Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Tuesday November 30
Fighting a cold -- taking time off the bike other than casual ride around town. Still doing the Soloflex and played a good hour of Ultimate today (and will be sore for it). Family left today as well...but the full Kachru clan arrives on Thursday!
Uncle Jack Cooking
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Thursday November 25
Roller ride. 10 minutes warmup. 30 minutes 125+ bpm. 60 minutes 135+ bpm with 10 minutes at 145+ bpm. 10 minute warmdown.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Tuesday, November 23
Roller ride: 10 minute warm up. 30 minutes at 125 bpm+. 60 minutes at 135 bpm+ with 5 minutes at 145+. 10 minute warmdown.
New Phillips Bike
Sunday November 21
Missed Saturday ride -- no baby sitter and Amita on call at the hospital.
Rode from the Piedmont shop -- 2 hours moderate tempo -- to the Oakland zoo and then I broke off to ride back. Suffered flat tire and a flat on the replacement. Fortunately, the boyz bailed me out.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Hairpin on Pinehurst
Tunnel Road Map
Thursday November 17
Repeat of Tuesday 1.45 Hour, 28 Mile loop on Tunnel Road, Pinehurs and Skyline. Same crew. I've been nervous on descents, not really trusting my new tires and wheels. I'm afraid to really lean in aggressively -- especially with all the mixed dry/wet patches. Today it was warm in the sun, but with a lot of humidity that could create set spots even though there's been no rain for a couple of days. Pinehurst had all the usual pine needles and fallen leaves. Five us on the descent with me in the number four position and feeling at the edge, with even a small wheel slip in one corner. Made me wonder how the boys ahead were keeping upright. Sure enough, the most aggresive descender dumped it on the last (and dry) corner. Sparks flew -- but no serious injury or damage. Everyone else admitted that they had slipped on various corners as well. Goes to show that a group can mutually entice one another into an unsustainable descent pace. I can see that I'm going to dump it on these wheels sooner or later. We had several other close calls (debris, cars on the line, bad lines) before the ride was over and done. Its good that I'm riding with these more experienced guys (two of them with European road racing experience). Brennon is cool and strong. Found that his Ultimate team also played in the national championships.
Played Ultimate at Pixar studios for the first time out here. I was so nervous that I dropped a view easy passes. Much better on the defense, or trying to catch a tough pass than an easy one. Will be sore tomorrow! Great new sport for me. Fernando is excellent on offense and defense. Good to learn from.
Wednesday November 17 Ride
Redwood mountain bike loop, counter clockwise and then clockwise. 2.45 Hours. Found out that I could ride the clockwise loop (at dusk) in 48 minutes for the lap. This is the second time I've done the double loop. Yikes, I realize that for Transalp, I'd have to do 10 loops to equal a day in the saddle there. Long ways to go.
Tuesday November 16 Ride
28 Mile, 1.45 Hours Winter base miles/cadence ride. Tunnel Road, Pinehurst and Skyline. This is a standard ride for some of the Solano Boys (Brennon and crew) that have upgraded to cat 3's this year. Low tempo rides with fast descents. Good coffee and tea at the end. Perfect weather (still in shorts).
Monday, November 15, 2004
Sunday November 14
Piedmont Cycle Shop Ride. Up Tunnel Road, down Pinehurst, out to Walnut Creet, down to San Ramon, back Crow Creek Canyon, Redwood, and Up Pinehurst again. About 70 miles. Moderate tempo with some mixed run ups on the flat downhills. One chap cramped up and we broke up for an escort home. 4+ hours.
Thursday November 11
Rain Day Roller Ride. 10 Minute Warmup, 20 Minutes at 125 bpm +, 30 Minutes at 135-145 bpm, 10 minute warmdown.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10
50km 3.0 hr mountain bike ride from San Ramon to Berkeley. Light rain, mostly road ride, plus West Ridge of Redwood Park with muddy conditions. Tempo pace.
Tuesday, November 9
One hour roller ride. 10 Minute Warm Up. 20 minues @125+ heart beats per minute. 30 minutes @ 135+ hbpm
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Ganesh Chaturthi in Our Garden
The Lord of Success
The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.
The devotees of Ganesha are known as 'Ganapatyas', and the festival to celebrate and glorify him is called Ganesh Chaturthi.
Significance of the Ganesha Form
Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha's left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.
The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.
How Ganesha Got His Head
The story of the birth of this zoomorphic deity, as depicted in the Shiva Purana, goes like this: Once goddess Parvati, while bathing, created a boy out of the dirt of her body and assigned him the task of guarding the entrance to her bathroom. When Shiva, her husband returned, he was surprised to find a stranger denying him access, and struck off the boy's head in rage. Parvati broke down in utter grief and to soothe her, Shiva sent out his squad (gana) to fetch the head of any sleeping being who was facing the north. The company found a sleeping elephant and brought back its severed head, which was then attached to the body of the boy. Shiva restored its life and made him the leader (pati) of his troops. Hence his name 'Ganapati'. Shiva also bestowed a boon that people would worship him and invoke his name before undertaking any venture.
However, there's another less popular story of his origin, found in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana: Shiva asked Parvati to observe the punyaka vrata for a year to appease Vishnu in order to have a son. When a son was born to her, all the gods and goddesses assembled to rejoice on its birth. Lord Shani, the son of Surya (Sun-God), was also present but he refused to look at the infant. Perturbed at this behaviour, Parvati asked him the reason, and Shani replied that his looking at baby would harm the newborn. However, on Parvati's insistence when Shani eyed the baby, the child's head was severed instantly. All the gods started to bemoan, whereupon Vishnu hurried to the bank of river Pushpabhadra and brought back the head of a young elephant, and joined it to the baby's body,
Ganesha, the Destroyer of Pride
Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. "All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of their sectarian belief," says D N Singh in A Study of Hinduism. "He is both the beginning of the religion and the meeting ground for all Hindus."
Monday, November 08, 2004
Sunday November 7
First off season team ride with Jason and the folks from the Piedmont shop. Excellent sunny weather in the high 50s and low 60s. Mix of some quality cat I and II riders, plus trackies from Jamaica, and an odd Aussie, eastern european or two. Gentle pace up Tunnel road, then fast descents down Wildcat canyon. I still dunno what the new wheels/tires (and myself) can and can't do on the descents. I'm skittish. Then a roll north, a loop through the Three Bears with moderate climbing tempo, and then steady tempo up Pinehurst. Total of 50 miles in about 3 hours.
Saturday November 6 Ride
From the Bridge, out to Muir Beach and Stinson Beach, up and over. Good weather, no winds, first ride out on the new Richard Sachs. Easy tempo. 40 miles.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Wednesday 11/3/2004 Training
2.5 Hours on MTB. Up Tunnel Road to Redwood for one lap clockwise and one lap counter-clockwise on the Redwood offroad trails. Low 50s with light rain and lightening whipping up towards the end. Rode at tempo both ways.