2015 Ironman 70.3 Vineman Race Report

It’s been four years since my last triathlon, but I managed to be one of the lucky 2300 when registration opened and snagged a spot for the 2015 Vineman 70.3.  I had a great race, but I have to admit there were some tough times during the run when I was wondering “why do I do this?”.

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Boba Team Time Trial

The Fighting Bobas arrange a Team Time Trial (TTT) race in Geyserville.  It’s a 16.8-mile course with some rolling hills and very little traffic.  It’s a ride at your own risk kind of thing, no services offered by the Bobas, etc.  Indeed it seems like they don’t even really offer timing services (ooh, burn).

Colleagues and friends from Keysight, Medtronic, and the Red Peloton cycle club  – Jon M, John S, Loren B, Nina S, Steve R, Joe F, Patrick Z, Nate B, and I – joined to form the team Clown Jewels.  Nina, Joe, Patrick and I were on full TT bikes with aero wheels and helmets.  Everyone else suffered!

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Ten long years – Centellax sells to Microsemi!

Today Microsemi announced the acquisition of Centellax, bringing a successful end to the little startup company I joined so long ago.  The ten years I spent at Centellax were richly rewarding and I am so happy and proud to have been a part of growing the company, divesting the T&M business in 2012, and maybe even passively contributing to this latest success in some way.

Congratulations to Julio Perdomo, Centellax CEO, President, and co-founder, Christian Bourde, co-founder and VP Engineering, Jerry Orr, co-founder and Design Engineer, Jeff Meyer, CTO, and Brad Ingels, Director Operations.  These guys are the heart and soul of Centellax and all are my good friends.  Nicely done!

Some pictures and background after the jump.

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Santa Rosa Marathon – Boston Qualified!

I’ve been training hard since mid-May, logging 20-50 miles per week, and Sunday morning it all came together.  I ran a 3:08:07 at the Santa Rosa Marathon, a new PR by 32 minutes, and qualified for Boston!  It was really hard.  I’m really proud of myself.

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Tuesday Night Twilight criterium #6

I raced Bike Monkey’s Tuesday Night Twilight series for the second time. I missed a few races while recovering from pneumonia, which I had during my first race but didn’t know about.  I had a fun time, was smarter with my exertions, and finished a very close second place at 31.5mph and 766W!

  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Speed: 22.9mph avg, 31.5mph max
  • Heartrate: 174bpm avg, 196bpm max
  • Est Avg Power: 255W

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Tuesday Night Twilight criterium

I raced my first criterium yesterday evening at Bike Monkey’s Tuesday Night Twilight series. I had fun but was over-eager, screwed up my racing strategy, spent too much energy early, and threw away a podium spot.  I coasted over the line in something like 10th place.

  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Speed: 23.1mph avg, 31.1mph max
  • Heartrate: 176bpm avg, 194bpm max
  • Est Avg Power: 247W

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Hiking with Miles

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My two boys

These two guys are amazing.

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Harriet

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Playing in the rain

We haven’t had much rain this year, but the boys have been enjoying every little bit!

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