Archive for October, 2007

Vikram Got his Black Belt

This weekend, Vikram tested for his karate black belt.

It was about a 2 hour test where they tested all of the moves he has learned. Vikram has been practicing for weeks. In addition, he had to write an essay about what it means to be a black belt. There was board breaking section and a strength section. In the strength section, he had to do 150 push ups and 500 situps.



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First 5K

Nikhil ran his first 5K this weekend.  He has been training with the Equalizers for about 5-6 weeks now and he participated in the Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run.

He had a time of 27:09 and got 231st place out of 525 finishers –  pretty good for a 10 year old.  He beat two of our adult neighbors in the race!


There is  another race this weekend that is a 2K at Mt. Sac.

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Walk to School Day

Today was International Walk to School Day (IWALK)! I have the day off as I’m driving to Moab this afternoon so I walked the kids to school.  It is about a mile each way.


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Last Ride till Moab

Yesterday was my last ride before my Moab trip on Wednesday so I did an extra long ride of 23.5 miles climbing 3400 feet of elevation in about 4 hours. This will be typical of the 3 days of Moab riding although the pace will be a lot slower and the terrain a lot more technical. Nonetheless, this was my first time doing this entire loop and I felt pretty good at the end of it.

Here are some pretty cool pictures from the trail, starting at Whiting Ranch continuing up the Santiago grade, to Old Camp, down the Luge, along the Cactus Trail and back to the trail head.

This is the start of the trail at Mustard Road. Mustard Hill is a 9% grade for about 1 mile. Much of the rest of the trail averages about 4%-5% though there are some very steep sections as well.


This is my bike at Four Corners at the top of Mustard Road.


This is the cool Cactus Trail. One wrong turn will leave you with an arm full of stickers or a flat tire!


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