San Luis Rey Trail Bike Ride

Oceanside Bike Ride (Photo by Agnes Fernandez)

On Saturday, I did a short fun ride with some co-workers. The ride was about a 19 mile loop from Mance Buchanon park to Oceanside Harbor and back on the San Luis Rey River Trail.

The San Luis Rey River Trail is 7.2 miles between Neptune Way on the west end and the College Bridge on the west end. The trail follows the course of the San Luis Rey River and is mostly flat. It’s a local favorite among cyclists, walkers and inline skaters.

Afterwards, we had a little BBQ at one of my co-workers house where I spent most of my day eating and drinking with good company. It was a nice way to spend the day.

Sunday was more of the same as I did pretty much nothing except for watching The Masters on TV and then the new Captain America movie. Too bad the weekend had to end.

Rock n Roll San Francisco 2014

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I ran the Rock n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon this morning. A tough run with a lot of hills. It was totally worth it though as the course had some spectacular views along the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the video of the course below.

The run was also a great practice run for the upcoming La Jolla Half Marathon which also has some challenging hills.

Timing is Everything

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When it comes to photography, sometimes, timing is everything. The picture above is a great example. I was going for a walk at my favorite beach when I noticed the sunset. I wasn’t planning on taking a picture but then I noticed a flock of birds at a distance flying across the setting sun.

I immediately went digging in my coat pocket to grab my camera phone which I almost dropped. As I fumbled around with the phone to get to the camera app, I noticed the birds change direction and started flying towards me. When I finally got access to the camera, the birds were practically on top of me so i just pointed in the direction of the sun and shot several quick shots. I didn’t even bother to see if the camera had focused.

Lucky for me, I got one amazing photo out of it. My initial reaction when I first saw the picture on my phone was “Damn, I wish I had my DSLR with me.” After downloading the picture onto my computer and seeing it on a bigger screen, I was so glad that I had my phone with me to capture this exact moment. Even if I had planned on taking pictures that day with my DSLR and waited for a “money” shot, I don’t think I would’ve gotten this same picture.

The moral of the story? Sometimes, photo opportunities present themselves unexpectedly so you try to capture it as best you can with what you have. Sometimes you get lucky and capture a great shot.

Summer-Like Weekend

The weekend is coming to an end, and I must say, it felt like summer. Temperatures ranged from 70’s to 80’s without a cloud in the sky.

On Saturday morning, a few of my coworkers and I went to Miramar Lake to do a long run before next weekends Hot Chocolate Run in San Diego. Miramar Lake is a popular 5 mile loop for runners, cyclist and walkers. On weekends, this place is packed by 7:00am.

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We were all in different stages of our training so some of us ran more miles than others. Agnes and I completed a 13.1 mile training run. Afterwards, we hit a local Dim Sum restaurant which hit the spot.

Today was a day of recovery for me. With the weather being so nice, I knew the beaches were going to be packed so I avoided them at all cost. I pretty much vegged at my studio doing a little work and watching some television. I did however venture out to get some ice cream at one of my favorite places, Golden Spoon. It hit the spot. 🙂

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