Alpine Meadows Powder!!

Scott and I skied Alpine Meadows last Friday in epic conditions that exceeded even my dreams – 2+ feet of light, fluffy snow and bluebird California sunshine! We had several “fresh track” runs, hiked around for more fresh powder, and skied hard the whole day. The deep powder worked my legs big time but I had a smile on my face the entire time. It was awesome! Most of the day we were too busy making tracks in the powder to think about photos, but here are a couple shots from the summit of Ward Peak and the bottom of the famous Keyhole run, ranked by Forbes as one of the ten toughest ski runs in North America. Let’s hope the Sierra produces a few more similar powder days this season :)

Me and Lake Tahoe

Me and Lake Tahoe

View from Ward Peak (8,600 ft) to the Desoluation Wilderness

View from Ward Peak (8,600 ft) to the Desolation Wilderness

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Hamms Gulch Hack Job

First of all, congratulations to the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team who upset UConn to reach the title game in the NCAA tournament! Go Cardinal!!!

I ran today at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve and the ascent up Razorback Ridge trail was great as usual. However, the descent down Hamms Gulch had an unpleasant surprise. Apparently the park has decided to take water drainage measures to the extreme and literally bulldozed at least 50 giant troughs throughout the trail. For the downhill runner, this amounts to 50+ speed bumps that totally upset the rhythm and really become annoying about midway down the trail. I appreciate the park’s maintenance of trails, but this seemed excessive and overkill. After all, the Windy Hill area is not a rainforest and is not even one of the wetter spots on the Peninsula. Moreover, the trail before the bulldozing was not in bad shape and it didn’t seem like water runoff on the trail was ever a problem. In fact, I often chose to run Windy Hill after rains because it never got that muddy. I guess I will have to build in a couple more minutes for the descent or instead run up Hamms Gulch (as opposed to down) so the troughs will have less of an impact. The run itself was fun with 10.5 miles covered over 72 minutes.

Happy Chanukah!

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah and to celebrate here is a hilarious video of NBA stars wishing their Jewish fans a happy festival of lights!

Today was the last day of classes of the Fall semester! It’s unbelievable how fast it flew by. Now I have to study for one final, take it next Tuesday, and then fly home to Sammamish for the winter break!

Cruise Control

Business as usual here at Stanford. Class, runs, etc.

As far as running, I had a speedy run today at Los Altos Hills even though my legs felt a little tired. I have run many days in a row now so I plan on taking tomorrow off.

Chicago FinishRegarding school, I gave my presentation on Lease Guaranties in Real Estate Transactions and I think it went well. Now I have to put together the paper this week which should not be difficult after completing all the underlying research and getting a good start on the questions.

A racing lesson proved at the Chicago Marathon last weekend: run through the finish line! Never let up until you cross that line! Adriana Pirtea, whom I watched run while she was at UTEP and I was at running Rice, unfortunately strolled down the home stretch too casually to be narrowly beaten by Berhane Adere who came out of nowhere. She essentially blew it – especially sad because this was her debut marathon :(

See video of the womens finish here.

In the mens race, both Patrick Ivuti and Jauad Gharib gave everything they got, but Ivuti wound up taking it by five-hundredths of a second because of his final dash in the last few meters and lean at the tape – unbeleivable!

See men’s video here.

Photo Courtesy: Chicago Marathon

Short Update

Not much new to report today. My hair was starting to get a little wild so I got a haircut. The short cut feels much better in the hotter weather. I then went to Arrillaga gym and worked back muscles, followed by the second half of the Spurs-Cavs game three of the NBA finals. Both teams had to grind out for every basket. The Spurs can wrap up the series on Thursday.