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Sisquoc River to Hurricane Deck loop

Two day fast pack with lots of river crossings and serious bushwacking…Check out the Pics here from Jonathan’s GPS enabled camera. A fine trip covering 52 miles in 2 days… our own little Racing the Planet.

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Biking, Trail Running and Snake Hurdling 3 day weekend

Started the weekend trying to get out of work early.. Put my boss on notice early in the week I would leave at 2. After a dysfunctional meeting with senior management, where memory is not one of their stronger talents and processes are demanded but non-existent, I was in react-mode to make some plans for the following week. My plan to get on the road to San Diego to ride a road bike century could not start soon enough. Out the door by 5:30 and I had hideous traffic for at least half the drive.
Arrived in Alpine, the last decent place to stay, where I me Jack.

Up at 4:45AM and then on the road for an hour to start the ride that begins in Ocotillo…

At the starting line it warmed up fast and after some cone adjustments to Jack’s front wheel we were moving.  Climbs were small relatively speaking but still caused many to slog up the hills.  We stopped at the checkpoints taking in the view of the Badlands in Borrego.  Lunch was served at mile 55 on the return trip back to the start.

The winds started kicking in and I teamed up with a few folks to share the work breaking the wind.  This is where I took too big of a pull and burned out my legs, only to find the last hill humbling. I finished casually without a sufferfest and waited for Jack to finish.  A well deserved beer at the Lazy Lizard was a good way to end the ride.  I had to make it back to town and decided not to fight the traffic on Sunday but drive home after a beer and a burrito… Needed that… Home at 9:30PM.. Long day..

Recovery run on Sunday.. 12 miles in Pt Mugu State Park.  Sycamore, to Blue Canyon, up Boney Trail and down the hill from the Cabin site.  Legs were worked but I needed it. Monday was MLK day.. so slept in, took the dog for a walk then off to run in LaJolla Canyon. but in 17 miles but felt more like 20… Up Ray Miller Trail, getting hot since I started after 10AM, down Fireline, up Serrano Canyon in the cooling shade. Serrano was refreshing but still not as green as I remember since the ferns have not come back yet.  YouTube Preview Image I spotted some movement on a far hillside but could not figure out if it was coyotes or some other small critter.. Needed binoculars but rarely carry them.  I was heading down Old Boney trail playing Dire Straits with some new headphones on this technical downhill.  Only to find a rattlesnake in the middle of the trail.  I was moving too fast to stop so I jumped over him and took this video:

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I was pretty amped after that..  Hammered down the rest of the trail looking for other snakes but none to be found.  Then up the Backbone Trail running every step. Finished with a float down Ray Miller.


RMT is magical.. today there were a few sections that i felt very relaxed and harnessed the gravity effortlessly.  These days this is about all I get to control since other parts of my life are far from controlled.  As I hammered out the last quarter mile, I peered out to the ocean and it was sparkling. The picture does not do it justice.. you just had to be there.

Back to reality tomorrow..

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Corporate kludges

Thought I would use this blog to record some choice moments in the corporate environment.

Why do certain people refuse to adapt to reorgs? They move to a new line relationship but still take direction from their old chain.

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Boney Mountain Run. Wet

I met Jimmy Dean Freeman and his SoCal Coyotes for a run on the Xterra Boney Mountain course. Just got there in time for the rain to start, the wind to blow and the long pre-run briefing. This is my home turf and I just wanted to start running and not hear the route description. I got moving around 9:30 with about 30 new friends and began at the back chatting with Kate about her sweeping duties and her cold hands. I could only help by giving her an extra pair of hole-ee BD gloves she could put over her thin gloves.

I managed to work my way through the pack and met up with some runners moving at my pace and just hung out. The rain was dripping over my neoprene OR sombrero and seeping into the hood of my rain jacket. Time to batten down the hatch and stay warm. My quads were sore from yesterday but they were numb at this point from the cold driving rain. Just needed to keep moving, talking and running faster. My calf was talking to me but not enough to keep me from pushing the pace a bit. A good feeling as I didn’t know how long it would take to get back to running. Still some more rehab to go but I do see an end in sight. Ran into Pine Tar, a local hiker that has blazed trails everywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Los Padres forest, as I ran down Old Boney trail. He was wearing a frog suit as he beamed to tell me about it’s fine qualities that kept him warm and dry. I actually have a suit just like it but the lack of fashion and better options keep it in my truck as a backup. I finished in a little less that 2.5 hours and was glad to finally get in a warm shower to rid the chill. This is my last “play day” before heading back to work on Monday and glad I made the most of the last week despite healing injuries.

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Great Way to Start the New Year

Chris Scott organized a little New Years Day Run in Ojai.  50K’ish for those who wanted to go long and about 20 miles for the others with options for out an back runs for those with a limited schedule. Starting at Cozy Dell off Hwy 33 we got the obligatory group picture and began the cold climb up the muddy trail.

