Week of 6/13/16: Workouts, Graduation, Dipsea, changes in schedule late this week,

Hi folks,

Note: I will be out next weekend through Tuesday, 6/21.

A bit of an aside first:

Quite a weekend: Dipsea, I had to miss this year, but was privileged to attend a graduation at Stanford. This is the first time I’ve missed a Dipsea in ages – but that turned out to be a remarkable day! You attend a graduation at such a fine institution (and here I went to UCB) and you realize we have so many qualified youth eager to tackle all the dangers that threaten our planet.

Sandy and I were asked to attend the graduation of the son of our dear friends; he did graduate with distinction in Chemical Engineering. When we heard the brief bios of the Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. graduates we were humbled with the scope and goals of such talented young people. It is such a lift to hear their goals and their desire to make a difference with all the challenges that face our country,  planet, medicine and much more.

BUT it was the Commencement speech by KEN BURNS, the historian who gave us those wonderful documentary films such as the Civil War, The Roosevelts and many more, who then woke up the entire audience in the stadium with his blast of Trump. I haven’t heard so many adjectives used and such strong messages – and concern for the “danger within” in a long time. It’s certainly worth the download because it went viral immediately. Note, that the rest of his speech tied in the 125th year of Stanford and other historical themes in a wonderful manner.


Kevin makes podium after completing a difficult Alcatraz Swim: heavy swells and current.

DIPSEA 2016:  Just so you know, I did predict this year’s winner, Brian Pilcher, without having read a newspaper or checking the websites of the pundits! Sheer brilliance, I’m sure. I haven’t had time to look over the results yet, but did want to mention that Judi Shaffer, who has already made substantial improvements earlier this year, took off a chunk of time  on her Dipsea from 1:49 to 1:21:16 (661st) – and, for the first time, made Invitational. Way to go Judi! More from our workout groups who made Invitational: In 39th Kurt Ryan, 42 nd Liz Shortino, 44 Steven Katz,  from across the Bay in 111th Chris Dodge, 161st Kristin Von Eschen, 174th Jeri Howland, 189th Gayle Shimokaji,  194th, Bruce Benter, 273 Nick Wilton, 285 Dan Lee, 286 Leila Rezai, 293rd Kathleen Helmer, 345, Mfalcolm Fearon,  396th Florencia Gascon-Amyx, 398th Michelle Wilcox as did Abby Shannon Miller, the 8th grader who was working out with us at Hill Repeats; 475th Pam Jolliffe, 548th Jill Nickels 665 Eve Pell, 890 Lee Marshall (sprained ankle), 987 Tyson Underwood, 959 Carrie Basham. Also, Dennis, Kelly and Ann Charlton got through it as a family with almost no training!

6/14/16 TUESDAY 8:45 am. TEMPO. MV Bike Path; meet at “log cabin”. Those who raced Dipsea will do an easy recovery run; others will get in 3 repeats of .5, 1.5, 1.0 mile pickups separated by .5M easy between each pickup.

6/15/16 WEDNESDAY 8:15 am MADISON AV GYM WORKOUT with Kees at Warren’s (148 Madison Av).

6/16/16 THURSDAY 7:30 & 8:45 am Starts.  TRACK at COM. Shorter intervals day

A/B gps:  2 rounds: 2 x 200 (200), 3 x 400 (2′ / 2:30), 1 x 600 (200).

C gp:

Weekend of 6/18 – 6/19:  Easy 10M for those who ran Dipsea – a recovery weekend physically and mentally. Those building for the Fall events and summertime half marathons, get in 12 miles.



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