It was a great weekend had by all and with the Holidays and the drinking and eating going on (probably in that order) we need to all stay Active! MIKE REILLY
JUSTIN RAMERS here in San Diego visited our China offices last week and on his way back stopped in Beijing for the weekend and climbed one of the steepest parts of the Great Wall of China. About 3,000 feet of elevation from the parking lot to the top.
PATTI ROSENTHAL out of Durango, CO (Look at her Leading the pack) did the16th Annual Riding of the Fools - 53 Mile Mountain Bike Ride from Durango, CO to Farmington, NM on Saturday November 10th. A group of 17 local Durango mtn bikers did the ride this year - point to point ride all on back roads. A self supported ride with a potluck & beer waiting for us at the finish. Started at 9:30 am & finished around 4:15 pm (including our lunch stop at the arch where we had 15 flats thanks to the "goatheads"). A long day in the saddle!!!
DEBRA URKA Jr. Client Support specialist in SD participated in the 8K World Day run and said it was harder to run because there wasn’t a large group of people with her.
AMBER MARTIN Senior Mkt. Services Analyst (pictured in the middle) did the Silverstrand rollerblade half marathon in SD. A couple of my friends who don’t like to run wanted to experience doing a race with me, so we decided rollerblading was a good option. It was nice to do a race with friends no pressure, but my competitive nature still got to me and I hated being passed, even by other rollerbladers.
CHRIS BOHNERT ran the Silverstrand ½ Marathon in SD and went a great 1:51 and finally figured out training really does help!
MICHELLE ULRICH Account Executive in SD had a couple of first this weekend. She went camping for the first time in the Joshua Tree National Park (but didn’t find Bono) and also rocked climbed.
TOBY GUILLETTE Online Community Specialist for Endurance Sports in the San Diego office, was also at Joshua Tree National Park with his friends for a weekend of camping, hiking and rock climbing. Read more about it and watch his Active Videos in our online community.
NUNO COSTA Health and Fitness Community Solutions competed in the Blue Water Triathlon in Parker, AZ He finished 26th overall in the long race. 1000m swim, 34 mile bike ride and a 5 mile run. It was the longest distance race I have done so far, and getting me in the mindset to do my first half Ironman next year.
I was in contention in my age group, but the run really slowed me down, I had a monstrous blister on my left foot that made my whole left leg numb, needless to say it was quite difficult to run fast (check out the picture of the blister)
Here were my splits, Swim, 18:40 rank 18th, bike 1:41:09 rank 38th, and my run was 37:26th, and ranked 30th. My total time was 2:37:16 – NUNO, Toby and I looked at the picture and we’ve seen and had much worse blisters buddy!
RAMON EBERT - Team Lead – Team Sports, League One
With the Angeles National Forest opening last Thursday I headed back up to Mt. Baldy yesterday for another training hike. I did the same Manker Flats/Ski hut trail with the same 8 mile round trip distance and 8000’ gain and loss. Except this time I went alone and carried 50 pounds in my big pack.
What a difference that 15 pounds made from my last trip up there before the fires! I felt good though and since I was alone this time the iPod helped a lot. I went up in 3 hours 20 minutes, 25 minutes faster than last time when I was only carrying 35#. It was 42F on top and the wind was really blowing, the summit was in the clouds. I put on a quick show to change out of my wet clothes and put some dry stuff on then got out there! Coming down took two and a half hours and I decided I hate that trail going down. It’s almost all steep down and I fell at least 5 times. It was a hike where I got to use all those really good bad words… But it was a great training hike and I hope to get one more visit in to Baldy before my Ecuador trip in a couple weeks.
ERIN GAY Senior Staff Accountant SD and MICHELLE SHAFFER VP of Compliance ran in the Silver Strand Half Marathon yesterday. Our times aren’t posted yet, but we think we came in around 2:05. It was my first half and her second. She is totally hooked and already set to run in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix in January. (Still too cold outside for me-I’ll have to wait for the La Jolla Half in April) TOO COLD OUTSIDE, ERIN YOU LIVE IN SAN DIEGO!