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2012 in Review

December 31, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt: The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 510 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 10 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

1 Weight Management Econometrics 0 COMMENTS April 2011
2 Movie Review: Hood to Coast *SPOILER ALERT* 0 COMMENTS January 2011
3 A Journey of 1900+ Miles 0 COMMENTS May 2011
4 Julie Dibens Repeats in Abu Dhabi 0 COMMENTS March 2011
5 Product Review: Ironman Perform 0 COMMENTS May 2011

That’s 49 countries in all with 4,739 total view!
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Australia were not far behind.

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Salmonellaman Vs. Ironman

June 7, 2011

As most of you know, I, Mike B. got super sick before Ironman.  My early symptoms were high fever and shaking uncontrollably; I could barely even get out of bed on Wednesday.  As the shakes went away my symptoms turn more flu-like and continued through race day.  This sickness was beyond a normal flu or fever and now I know why. 

I attended O’reilly’s Oysterfest SF and consumed the oysters, beers, and other food from the other food vendors.  After hearing from at least two other people that got sick I was easily able to find this article posted today:

Health department investigates food poisoning at the S.F. Oysterfest

 
Eat upThe Chronicle

From the looks of Yelpers’ reviews of last month’s San Francisco Oysterfest, there was more on the menu than just beer and oysters.

“I am calling this event Salmonella-fest” wrote one yelper who, not surprisingly, gave the event just one star. Others wrote of suffering high fevers, shaking and even visiting the emergency room.

The Department of Public Health was on the case — and has determined the culprit was “campylobacter” which means “twisted bacteria.” Sounds yummy, huh? It causes major food poisoning and symptoms last for up to a week.

Eileen Shields, spokeswoman for the health department, said investigators couldn’t determine whether the bacteria was in the oysters, beer or any number of other food items served at the fest. After all, the food was all gone by the time word of food poisoning had gotten out.

But rest assured, oyster lovers. Shields said there’s no ongoing concern.

“We wanted to make sure there was nothing out there making people sick, and there isn’t,” she said.

Posted By: Heather Knight (Email) | June 06 2011 at 03:31 PM

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=90440#ixzz1OYO48NTN

 

 

 

Within a mile of home

May 21, 2011

Endurance athletes are typically skilled at rationalizing and breaking down their large endeavors to into small chunks of more attainable goals.  “Just get your target work out hours done this week” or “Just to the next buoy”  and worry about the rest of the plan later.  So as I sit here, unable to sleep at 3AM in my hotel deep the heart of Texas, I’m suprisingly unfazed by what I am about to attempt to complete.  Is it because I have been doing my Johnny Chase meditations?

Yes. But I also came up with this rationalization while I was closing my eyes and not sleeping tonight. If you take our total training plan (249 total hours over 20 weeks). With a target of 12 – 13 hours for the race today and over 140.4 miles of ground to cover, its really only 4.5 % of total hours left to complete our goal of becoming Ironmen. If you look at that in terms of what’s left in a standard marathon, it would put us coming up on the last mile! Which means its time to put this song on my pod

One last glass

May 17, 2011

One last glass of wine

Although it has been a long 20 weeks of training, the 2+ years that has gone by since our first stab at a tri have flown by.  We started this trek as a way to get back into shape after quarter after quarter of sitting on our butts at Santa Clara B-school after spending the whole day sitting on our butts at work.  In the past two years we’ve been able to shed all the excess body weight accumulated in the 3 to 4 years it took us to wrap up an MBA while working full-time.

So on the eve of heading out to Texas, Vineman winner Dave Hopman and his Fiancée Leah hosted a wonderful pre-race dinner and we got a little glimpse into the advantage Dave has on us in terms of access to quality food.  It was sad to think about how many of these fantastic dinner’s Dave got to enjoy in the last 5 months.

Head of Household

The biggest highlight from Dinner was a mistaken confession from Dave during an innocent conversation about our race nutrition plans.  It appears that, during Dave’s Vineman T2, Leah gave Dave some Advil.  I’m going to leave it to Cox to do an analysis of what the implications of that act may or may not be.  Also our faithful blog readers should look forward to a guest post by the notorious illegal assister herself, Leah Neary on how happy she is that this is all over.  Next stop texas!

