If you didn’t know running in humidity sucks. The gear sucks, but add in humidity and I wanted to give up yesterday. At the turn around point I took my shirt off and rung it out. I swear there was close to 250 ml of sweat on the ground (see picture below). Gross but true.
By circus I mean the competitor group and their carnival rock and roll races. They tried to get in the world of triathlons a few years back and for whatever reason that failed to catch on ( congrats tripeople) As there are only about 5 of them yearly, but recently I have seen more and more of their greasing up to the new breed of American trail and ultra runners pimping their movies, books and getting them to write articles about ultra running and training for competitors website. I have also heard in the past year + that competitor has been sending out their staff to pick the brains of trail race directors making it apparent that they are preparing to start their carnivals (and free labor from volunteers-another post for another time) on the dirt.
I know that in many areas my thinking and style are out of the norms but I think most people enjoy the small race feel of trail running and getting into nature away from the bustle and noise of road races.
My family and I recently went to Newport Beach to visit my brother in laws family over the 4th of July. Weather was great and the running along the boardwalk was scenic and fun but humid and as expected crowded in areas. I went to some places I hadn’t been to like HoSum Bistro , Great Mex, Cruisers and Sports Page Soccer warehouse.The food was good and the soccer warehouse is your go to shop for soccer needs and it makes we wonder as to why we don’t live out that way.
i was lucky enough to have a ride who was “ok” with me dropping a lot of money on an Apple watch. Basically a several hundred dollar accessory. After weeks of waiting I started to get emails saying the delivery date was moving up. Then a week before Father’s Day it arrived so it ended up being my Father’s Day present which was fine by me. The packaging was pretty amazing. Very first class in my opinion. It took me a little while to get it set up the way I like it but now it has become my daily accessory. Even have it dialed in for my running without the phone and get pretty accurate measurements.
Stainless steel with the sport band. I am also getting the metal link band.
My house flooded from the fire sprinklers, state track and more crap.
its been a good freshman season for my daughter. Her mile has gone down over 45 seconds from the start of the season now down to 5:39. Her 2 mile best is 12:20. Makes me as a turtle runner jealous. I have no idea where she gets her speed from. I am trying to get her off the track and on to the trails but she hates hills from cross country.
Update: today in the last meet of the year, my daughters 4×800 team won the meet and finally qualified for state. Now to see if she can get in for the 1600 or 3200.
What’s up good people? I am trying to get back in the flow of real life after being in Lost Wages Nevada for a soccer tournament my daughters team was in. The tournament itself was ok. Team did…ok. I don’t know what is up with the girls lately but they are getting back in the habit of playing down to the level of their competition. On top of that this is the 3rd “coaches cup” or whatever that promises the attention of 100+ college coaches, mostly D1. Like the last one in Arizona, the Sereno coaches cup. What a joke. You pay double what a regular tournament is to get exposure to college coaches and the only one we saw was from Grand Canyon and that is because the GC director of coaching is my daughters team coach. It is nothing but a big money grab.
We met a childhood idol of mine, Pete Rose. Pretty cool. even if you don’t like him I do.
A few things I noticed about Las Vegas. Their traffic lights are a total joke. I thought it was a scam set up by the taxi companies to get more money from tourists going down the strip-wait time-but it is the same out of the strip area. People of Vegas, 90 seconds for a stoplight to change is a joke.
Pine tress. I was very surprised to see so many pine trees in Vegas. Almost 1 for every palm tree.
Apartments. There must be a huge transient population in Las Vegas because large apartment complexes are everywhere.
Finally, Panda Express. Is there one in every strip mall and every 5th street corner in town? It is crazy. There are also a lot of Asian restaurants there so the Las Vegasians must really love them some wontons and Kung Pao.
Anyway here are some pictures from along the way.