it’s getting hot in hurr

Santa Barbara bouldering poster boy, and fellow Owl Tor aficionado, Brian Spiering peeped these photos of our area’s iconic bouldering locale, West Camino Cielo, up in flames last night. At about 6:00 yesterday evening things got bright up in the hills behind our domiciles, prompting Brian’s and my neighborhood to be on alert for evacuation. We were spared those orders by about 4 blocks but tonight could be spicier. I hate to see forest burn, though I’m aware this is healthy and necessary to our preserved lands. Brian is way more pumped. With the foliage out of the way he’s expecting this to open up some new crags. We shall see.

photos courtesy Brian Spiering, Amerian Riviera Bouldering

first wood

Andy and Andree met me at the Shed for early morning campusing. Felt OK. I was focused mostly on a couple moves I’d not done in a while so put on hold the highish volume I’d been doing lately, although the session did last about 2 hours. Two-finger work was definately on the agenda – did some strong hangs on the round/flats and tried catching some 2-1 drops on the incuts. The drops felt good, thought I might have been able to catch it once or twice but came up barely short. On the bigs, I did 1-5-6 left hand and caught the 5-1 drop left hand. I had some quality pulls this morning, I think this session was productive.

I don’t know which is worse

I will never try to put up a Yosemite speed record. That’s right, everyone out there who was nervous can relax. But that’s not to say such feats aren’t rad. Being a friend of mine, I can attest that Hans Florine is in fact rad. So I was psyched to hear he and Yuji had made a bid for another speed record on the Nose. And in usual Climbing Magazine fashion, this report sucks:

Florine-Hirayama Nearly Regain Nose Record climbing.com – June 29, 2008

Eclipsed only by this article’s suckiness:

On Speed in Yosemite: Catching up to the Hubers (yeah, that’s really the title) UKclimbing.com – June 29, 2008

first water

Fred Hatfield would be proud. Well, that’s probably saying too much. But morning workouts are my thing now. Today I swam in the UCSB short course. It’s the kiddy pool, sure, but I’m working hard (seriously) and feel my day at the big boy pool is close. Sundays are the exception. The fish that show up for mid-week morning swims are fast. They don’t show up at 11:00 on Sunday. That’s when I do long course work. My day is coming though. Today saw my 100m times around 1:15. I’m not going to say that’s not bad. But it’s not horrendous. The super motivating thing about the UCSB pool is there’s always a population of strong swimmers there, at least in the morning, and the two pools are about 30′ apart. And most mornings there’s a team taking up most of the long course lanes, which is good and bad. The good part is I get to see their work outs. The bad part is they make me feel like a wanker.

the numbers:

  • 300m free
  • 10 x 100m free @ 3:00
    • OK, 3:00 is a lot of rest. My focus here though, is to be fast. I believe fast sets promote good technique. When learning (or re-learning) strokes, or developing technique in general, I believe a swimmer needs to feel fast water, and feel all the tiny adjustments that reduce drag and stretch out a stroke.
    • 100m times here were between 1:15 – 1:20.
  • 100m fly drill 
  • 100m free kick
  • 100m free/fly kick w/ short fins, alternating