Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another rainy week

Not much fun outside this week. I went spinning indoor 3 times this week. I did about 30 miles... Not much. Here is the great bike we have at our gym in Palo Alto:

On Friday I went for a run around work. I had not run a 10km that fast for 3 years! I am getting in better shape.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Run around work
Time: 00:45:49
Distance: 10.01 km
Elevation Gain: 141 m

On Saturday I went try my new Mountain Bike. I did not have much time so I went down to San Bruno State park trying to find a trail. I did not find anything very exciting but I discovered neighborhoods I did not know very well.

Here is a panorama picture from Bernal heights.

Stats are on That was an easy ride:

Happy sunday!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Running - Crissy Field

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Crissy Field

Time: 00:34:44
Distance: 8.01 km
Elevation Gain: 200 m

Time: 00:34:44
Avg Pace: 04:20 min/km

There was pretty big waves underneath the golden gate, and I could see a couple of surfers.

It rains, it rains, it rains... but we still eat

It has been raining for the last 10 days, therefore no biking outside. I have been mostly biking indoor at my company's gym.

However, I am still biking everyday to work and my office is becoming a laundry room and I have to use the hair dryer to dry my socks every morning... I can't wait for the end of the rain season, even though I must admin it is quite fun to bike in the rain.

Mai Ly also made some new recipes to keep us warm during this season

Tarte Tatin:

Fish Soup (I can't believe she actually did it. I had mentioned it as a joke a few days earlier)

Croque Monsieurs (I made them)

Boeuf bourguignon (I think that was my favorite):

Blanquette de veau:

We had a Raclette yesterday but I forgot to take pictures... We have a lot of left over so stay tuned.

Have a good week end.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Biking - The maze

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for The maze

Time: 01:09:53
Distance: 35.75 km
Elevation Gain: 359 m

Pretty good ride today at lunch time. We made a good average speed of 30.7km/h. Legs are getting stronger.

Don't think I was lazy this week. I went to the gym on Monday, rode indoor bike on Tuesday and boxing class on Wednesday.

177 days left! I will make it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Biking - Triple short climb

Time: 01:34:42
Distance: 34.85 km
Elevation Gain: 781 m

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Triple short climb

I did not go for a long ride today. Rather I went for an 1 hour and half up and down ride right on the other side of the Golden Gate.

Week end is almost over... back to work tomorrow.

I got a mountain bike!

My friend Arbi found a good deal for a large Enduro SL Pro Carbon mountain bike on craigslist. I could not resist and bought it yesterday! This is an awesome bike, full carbon, even the wheels. I just need new pedals and shoes and I will be ready to ride the trails of Marin.

Happy sunday.

Eating - Cauliflower gratin and fresh sol

Friday, January 8, 2010

Running - Short loop under the rain

I went for a quick jog at lunch time. 8km around work.

We got caught by the rain...
Tomorrow is my boxing class (good for cardio) and bike ride on Sunday. I am watching "Les triplette de Belle ville" right now, it's part of the training :)

Thank you to those of you who made a donation already!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Biking - San Mateo to Palo Alto

Distance: 35km

Yesterday, I woke up at 6 so I could catch the 6:44 train to Palo Alto (where I work).
I got off the train in San Mateo with a friend of mine and we biked down to Palo Alto. As you can see on the pictures, it was dark and as you cannot see, it was cold. There was frost on the fields... My toes were freezing but it was nice.

Heading East, the sun is finally rising.

My random outfit matches with my bike.

My friend Gilad:
Have a good day!

Eating - Clams

Fresh clams from the Farmer Market with pasta. That was last Monday.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Eating - 3 course menu

And after a long ride...

First: homemade seasonal vegetable soup

Second: Steak saute a la bordelaise and poireaux braises (braised leeks)

Third: Pommes normande en bellevue (apple sauce caramel mold)

Biking - Panoramic Road

About 86km, about 4h.

No GPS data today.... The bracelet of my GPS broke before I left... It was a beautiful ride but longer than I expected.
It was also very windy on the coastal road (the famous 1), and I had a hard time going straight with the wind gusts.

Happy Sunday everybody!

Always a very relaxed face as you can see :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Eating - Moules Marinieres

Since food is the second most important element of training (after actually training), we have decided to include some examples of all balanced regime on this blog.
Tonight was a delicious recipe of house made Moules Marineres and its fresh french fries. Yummy!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Biking - Easy ride around San Francisco

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Easy ride around San Francisco

Time: 02:15:37
Distance: 29.96 km
Elevation Gain: 326 m

For this first day of 2010, Mai Ly and I went for an easy ride around San Francisco. Precipitation chances were only 30%... and of course it rained.

Biking - Last sunset over San Francisco

For this last day of 2009, I decided to go for a short ride up Twin Peaks. If you are looking for a short workout, just climb 17th starting from Market... This is a good warm up.
Once up there, I climbed Twin Peaks 3 times. I then decided to wait for the last sunset. Unfortunately, it was cloudy... I left before the night since I had no light on my bike.

No GPS data today, I ran out of battery after 3 minutes....

Happy new year everybody!