Natalia and Antun’s Visit to Maui

I was lucky enough to have Natalia and Antun visit me during their honeymoon trip to Hawaii. Antun suprised Natalia with this trip all the way from Zurich. Natalia and I are both students in the Instituto de Empresa’s Global Communities MBA program. Antun is also an alumnus of IE.

They stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, which is a killer spot. It’s right above DT Felming’s beach and is a great hotel, especially for couples looking to get away from screaming kids at the crazy playground pools of some of the resorts.

I’ve got to give Antun some serious credit for pulling this one off.

Congratulations you two!

Aloha Natalia… As you can see the view from the Ritz lobby balcony is killer.

Natalia and Antun… Lucky Guy!

Honolua Bay on a calm day

Honolua Bay can be a killer spot to snorkel on days like this.

You can see the Ritz in the distance.

What a cute couple

Natalia just can’t wait to see her man 😉
By the way… that is one nice looking truck.

Killer comb, if I do say so myself!

Napili Bay is one of my favorites.

Check out the Instituto de Empresa hat… This one belongs in a brochure for IE.

I couldn’t let Antun have all the fun for himself so I talked this pretty lady with the glasses into posing for a couple of pictures with me.

Life is good!

Ironman Lanzarote 2006

2.4 mile (3.9 km) swim, 112 mile (180 km) bike, 26.2 mile (42 km) run


That pretty much sums up how I feel about the race. It took me 13.5 hours to get it done and it feels really good to have accomplished it. Lanzarote is a beautiful place and it was really magical to experience it in a race. I want to thank everyone for all of their support in helping me get to and through the race. The few weeks I spent in Madrid and Granada before the race really helped keep me stay focused and relaxed. I met a lot of wonderful people… To tell you the truth the pressure of knowing that so many people were cheering for me helped. The thought of quitting never entered my mind.

I guess I should start from the beginning… Some of you may know that I spent a week and a half in Madrid prior to going to Lanzarote. Although it was difficult to find time to train it was a good break and forced me to taper. I spent a few days in my old stomping grounds of Granada doing some of my favorite rides in the world. Here are a couple pics from those days leading up to the race.

El Albayzin and La Alhambra

Beautiful Spanish Descent

Even Better… A Spanish Climb

Guejar Sierra (Right Outside of Granada)

I flew over to Lanzarote a few days before the race to settle in and enjoy the race experience. The white walled buildings of Lanzarote dot the volcanic countryside and make for a very serene environment. The entire island reminds me of the top of Haleakala on Maui. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Maui… Haleakala is the tallest mountain on Maui at 10,000 feet (3055 meters). It’s an inactive volcano and the top couple thousand feet is very mountainous volcanic terrain.

So, race day is upon us… May 20, 2006… Two years to the day of having ACL reconstructive surgery on my right knee.

0430 AM Race Morning

The swim went really well for me at 1 hour 11 minutes. The ocean was pretty rough but being from Maui I’m used to training in the surf. The two things that really threw me off about the swim where: it was really hard to spot anything in the distance on the way out so I felt like I was swimming a zigzag and I’m not used to swimming with a wetsuit. As a matter of fact it was only the third time I’d ever worn one!

I came out of the water feeling great and ready to jump on the bike and settle in for what I knew was going to be a long and hard ride. The race organizers were very concerned about the wind… As a matter of fact they extended the bike cut off time to accommodate for the brutal conditions. The wind was insane for the first few hours on the bike… If it wasn’t gusting from the side threatening to throw you off the road it was coming head on. The sound of the wind whipping through my helmet sums up how it felt. The wind on Maui is notoriously strong as well so I was used to the mental degradation of pedaling hard and not going anywhere, but it didn’t help keep my legs any more fresh.

A few hours into the bike, during one of the long climbs over the mountains to the North shore of the island, we passed a bunch of camels. It was a really weird thing to see and I was wondering if my blood sugar was low and I was just hallucinating. Lanzarote is famous for it’s camels so I’m sure I wasn’t just seeing things. From the look on my face in this photo you can guess that it was difficult.

I ate my bocadillo de jamon serrano y queso which tasted really good four hours into the bike. After that treat we were subjected to the last long and steep climb. The views from the road leading up it were spectacular. Here’s a photo from that same road a couple days earlier.

Two hours later I was coasting back into Puerto del Carmen to start the marathon at a time of 7 hours 10 minutes for the bike. Did I mention that I had never run a marathon before? My longest run up until the race was about fifteen miles (24 kilometers). Well, about the best I can say for the run is that I survived. I tried to conserve energy for the run but the bike course was so challenging that I didn’t have much left. I just settled into a pace and kept it steady. Here’s a couple photos of suffering.

A little less then five hours later I was done! I was able to run really strong the last few kilometers into the finish line. It felt so good to be finishing after such a long day. Here’s some photos of the finish.

Running in fast… Some people want to enjoy it… I wanted to be done.

13:32:26 (I’m Stoked!)

Stoked to be done 

My IT Bands were really hurting my knees after the run. I think it was a combo of the climbing and such a long run. I was able to shuffle to a bar right at the edge of the finish and enjoy a couple of cold cervesas.

Drinking a beer… showing off my medal

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible.

Welcome to My Blog

Hello Blogosphere,

Thank for taking the time to stop by… I’m starting this blog to share some of my thoughts and experiences with technology, business and adventure.

I intend to post information about technical issues I’ve encountered developing software for the web using a variety of technologies. Most of what I will have to add are in the areas of Java, Oracle, ColdFusion, PHP and MySQL.

I’ve also been involved with a few entrepreneurial business ventures and am working towards my MBA at the Instituto de Empresa. I’ll try to add some thoughts about what I’ve learned along the way in addition to developing some things I’d like to do in the future.

I’m an avid athlete and love a great adventure. I’m currently training for the Ironman Lanzarote on May 20th. It will be my first Ironman distance triathlon so I’m excited to see what it’s like. I did a solo 200km (124mile) ride last weekend, which felt really good, so I’m feeling positive about finishing. I also love ocean and mountain sports like surfing, kite surfing, climbing rock and ice… The list goes on and on. I have some pretty well developed philosophies about these that I’ll try to share.

Most of all I’m excited to get feedback on all of these topics as I further develop my own thoughts. So please feel free to comment on my posts; I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Let’s get this thing started.