this race, on the track with my buddy John, I nailed the run workout for the time goal (400s x 10, 800 x 1: at race pace).  Come race day, Outkast’s statement proved true “you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.”

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Bronchitis double 10k

“Sign up now (year early) and get 50% off your entry fee!” I always fall for these deals. So I registered for 2 10k’s on super bowl weekend… super run 10k which I did 39:54 last year, and Cardiff Kook 10k (new to me, stacked field).

You never know what can happen a few days before a race.  With El Nino this year, weather is all over the place, and yay… I catch bronchitis.  So PR thoughts go out the window.   I think to myself lets fun run these races, is there a costume I can find somewhere to explain an embarrassing time (over 40 min)?

I just work with a glimmer of hope as each day my training run are decent that I will improve… but I get worse as it turns night and cold, that race night Im coughing up yellow thick phlegm.  Well lets just go and show up… see how the first mile goes.  Saturday 2 mile warm up, in the freezing cold.  Ok, lets do a sub 6 min mile on the start and see how it goes. (my strategy is usually go hard on first half, cruise in 2nd).  Everything is going well and I take things mile by mile, following the plan. Surprisingly I sneak in under 39 min , where my current PR is low 38.  This gave me 9th overall on a rolling hill course…. and 1 min faster than last year when I was not sick.  I will take it! After 2-3 mile cool down.

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First place couples podium for individual AG, and some awards (blankets)

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Triathlon Gear Hygiene: Cycling

Besides fitting in the training for 3 disciplines time management is essential for triathletes in order to maintain all the gear.  This will be a series of posts discussing tips to quickly frequently make time for this.

The only bike that doesn’t need cleaning

Unless you have an invisible bicycle like this kitty, maintenance involves cleaning.  Although wearing cycling gloves can protect your hands if you need to change a tire, your calves and clothing will still get chain marks someway or another with a dirty bike.  Unlike the excuse many girls gave me for not riding, you do not need to drive somewhere to arrive cute & clean!

Even if you do not have a brand new bike, keeping your “partner” clean will:

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Secret Ingredient to goal reaching

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When you share a life with someone, the success of your spouse’s goals significantly depends on you. Your actions will either support or hinder the success of his/her efforts.

Discuss how you aim to reach your better self.  How will your routine work towards your and your spouse’s new goals?

Next month will be 1 year that we started new jobs, with different schedules, which meant a new routine.  Roger trains in the morning before biking to work, and is home around 5.  I start work 15mi away at 6:30am, so I train in the evening after leaving work at 4pm.  I was not used to running at night, so I joined run groups that started at 6pm straight from work. We both had solo dinners, his at 5pm and mine after 7pm.  I wanted to share what we went through in this discovery.

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Food waste: Crime Against Humanity

Working downtown, I pass by big buck lawyer lunch places and what not, and always see plates half full of uneaten food. Where does this food go? In the trash.  I thought they would be smarter, they are lawyers of course – but that also means lack of compassion I suppose. Its not only on the high end, but you can visit any fast food local and see a half eaten burger or taco meal left in a wrapper that pigeons/rats come after or just lies in the trash.   We heard of 3rd world countries having starving people, but because its not in front of our face here in America, people think food supplies are boundless.

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Negative pacing the Carlsbad Marathon

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Start line pep rally with our friend Michelle 1st time marathoner

We returned to Carlsbad as pacers for the Full Marathon 3:25 group. We upped the challenge by not pacing together.

Roger did the first half with the Palomar Airport Road hill; pace was calculated for a 26.3 distance at 3:24 (7:40)…. Roger clocked 7:48 at mile 9.4, which is on target for 26.2. People complained about being slightly fast at the start, but we needed time in the bank for the hills. Coming in 1:41:xx at the half where Roger handed off to Bessy to take over. Afterwards, Roger took off on his own trying to catch the 3:10 group.. so about 1:31 2nd half a forced negative split to finish 3:12 and 26.44 miles.

Bessy had to get herself from the start line to the mile 13 for the pacer stick exchange.  To conserve energy, since this was the first time she was pacing alone, she opted to bike along the course to the meeting point. Four miles into biking down the course, she gets stopped by a moto policeman to get off the course. After negotiations, he lets her through if she rides on the sidewalk.  Bessy carried on to hold the pace even to come in 3:22 and change. The group of 10 started dropping after mile 19, and after the merge with the half marathoners the full course became 2 ft wide separated by cones. This pushed Bessy to the side of the street instead of the middle for the most visibility. Only one guy reached his goal of 3:24:xx.

There were many newbie mistakes, such as :

  • People running with large jugs of water on well supported course – water every mile, gel every 5k.
  • Not having bathroom issues down (there are porta potties at the start!)
  • Wasting too much energy chatting from the start

You can only help people so much. At the end Roger came back a half mile to run in with Bessy, holding the pacer stick together. It was a great experience in doing this full for the first time, now we know the proper strategy to do this course, which is to negative split.

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