Archive for January, 2012

Group on track

Today at Mountain View High three times 200m + 200m + 800m and 200m + 200m on top of it all. I was trailing the milers with 35 sec 200s and 2.22 800s. Actually a pretty good work out, for sale very different from what I’ve used to be doing.

Published in: Sports | on January 18th, 2012 | Comments Off

A really long one — and other sports news

Around 2.05 run with Jon and his two buddies in Rancho San Antonio. Now that was a long run. Difficult to say exact mileage as there was plenty of hills included. I ran first to the parking lot in a bit less than 20 mins, stuff then run with the guys checking at some point it was 1.20 and only then realizing I had reset the stopwatch when I joined the group. My legs took it however surprisingly well. Got the burning feeling in the final 20 mins home strech and had to slow down the pace.


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In other sports news 49ers played a huge game yesterday. As we have decided to go without cable I was listening to the game on the Bone. Unbelievable last 4 mins of ups and downs with an unforgettable finish.

There were also US marathon trials in Houston. Meb, unhealthy Hall and Abdi made the team. My old favorite Ritz was close fourth which in this system means you are out. This is how the standard media reports put it:

Dathan Ritzenheim, second to Hall in 2008, crumpled to his knees and cried as he finished fourth, 13 seconds behind Abdirahman.

Life comes down to a few moments and that must have been one of those for Ritz.

Rupp didn’t start. It is hard for me to take their comments that running a 2.09 marathon now and thus postponing 10k speed workouts a few months would have been somehow destructive for this Olympic plans in any distance. The Olympic runs are coming in August.

Published in: Sports | on January 15th, 2012 | Comments Off

2M on track in 10.16


Pretty good even paced run at Los Gatos All Comers. First mile went in around 5.07 if I got the time right. Got major pacing help from Jon. — Official time (?) tells Jon ran 10.14 and I came in second with 10.17. I wasn’t trailing him but one or two secs max and my own watch told me pretty much exact 10.16. They didn’t get us electronic times for some reason. Everybody from third place up did get one… go figure.

Published in: Sports | on January 14th, 2012 | Comments Off

Cooper & Vegas rave run …

Interesting runs over the last three days. First on Sunday a strong track test at Blach: Cooper 3600m, discount or in fact a few steps short. Arrived at 3.000m in 10.08 and then sprinted towards the end.

Yesterday landed in Las Vegas and had a “rave run” of sorts … from McCarran airport to LV Convention Center to pick up CES badge (done in less than 1hrs) and then to my hotel on the Strip. Packed everything, salve including my trusted Haglöfs backpack into the carry-on luggage and off I went. Too bad there are no pictures of this somewhat crazy run. The most difficult part was to find the way out from McCarran to Swenson St on foot … I may never do it again.

This morning woke up to picture the nice desert mountain skyline. Easy run to pick up some groceries and back.


Sunrise from my room’s window. The big tower on the right is Stratosphere — a legendary hotel where we stayed with Pablo back in 2000 on the way to Mexico.

Published in: Sports, Travels | on January 10th, 2012 | Comments Off

Porsche Cayenne Turbo — with CPO warranty

It’s been a while since I posted about cars. And It’s been even longer I posted about V8 cars. So here goes an update now that I have something to report.

When we moved to the US last August I had to of course get back to real cars with real engines. After checking Audi Q7 (overpriced, cialis underpowered, looks sloppy), Mercedes R series (huge but more American than German, not a real SUV) and calling after a few Mercedes GL series (overpriced) I settled with Porsche Cayenne Turbo, model year 2004. This car had it all and was an absolutely beast to drive. Twin turbo V8, 450hp stock, 0-100km/h in 5.3 secs, all possible options. Handling and acceleration like a sports car but still with all the comfort extras and even cargo space for a family. Jack of all trades. No comparison to the others.

The only controversial you can say about the car is how it looks. Cayenne’s nickname in the forums is P!g. To me this particular animal, with 20″ rims and shining black basalt paint, has looked good from the first sight. However, I have to say knowing what’s inside does affect how you look at it.

I test drove two cars and ended up choosing the one that had 10k more miles on the dash but came with an extended Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned warranty, or just CPO in short. This was the first time I bought a car with warranty. Turns out the choice to have a car with the factory warranty was absolutely the right one. Here’s a list of maintenance and repairs over the CPO period. My part starts from the 80K mile service up:

  • Replaced Air Suspension Compressor, Jan 2012 @ 92k miles
  • Replaced Lower Control Arms, Jan 2012
  • Replaced Passenger Side Mirror Motor, Jan 2012
  • Replaced Brake Booster Line and Valve, Dec 2011
  • Replaced Starter, Nov 2011
  • Replaced Remote Key, Sep 2011
  • Replaced Battery, Sep 2011
  • Performed 80K Mile Service (inc. Air Filter, Spark Plugs), Sep 2011
  • Replaced Drive Shaft, Apr 2011
  • Replaced Driver Side Headlight Assembly, Oct 2010
  • Replaced Coolant Hose, Oct 2010
  • Replaced DME Control Unit, Mar 2010
  • Replaced Dome Lamp, Jan 2010
  • Replaced Park Brake Shock, Jan 2010
  • Replaced Fuel Door Lock, Jan 2010
  • Replaced Aux Water Pump, Jan 2010
  • Replaced Coolant Pipes, Jan 2010 @ 76k miles

Pretty long list over two years and just over 15k miles! My experience with CPO has been excellent and prompt service. Everything has been replaced without questions (except for the air compressor that took three visits and a call to Porsche USA) and over repairing things I’ve reported they have found other issues and fixed them on the way. You get a free service loaner while the car is in for repairs, and when you pick up the car back it comes hand washed.

I have no information of major maintenance and repairs before the CPO period except what Carfax tells me. Interesting details include “engine serviced” in March 2007, “transmission checked” in March 2009 and several notes for “electrical” service.

The CPO coverage is now over. From now on I’m driving this beast on my own. The car does have mileage behind but the good thing is I know my car has been meticulously serviced, always at the dealership, and with original parts. It has no open issues. The fix list above goes pretty much through the known problems of early Cayennes.

Published in: Cars, Tech | on January 6th, 2012 | Comments Off