Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Weekend vacation

Well we decided to get away for a night to the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Sat night. We had it all planned out, 1 night at the hotel, check out and go look at some homes in Hawaii Kai and Kailua then return home Sunday evening. We had so much fun, we decided to return to the Hilton on Sunday and stay for 1 more exciting night. We all had a blast paddle boarding (as seen below). Not sure we are ready for any waves but it was a lot of fun for everyone. Lynn & Amanda were awesome

View from the lobby of the Hilton
View from our balcony. 31st floor was up there.
Sunset with Diamond Head, beautiful weekend in Waikiki, (when isn't it)?
Those are people on the beach
Tallest mural in the world. Rainbow Tower 286 ft high, 26 ft wide,over 8,000 pieces of hand painted tiles
Lagoon where we paddle boarded
It was a great weekend with the family.
Happy Father's day Dad. I love you

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tour de Big Island stage race

This past weekend was my first ever stage race. It was held on the Big Island of Hawaii. I traveled with Ben and Dev and they made the trip enjoyable. 1st of the 3 race was a 6 mile time trial up the Kona coast. Perfect place to have a race except for the mile climb to the finish line.

As you can see my speed quickly dropped off once I hit the hill
2nd race was the .07 crit race with about 25 riders in my group. This was a very difficult race due to the 13% grade climb to the finish line.
As you can tell speed and elevation are completely opposite.
Final race on Sunday morning was a 19 mile loop for the final road race. Incredible scenery and exciting descent, but the climb was tough and long. As you can tell from the picture we came down the hill then had to climb back up.
I think it's obvious where the downhill stopped and the climb begin.
Overall a good trip, however after each race this is what I looked liked.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Action packed weekend

Friday evening after a long day of removing the shed and planting grass seed we decided to invite Ben and head over to our favorite Italian restaurant - Buca di Beppo. As always plenty of good food. Sat we took the kids to build a bear workshop to let them make a couple stuff animals. Afterwards we tried a new restaurant in the mall that had some really good burgers.

Amanda and her rainbow bear
Jake and his new puppy
After the shed was removed I planted some grass seed and covered it to hopefully prevent the birds from eating it.
The guy that bought the shed hired "Two guys and a moving van", and they loaded up the shed and platform in 15 mins.

Sat. evening, we went for a family bike ride with Lynn and Jake's new wheels. They did great
Map of Sat. & Sun rides. Sat. was mostly flat with lots of speed work and Sun was mostly hills and little extra distance
Total miles: 98.5
Total time: 6 hrs
Total calories: 5800
Avg speed: 16.7 mph
Max speed: 37 mph
Avg heart rate: 146
Max heart rate: 177

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Excellent month of riding

This morning was yet another good day of training. 46.5 miles, 2hrs:52mins, out to Barber's Point and back. I'm noticing my aerobic conditioning improving on each and every ride. Decided to head to the Big Island (June 12-14) with Ben and Dev for a couple days and 3 races. Should be a good learning opportunity for me and to enjoy the sights of the Big Island.

Month of May statistics:
525 miles
31 hours : 31 mins
avg speed; 16.6 mph
max speed; 42.8 mph
avg heart rate; 139
max heart rate; 178
calories burned; 30,790

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sea life park swimming with the dolphins

This morning we headed out for Sea life park to enjoy the dolphins. This was part of Amanda and Jake's birthday from Nana to swim with the dolphins. Here is Jake and I getting on our life jackets before we did the dolphin encounter. He's is too young to swim with the dolphin's but he enjoyed petting, kissing, dancing and learning about them.

Amanda and Lynn did the dolphin adventure. This was in a private pool in back of the park and the only people allowed were the ones doing the adventure and family. It was really cool, as they had two pregnant dolphins that really enjoyed showing off for everyone.
Amanda hanging on and getting pulled through the water
Jake dancing with the dolphin
dolphin kissing Jake
After lunch we enjoyed several of the other animals and caught a couple shows. This is a quick sea lion appearance

This is one of the trainers getting pulled around the pool

more videos and photos to follow later this weekend