Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rant on Smokers

Hey there and long time no chat. This is more of just a rant about what I saw on my stroll to my car today after leaving work than about sharing some statistics about how many people die from smoking everyday or how many teens are smoking, etc.

We all know it's a nasty habit and hell, even smokers don't like the taste it leaves in there mouth. But people smoke anyways.

The one thing that I think irritates me most is that a lot of smokers just toss their butts right on the ground when they are done. Don't they know cigarette butts are not good for the environment? Ok, so I'm not Mr. Green, but it is littering.

So anyways, I'm walking by Qwest Field set of doors, the ones under the breezeway by the entrance to the Pro Shop and there is a dude, an employee of some sort out having a smoke. Not that he was smoking right up on the door but the fact that he got done and threw his cigarette down right there next to the other three, hawked a big ass loogie in front of the door and pulled out his pass and keys, unlocked the door and went back inside.

Just nasty dirty in my opinion. Probably went and took a leak and didn't wash his hands. No high fives from that dude.

Ok, time for some ice cream. Later.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ready for the Ragnar Relay

Tomorrow morning we kick off at 10am. Ultra Team, meaning a team of 6 crazies. As I write this, I cannot recall what our team name is, but hey, I really can't tell you about the course either which is why I include the link to the site. I was asked if I wanted to play and said, sure, I'm in.


I like the history behind Ragnar and have included it below.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you are curious, we should be done around 3pm on Saturday:-) BR

Ragnar was a 9th century Norse King. He was a pirate, a raider, a conqueror, an explorer, and a wild man. The tough, fearless, rugged attributes of this Norse King are shared by all who participate in a Ragnar Relay. In much the same way, a Ragnar Relay provides runners the freedom to roam, to explore - a free-spirited curiosity to get out there and experience outdoor adventure. And maybe even to conquer. And though tough or rugged may not perfectly describe you, these attributes become a goal - something to strive for.

In a Ragnar Relay the wild nature of this Norse King is embraced by many participants. Participants who aren't afraid to paint their van plaid, to bring along their own hair band, to join together in yelling as they cross the finish line. You may think that you are not one of them, but you are. Everyone has a wild side and nothing brings it out of you like a Ragnar Relay.

Long live the Ragnar in us all!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Googling with Bing!

Good evening folks. If this has not been shared with you, check it out.


Monday, June 01, 2009

Event day at Honu 70.3

Congrats to Ann, Colleen and Linnea on a successful event!!! You ladies did a great job and should be proud of your day.

Saturday morning started off early for everyone as event day always does. After everyone was fueled up and ready to go, JJ and I chauffeured the girls to Hapuna Beach. What a beautiful morning that offered incredibly calm and flat waters..ideal conditions.

The girls did last minute bike checks and then off to get numbered. Then down to the beach, quick dip in the water and a little conversation before getting ready for the canon to go off. It's almost 7 am and man, I'm already feeling it is warm and thinking it is only going to get warmer as they come out of the water.

JJ and I got some great photos of the swim from up high and attached is a link but the photos are bit at a distance because they are from the iPhone. We have some other shots from the camera and will get those up when I can.

With clients in the water we headed down the road to the bike turnaround and waited for our first photo opp of the girls. Ann, Linnea and then Colleen all came through, looked good and offered smiles.

Now that the girls are on the bike, we have nothing but time, well at least a couple hours before we need to head out to T2/Finish area. First stop, Island Market for some breakfast (loco moco) and then of course, Starbucks. After TriCaddy was fueled up, we were off.

While the day did continued to get warm, the bike was good with minimal winds from what we heard from most folks. We got to T2 early enough to see the leaders come through. I saw my grocery/coffee mate, Belinda Granger, lead the Pro women out. Not far behind her was Sam M and Rae Shaw-local Seattle tri girl who has been crushing it lately at all local bike events.

Also got to see some of the top age group males come through and big shout out to Ben B, VO2, who is local out of Seattle. Nice work dude.

TriCaddy (JJ and I) wandered the golf course a little which was the run course and cheered folks on. We positioned ourselves nicely and got to see Linnea, Col, and Ann all come running by. The ladies looked great and we got a couple of good shots as they ventured out on their run.

The winning male was Aussie, Craig Alexander who is also the Hawaii Ironman World Championship winner for 2008. Chris Lieto who had a SMOKING bike came in second. And by the looks and comments of these two you knew the run course was tough.

Guy Haugi, weather man on the island of Oahu, interviewed Craig after he crossed the finish line. "How was the new run course Craig?" "Pure carnage," he replied. And when Chris came across the line and Guy approached him with the mic, Chris said, and don't quote me on this one, I need some water before I talk to anyone. I was impressed as both those dudes left it on the course. Congrats fellas.

Anyways, back to our girls. at 5 hours 10 minutes, Linnea came through the finish. Then Col at 5 hours 43 minutes and Ann at 6 hours 17 minutes. All the girls look great and really looked like they left it on the course. Nobody seemed beat down, but you could tell they had all pushed themselves on challenging bike course and a brutal run course.

Linnea ended up finishing 5th in her age group and later in the awards ceremony scored big when she got called for a roll down slot to the Ironman World Championship in Kona in October.

On behalf of JJ and myself, who make up TriCaddy, I'd like to congratulate the girls on a GREAT event. You ladies rock!!!!!

Good luck and have fun at your upcoming Ironman events in June:-)