Sunday, February 27, 2011

& then some...

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The Vegas Strip at 7 am in an interesting place...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Red Rocks Recap

rr - not lost just yet
Dusted off the old trad rack last week and took a short jaunt to Red Rocks, NV last week.
Cat in the Hat, 5.6, 4 pitches. 65ish and sunny, perfect weather.
A quick stop to get a bagel on the way out resulted in me recieving a bagel with ham on in (gross!!) but other than that, things were smooth sailing.
After about three years of not trad climbing, some things were a bit rusty- such as trail-finding, rope management, time allotment, fear of heights. I led the first pitch and sadly that was enough for me. I was overprotecting it and went off route so there was a ton of rope drag and it ruined any mental game.
Luckily BP was a champ- it was his first time leading multipitch trad, and he killed it. He's a strong climber so he didn't have to place many pieces on a 5.6.
We didn't have time to do the last pitch, but a good time was had. We really lucked out too- typically this route is jammed with groups, but there were only two others people on our way up and two on our way down. It was 5:10 when we finally got down and got the rope unstuck- so we had to haul pretty quickly out of the canyon to be out of the park by 6:00 (and therefore without a fine). It was interesting to run with the rack on my side and reiterated that I need to be running more in general...
It was the first time I had ever eaten an energy gel while climbing, and now I think that's the way to go. Just a little boost of sugar and caffeine was enough for the day.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Wordless Wednesdays Week 7:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Though still in the developmental stages, The Toxic Tour: Documenting Pollution & Communities seems that it has the potential to be a pretty neat tool. Having worked at the Hunters Point Site, I can say it's an interesting mix of warehouses, artists communitites, low-income housing, and people trying to clean it up. It has a pretty extensive history in terms of relations with the community, but it was a great site to work as in terms of things to photograph. Especially since we worked sun-up to sun-down, and the Speakeasy Brewery was on the way home from the site...
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was established in 1869 as the first dry dock on the Pacific Coast. In 1940, the Navy obtained ownership of the shipyard for ship building, repair and maintenance activities. After World War II, activities shifted from ship repair to submarine servicing and testing. The Navy operated Hunters Point Annex as a shipbuilding and repair facility from 1941 until 1976. Between 1976 and 1986, the Navy leased most of the shipyard to Triple A, a private ship-repair company. The shipyard was an annex of Naval Station Treasure Island until 1974 when the Navy's Engineering Field Activity West assumed the management of it. The shipyard consists of 936 acres: 493 on land and 443 under water in San Francisco Bay.
In 1987, PCBs, TCE and other solvents, pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons, and metals including lead were confirmed at a number of shipyard locations. This finding resulted in the EPA placing Hunters Point Shipyard on the National Priorities List in 1989. In 1991, the Department of Defense listed the shipyard for closure. To expedite investigation and cleanup, the site was divided into 6 parcels, A through F. Parcel F is the offshore parcel. To date, the Navy has completed a significant amount of fieldwork for Parcels A through E. Additional offshore sampling was conducted for Parcel F, and the shipyard's shoreline areas which might impact Parcel F, in 2002 and 2003. Data gaps sampling on Parcel E, groundwater sampling throughout the Shipyard, various treatability studies, and removal actions are ongoing.
One set of photos - HP surrounding area. Another set of pics - on the point

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Wordless Wednesday Week 6

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Return Trip

Hummm, is it time for a return trip???

Thursday, February 03, 2011

So here's the line up:

Since everyone has been posting their numbers and lists, here are mine:
Training time in January: basically zilch. I've run a bit, spun a bit, done some yoga, worked a lot and have had a lot of boguss excuses.
2011 line up:
2/6 - OSU indoor triathlon (though I may bail on this. Racing in an indoor pool has zero appeal, and I'm not exactly ready to put my suit on in front of many people. Ait's supposed to be 35 out, so I wouldn't mind getting 70 or so miles in on the bike then yoda in the evening...)

2/24 - Naples, FL golf trip (not really racing, but it'll nice to get out of the cold. I was looking for a race that Saturday, but all I could find are 3+ hrs away)

3/20 - Natchez Trace Tri (if I can track down a partner, I'd like to do the adventure race on the 19th) I'm really excited for this, I've never been to Nashville.
4/22 - Little Smokies Half Iron. This is very tentative, depending on where I am in training and budget, with the main goal being just to finish.
5/7-8 - TOSRV!

5/15 = Rev3 Knoxville. Olympic Distance, since it's supposed to be taper week for the main event the following week. So the Rev3 site gives you the option to have you raise funds for the The Ulman Fund. I'm already raising funds elsewhere, but they are a great organization that my cuz heads up, and are worth checking out.

5/21-23 - Ohio Triple T Super Sprint Tri Friday, Olympic distances Saturday morning & evening, 1/2 iron Sunday. Yes, I am terrified. The Saturday evening format is bike-swim-run, so I am also terrified of trying to squirm into my wetsuit at T1.

5-26-6/1 - Beachhouse! I will be doing absolutely nothing during this time.
6/5 - Deer Creek Tri or Warrior Dash

6/11-12 - Midwest Women's Mountainbike Clinic (tentative). I attended this last year, and it was really great, so I hope to go again.

7/10 - Ceasar Creek Tri
7/14-8/7 - Bike trip & Canadian fishing trip - maybe wishful thinking here, but I turn 30 that last week and would like the last few weeks of my twenties to be spent on my little bike...

8/30-31 - Pelotonia. I need to raise $2,200 this summer for the James Cancer Hospital, so feel free to click on the link & donate at any time!
So that's that! There might also be some fun happenings with Team Awesome/Jeni's Icecream too. Which is why I'm working two jobs & will have stuff on the etsy site soon! :-p
Sept 11 - Rev3Tri Cedar Point. I was on the fence about doing this last year and in the end didn't. Then of course I was totally bummed that I didn't, so I'm pretty excited for this year!! And I joined the blogger team over at 201ronman to share my progress! Check it out!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Wordless Wednesdays Week 5:
Ice Storm