This post is a recap of a recent trip to Spain that I took with my wife. I’ve tried to put together a scrapbook and guide that catalogs and combines my own research before going, experiences during our stay, and recommendations from friends who’ve also visited Spain. I hope this list of places to stay, see, and dine at comes in handy to you if you are considering a trip to the Iberian peninsula. I am only going to cover the more popular areas of the country. I hope to make a return trip in the future to explore the Basque region, Canary Islands, and more. I would also love to come back and watch the Running of the Bulls in mid-summer.
When Garmin announced the 735XT I was actually in the process of shopping for a new Fitness watch that could do relatively everything. I had become disenchanted with the Apple Watch Series 1 and its lack of features geared towards hardcore athletes. I was especially disappointed by its lack of reliability when it came to GPS tracking of activities and an inability to export activity data from the default Health app.
Recently I discovered the “On” brand of shoes after doing some research and reading reviews in various athletic magazines. On is a Swedish manufacturer and relative new comer to the shoe game. Their differentiator is the use of the Pocket cushioning system in the sole. This scientific approach creates a number of individualized air pockets across the bottom of the shoe. This system adapts to almost any foot strike pattern and running form. Moreover, it gives the shoe a very lightweight feel by not carrying so much cushion material in the sole. In this review, I will discuss and rate the Cloudflow model from On. This particular model is the most akin to the low profile, minimalist, and racer style of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit.
I’ve had the great fortune of using the Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor strap for the last two years. After selling my Garmin 910 XT which came bundled with its own heart rate monitor, I needed a replacement to pair with my Suunto Ambit2 S GPS watch. So after searching I discovered the Wahoo heart rate […]
I’ve had the Suunto Ambit2 S for over two years now. I purchased it after my last Ironman race when I was looking for a change the Garmin 910 XT. At the time Garmin had not refreshed the 910 and I was looking for something on the next level. After two years with the Suunto, I can say that […]
Life What a wonderful week filled with sailing around the Greek ports and islands with MedSailors. We spent about 8 days in Athens with 6 friends and our skipper. We were part of a fleet of 10 ships that went from Athens to Peridika, to Ermioni, to Spetses, to Ephidhavros, to Poros and finally Agistri. […]
This Tech Tip post is a recommendation for the Ring Video Doorbell. This device has been one of the best IoT (Internet of Things) devices I have added to the house ever. Ring allows you to answer your door or monitor any outdoor areas of the house from anywhere.
This race was supposed to be Tyler Lu’s Boston Marathon qualifying race. A fortunate scholarship win took him away for the race weekend so I paid the fee to have the entry switched to my name and the distance changed to a half marathon from a full one. We were introduced to this race by our friend Sarah who had used this race to qualify for Boston herself. The race takes place just north of Sonoma in the Santa Rosa region of wine country. The idea of a weekend watching auto races at Infineon, Shakespeare under the stars at Buena Vista Vineyards and running in one of the fastest half marathon courses could not be passed up.
Earlier in the year I debated on what shoes to purchase as my main running shoes for the 2014 season. I primarily compared the Nike Free 3 Flyknit and the New Balance Minimus 10V2. I decided to go with the Nike Free based on recent history and success in those shoes. I set both a half marathon and 10K PR in my previous Nike Free’s and hoped to continue that success. After a couple hundred miles and a few races in the 2014 editions, I feel safe in providing my review of them.
This race was the second time that I competed in the Tri Santa Cruz Olympic distance race. We generally try not to repeat races each year but due to the drought conditions in California, ocean races are pretty much all we have to do. Also, this race is one of the better organized and easily accessible ones. We really enjoyed last year’s race, so it was any easy decision to participate again this year.