Tuesday, May 30, 2006

May All Your Rides Be Downwind

Cadence: 105 RPM
Speed: 20.9 MPH
Heart Rate: 79% of max
And all I can hear is the whirring of my tires on the asphalt. . . Must mean just one thing-I'm going downwind.

Unfortunately every ride has an uphill grind or a headwind to pound against---such is life.

Week 16 summary: 5 rides, 6Hrs:26Min ride time, 92.8 Miles. I'm into my plateau phase of my training. Don't want to peak too soon.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Decoration Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of rememberance for those who have died in our nation's service. At 3 p.m., local time, all Americans should voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Rememberance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.

No, Freedom Isn't Free
by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret)

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Pursuit of Excellence

Congratulations to Laurel and Matt and the many other students who received Long Beach Poly High School's highest honor-the Pursuit of Excellence Award.

We are very proud of you!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Long Uphill Road

Climbing "The Wall" at the San Clemente Challenge. Took me 5 min: 14 sec.
Ted Field, who took the picture, blasted up the hill in 3 min: 50 sec.

Just got back from my golf trip in Arizona. Had a great time. 7 golf rounds in 4 days!

Thank you to Mike Wallace for arranging the trip and your generous donation to the Arthritis Foundation.

Monday, May 22, 2006

No Ride Today, Just Golf

36 Holes yesterday, 36 Holes today. These guys are professionals, just not professional golfers.
Top: Robert McCoy, Mike Wallace, Ken Yamashiro at Sunridge Canyon
Bottom: John Anderson, Steve Schmidt, Kurt Finberg at Gold Canyon

Thank you to Lorraine Lee who recently helped with my cause to the Arthritis Foundation.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

36 Holes at Gold Canyon

Played 36 holes at Gold Canyon today. Great course up against the Superstition Mountains. Those are real live deer in the background. Do I have the deer-in-the-headlights look?
Bring out the brooms, the Dodgers swep the Angels this weekend.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006

San Clemente to Arizona

Did the San Clemente Challenge this morning with Ted Field. I appreciated his patience and company on the 40 mile ride which I did in 2hrs:50 min. Picture is of the 10% grade over half a mile. Graphic above represents the profile of the ride. Glad I survived. Ted didn't have enough and did the climb twice.

After the ride I drove 6 hours to Arizona for our annual golf trip. Can't wait to tee it up tomorrow.

Donna, thanks for the cookies and brownies. I'm sure we'll enjoy them!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Armed Forces Day-Saturday May 20th

Try never to forget, it is your Armed Forces, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is your Armed Forces, not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is your Armed Forces, not the protesters and demonstrators that gave us the freedoms to protest and demonstrate.
It is your Armed Forces, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It is your Armed Forces who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the radicals to burn the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for your Military Force, pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

More Thank-Yous

Thank you to Lou Gatto-my accountant and friend for over 20 years. He is a national expert on Veterinary Practice Management. Check out his website link on the sidebar.


Thank you also to Mona Valente for your donation to the Arthritis Foundation

Ride Home From Work

Rode home from work again. A 6 mile ride on La Palma to the Coyote Creek bike trail which merges with the San Gabriel River trail and all the way to Long Beach. Into the wind all 17.5 miles.
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100 Types of Arthritis and Related Diseases

Read ABOUT Arthritis and its related diseases

Went to the Angels game last night. It was exciting to see Fountain Valley 22 year old pitcher Casey Janssen two-hit the Angels. He had a perfect game into the 6th inning. We sat next to a former UCLA team mate of his who was the only excited fan in our section, except for maybe the girl eating the Super Delux Nacho.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ride to Work Week

Rode home from work today. Took 1Hr:20Min, 17.5 Miles.

Monday, May 15, 2006

More Generous Donations-Thank You!

Thank you to
Richard & Dorothy Nakata
Rex & Jeanette Rasmussen
Mick & Joyce Boomsma

for their generous donations.

Thanks to all your support I have passed the 50% mark. Just 17 more weeks till my ride.
This is Bike to Work Week-save gas bike to work.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and her mom, and all of the moms visiting my weblog.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Cruisin' the Conejo

Participated in the Conejo ride. I did the 35 mile ride through the rolling hills of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Sherwood Lake and Country Club, and Newbury Park. There was a 763 ft climb over 10 miles. Took me 2:30 for the whole ride. Saw three flat tires, saw the Paramedics assist one down biker, and swollowed just three bugs. Did not see any rabbits. Did not fall. This was my first organized ride since college.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Diamond Head Lighthouse

Mahalo to Class of '71 Alan Young. When in Hawaii be sure to visit Young's Fish Market.

Rode for 1Hr:11Min,
Distance=16.7 Miles,
Average Speed=14.4 MPH along the San Gabriel River Trail.
The ride back is against a 10-12 Knott wind. Tough, especially in the evening.

Fell again entering my driveway when my tire slipped and I could not unclip in time - ouch!

