Sunday, May 21, 2006

the WHIRLWIND week that keeps on going...

Sometimes you look at 5-year cycles of life, and looking back (or forward if you could) your life is unrecognizable to you. You are on a completely different path with a completely different outlook and direction. You know new people. You might even have a different job, or alternate career. Life moves SO fast sometimes. Well, sometimes that cycle seems to happen a bit faster. For me, 5-days. From 5-days ago until now... wow. First off, our documentary about my training for the Angeles Crest 100-mile Endurance Run went from a really good idea, to FILMING. Not only is it filming, we have a working title (which just may stick permanently): Above The Clouds: the Angeles Crest 100 Documentary (see above photo and you'll understand why), a website (, the Angeles Crest 100 race director has pledged his support, Dean Karnazes has agreed to be interviewed and be IN the film (if you don't know who Dean is, check out and watch the Letterman clip), and tonight I bumped into one of the filmmakers of Running On The Sun: The Badwater 135, one of the films we discussed standing on the shoulders of in putting our project together.

Kate and I just flew back in from San Francisco, where we BLAZED the Bay To Breakers 12k. Out of 40,000 who registered (and I estimate 35,000 who officially finished), I placed 110th overall and I was the 98th male to cross the line. I blew my previous 12k PR out of the water by about 10-minutes and ran a crazy 2-minute negative split for a finishing time of 46:32. Kate looked beautiful in her peacock costume. LOL I went back out looking for Kate and MISSED her FLYING by me. About 20-minutes after she had apparently finished, I asked a Red Cross volunteer, "have you seen a peacock go by?" to which he laughed, "YEAH! That was ONE FAST PEACOCK!!!" We finally met back up, Kate BROKE an hour and finished in 612th place, but I'm NOT sure which place for females (yet). But she did SO WELL!!! For now... I am WIPED OUT... time to sleep! More on both of these things later... I am ABOVE THE CLOUDS at the moment...

Monday, May 08, 2006

the pure JOY of OT Playoff Hockey!

Ahhhhhh, playoff hockey is back. First time in TWO long years. The JOY of PLAYOFF HOCKEY is OVERTIME. There is nothing like it in ANY other sport. SUDDEN-DEATH OVERTIME PLAYOFF HOCKEY. Tonight, we were getting ready to watch the San Jose Sharks (GOOOO SHARKS!!!) host the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and OLN had coverage of the New Jersey Devils - Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils and Hurricanes were locked in a 1-1 tie for the entire 3rd period and we were excited for OT, but not completely thrilled since the coverage for that game would overlap our Sharks game. Then, with 21 seconds left in the 3rd Period, the Devils SCORE!!!! Game OVER! NO, THE GAME IS NOT OVER YET... with 21 ticks left, Carolina elects to pull their goaltender for the final 21 ticks AND the ensuing faceoff. Two of the top faceoff guys in the NHL, Brind'Amour vs. Elias. Elias WINS the draw for the Devils, but dumps it way back into his own zone and 6 Hurricanes go to a FRENZIED forecheck. With 3.0 seconds left on the clock, Carolina TIES the game! Pandamonium!!!

We were EXCITED then we realized... NOOOOOOO, the Sharks game won't come on until OT is done! No! Now, somebody must WIN in the first 5-min of OT, ANYBODY, PLEASE SCORE!!!

Carolina answers our cry... 3-min into it...