The Coyotes before the NYD Run

New Years Day Run 2011

Not as muddy as I have run it before but a bit slip-sliding-away if you were not paying attention.
We took the Foothill Trail to Gridley where I dropped down for the water fill up while the others took off up the hill.  After 17 minutes of down and back up to where I left the pack I began the chase..

Bottom of Gridley Trail

The Chase Begins

More of a mental game for me and was moving slow due to a lingering calf injury.  Caught the pack just above the zig-zags mid climb and hung with the pack until I decided to test some metal..mine and theirs….. and mess with my fellow Coyotes..

On to the Nordhoff Peak Fire Tower for some killer views.  Found a short cut up the road to the tower and still waiting for the RD to rule if this is either worth bonus or boner minutes during C2M.

The hypoxia got the best of my fellow runners here: Hypoxia or just messing with your head?

Down to the Pratt Trail for another nirvana trail experience.   This trail is second to Ray Miller Trail for the sheer please of enhancing gravity for the trip down snaking trail.  Ran into Heidi, US Forest Service Trail Supervisor, with a crew working the trails.  Nice work by the crew that will keep this trail descent sweeter than Southern Georgia Tea.
We met Nancy and her friends from Santa Barbara on the way down and finally arrived at the Cozy Dell Mud Fest before the last descent through the rocks to start the tailgate party..  We counted out miles and debated for a while…

How far did you run Sue?

The last runners dribbled in all smiles.

This is what you look like after running Pratt Trail for the first time

Overall a great way to start out the New Year.  Happy Trails.

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Great Chile Tonight

Check this out.

The Best Chili You Will Ever Taste Recipe #73166

This is the best chili recipe I have ever tried. I’m not sure where the recipe originated, but it is amazing! Sometimes, I don’t bother adding all four cans of the kidney beans and it still turns out wonderful. Once anyone tastes this chili, they will be begging for the recipe!! Enjoy! by AmandaAOates 2½ hours | 30 min prep

SERVES 6 -8

2 teaspoons oil
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground turkey
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 can dark beer
1 cup strong coffee
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 can beef broth
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon salt
4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
4 chili peppers, chopped

Heat oil. Cook onions, garlic and meat until brown. Add tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth. Add spices Stir in 2 cans of kidney beans and peppers. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add 2 remaining cans of kidney beans and simmer for another 30 minutes. © 2009 Recipezaar. All Rights Reserved. http://www.recipezaar.com

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Last ride of the Year

Reconnected with my friend Bill today for a ride among the citrus and avocado groves of Camarillo, Santa Paula and Somis. Great views from the top of Balcom Canyon followed by a speedy and cold descent into the flat lands filled with orchards. The bike lanes were filled with dung-like piles of squashed mud from the farm equipment. Why don’t they clean these roads more frequently? Some sections forced me into the car lane but not before a quick glance behind to ensure I would not be a hood ornament. Overall a good ride as measured by my increased cadence and calming piece of mind.

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Injured and can’t go out and play :(

Here a list of things I do when I can’t run:

Break into my stack of books I have been wanting to read…… Reading Longitude right now. This is the story of how one man solved the problem of accurately defining how to calculate longitude in the 1700s.

Organized my home office and filed my bills…. Lots of paper that defines what was bought and sold. I should just have my investment company send me electronic versions.

Update my website and blog…. This was long overdue and I finally converted to WordPress for my gravityh.com. Also restarted my Blog and worked out how to publish directly to my blog from my iPhone.

Read Wikileaks….so much to read. Eye opening that our government has such abysmal security controls. Train the dog… This is fun and will benefit Blaze in many ways. Got him to sit and stay but “speak” will require some more work.

Eat a big breakfast… Love this.. Usually on a Bluebird day like today I would be out on the cold trail trying to warm up. Instead this morning made an omlette and bagel while warming up to a cup of coffee.

Focus on my “take for granted” relationships… I should not wait for injuries to focus on this as relationships need constant attention and are the most important. I find these moments a wake up call and I learn more about myself on the important people in my life.

Go for a bike ride …if those parts are working ….this is a double edged sword. Yes it helps my cardio but could also delay the healing process if I push too hard or underestimate or miscalculate what is really injured. Getting out doing something physical has mental benefits and allows me to cope with my own issue of feeling left out from running with friends or exploring on my own.

Ok. Got To Go. Think I will go for a bike ride. :)

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Getting back in the Saddle

Got a pulled calf muscle and trying to keep my fitness by getting back on the bike.  Great riding in the balmy SoCal weather..  This was my second climb up the Rock Store in 2 days.  Feeling better about my fitness and motivation but it will be a while before I get back to the shape I was in last year.  Curious to see what tomorrow brings.

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