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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It was a whirlwind weekend, largely because I spent much of it on an airplane.  So since the weekend technically extends till Monday here in France, I’m going to go the other direction and encapsulate the end of last week instead. I’m treating it as my weekend…mostly because it was more interesting than sitting on a plane for many hours.

1) Riding around San Diego

While in San Diego I rented a bike to sneak in a ride.  I should preface that had I realized I’d have been there a week, I would have likely rented a bike earlier to use more often.  But initially we were only planning on being there a few days, but after the first few days we ended up changing our tickets to add four additional days.  Woot!

In any case, I headed out for a single ride by creating a loop through some areas of town I wanted to see.  Most notably Mission Bay, up to La Jolla, and then back down along the coast and through Point Loma.  I was somewhat time limited on the ride, so it’s what I came up with.

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The route was great though, and I got to check out some pretty sweet areas of San Diego.

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From the tech side, I was using the Stages Dash (in beta), Edge 820, Suunto Spartan Wrist HR, and Fitbit Alta HR.  As usual, also using my PowerTap P1 pedals.  Plus I’m sure other stuff I’m forgetting…oh, like the GoPro Hero5 Black for this photo.  I realize I often forget to include the tech details of what I use, so…there ya have it.

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Of course, there’s tons of great riding elsewhere in the San Diego area, but for someone staying downtown who didn’t really want to drive elsewhere first, this worked out great.

2) Out to the ball game!

After the ride, I quickly cleaned up and headed out with The Peanut and The Girl to catch a baseball game watching the San Diego Padres.  I grew up in a huge baseball family, and we often caught games as kids (growing up in Seattle).

One of my favorite parts though of going to a baseball game is actually exploring the stadiums and seeing the game from different spots.  This is especially true of newer stadiums, like Safeco Field in Seattle and Petco Park in San Diego.  Both offer lots of interesting and unique perspectives that you can usually wander freely to.  For example bars and restaurants on the edge of the field.

That’s especially true of San Diego which has a gigantic grassed hill beyond the center field wall that folks can hang out on.  It was packed with families like ours – enabling the little ones to wander around while we still watch the game (or eat pulled pork BBQ sandwiches).

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After that, we headed up to the higher upper decks to find some empty seats and watch from there.

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In thinking about it, we never went to our actual seats, though, given how cheap they were – it didn’t much matter. All the other places I was able to watch the game from were likely better.

3) Some new camera gear

As is usually the case, I pick up a few pieces of new gear while in the US.  One thing I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while is a new secondary camera for unboxing videos.  I use my Nikon D500 DX as my primary camera, shooting in 4K (oh, here’s all my camera gear).  But then I use a ceiling mounted small mirror-less camera for the close-up unboxing shots.  That works well enough, but the camera is probably 4-5 years old and doesn’t shoot 4K.  That means that while I have been exporting in 4K, the upper cam shots have been 1080p.

Since that upper mounted camera doesn’t really need to be all that fancy, I just went with this 4K capable unit from Panasonic, the G7.  It’s actually well-liked by many on YouTube for vlogging, and indeed works great (and was $100 cheaper last week when I bought it).  I used it a bit in San Diego as a still camera as well as a few quick test videos before throwing away the packaging. Good stuff.

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I also bought the El Grande pole from GoPro after seeing that Abe had used it in conjunction with the Karma Grip gimbal. One of the challenges with most extenders/sticks is the lack of strength to hold a gimbal (especially a beast like the Karma Grip), so this solves that issue nicely.

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Oh and finally, I also got this. Because…everyone likes smooth moves and my previous smooth move generator was crap.

4) Bike shops in airports

We spent all day Saturday, and a fair chunk of Sunday getting back to France from the states.  Despite how many times I’ve transited San Francisco International Airport over the last few years, I’ve never once passed ‘San Francycle’, a cycling apparel shop within the terminal.  It’s in the newer/renovated section that United occupies (all of my flights via SFO have been on United), but for whatever reason almost all of my flights have been in and out of the international as well as older domestic portion.  Go figure.

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In any case, since we had a fairly long layover (even before the delays), we spent some time in there.  When all was said and done each of us (me, The Girl, and The Peanut) had a new cycling t-shirt.  The Peanut plans to debut hers during her cycling trip this June in the Netherlands (more on that in the most recent newsletter that you should sign-up for).

