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2017 London Triathlon

I realized that I only ever posted this on Facebook, but I wanted to share this here since I have my other Triathlon results here as well.

This was my first Olympic-length triathlon. I did a bit of Swimming training, cycled to work regularly throughout the previous year, and ran mostly during Ultimate frisbee games.

Total Time: 02:56:38. I was quite happy to finish in under 3 hours!

SectionDistancePace TimePlace
(of 1373)
Total Time
Swim1.5 km02:21 min/100m00:35:20104800:35:20
T100:04:2541600:39:45
Bike40 km29.22 km/h01:22:0954702:01:54
T200:02:5126202:04:44
Run10 km05:11 min/km00:51:5574602:56:38
An image I snapped of the details results screen.

End of an Era

College football’s BCS system was fraught with issues and I’m excited that a playoff is around the corner. Nevertheless, what a way to end! That was an amazing, exciting fourth quarter with just about everything that college football offers on display.

For all its problems, the BCS games did have a good number of amazing games. Today’s BCS Title Game was one of them, but none will ever stand out more than Boise State’s victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

Edgar Martinez for Hall of Fame

Really, it seems pretty obvious to me. Edgar Martinez should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was in my opinion the best designated hitter of all time — and many statisticians agree . Furthermore, he was total class act on and off the field, a player with good talent and greater discipline, and the kind of person that you want your kids playing little league to grow up to be like, whether they end up playing baseball after little league or not. This is the kind of person and baseball player who should be in the Hall of Fame uncontroversially.

It’s just a shame that the Hall of Fame voters have not yet figured this out.

Free Alex Rodriguez

We really need to get over ourselves and this stupid war on performance-enhancing drugs.

Old La Honda to Lexington Reservoir Loop

Pretty epic afternoon ride today. I started by searching out the Old La Honda Road climb to Skyline Boulevard (I took a wrong turn the first time and had to loop around to find it again), and then I headed south on Skyline all the way down to Black Road, which turned out to be a pretty crazy descent down to Highway 17. I found my way across, and then encountered an unexpected gravel descent on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. A mountain bike would have been appropriate at that point, but I survived. I then made my way back via Los Gatos-Saratoga Road and Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road before stopping for dinner at In-N-Out on El Camino and finishing up the ride. Skyline turned out to whip me pretty well, and I was struggling to keep up the pace on the flats afterward. Half of that is mental discipline, and the other half is physical readiness. At any rate, I haven’t been this sore after a ride since last year’s Seattle to Portland bike ride, which was more than three times as long.

  • Distance: 66 miles / 106 km
  • Time: 4:50:51
  • Average Speed: 13.6 mph / 21.9 kph
  • Max speed: 39.2 mph / 63.0
  • Cumulative ascent: 3820 ft / 1164 m

Megacramp

These days, my body is betraying me¬†more frequently. A couple hours into frisbee practice today, my left calf¬†started cramping, and it has continued to plague me for at least half an hour. I’m now sitting in my car outside of trader joes trying to work up the courage to put up with the pain that will ensue as I limp in to buy bananas and pickles, which I don’t even like. Needless to say, I’ve had better days.

Two takeaways: drink more water in general, and especially at these 90-degree practices, and eat more bananas. I don’t think I’ll develop a pickle habit anytime soon.

Possible Group C World Cup Outcomes

The two ties in group C today makes the group’s final two games very interesting. The good news is that the US controls its own destiny — a win against Algeria guarantees entry into the next round. However, there is a lot that can still happen, even with a US tie:

US England Points Final group rankings
win win 5 5 4 1 US tie England, Slovenia, Algeria
win lose 5 2 7 1 Slovenia, US, England, Algeria
win tie 5 3 5 1 US tie Slovenia, England, Algeria
lose win 2 5 4 4 England, Slovenia tie Algeria, US
lose lose 2 2 7 4 Slovenia, Algeria, US tie England
lose tie 2 3 5 4 Slovenia, Algeria, England, US
tie win 3 5 4 2 England, Slovenia, US, Algeria
tie lose 3 2 7 2 Slovenia, US, England tie Algeria
tie tie 3 3 5 2 Slovenia, US tie England, Algeria