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    Monday, July 17, 2006

    Summer Fun

    Howdy Folks

    Many have been emailing me asking why I have not submitted any news lately. Well, I've been busy running and swimming.

    Since the beginning of June, I have been running the equivalent of a trail marathon every weekend. Most of my daily running is still barefoot; however, whenever I venture into the mountains for runs over 20 miles, I carry and/or wear my Vibram FiveFingers. They are life savers when running on terrain you are not familiar with. I have put over 500 hard miles on a pair, and the soles are still as good as new.


    Some highlights included running from my house along the top of the Verdugo Mountains to the Brand Library and back, around 31 miles.

    Running the last 25 miles of the Angeles Crest 100 course.

    Running from my house to the ocean on my birthday.

    Running 20 miles in the middle of the day from South Pasadena to my house in training for my crewing job for Luis Escobar at this year's Badwater Ultramarathon.

    I have also been swimming a lot.


    Last week, I swam more miles than ever in my life while camping at Hume Lake in the Sequoia National Park here in California. My goal of doing an Ironman as if it were 1890 is pushing me forward in my quest to become an accomplished long-distance swimmer, too.

    Spent last Sunday at our favorite beach in North Malibu: El Matador. Body surfing is glorious.

    So, I am still around and running and swimming up a storm.

    Best Regards, BFT

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