Archive for September, 2011

I missed the Kindle Fire news

September 28th, 2011, 4:23pm by Jake

Can someone catch me up?

Triathlon!

September 24th, 2011, 11:51pm by Jake

Second race is tomorrow, and the costs are adding up fast! Before the first Sprint Tri (1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile rune) I bought a wetsuit, biking shirt, Tri shorts & some knickknacks. That went well enough. The swim was sort of brutal, as it was the first time I’d ever been in the water with a wetsuit. First time swimming in the ocean in years. First time ever in a swim race. Longest ocean swim ever. Decent set of waves at the start. Bottom line, totally lost my nerve in the first 30 seconds and struggled through the swim. Shocked when I finished in just 18.5 minutes, about 12 minutes faster than my slow goal and honestly 6.5 minutes faster than expected. Bike was fine, run was great. Results here: http://www.geminitiming.com/posts/pacific-coast-triathlon-results/

So that was with a hybrid bike. Next step required a real road bike. So long money! So long new camera! So long new lens! $1400 (bike) and then some (shoes, pedals, etc.) later, I got a sweet ride that should remove crap ass bike from the excuse list. So there’s that. Back to the point, tomorrow is the Bonelli Olympic Distance Triathlon. A 0.9 mile swim, 24 mile bike and 10K run. This is in a lake, and I’ve got a game plan for the swim. After that, it’s a matter of pushing it on the bike & seeing what I have left on foot.

If that goes well, the next step in this trifecta is the Magic Mountain Man Triathlon, a full half Ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, half marathon. The bike includes 6600′ of climbing, which means the whole race is UP or DOWN. I do good on both at slight inclines, but this is pretty steep. Will see. If tomorrow is good, then onward in just 2 weeks. If not… I guess I’ll spend the year getting in bike shape & be ready for next fall. The funny part is seeing the reaction of people when I tell them my plan. The bike store guy looked at my not-so-slim physique and asked me “have you ever ridden before?” And seemed certain that there was no way I could complete a half IM. My friend Todd from the Hermosa 24– he was more confident, having some idea of my endurance abilities & commitment even if unsure of my ability on the bike.

So there it is. Wish me luck for the morning. Hope it goes well, if so it’s onward again to the welcoming environs of the Santa Clarita Valley.

I Did Something Awesome

September 14th, 2011, 2:14am by Jake

Short version: my Flickr friend Pacdog lost parts of 5 fingers in an accident. That bummed him out. I decided to corral a few dozen of his friends to cheer him up.

He hasn’t seen this yet, but will soon Wednesday morning (I hope). The password is signs. Check it out.

Pacdog, start recording from Jake Rome on Vimeo.


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