One of my meetups had an "advanced beginner" ride at a nice local park, Rancho San Vincente. I was a little leery about "advanced" in the title but I'd hiked the trail previously and it seemed nontechnical. I have zero technical skills off road. No rockhopping or stumpjumping for me. I talked to the leader … Continue reading The Old Guy Goes Mountain Biking!
My meetup group and I went to this nice local open space for a hike. I think it literally translates as "ravine of gold", I don't know where that name came from. But the scenery was sure golden. I led this hike so was a little nervous because I hadn't been there in a while … Continue reading A Beautiful Day at Rancho Canada Del Oro
Last Saturday I hiked 7 miles with about 1400 ft elevation gain with my meetup group at Almaden-Quicksilver county park. We were treated to a nice winter day, cool and sunny. Ruins of an ore elevator and elevated mine railway. The Almaden quicksilver mine in New Almaden, Ca, was important for mining mercury used in … Continue reading Checking Out The Scenery and Mining History on a Nice Day
As I mentioned in my previous post there is some fascinating and useful information in Dr. Michael Greger's book How Not To Diet on the relation between what and how we eat and prediabetes. This topic is important to me because a good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with prediabetes, and has been making … Continue reading Nutrition and Prediabetes
I have mixed feelings about New Year's resolutions. I think it's a great idea to take stock and think about what's working and what's not, and what we could change to make our lives better. But the stereotypical approach is too drastic- start another diet, or restart the last one but "try harder" this time, … Continue reading Appropriate For Starting Off The New Year- “How Not To Diet”
I'm fully rehabbed from my shoulder injury. I had my last follow-up with my Doc, he was quite pleased. We did have an amusing misunderstanding. I asked him about limitations, like "can I do paddlesports"? He misheard me and said "Battlesports? You mean like American Gladiator or something? No, that's not a good idea." Not … Continue reading Back to working on the upper bod
There was a break in between rainstorms and we got a partly sunny day for a hike in Santa Teresa County park in San Jose. with my meetup group. I like going to that park because I can get there in a little under 30 minutes on my bike if I use heavy electric assist, … Continue reading Fast Bike Ride Plus Five Mile Jaunt in Santa Teresa Park
I am a guy who tries to stay healthy and writes about it. But I also have a sweet tooth which can be my downfall. I can eat healthy all day but then have to fight off cravings for snacks at bay after dinner. Overall I do a pretty good job with this fight, but … Continue reading Getting Stricter About Sugar…
Castle Rock is one of the many beautiful parks and open-space preserves that lie along Skyline boulevard, which runs near the summit of the Santa Cruz mountains west of the Bay area. It has also been called "swiss cheese state park" because of the distinctive rock formations. Recently I enjoyed a hike there with my … Continue reading A Nice Hike at Castle Rock State Park
A recent study shows that a high calcium score, which indicates high level of calcification of coronary arteries, may be benign for endurance athletes . A high calcium score was found to be more prevalent among very active men, but there was no indication of increased mortality risk. A high calcium score corresponds with increased … Continue reading More Evidence on “Too Much of a Good Thing”: High Calcium Score OK for Endurance Athletes?