>Kirland and last WA races.

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We are now in Los Angeles. The only thing nice that I have to say about it… well we are leaving in 3 days. I can’t wait to a) get out of here b) go to Hawai’i. We drove for 3 days straight to get here, have been busting our butt at work and tomorrow I get to race the LA Tri.

This is from the sprint in Kirkland a couple of weeks ago. I was laughing with my new friend Cody. He used to be stationed on O’ahu so we got to talk about Hawai’i while racing. I think that it made me faster, but he still beat me. I like talking to people while racing. Sometimes they like it too.

The following week, I ran a half marathon. Here is the only (bad) picture that they took of me. I think that every race should have plenty of photographers and a coffee truck. I don’t drink coffee, but they make a killing at every race where they show up.
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>Almost over.

>I leave for Hawai’i in two days. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that I have been in New Zealand for 3 1/2 months. I can’t believe that I have done so much here.

Another amazing day.

I can’t believe that I got a job. Everyting in the news is about how bad the economy is. Everyone is being laid off. People can’t keep their homes. Obama is having trouble getting his economic stimulus package passed. I am having a great time. I have had an endless summer since… February 2008 when I was in South America. Looks like that will continue until November 2009.

 I no longer have to beg for rides with strangers.

I have learned lots of Kiwi slang. I have tested my outdoor gear in all kinds of conditions. I can survive with the gear on my back for about a week. I want very little and need even less. That being said, I love coffee shops that offer free wireless internet. I enjoy Starbucks, but not as much as Rachel. I found a new passion, fly fishing. I have amazing friends all over the world. I enjoy reading other people’s blogs. The more I think that I know, the more I realize that I know nothing.

 I had a lot of fun learning about NZ wines.

My life is great when I eat a lot. Traveling has made me appreciate good food. If you can’t laugh at yourself, life will be miserable.

 
Good food and good friends.

I have been traveling for over a year, but I don’t feel like it is coming to an end. I have learned that I love the beach and the ocean. It is difficult to swim with seals, but easy to outrun them on land. Going home to Kona will be my first vacation in a while. I watched “Into the Wild” and “Slumdog Millionaire” recently. I liked them both. SM imressed me more, but one thing that I remember from ITW:

HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED.

>random random random

>This is a post by the Larimer County Sheriff. He doesn’t like cyclists. He especially doesn’t like cyclists from Boulder County. Yesterday, I got to grab coffee with Mark. We went to The Laughing Goat which might be our new favorite coffee hang out. They do latté art. It was quite impressive and the staff was very friendly. On my way home, I saw some prairie dogs that were too cute not to take pictures of them.
American Airlines now charges $15 for your first checked bag. So I guess everyone will be stuffing their carry on luggage as full as possible. The future of air travel does not look very bright. I suppose that makes it a pretty good time to settle down.
No, the tornadoes did not come near Boulder. I did not see them, nor am I inclined to try and see them. Good luck to Ryan doing Ironman Lanzarote right now. He started the race with a blistering 57 minute swim. Continued biking for 7:15, now he is on the run.