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Interminable Run

| February 21, 2009 10:06 am

This is long overdue, but here is, ladies and gentlemen, my first half marathon! It was the San Francisco Half Marathon. My time: 1 hour and 50 minutes. Thanks goes to JC who motivated me to do it and
CA and RB who helped me train for it.

Some photos…


Clamber Back Down

| June 23, 2008 1:18 pm

Have you ever done something that was so crazy you thought at the same time: This was awesome!!!! and I am such an idiot!!!! Well, I did that on the way from the ride. It turns out that I got so excited that I totally forgot how to ride a bike… SAFELY!!!

But first thing first. This weekend I did an awesome bike ride organized by San Francisco Bicycling Coalition called Seven Hells of SF (Steepest Hills of SF III) Tour. There were about 20 to 30 people of various skills. The leader gave us a ride sheet and disclaimer. Something about gruesome death and dismemberment.

So we started the ride and soon we were at the first climb. One cool thing about that climb. On the way to it, some surfer dude from a jeep pulled half of his body out of his truck and asked if we are doing that climb. Upon confirmation, he exclaimed: YOU GUYS ROCK!!! In a surfer dude lingo.

So, since the first climb was super tough and I wasn’t prepared for it, I lifted the front wheel and the bike turned quickly, so I had to step off the bike half way up the climb. But I quickly jumped back on and finished the climb. Next climbs went without incident, but I did have to repeat one, so that the ride leader some photos of me.

Awesome ride and SFBC did a great job organizing it.

Ok, so the crazy thing. On the way back, I was having way too much fun riding over the hills of SF. I was going up and down roads and avoiding the stopped traffic. Do you know you are way faster on the bike in SF? Anyway, on one of the downhills, actually on the flat section in the middle of one of the downhill, the guy in front of me made a quick stop. This caused me to squeeze my break, but unfortunately I squeezed the front one a bit too much… This was a bad idea, since it caused my rear wheel to lift. For some reason I was still moving, but I was propped up on the front wheel. I knew I was going to die, but I enjoyed the moment anyway. It was, for the lack of better word, AWESOME!! Some strange luck or supreme being’s intervention caused my bike to fall back on both wheels and I was able to ride away with nothing but a slight whiplash. And I had a huge grin on my face. I am talking the grin that would shadow the sun. I just did a front freaking endo with my bike and recovered. I figured out that the people behind me are probably still washing their pants.

Ok, that is it… I escaped sure death on Saturday, which means I will probably get ran over by an ASSUV today.


Surfeit of Car Commuters

| June 10, 2008 9:23 am

Couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from our HR that our $100 per month pre-tax commuter benefits will be moved to another company. Since I bike to work every day, I did not use the commuter benefits so far, but I decided to look at the new benefits.

Several of them make sense, such as: Bus, Ferry, Streetcar, Subway, and Train. Let’s promote the public transportation. Though I only use it when traveling and when I go to SF, I am a huge proponent of public transport.

Then there is: Vanpool (seating for 6 or more adult passengers, excluding driver; 80% of mileage is to transport employees and 50% of seating capacity used for employee transport). That sounds pretty good too, though it is hard to enforce.

Now, when I saw these two, I got really upset:

  • Parking at or near work
  • Parking at or near public transportation to get to work

I understand the need for … Actually I don’t. If you are driving to work and need to park on a pay parking spot…? Drive to public transportation? Am I missing something?

So, I suggest the following new “eligible expenses”:

  • Bike tubes / tires / CO2 cartridges / tube fix kits
  • Bike safety / helmets / lights
  • Bike repair tools / pumps
  • Bikes

These expenses would only be tax deductible for people who bike to work several days a week, let say the magic number 3. There would be several benefits to these benefits:

  • Less cars on the roads, so roads would be safer, in better shape, and so less money would be spend on maintenance
  • Cyclists would be better equipped, so less wasted time, less cycling accidents, and less frustration
  • People would get more exercise, so there would be less stress and healthier people

Finally, it would solve a whole lot of other problems that people may or may not realize at this point:

  • Cleaner environment, such as air
  • Less trash next to the road
  • Less road rage
  • Less need for roads ~ more space for green
  • Less suburban sprawl
  • More jobs for bike mechanics

Reading about tax benefits to polluters always leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. Especially when there are no obvious benefits to them. So, instead of investing into infrastructure to support the pollution and destruction of the environment, why not chose the clean, renewable, leg energy? Support biking to work.


Intransigent Beauty

| May 27, 2008 2:02 pm

Happy 71st Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

It only takes a tiny corner of
This great big world to make the place we love;
My home upon the hill, I find I love you still,
I’ve been away, but now I’m back to tell you…

San Francisco, open your golden gate
You let no stranger wait outside your door.
San Francisco, here is your wanderin’ one
Saying “I’ll wander no more.”
Other places only make me love you best,
Tell me you’re the heart of all the golden west.
San Francisco, welcome me home again;
I’m coming home to go roaming no more!

Golden Gate Bridge

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay,
The glory that was Rome is just another day,
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan,
I’m going home to my city by the bay.