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  • Long Weekend

    Posted on June 4th, 2009

    I have a new sister: Gina Pedersen. My brother’s wedding was a ton of fun! It was a really long weekend and I am glad to be back home getting the training in.

    I swam Thursday morning before we drove up to Davis. After dinner, my brother had an Ultimate Frisbee game on campus and I was able to get in 5 miles or so before his game.

    After a nice 10-miler around Davis Friday morning, we went to Cache Creek Casino in Brooks. Pretty cool little casino. Lots of 3,000 slot machines (boring) and over 100 tables (more on that later). In the afternoon we went to the rehearsal and then the rehearsal dinner at R.H. Phillips Winery. Great food and wine (I’m more of a beer guy, but I had a nice glass of chardonnay).

    My family in front of some vineyards

    My family in front of some vineyards

    Saturday was the big day. My brother was to get married and I was to give a best man speech in front of 160 people. Oh shit.

    As I said, the wedding was great. Beautiful setting at Taber Ranch. I gave my speech without too many screw ups (I accidentally threw in a line saying Gina was my brother’s “first wife.” Not good.). Food, dancing, cake, mingling with friends and family, and of course booze made it a great event.

    Gina, Andrew, Me, and the rest of the groomsmen

    Gina, Andrew, Me, and the rest of the groomsmen

    Me and Hudson... Cerveza Mas Fina!

    Me and Hudson... Cerveza Mas Fina!

    When the festivities were over, most people returned to the hotel to do some gambling! Friday night I had my biggest winnings ever of $125. Saturday was more of the same as I left the hotel $263 richer by Sunday. Blackjack is where it is at. Maybe I should have played a little more Sunday morning because I was hot?

    About an hours drive Sunday morning put us in beautiful Napa. There I was able to get in an hour bike ride at sunset (yes, I brought my bike to my brother’s wedding) and about 6.5 miles on the treadmill.

    We went to a total of four wineries between Sunday and Monday. Two were really beautiful with great wine (Mondavi and Rubicon), one was beautiful with mediocre wine (Castillo di Amorosa), and one was just a tasting room with pretty good wine (Hill Family Estates). My parents have done the Napa thing a couple times now and have drank a lot more wine than I have so they offered some advice. I have started to acquire a taste for wines… I don’t have to be the only one drinking beer at nice restaurants anymore.

    Me and Tina at Castillo di Amorosa

    Me and Tina at Castillo di Amorosa

    Monday I ran 10 in the morning. Tuesday I ran 5 in the morning. Biked about an hour and ran ~2 miles in the late afternoon after we got back home.

  • The Good Life

    Posted on May 22nd, 2009

    Last Saturday’s KROQ Weenie Roast was awesome! Weezer came out in Snuggies and played a great show. Kings of Leon and the Travis Barker-DJ AM duo were great as well. My sister and her boyfriend were able to join us up on the lawn at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine.

    Training

    Training continues to be good and tough. I have started to swim with a masters swim group Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The coach has me doing a lot more kicking and other stroke work than I have ever done before. I am getting more and more comfortable in the water each passing workout and have come to realize that my butterfly needs a lot of work!

    Saturday I got a 13 mile “long run” before the I left for the concert. This was my longest run in about a month.

    Sunday I took the day off and went to the beach with my girlfriend, and my sister and her boyfriend. We had a great time near the Huntington Beach pier…. LOTS of volleyball going on there.

    Monday – Got back to work with a fartlek in the morning that consisted of 5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5 minute intervals with half recovery. The total run was just over 10 miles. Later in the afternoon I biked 28.6 miles and went to the pool for 2000 yards that evening. Swimming after eating barbecued pulled pork at Famous Dave’s isn’t the best idea.

    Tuesday – Swam with the masters group in the morning for 2000 yards and then ran 9.66 miles in the afternoon.

    Wednesday – 10 mile run in the morning, a hard 3000 yard swim that consisted of 2 x 2 x 300 yard repeats at goal race pace, and 30 mile bike ride in the afternoon. Total of about 3 hours and 50 minutes of pretty hard exercise. Still felt pretty good at the end of the day too.

    Thursday – Masters group swim of 2350 yards with lots of IM stuff. 3 mile tempo run in the afternoon with some of the Royal High School boys… 8 miles of total running.

    Friday – Easy, hilly 10 mile run in the morning then a 25 mile bike ride. I quickly changed into my running gear and headed out the door at 5:30 mile pace for half a mile, then finished an easy 5 mile run. The running felt pretty weird, but a few minutes after I slowed down to an easier pace I felt back to normal.

    The plan for the next couple of days is to get in a 14 mile run tomorrow and a long bike ride on Sunday. I will be meeting up with my old friend Dylan Jaedtke (who is training for next week’s regional meet in the steeplechase) for tomorrow’s run and will hopefully do Sunday’s bike ride in Ventura either on PCH or on the course for the Breath of Life triathlon.

    Triple Crown

    My teammates completed the triple crown at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships on Saturday. Shout outs to Ahmed Osman for winning the 10,000m and Dave McNeill for winning the 1500m and 5,000m.

  • Summer

    Posted on May 11th, 2009

    Summer is finally here! I made it through finals and I am back home in Simi Valley breathing the the thick air and enjoying the good life.

    Wednesday I had a break from finals and did a “triathlon day.” My roommate Kam Holbrook and I went for a 28 mile bike ride down to the Sedona overlook off of highway 89A. Awesome views. After the bike ride and a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, I headed to the pool to get in 1800m. I swam a ladder of 50, 100, 150, 200, 150, 100, 5o. Pretty tough. Ate some more food then went for my last run with the team until next season, an easy 7 miler. I was beat.

    89A going into Sedona

    89A going into Sedona

    View from Sedona overlook

    View from Sedona overlook

    Me and Kam

    Me and Kam

    Thursday I went for an easy 5 mile run in the morning wtih teammate Joe Withers (he had his last race of the season on Saturday so he was tapering) and then 1300m in the pool before my final. I made it to my final with about 5 minutes to spare. I think I still got an A?

    Friday, my girlfriend Tina and I headed out to summit My Humphrey’s (12,633 ft). There was still a lot of snow on the trail and we got lost several times on the way up. Tina unfortunately got light headed and seemed to suffer some altitude sickness at around 11,600 feet. She told me I should go on, so I made it to about 12,100 feet before realizing that I had just left my girlfriend all alone on a poorly marked trail over 11,500 feet above sea level. I still got a great view. Next time we will make it all the way up together.

    Tina and I before the hike

    Tina and I before the hike

    Butterfly

    Butterfly

    So close to the summit

    So close to the summit

    Agassiz peak

    Agassiz peak

    Looking West

    Looking West

    Saturday I finally made my way back home to Simi Valley. It is always nice to be back home. My parents and I enjoyed some great food at Limon’s Latin Grill (Flagstaff, Az isn’t known for its sea food) then we watched some old home videos.

    Yesterday my sister and I made my mom breakfast before she had to leave at 9AM to catch a plane for business. Then I biked up to Challenger Park and ran through Bus Canyon. Everytime I am come back to Simi, it seems like this is my first run. The runs here are just as hilly as I remembered. I biked back home after the run, dropped off my running stuff, and biked for another 13 miles or so (probably ~22 for the day).?? Yesterday was the first day I tried using the aerobars… I actually felt pretty comfortable in them, although I think I still need to make a few adjustments to make me more aero. It can be a little sketchy when cars are zooming by a couple feet away and I’m trying to tuck into a good aero position. I’ll have to practice more.

    I finished off the weekend with a Mother’s Day barbeque with family. I ate a lot of food and enjoyed some good beer. Life is good right now.