Monday, July 28, 2008

Adventure Weekend

Tanya and I had 3 days of adventurous activities over the past weekend. But it was what we saw Friday that made the weekend special. After work on Friday we headed to the Angeles Forest for a mid afternoon hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy. After making it to the summit; it was such a beautiful day we decided to stay at the top and soak up some sun and relax.

If you have read previous posts you probably noticed we enjoy training on the trails of Mt. Baldy. Mt Baldy is a great place to hit single track trails at high elevation, you talk about a high! The excitement came on our way back down, we had the rare opportunity to see Big Horn sheep up close and personal.

Look closely, they are in the brush eating and drinking from a stream which runs down between the rocks.As we continued to descend the mountain, we must have gotten their attention. This big fellow stopped eating and drinking and watched us.
We have seen the sheep in the past, but this is the first time they didn't scatter.

In this picture there is a Red tailed hawk sitting on a branch, mostly likely scoping out its next meal. If you click on the pictures sometimes they will enlarge, so you can get a better view :)

On Saturday morning we rose early and headed to the Santa Ana River Trail. If I am ever going to do an Ironman I have to get those cycling miles in. We put in about 50 miles, I have not been in the saddle much lately, man my rear was sore by the end of the ride. We enjoy riding this bike path, there is no automobile traffic or street signals. Because of this you are able to get in a great work-out and push it for miles and miles without interruption. The trail ends in surf-city Huntington beach, so if you like you can take a dip in the ocean.

The adventure did not stop, on Sunday morning we again woke up with the sun and headed to Bonelli park (Puddingstone lake). We jumped in a kayak and paddled for 2 hours around the lake. You talk about a different pace. Running and cycling are on thing, but paddling really changes everything. My shoulders were burning, but it was so nice to be on the water.

So that was our fun and fitness filled weekend. After reading our post, we hope we have motivated you to get out there and live. Life is wonderful, and a blessing. Be grateful for everyday you receive, and remember tomorrow is not promised so have fun today!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mountain Flowers

Tanya and I love Wild Mountain Flowers, Don't You?

I don't know the names but they are beautiful.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jorge Wins the Badwater Ultramarathon


(Jorge and wife Maria)
Tanya and I wanted to send a shout out to our friend Jorge Pacheco on his win at the Badwater Ultramarathon. Congratulations!!!! The photo above is from lasts years Badwater when Jorge led the race on record pace through Lone Pine (121 miles), due to exhaustion he faded a bit and finished 4th. But NOT this year!! He pushed to the front after mile 30 and never looked back, finishing the 135 mile race in an incredible 23:20:16.

Marc and Tanya

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A beautiful day in a beautiful place

Tanya and I spent a few hours Sunday morning heading up to Mt. Baldy. It was a great day to get out and experience nature. I haven't run much since the SD100 so this hike was a nice wake up call. We plan on visiting Yosemite National park at the end of the month to hike the Half Dome, so I needed to reawaken my legs. I also needed to get some sun on my new bald head! I figured with a new aerodynamic dew I would be faster (smile).

That is where we are heading. This is a view from in the Baldy bowl. In the winter Alpine skiers hike up with skies on their backs and ski down.

Relaxing on one of the many incredibly large pines that make their home in the Angeles Forest. I hear pines in Yosemite are double this size!

Tanya relaxing at the summit taking in the clean air

Wow look at that head!!
Time to find some new races and goals!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Freedom 5000

She still has a pep in her step, on Friday July 4th Tanya ran the Claremont 5000(5K). Claremont, Ca is a quaint college town that puts on a fun running event each year on the 4th. We have both run this race in the past, but I decide to sit this year out and be a cheerleader instead. Along with Tanya a circle of our clients and friends ran. They were Allyson,Emily,Yvonne,Becky & David,Jack & children, Alex,Roberto,Rose,Debbi & Tim,Conrad, and Laura.

Tanya and Allyson a few minutes before the race.

Tanya sporting a running skirt

Running the last turn.
Tanya ended up taking 2nd in her age group.

Allyson finishing strong!