Friday, June 27, 2014

Bay to Breakers, May 18

I wasn't planning on running the race, but decided to go with my friends Kyle and Sharada at the last minute. Sharada hadn't run a race of this length before, and Kyle and I had previously run it together.  I decided a light run would be fun since I was out of shape and not ready for a 12k, so it was a perfect setup.  We started in a late group, and my lack of preparation showed when I needed to pee as I was waiting to start.  We discussed it, and decided to stop at a bathroom after running only for a few minutes, but I lost them almost immediately.  After struggling to wait 20 minutes for a stall, I was off running and looking for the two of them.  I picked up my pace, passing lots of drunk people now making their way west.  As I passed more and more people, I eventually hit a healthy mix of runners and drinkers by the panhandle, then pure runners in the park.  I never found Kyle and Sharada, but decided to amp it up and run fast for the last mile and half.  I finished, like I normally do, barely able to breath, but excited after another race.  I fini 1:33:11, obviously much slower than previous runs, but not too bad when considering I waited for 20-30 minutes to go to the bathroom.

Climbing at Castle Rock and Surfing in Santa Cruz, May 10-11

I'm rolling with the backlog here!

I went to Reuben's Bar Mitzvah early in the morning Saturday, then immediately drive to Castle Rock, where I did some bouldering in the main area, sending The Beak Traverse, which was a V3 I had done nearly 7 years ago!  After bouldering, we headed to Indian Rock, where I lead an easy 5.9 and a bunch of people climbed it.

After camping in what was basically a parking lot with a hot tub in Scott's Valley, Sunday rolled around and I went surfing.  Unfortunately, Cori's old wetsuit fell apart when putting it on, so I went in solo.  There were very small waves at the Hook, but I moved to Pleasure Point, and caught a few very nice long rights.  After surfing, we headed to the Lighthouse for a silent disco party as the sun set.

Morning Session at OB, May 6

I got a new XCEL wetsuit, and tested it out in the morning at Ocean Beach.  It was a bit scary to get in the water by myself, but I followed some guy on the paddle out, but the current quickly separated us.  I sat in the water, warm and snug in my new wetsuit, waiting for a wave.  I didn't have a watch, so I thought I was out forever, so I kind of caught a wave, and bailed on what would have been a good one, then went in.  I found I had been out for a bit less than an hour!  Next time, I'm bringing a watch.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Linda Mar, April 30

Ripped my wetsuit and caught a few small waves in warm conditions.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mom visiting California, April 19-26

This will be mostly photos, but when my Mom and Rich arrived on Saturday, we headed straight to the Valley with a shot stop to drop off stuff in SF.  We did the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls, both of which had a lot of water.  On Monday, Rich, Cori, and I climbed Oak Tree Flake to Bay Tree Crack.  It was Rich's first climb in almost 30 years, but he did great on the 5.6 crack climbing.  Later that week, we went biking from Hayes Valley in SF, over the Golden Gate, to Sausalito for lunch, then to Tiberon, back to Sausalito, and back to SF via ferry and Market St.  I've never biked more than 10 miles, and this was close to 40!  My butt is still sore...  Th day they left, we hiked along the hills south of Muir Beach to a little cove.

Monday, April 14, 2014

4 days, 4 airports, two trips to LA, April 9-12

I did a presentation at work on Monday, traveling OAK to BUR, then SFO to LAX on Friday!  Lotsa flyin'

Monday, April 7, 2014

Three Days of Skiing, April 5-6

This could be the last of the year.  I hit the middle of a big storm earlier in the week at Squaw, which had the worst visibility I've ever experienced along with patches of good and bad snow.  This weekend, we had two spring days at Alpine with warm temperatures and fun conditions in the morning before the snow turned to crap later in the day.

Last run of the year at Alpine Meadows?