 

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Still, as I commented on Twitter, I can’t seem to find any shops that carry cool t-shirts and stuff for running. Aside from the 89 variants of ‘If I’ve collapsed, someone pause my Garmin’, there’s virtually nothing out there like these in the running realm. Sad smile

After our purchases we spent time just…well…burning time.  Lots and lots of time.

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And then eventually, a dozen+ hours later we landed in rainy France on election day.

5) Birthday parties

After a quick shuttle ride home we ditched the mountain of luggage and were back out the door in under 10 minutes.  Off to a birthday party that we were most definitely late for (due to our delayed departure in San Francisco).  It was a 1st birthday party for one of our (and The Peanut’s friends).

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I don’t remember much from the party.  With only 20-30 minutes of sleep on the flight, I was a bit foggy.  Though, I remember eating some cake that was good. So…woot!

With that – thanks for reading, and have a great week ahead!

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21 Comments

  1. smoothie

    How’d you like the Spec Roubaix?

  2. Seems like you really enjoyed San Diego. Maybe you weren’t fake shopping (for a winter home base) after all???

  3. Tyler

    Thoughts on why there are not many cool running shirts:
    * running isn’t a gear-heavy sport
    * the running community isn’t as focused on a unified image and culture as bikers
    * most runners are either painfully serious, or color run goofy; not many in the work hard in competition and drink beers and play guitar around the event after crowd
    * running doesn’t require as much travel as biking
    * the bicycle is a universal icon that lends itself to graphical manipulation/anthropomorphization
    * it’s funny to see animals depicted on bicycles; running T-Rex just doesn’t have the same visual punch
    * runners are too practical to spend much money on their sport

    Exceptions to some of my cultural statements are ultra trail runners.
    Similar laid back culture to gravel bikers.

  4. Love all the running and cycling reviews.

    Would you be up to do baby product reviews with Peanut? Would love to get you, the Girl and Peanut’s feedback and insight on our Japanese baby development toys. Our community of parents need honest straight forward reviews like the ones you do for endurance sports. Most baby bloggers and product reviews are all swayed and writing for the wrong reason.

    • Hi Rudy-

      Over time we’ll likely do some sport-specific reviews related to The Peanut. Things like running strollers or such. But probably not stuff beyond that. Sorry!

  5. @ Ray: I’ve noticed you’ve been wearing the Suunto HR a lot, are you planning an update to your hands-on review from January or did this actually take over as your daily watch from Fenix 5?

  6. heado

    Hello Ray,

    Today garmin announced the Quatix 5. link to newsroom.garmin.com

    seems to be a fenix 5 with sailing / fishing / boating functions. (all the specs are available via garmin website : link to buy.garmin.com

    Do you have more information ? as a triathlete AND a sailor (regatta) that might be quite interesting for me ..

    two question :

    will the f5 have the “sailing” function ? So why not directly buy the f5 because i’m only interested by the sailing and triathlon functions.

    or

    Will the quatix 5 get a triathlon function ( since it has already all the cycling / swimming / running app but no words about triathlon) ? the US website do not precise if there is a TRI mode but the french website of Garmin indicate a TRI function. If yes i will go for this one (same price but sailing function in addition)

    Thanks in advance and have a great day.

    and hello from france !

  7. Mike S.

    I know exactly where that spot is in the photo with your bike overlooking the beach! You timed it well. It’s been pretty cool and rainy the last week or so.

    Hopefully next time you’re in town you can have a meet and greet!

  8. Kevin

    You definitely took the hard route for that loop. Passed within a mile of where I live, so I know those roads well.

  9. Nick

    Hey Ray,

    Great pics!! I’m heading out to SD in a couple of months, do you mind sharing where you went to rent the bike?

    Thanks,

    Nick

    • Yup, I rented from UC Cyclery: http://www.uccyclery.com

      I’m sure there are closer places to downtown San Diego. We were visiting friends that lived next door to this shopping plaza and happened to go to dinner one night at a restaurant directly next to the bike shop. On a whim I walked in and asked about rentals and they had some and availability. They were great though, very thorough. But if staying downtown I’d probably have saved time going back/forth by finding something closer.

    • Nick

      Great, thanks Ray!