Because it is hard

May 14, 2011

We are now a week away from the race and texas is about all we can talk about. It’s wearing on a lot of the people around us. The one question that comes up in these repetitive conversations that more difficult to answer than “how far is each leg?” is a pretty simple question we should have a better answer for “Why are you doing this?”

JFK was in Houston in 1961 explaining why, as a nation, we should want to go to the Moon, His point was simple “We are doing it, because it is hard” See the speech below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouRbkBAOGEw#t=8m26s

A Journey of 1900+ Miles

May 13, 2011

Last night I gave my bike a quick tune-up and polished her all up for the big show…just 8 days away now!!! This morning I did one last spin on my bike before it was due to be dropped off for shipping. A company called TriBikeTransport (TBT) is driving my bike to and from the race venue so I don’t have to worry about assembly/disassembly and lugging it around airports and hotels. Super convenient (which comes at a price of course, as does everything in this sport).

So I dropped her off at 11:3o at a bike shop in Palo Alto, just ahead of the noon deadline. The shop was kind enough to take the pedals off for me and put them in a baggie. I also removed my cycling computer. I noticed some people had zip-tied their pedals to the frame in their water bottle cages. This guarantees that you won’t forget them at home, and it one less thing to have to pack up (so smart!).

I filled out a little “claim check” tag, affixed it to the bike, and kept a stub with the matching number. After stacking her against the wall with all the Cervelos, Orbeas, and Kestrels, I immediately felt inferior. In this sport, roadie conversions like mine take a back seat to the tricked out tri bikes. Oh well…I kept telling myself “it’s all about the engine”.

Another triathlete was there checking in three of the aforementioned tri bikes, and I tried to make some small talk.

Me: So you’re heading to Texas eh?

Guy: Yep.

Me: Man, the weather forecast had me worried for a couple of days.

Guy: Oh really? I haven’t checked it

WHAT??!?!! Are you crazy dude? You’re telling me you haven’t checked the freaking weather? What’s wrong with you? Are we talking about the same race in Texas? You haven’t been obsessing over the minutiae for the last 5 months like me?!?! Maybe his lack of interest in the weather also means he’s woefully under trained. Too bad he’s definitely not in my age group.

Moving on…at 11:45, a guy from TBT appeared with an iPad and started loading bikes into a regular-old Penske moving truck. Mine was one of the first onto the truck, along with Becerra’s gray Cervelo. He basically squeezes them in as tight as he can, with moving blankets in between. I took some comfort in knowing that Becerra’s bike and mine would be snuggled up together for the long trip. The driver was kind enough to help me stage this photo then I bid everyone farewell – see you in Texas!

Right after leaving the bike shop, an email came across on my iPhone:

Then I was off to stuff my face at lunch with my friend Maria at Sprouts in downtown Palo Alto – really like that place! After lunch we HAD to get a cookie, and strolled down to another bike shop to poke around. One of the employees started showing us this new Trek Speed Concept bike. As built, that bike retails for about $9,500. YOWSERS! It’s sooo trick though. It has the electronic Di2 shifting package on the aero bars as well as the optional Di2 shifters on the brake levers so you can shift without ever needing to move your hands. It also has brake calipers that are built into the body of the frame – SUPER aero. Anyways…I was slobbering and wishing my pockets were deeper.

Week 18 in Review

May 13, 2011

We’re inching closer and closer to the ultimate test. Week 18 was technically in the “taper” training block but 13.3 hours of planned training is nothing to shake a stick at. Where do sayings like that come from anyways? Isn’t it funny how we all know what is meant by “nothing to shake a stick at” but when isolated makes absolutely no sense? I’m sure someone will google it and tell me why it makes perfect sense.

Moving along now, we had a nice group run on Tuesday as per usual, and a Saturday ride from Santa Clara to Fremont and back. Why would anyone in their right mind want to go to Fremont you ask? Well it turns out my fiance’s sister and aunt were there running a half marathon. Way to go Rachel and Steph! They both PR’d!

So here’s the tally for the week…I’d like to point out that I was the only one to make my volume this week…in fact I earned some extra credit in the pool, thank you very much. Really, none of this means much anymore. There’s no fitness to be gained this close to race day. We’re all just trying to keep healthy really.

As of this writing, just 9 days to go! Here we come Texas!