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.