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Coffee for you

by flyingbeagle

Christopher McDougall is the person to be blame for my months of disappearance from blogging.

His book slapped me off my horse like New Testament’s Saul (before became Paul) being confronted by God.

For you who doesn’t know McDougall, he is the author of National Bestseller book ” BORN TO RUN”

Born To Run - Christopher Mc Dougall

Chrisptopher McDougall also talk in TEDTALK forum.

I knew I have to do something but was blinded for months looking for an answer about running, which lead me to bought this

Mizuno Universe 4

Mizuno Universe 4 is my first pair of racing flats, bought it from Ebay. The flame pattern on the shoes blinded my eyes again, before I realised what happened, I saw the sentence “Thank you for your purchase” displayed on my monitor.

My last run before I bought this shoes was during my secondary school, so now you know how fit I was.

I started training and reading more about proper running form which lead me to these book:

Eat and Run Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek’s “EAT & RUN,” Adharanand Finn – Running with the Kenyans” and a random Barefoot running book I found in the library.

Scott Jurek is one of the main character in McDougall book. Scott talking about his life as legendary ultra marathoner and his special vegan recipes. Highly recommended.

As we all know, SALE season is coming, and look who is the new sidekick for my Mizuno Universe 4?

Mizuno Universe 4 Brooks Pureconnect

It’s BROOKS PURECONNECT. Found it on sale at SGD 69. Why another orange you might asked? That is for another story.

I was using NIKE plus app inside iPod nano to measure my running distance, but then later on found it to be not so accurate, which lead me to this:

Nike Watch GPS Tomtom

It’s NIKE GPS watch designed by TOMTOM. The watch is easy to use but lacked of waterproof feature (only limited to light rain)

I began clocking more and more mileage. My favourite distance is 10K which quite comfortable to accomplished daily.

McDougall’s book opened the door for barefoot running and the more I studied it, the more I am convinced that it is the better way to exercise.

I have been injury free since the first day I ran and intended to keep it that way. Light soreness after run is common which usually gone the next day.

This new interest also leads me to know more book author with the same passion. Haruki Murakami is one of them.

Haruki Murakami Barefoot Running

Currently I am reading his book, “WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING.” I have just finished with Jason Robillard – THE BAREFOOT RUNNING BOOK. Jason explained more on technical and training aspect of running barefoot.

Barefoot running is not a form that we can adopt instantly if we been using shoes almost everyday, and his book helps with the transition.

I will update you guys again after my big run at Standard Chartered Run next week.

Now, I got a serious training to do, thanks McDougall.

by flyingbeagle

 

Point Bonita Lighthouse, the third lighthouse on the West Coast was built upon a high ridge 300 feet above the water, there were soon complaints that thick fog frequently obscured the light beam.

A new site at a lower elevation was chosen nearby at the tip of Point Bonita.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Top View


Point Bonita view from above the cliff

 

Unstable rock made construction of a hand-hewn tunnel and trail to the site challenging

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tunnel Entrance


Tunnel Entrance. Don’t bother using umbrella during the storm. You might flew with it to Alcatraz.

 

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tunnel Exit


Tunnel Exit. My lens still wet from the rainstorm.

 

Before building a new lighthouse, access to the point had to be improved. In 1876, Chinese workmen, responsible for the Sierra tunnels of the Transcontinental Railroad, were brought in to dig a 118-foot tunnel through the rock that had previously resisted cutting.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Sliced Rock Moss


Sliced rock now covered with moss

 

The tunnel allowed a railway to be extended from the landing platform west to the area where the keepers resided. Around this time, additional accommodations were built for the keepers next to the original dwelling.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tunnel Bridges


Majestic Point Bonita Lighthouse.

 

The Point Bonita Lighthouse could be accessed by foot until 1940, when erosion cut a gap in the trail near the lighthouse.

A breeches buoy was temporarily set up to permit access to the lighthouse until a wooden causeway was built.

In 1954, the suspension bridge, which appropriately mirrors the style of the Golden Gate Bridge, was built over the chasm.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Suspension Bridge


The slippery suspension bridge, and yes. Still in rainstorm.

 

After a Federal Highway Administration report concluded that the rusting bridge posed a danger to the visiting public, it was closed in 2010.

Work on a new suspension bridge of a similar design began in September 2011, and the new bridge allowed public access to the lighthouse to resume in April 2012.

The price tag for the work, which was built by Flatiron West of Benicia, was around $1 million

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tower


The Light that saves.

 

For over 150 years, Point Bonita Lighthouse has aided ships navigating the treacherous waters of the Golden Gate. Its welcome beacon continues to greet both mariners and lighthouse visitors alike.

Point Bonita Times Newspaper

 

 

Point Bonita Lighthouse Window Interior


View from window inside. Still wet.

 

There have been three light signatures at Point Bonita. The first light shone steady, but later a mechanical eclipser was installed to produce an occulting light with a signature of 25 seconds on, 5 seconds off. Currently the light flashes once every three seconds.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tower Metal Hatch


The hatch that we all tempted to open.

 

Point Bonita today is part of the largest urban national park in the United States, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A secret jewel of the Bay Area, Point Bonita is still an active lighthouse.

The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse and the National Park Service provides access to visitors.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Panorama


The glorious lighthouse. Storm has passed. Click to enlarge. It’s beautiful.

 

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by flyingbeagle