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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

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speedway bike kiwi and buzz 028We leave out of Ontario in just a few hours for Jodi's big race in Idaho. These past four Wednesdays have been spent having a great time @ Industry Speedway. On the bike. Damn I am missing it right now. But it is now time for me to support Jodi. As she has for me. She has traveled and raced solo these past few years (as have I) due to our pets that could not be left without one of us being home. We previously always hired a pet sitter to stay and spoil themselves along with spoiling the dogs. This is our first trip ever that we do not come (race) home to be back to our beloved labs. And I ain't so good with it. But such is life.

Jodi has trained for this and is on for a great race. Her new stealthy bike should serve her well over the 112 mile cycling leg. Her marathon legs are good for the run. The swim is said to be cold but beautiful. SIMG 1563he can be followed live Sunday via Ironman website. Wish her luck. Thanks and aloha!

Speedway motorcycle race this Wednesday @ The Grand Industry Hills.  Then it's on to our more familiar  event this Sunday  where the motor is all you. Los Angeles Triathlon Series #3 and final race. Far unlike my speedway racing I am going into this undefeated. Cool. But what's even cooler: 'IF" I make top 5 overall it makes all 3 a top 5 finish. At 55 years old(young)!  I guess that's what 30 years in the sport can do. So don't quit. Train hard, race harder and race fair. Hope to see you this Sunday. Stay stoked. Thank the volunteers. The event would not happen without them.

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Having fun sliding, staying upright and on to a nicely welcomed 3rd place last night.Speedway - Ruby Dave 112 at The Grand May 28 2014 1238B8C1821Copy-DaveRubySpeedway-Lo-Res