24 June 2007

Swarm! jerseys

Finally. Sweatshop-free custom jerseys from Voler.

bottom row (left to right): Stacy, Luz
middle row: Janie, Megan, Signe, Molly, Nicolas, Brian, Sasha, Max
back row: Stephen, Michael, Paul, Alec, Mark, Jack, Matt, Budge
floating head: Alex

This was our private party at the new vegan restaurant (and sponsor) Pure Luck. Not everyone could make it over to Heliotrope Village, but this is the closest thing we've got to a club picture. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

20 June 2007

Couch surfing: An extreme sport GRE question

I slept in five different places in six nights. It's mostly pretty fun. Wake up in El Segundo, drink a kale/cocoa shake with raw Alec before running on the beach. Go to sleep in South Central, after being called a pig twice in one day. Slept six deep in the Heliotrope Village warehouse where the bike to room ratio is 20:1. I was going to head to the East Coast in mid-June, but got a temporary position I could not pass up. Am here till mid-July with no permanent home. Many of us have done it at some point in our lives, but this time it is complicated by not having a car and training for that pesky triathlon.

My stuff is in six different places. If it's Tuesday morning and I am going to work I need to have my goggles and swim cap if I have a swim planned for Wednesday night. So far only once I've had to borrow bike shorts for a road ride or buy a dress shirt on the way to work. You start to look at space/time differently when you have to think 36-48 hours in advance and know where what will be when. My bag is always full. I've left my commute bike in my office to take a train to my road bike (I was leaving my road bike some where else and needed the commute bike to be there the next work day).

Without your help I could not attain Maslow's D-Needs. Thanks fam.

13 June 2007

Morgan leaves for the Pacific Crest trail

And I thought I was busy. Morgan, long time housemate and friend, had quite a couple weeks. He defended his PhD dissertation, prepared for the 4-month 2600-mile PCT, sued the woman who hit him last year in small claims court (no lawyer), moved out and started hanging out with a girl he's had a crush on for awhile (should I be making that public?). Adventure in many forms. Hi hike will require over 20 mail drops of food; he painstakingly measured out his food needs, packed, dated and addressed all the boxes and delivered them to his closest friends for mailing. He's got a close friend from England with him who has a blog here. They started hiking June 3rd.

6th/Valencia dinner. Where else?

Why Orange County is Scary

Recently I've been staying in Orange County, 'South County' specifically, and overall it has been much better than I thought it would be. Out the door of where I am staying I can run in the park, ride through canyon roads in the mountains, walk to multiple restaurants, Trader Joe's and other grocers or chill at a lake with a 5,000 foot mountain as the back drop. One evening there we counted four or five different languages being spoken. This neighborhood is one of the most diverse places I've stayed; LA is diverse as a whole, but most neighborhoods are pretty homogeneous.
Despite these new realizations, OC still has its generalizations that all too often end up being true. One of which I present as photographic evidence.

Final brevet: the 600k

Je t'aime ! Oh ! dites-le avec des pavés !
Let's go to Paris! Paris-Brest-Paris dates back to 1891; that's older than Fidel Castro. By someone's logic I am now prepared to ride 1200 kilometers after finishing 600 in the alloted time. Okay, sign me up. They do require doctor's note though. Imagine that conversation: 'Hello, doctor, can I have a note saying that I am healthy enough to ride 750 miles in 90 hours? No, this is not a joke. No, I am not insane.' I think I'll just ask a friend.
So here are some pictures. Fa(s)t Dan and I had a blast. 110 miles up the coast through Big Sur then the first control 30 miles inland from there. Headwinds north through Salinas Valley (broccoli land) then control two at 212 miles at an Inn. We were one of the first people there (out of the huge field of 14) and the last to leave cause we slept for 4 hours. So it was like two rides: 212 miles one day, 163 the next. California is so damn big, we really should secede.
It's not a purse, it's a Randonneur's bag

The big, rolling hills of California

This is why the following picture exists

The guy on the motorcycle is the RBA (means something in French) for this brevet series. He once rode 3 1200k brevets in one year. He was super helpful and made what he calls 'the hardest 600k out there' a pleasant ride.

05 June 2007

Lisez moins, vivez plus

So this past week we moved out of the A-partment. And I have a billion things due for school. While being homeless. Also time to start training for that full iron in August. So, Paul, my apologies for not having completed my Great Divide posts. I swear I'll have pictures and stories up before it has been one year since.
For now, check out that Race Across America starts this Sunday. The race is now put on by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association and they promise to have better media. Will Chew's views stay? Once someone asked me, 'When will it be enough? What distance?' To answer: I have no intention of ever doing RAAM. To paraphrase Bob Knoll about things everyone should do in their life, 'You should ride across america, you should not race across america.' Though this week I got the confirmation that I am racing a RAAM qualifier this year, which would be the 508 in October. Whoa!
Some updates on recent events with pictures, etc soon. Still have some time to waste? Read Foucault's wiki page and send me a 500 word summary. Thanks.