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Archive for May, 2008

Annika had a school project called Flat Stanley. She sent her Stanley to Madhura maushi in Melbourne Australia.

With Madhura, Stanley travelled the city and visited many special places.

When Stanley returned, Annika got to present Stanley’s adventures to her class. She now wants to go visit Australia!

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More Track Meets

Nikhil has had a few more meets since the SCMAF County meet. Two weeks ago he participated in the Pasadena Running Roses meet. This had to be the worst organized of the season. All of the Equalizer runners were incorrectly grouped – I think intentionally. The meet organizers should be ashamed of themselves. Despite that and 95 degree heat, Nikhil did well in the 1500M and 800M. He PR’d his 1500M by 7 seconds to a 5:43.

Last weekend over Memorial Day, we went for a two day meet up in LA sponsored by the LA Jets Track Club. This was a very competitive meet with runners from all over the West Coast. Nikhil ran his first 3000M meet on one day and a 1500M on the second. He ran a bit too conservatively in the 3000M and had too much left over at the end. Now he has a PR to beat and learned about how to better pace the race.

This weekend he has an 800M at the SCMAF State Championship meet. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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On the second day of our Zion trip, Doug, Denis and I took a hike along the lower Subway route. This is about a 10 mile hike that took us a little over 7 hours round trip with a lot of climbing in and out of the canyon.

Here we are at the start of the hike. You have to read to the end to see why it is called the Subway!

The entire hike is along an ancient riverbed with steep canyons along each side. We saw some dinosaur tracks part way thru the hike.

Here are Doug and I getting our feet wet.

Here is a picture of one of the sandstone overhangs.

Finally, here is the Subway. This water carved formation extends for about a 1/4 mile and dead ends in a deep pool of water that requires rapelling gear to continue.

This is the end of the trail for us!

Here is Doug climbing through the canyon.

And one last look at the awesome Subway!

After that, it is another 5 mile hike back to the top of the canyon.

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Last week I went on a bike trip with some of my mountain bike riding buddies to Gooseberry in Zion National Park.

The first day we did the entire south rim as well as several of the more technical trails.

Here is a picture of our group at The Point.

Here I am going up one of the technical trails (no assist needed)!.

Check out the beautiful scenery.

There were some hardcore bikers on this pretty technical set of trails. (this is Morgan’s license plate… the guy that founded the trail system).

And here is one of the riders from our group – named Bracken.

You can also check out this video of Bracken doing some trick riding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81-gR7GxWdk&fmt=18

Pretty awesome day on the trails.

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Nikhil had three more meets in the last couple of weeks. He had a meet last Sunday in Hawthorne (1500M and 800M), one yesterday (400M) and one today (800M and 400M).

At the Quiet Fire meet last weekend in Hawthorne, he improved on his times considerably and ran the 1500M in 5:50 and the 800M in 2:55. Both were PR’s.

Yesterday, he ran at the Long Beach Sprinters meet in Cerritos and ran a 76 second 400M, another PR.

Today, he ran in the SCMAF Orange County finals. The top four finishers in each age group move on to the state meet. Nikhil improved his 400M time to 75 sec and his 800M time to 2:52. Again both times were PR’s for him. The latter time qualified him to represent Orange County in the state championships in June!

Here he is at the start of the race.

And here he is with his 3rd place medal:

There are now four weeks remaining until the state meet in Downey on June 1. Looks like we’ll be doing a lot more practice between now and then!

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