Saturday, August 21, 2010 

Facebook is Killing my Blog

My blog is being neglected because of Facebook. I apologize once again to my Blog fans. No one can serve two masters. I've got too many things going on, and I can't handle everything. I need to use my time more wisely. I've got to focus on the important things and not get distracted by the millions of things that I want to do. I've got a To Do list that is as thick as a textbook and I need to cut it back down. I've got to start over again. I feel like I'm drowning in things to do, and they're driving me crazy. I've got to stop being so anal and stop trying to do everything. I need to just do what's important like work and exercise. I probably should cut back on facebooking too if not quit altogether. It's such a huge time-suck.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 

Road Rash

The other day I was cycling to Pasadena when I fell off my bike at high speed. I was going 35 mph+ downhill in Pasadena when a red pickup truck approaching from the other side tried to make a left turn in front of me. I swerved to the right and lost control of my bike. My front wheel started skidding and I fishtailed. I slid on my left arm the most and got really bad road rash. I got scrapes on my right arm, right knee, and left knee too, but my left arm is the worst. My bike's handlebar is scraped up and I should replace it. I just rewrapped it with handlebar tape. My bike seat is shredded. My bike pedals and rear wheel skewer is also scraped up. My backpack has holes in it now. My bike lycra shorts were shredded to bits. My watch was also scratched.

I had to bike back home quarter-naked, because my lycra shorts were shredded to bits on the left side.

A nurse who was walking by witnessed it and stopped the pickup truck from leaving. I was shook up and didn't know what happened. I was most worried about my bike. Since I could ride it back home, and I didn't get any broken bones, I let the driver off the hook. I didn't pursue any claims against him since he didn't hit me. Drivers should be careful when making left turns, especially because bicycles can be approaching at high speeds behind a car. Drivers just don't seem to know how fast bikes can be.

I'm still in pain due to the road rash. It hurts the most when I put antiseptic cleansers on it. I can't help but scream out in pain when I put that stuff on since it hurts so bad.

I just don't want to get an infection. I really hope that it doesn't leave a permanent scar. My arm looks horrible.

For some reason I do feel stronger after the accident because I survived a speed fall with just road rash. I hope I don't fall or get hit again for the rest of my life. Last time I got hit by a car in a similar situation where the driver was making a left turn, because she didn't see me due to her inattention.

Drivers, please be careful driving, especially around bikes!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 

Fargo Street

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I rode up Fargo Street (claimed to be the steepest hill in California) with Peter Dragonslayer Munoz. It's a 33% grade hill.

This hill is in the Echo Park/Silver Lake area. There are a few twin streets that are parallel to it like Baxster Street.

The steepest hill in America is in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania at 35%. The steepest hill in the world is in New Zealand at 37%. San Francisco's steepest hill is 31.5%

I want to try Eldred Street in Highland Park/Mt. Washington which is rated at 33.3%

Going up Fargo St. was much tougher this year. I must not be in as good shape as last year. My bike needs a lot of work too. My rear derailleur was touching my rear wheel spokes when I put it into the lowest gear.

We didn't do the official LA Wheelman event since I didn't have time on Sunday. We just took a short break to go up there. Then, I went back to work.

It was much easier on my mountain bike which has lower gears to climb steep hills. Even then, I had to zigzag towards the top since it's the steepest at the apex.

I was able to do it last year on my triathlon bike a little bit easier than this time around. I just didn't have the confidence this year for some reason. I must be out of shape and so is my bike.

Peter and I took a few falls. I even fell walking up the hill since my bike cleats had no traction on that steep hill.

The pictures don't do the hill justice. If you want to see how steep it is, you'll just have to go there and try it yourself.

Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Chinatown Firecracker 5K

I ran the Chinatown Firecracker 5K this morning. I think it's one of the most fun and best organized short races in L.A. They lit up a hundred thousand firecrackers before the race for the Chinese New Year. They had a bunch of booths at the festival. I also met the Chinatown Queen and Court.

This was one of the more difficult runs because of the hills around Dodger Stadium. I thought my time would be worse than the last 5K I did, but I actually improved. I ran it in 23.33 seconds. That's almost 4 minutes off my last race, and I didn't even run at all since the last one. I was quite surprised since I thought the uphills would slow my overall time a lot. I guess the downhills more than made up for them. I'm not sure how much more I can continue to improve without actually training. I'm hoping I could get back to my high school running time of under 21 minutes.

After running to the 5K, I ran back home. Well, I did run back slowly since I was so full from eating. My legs were also pretty sore. I didn't run too slowly since I had to go to the bathroom. Then, I biked to church.

I gave up trying to gain a ton of weight so I could go on The Biggest Loser show. I didn't feel good gaining so much weight. Plus, I actually lost weight lately.

Last night, I cut my own hair. It didn't turn out that great. I actually did a terrible job. I had to get Sarah to make my hair a little bit more presentable. I think she did a good job. She doesn't want to cut my hair again since she comes home late every single night and is too tired. She's been working 14 hours every single day without a day off in over a year since she started her own pharmacy.

After closing her pharmacy at 9 p.m., I took her out to eat some sushi in Little Tokyo tonight. We also ate some Pinkberry frozen yogurt. Even though she's really tired, I think she liked our little date night.

Sunday, February 21, 2010 

Pasadena Bike Tour

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This morning I did the Pasadena Marathon Bike Tour. I woke up at 4 am to eat and get ready. I biked about 15 miles to get there for the 26.2 mile ride that started at 6:15 a.m. It rained a little bit but not as much as last year.

I started near the front again. I know it's not a real race, but I finished in 8th place out of several thousand riders. I finished in under 1 hour and 20 minutes. The guys at the front were really fast. I tried to hold on to 5th place until I got passed at around mile 20. Then those guys dropped the hammer and I was huffing and puffing to keep up with them.

It was kind of lonely riding in the front. The streets were empty and hardly any riders. It was like biking by myself like I usually do except all the intersections were blocked off for the riders.

I rode about 66 miles for the day since I biked to church and Sarah's pharmacy as well. After teaching sunday school, I helped my wife at her pharmacy from 1:30 to 9:00 p.m.

My bike riding has decreased a lot in terms of mileage this past winter season. I wish I kept up the high mileage I had early in 2009. Still I was pleased with myself for my time and position. I guess the large pizza I finished by myself last night helped me to fuel up. Dang, I'm a pig. Well, at least I still got it in terms of eating capacity.

Saturday, February 13, 2010 

LA Kings 5K

I am so tired these days I feel like a zombie. I did not want to wake up this morning to do the run, but I forced myself to do it. I've been so busy these days that I haven't been running. The last time I ran was the Santa Monica turkey trot back in November. This time I learned my lesson from the last race and didn't eat too much before running.

I ran today's event in 24 minutes and change. I was quite surprised since I haven't trained at all since November. Last time I ran a 5K in 27 minutes. I thought I would come in around 30 minutes this time. It must have been from all that daydreaming about being fast. I know it's a mediocre time for serious runners. I've got to start running more.

Saturday, January 02, 2010 

More L.A. Auto Show Pictures

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Here are some more L.A. Auto Show pictures.

 

Mikey and His Remote Controlled Jeep

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Mikey driving his new remote controlled Jeep I got him for xmas. I also got him Disneyland tickets, Lego magazines with a Legoland ticket, Magic the Gathering game cards, a soccer ball parachute, a yo-yo, and an Aladdin DVD.

I also visited my parents with my sister, Sae Woon, Bobby, and Jasper.

Otherwise, I just worked every single day at the office and at Sarah's pharmacy.

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