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Hawaii count down. Pretty stoked. Never really can seem to get enough of it. Previous years doing "The Double"  (Ironman in Kona and Xterra on Maui) were held back to back. 7 days apart. And we STILL came home mid week only to fly back. That's how nutty we were about our dogs. Now the races are 2 weeks apart. And our beloved labs have passed. The only good thing about that is.................well nothing. Other than more time spent in Hawaii.

Just to clarify: Jodi will be rocking "The Double".  The only rocking I care to do in Kona these days is under a coconut tree cheering for her. But I will certainly suit up for getting dirty on Maui.

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3 heats last night with lots of 500cc motors everywhere. 3rd place first heat. 2nd place in the semi's. Was out front leading in the main and..............crashed. They label it "fell' and "remounted" on results which means I finished. Last. Worse would be a "DNF" (did not finish). Worse than would be: crashing, dnf'ing AND getting hurt. Fortunate and grateful for that was not the case. Can't say I am not sore today though. I am.

Pictured from last night is fellow early Ironman triathlete George Yates. He has been racing regularly.  We had been on some of the same triathlon race courses back in the 80's. He still races well. Even if a much different arena these days. Great to see and race (again) with you George. 
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Final race for 2014 season @ Industry Hills Grand Pavillion this evening. Come on out and watch the excitement. Cruise the pits after races. Stop and say hi!!!Speedway - Ruby Dave 112 at The Grand May 28 2014 123 18B8C1866 copy-DaveRubySpeedway5-28-14Lo-ResSpeedway - 3rd Div. ME at The Grand June 18 2014 174

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IMG 2039photo 2    It's just a whole lot of fun being involved. And we have found over the years Oceanside has so much to offer in the "involved" department. Whether it's entering the surf contest, the Semper Tri triathlon on Camp Pendelton as in 2 weeks ago,  The labor day 1 Mile Pier Swim, The Hell Fire mountain bike race held on the base in March, the Water Warrior being held there next month on yet the base again, Ironman Oceanside, Brian Longs 2.4 mile Tiki Swim coming up, bodysurfing championships this past weekend, cheering the RAAM (Race Across America) athletes, concerts at the ampitheatre, surfing every inch of beach, volunteering charitable events (BTW: Beach Clean up Day coming up Sept. 20th)........stoked as the lists just go and on................

       To refuel and another reason for a date night we stroll on over and pick up some fresh produce and fruits from the Thursday Farmers Market.  Then w also  have a whole lot of fun choosing which newly opened restaurant to try. (okay we do frequent some favorites often and our "favorites" are growing!!)  Stratford in the Harbor has a new owner whom is very personable and then the food and service: Equally off the hook. The night before we sampled our neighbor Donovans workplace: The Hill Street Cafe. Over the top food and service there too. It is not difficult to eat clean and healthy in this town. Just one more huge appeal.....................

When not swimming, surfing, cycling , running: We walk everywhere. Everytime. Simple small trash bag in tow as it fills our soul reaching down and snagging the unfortunately left trash on the ground/sand. Which ironically is more so than not: Plastic. And I love taking the route that allows Jodi and I to visit our newly acquired friend/neighbor: "Scout". Just a beautiful specimen. Friendly, mellow, slow and beautiful. The owner gave the green light for us to share carrots with him. We pretty much don't leave our place without one in hand....................

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This past Saturdays race on Camp Pendleton was fast/fun/ and very competitive. First and foremost: The Marines put on a stellar event. The swim in the ocean beautiful and well layed out. The out and back up and down 30K bike course: As good as it gets. The pounding flat pavement run I am not used to but running through all the military stuff was different and welcomed. Results are up and my mile splits were 6:15's. Cool. They emphasized USAT rules quite heavily. The same ol simple criteria: Easy to follow. But drafting on the bike was going on. I am old school and do not care to draft even in the very rare draft legal races. Oh well I kept my mouth shut and did not make any enemies.

USAT age for me is 55-59. But this race had the very uncommon (unheard of these days actually) 10 year age groups. 67 finishers in mine. To say I was stoked and satisfied with a podium 3rd is an understatement. You can bet many were still 49 yrs. young yet get to race as 50 year old under the USAT rules. 

  Jodi: She is another story. Coming off a 1st place and Ironman Kona qualified race from a few weeks ago she displayed once again she has speed to go along with her endurance. 3rd place female. Overall. Not too shabby for this little wahine/full time nurse, 50+ year old......................... Icing on the cake for the weekend surfing in the Oceanside Surf Contest Sunday. Pics to follow!!!!8B8C2926 copy-Example-Lo-ResIMG 1826

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IMG 1935Jodi qualifys for Ironman World Championships in Kona. She grabbed her qualifying spot this year and this will make it her 6th Kona- qualified appearance. Tough/cold/windy conditions in Idaho and this little spud baked her competition. LiveTracking allowed us to follow her on line. She was 8th place out of the water. 2nd place off the hilly and windy 112 mile bike. Jodi took the lead 15 miles into the run. And it then proceeded to gap her competition. Amazing. Dig the pic I got of her passing the dude with "Kona" on his back. Only 50 Kona qualifying spots with over 2700 entrants. Jodi trained solely for this race entirely in Oceanside/Camp Pebdleton. Pier swims. Longs repeat cycling thru the marine base with hills. Epic long/challenging runs in the sand from O'Side Harbor to Ponto Beach and return. Obviously was a great recipe!!!! Hawaii in October!!IMG 1859IMG 1876112 2