I have included a Fall Count in my sidebar. David suggested to have a contest to see how many times I will fall by September 9th. No more-I hope.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Contest For May-Guess My Milage

The contest for May is to guess the total miles I will ride this month. Anyone who has donated is eligible to enter. To donate click on this link: http://ccc.kintera.org/nakata

It is not too late to enter April's contest-Mr. Chocolate Bunny. Go to sidebar on right, look for April's Archives, and go to Math Quiz post dated 4/17/06.
Click on the comment section of the entry to make your guess.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I Had A Great Time With My Family In Hawaii

This is my other sister Lisa, her husband Craig, and their daughter Krissa.

Thank you to her friend Gail and the Iwahashi Family for their donation to my ride.

Got back to Long Beach late last night. Had a nice recovery ride along the beach this evening.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Matsumoto Shave Ice

My sister Jody and her son David. I was just too tired to stand.
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My Treat At Haleiwa

Matsumoto Shave Ice - the best snow cone in the world - is a must visit when in Oahu. Two of my sisters - Michelle and Jody, along with my parents and David drove out to Haleiwa to have shaved ice and give me a ride back home.

Ride Across Oahu

Rode across central Oahu today from Pear Harbor to the North Shore. (yellow path on map) It was a 1000 ft. total vertical climb for 1Hr:30Min, then a quick downhill run into the town of Haleiwa. Ride time was 2Hrs. Ride distance was 25.8 Miles.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hawaii Ride Around Diamond Head

Rode for 3 hours today thru Waikiki, around Diamond Head, and east toward Hanauma Bay. On the way back, rode thru my alma mater the University of Hawaii. This is a view of Diamond Head from the back side.

My pick for the Kentucky Derby did not do so well-6th place
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Run For The Roses

The roses were first established as part of the Kentucky Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race's official flower. The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses.

In 1904 the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. The tradition was strengthened when, in 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the "Run for the Roses". The garland as it exists today was first introduced in 1932 for the 58th running won by Burgoo King.

Each year, a garland of 554 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the twin spires and number of the running on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a "Crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon. The "Crown", a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the winners' circle.

Going at 10-1, in post position #11, my favorite to win is:


Friday, May 05, 2006

Temperature Check

The donation thermometer is rising but I still need your help.

Albert Pines said: "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."

Remember Mr. Chocolate Bunny?

Mr. or is it MS? Chocolate Bunny still lives. It's been 19 days and he is still kicking. Anyone that has donated to the Arthritis Foundation http://ccc.kintera.org/nakata can still make a guess as to when he will no longer be with us.

Thank you to recent supporters from NAS:
Pat Weiser
Ruby Salinas
Margie Anderson
Rudy Solorzano

Aloha From Hawaii

After a 2 hour bike ride from Long Beach to Huntington Beach, I took a 5 hour plane ride to Hawaii. It's been raining since I got here but it may be starting to clear up. This is a view of Pearl Harbor from my parents' house. The long white structure in the middle of the picture is the Arizona Memorial.
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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Thank You!!!

Two months into my training and fund raising for my Arthritis Foundation Bike Ride, and my body's hanging in there. I would like to acknowledge the many GENEROUS people that have helped me so far:

Charlie & Eilene Fay
Christie & Joe Yee
Craig & Lisa Kim
David Burnell
Edgar Silva
Erica Perez
Sharon Skalla
Frances Morris
Suki Stone
Glen Strauss
Gloria Arancibia
Jody & Gregg Gillia
Laurel Nakata
Ryan Nakata
Lilly Perez
Margie Anderson
Pat & Michelle Tamaye
Vickie Potter
Rudy Solorzano
Ruby Salinas
Pat Weiser
Thanks to your help I have made the $1,000 milestone!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

#1 Angels' Fan Meets the Cowboy

The #1 Angels' fan meets the Cowboy Gene Autrey. "His handshake is firm but as cold as the Angels are right now."

Had my longest ride yet-over 30 miles.

There is still time to play the Mr. Chocolate Bunny contest. He still lives! Anyone that made a donation is eligible to enter. Make a donation to the Arthritis Foundation. http://ccc.kintera.org/nakata
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Monday, May 01, 2006

Jack's Valley Road, Carson Valley

Jack's Valley Road was the Pony Express trail in the 1800's. It leads to Genoa, Nevada's oldest settlement. From there it heads up to Lake Tahoe via the Kingsbury Grade.

Week 20 was a recovery week. 4 Rides, 4 hours:51 min, 66.4 miles.
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Lake Mary Road, Mammoth

The death of my trusty Toshiba Laptop prevented me from posting for a while. I also spent the last four days in the Carson City, Reno, Tahoe, and Mammoth. Got to do some hill training. This is a photo along Lake Mary Road in Mammoth. Cycled 4 miles with a vertical climb of 900 feet-it took 30 minutes.
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