Jesus. It’s been a year since my last update. I was thinking I might start blogging again. Maybe. I recently started to enjoy running again after battling injuries and sub-par race performances so the chances of more updates are better than usual. Whether or not it sticks is anyone’s guess but I should post some amazing pictures so I don’t lose them. Here is what I’ve been up to in the last year:
April 2013 – So Cal Ragnar Relay
This is an insanely hard race. 12 people pile into vans and run relay style from Huntington Beach to San Diego — a distance of 195 miles. I ran decently but didn’t meet my expectations; especially in the third leg after basically no sleep. The best part of this event was seeing Skinny Runner and getting a snap shot with her. Of all the power bloggers, she is my favorite because this girl puts in insane miles. I think she may have quit blogging but she’s still my hero.
Me and Skinny Runner just kicking it with the sun in her eyes.
May 4, 2013: Cinco De Mayo Trail 10k — 42:38 (there are crazy hills on this course)
I became a professional athlete by placing third overall and winning a whopping $50. I have since framed the $50 due to it’s priceless sentimental value and have used the professional athlete joke ever since.
$50!? Who wants to go to Souplantation? I’m buying.
June 1, 2013: Camp Pendleton Mud Run — 45:35
Another trail run I did well at. My first mud run and it was so freakin fun. I want to do more. I placed 7th in my wave and beat Rory which never happens so I was pumped. I did get outkicked by some punk high schooler but he wasn’t laughing when I legally drank beer after the race.
There are a millon pebbles in my shoes right now.
June 30, 2013: San Diego International Triathlon (1:44:48)
15:28 swim, 1:43 T1, 46:15 bike, 1:12 T2, 40:07 run
This is where the wheels start to come off. I started getting these crazy calf cramps in June and I didn’t run for like 2 weeks before this race. Like zero running. So I concentrated on swimming and biking. I was waking up at 5am three times a week to go to Masters Swim training for this race. Race day comes and I swim like absolute shit — like minutes slower than last year. My bike was ridiculously fast and I even took down some elites but then my run just sucked. All in all, I run 10 seconds slower than last year. Big setback given the shape I thought I was in. My only takeaway from this race was realizing the bike may become my greatest strength.
It was pictures like this that made me realize my bike was just too big for me. I have since upgraded to a better sized bike and sold this one on eBay. I paid for my new bike by betting against gold and watching that floor fall out of that precious metal. Thus, my new bike is called Goldie. Peace out Cervelo P2, I loved you but I fell in love with someone else.
July 4, 2013 (35:39)
Six days after a disappointing triathlon, I ran Scripps Ranch 10k and again was 10 seconds slower than last year. However, I was very happy with this given how little I had been running and my piss poor performance the week before. I also beat my friend Yuriy for the first time ever. My brothers signed up for the race which was an amazing birthday present. The beer garden lived up to all the hype.
Cmon you savages, this is a family park. Show some respect.
September 1, 2013: Disneyland Half Marathon (1:21:58)
I put together an amazing training in preparation for this race. All I’ve wanted for three Christmases was a sub-1:20 half and I was prepared to go deep into the teens for this race. As luck would have it, the weather was hot and humid but more than anything I just sucked for a race I was well prepared for.
November 17, 2013: Silverstrand Half Marathon (1:27:02)
Fuck, fuck, fuck. I got sick before this race and ran my slowest half since 2011.
December 29, 2013; Holiday Half Marathon (1:20:36)
A new PR but with an asterisk since this course is all downhill. I had to run this race because the start is 2 miles from my house. A good day was made even better when the wife and I immediately drove to the Chargers game after this race (my brother bought us tickets for Christmas) and we watched the Chargers sneak into the playoffs.
The Holiday Half was run on the 56 bike trail which I ride all the time so I was super familiar with the course.
Post SD Half, it was a Chargers playoff party 🙂
February 9, 2014: San Dieguito Half Marathon (1:23:50)
I decided not to care by racing drunk. It turns out to not work so well. Still, I placed second in my age group (15th overall) and won a killer jacket.
March 15, 2014: St Pattys Day 10k (37:15)
I ran six miles before the race since I was marathon training. I was pleased to run this well in a tempo effort. Another second in my age group (9th overall) which won me a pint glass and in my estimation I was the best dressed.
Cutoff shirts = sexy. Next year, I’ll add tassles.
April 4, 2014: Ragnar So Cal
So this post begins and ends with Ragnar. I was in the same van as my best friends and I ran really strong so this was an amazingly enjoyable experience. Our team took fourth overall.
I was supposed to go easy since I was training for Boston but some dude at the exchange wouldn’t shut the fuck up about how good he was so I turned his 2 minute lead into a 10 second lead. This is me at the tail end of Leg 1 trying to pull that bastard in.
4th place team looks like a bunch of dweebs.