May 29, 2006

Need a source

foamhand1.jpg
...for foam hands. Does anybody know of an SF-local place to get them? I'm looking for a couple generic ones that say like "#1 !!!" or something and not e.g. "SF Giants!"
Posted by todd at 08:45 PM

Need a source

foamhand1.jpg
...for foam hands. Does anybody know of an SF-local place to get them? I'm looking for a couple generic ones that say like "#1 !!!" or something and not e.g. "SF Giants!"
Posted by todd at 08:45 PM

Need a source

foamhand1.jpg
...for foam hands. Does anybody know of an SF-local place to get them? I'm looking for a couple generic ones that say like "#1 !!!" or something and not e.g. "SF Giants!"
Posted by todd at 08:45 PM

May 20, 2006

my day so far

Let's recap:
  • Swim 1.82 miles in the Mt. Tam HS pool, as a descending pyramid. Around mile 1.5 start thinking, "Swimming in the open water is a lot less boring, but a lot colder". (Their pool is like 85 degrees, possibly warmer when the solar heater gets cooking.)
  • Start biking to Nicasio from there. Around Fairfax, break a spoke. Back wheel immediately warps. Limp to bike shop, drink coffee while nice hippie owner and agro bike mechanic kid fix the spoke and true the wheel.
  • Bike over White's Hill, which actually went pretty well this time.
  • Stop at Nicasio turn sign, wait for bike buddy, realize she's nowhere to be seen and at least 5 minutes behind, start biking back.
  • Help bike buddy remove a freakin' huge nail from her back tire, replace the tube, and start the return ride.
  • Get back to Mt. Tam HS, do 30 minute run through Mill Valley.
  • Eat a salad bigger than your head.
Posted by todd at 03:43 PM

May 18, 2006

Have you ever noticed...

Have you ever noticed that the things that bug you most about other people are the things that bug you most about yourself? Every time I see somebody doing something really dumb I realize, hey, I've done exactly the same thing.
Posted by todd at 07:10 AM

May 14, 2006

Birthday Meme

Ok, this meme is kinda fun:
"Go to Wikipedia. Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post this in your journal."
October 12th:

Events

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean. The explorer believes he has reached East Asia
  • 1773 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1810 - First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
  • 1960 - Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonialist policy being conducted in Eastern Europe

Births

  • 1875 - Aleister Crowley, English occultist and author (d. 1947)
  • 1934 - Richard Meier, Americian architect

Death

  • 1870 - Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1807)
Posted by todd at 07:28 PM

May 12, 2006

I survived Wildflower triathlon

The race went pretty darn well, considering that the course was much more difficult than our last triathlon at Treasure Island: very hilly and very HOT. Because we live and train in San Francisco, it's been difficult to get hot-weather training this season.

Here's the breakdown:

  • The swim went very well. In the pool I can swim 100 yards in about 80 seconds sustainably (meaning for 1500 yards). At Wildflower I finished 1500m in about 23 minutes, which is great considering how much jockeying for position was involved. I was constantly either trying to get around someone, fighting off elbows and legs, or trying to sight through the multiple waves of swimmers.
  • The bike also went very well. Even though the course was much more hilly than the ultra-flat Treasure Island course, I still managed to finish with a time only a few minutes longer than my TI time. The most fun part was passing people with super-fancy all-carbon tri $$$ bikes on my cheap-ass mail-order aluminum road bike.
  • The run was the toughest part. As soon as I got off the bike, I could feel that my hamstrings and gluts were very tight, and I could tell that the run was going to be a slog. (The Wildflower run course is basically 5 miles of slow climbing followed by one mile of downhill, so these were the wrong muscles to lose. ) I'm still not sure what caused the tightness, but my theory is that it was all the heat and hiking around from the previous two days (when we were camping and watching our friends do the Long Course). Still, in the end my run time was only four minutes slower than TI, which is great.

Here's a bunch of event photos of me lookin' like a fool.

What's next? The next event I have planned right now is the Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon-- basically you swim from Alcatraz to Crissy Field, then run across the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Should be fun!

Posted by todd at 06:22 AM