Oct 6, 2010

Wow!  It's been a long time since I've added anything here.  We haven't been biking all that much.  I've been on a few road rides and we've been out with Sierra in the trailer a few times.  But, we spend a lot more of our free time playing tennis. If you look at Sierra's pages, you can see that she's starting to play tennis now too.  Since last year, Kimi's 4.0 ladies' team went to districts where, unfortunately, they lost.  Our Mixed 4.0 team went to districts as well, and lost.  Kimi finished her Women's 4.0 league at 12-5.  We'll see if she gets bumped up.  I finished my 4.0 Men's season at 6-1.  Since I played so few matches and played so horribly last year, I don't think I will get bumped up.

But, I did get out today to practice serves.  My motion is getting better, but still need some work - getting rid of that huge step in the beginning, getting my hips and shoulders open more and getting complete pronation.

This first one is my favorite.  If you listen closely, you can hear the ball hit the post on the back fence - kinda like ringing a bell.

May 10, 2009

Today, we took Sierra out for the first time in the bike trailer, a Chariot Cougar 1.  You can see a few pics of her in her Spring Gallery.  We rode from the house out to the San Tomas Aquino Bike Trail and out to the Sunnyvale Baylands Park.  We played on the swing for a little while and returned.  It was great!  And, it will be even better when the next legs of the bike trail are open, which should be soon.  We'll have to find a better helmet for Sierra (one that fits in the bike trailer better).  But, other than that, it was a great 90 minute outing with the family.  I can't believe I'm actually finding a good use for my old mountain bike that's been sitting around for many years.  Now that I know that I can't go very fast on flat ground (it's kind of like pulling a parachute), we'll have to see just how hard it is to climb a hill.  Kimi is enjoying the relaxed pace these days.


Jan 31, 2009

Ray, Shirley, Kimi, Sierra and I went to South Lake Tahoe for the weekend.  The grandparents baby sat while Kimi and I got a day of skiing in at Heavenly.  It was a beautiful sunny day with no fresh snow.  So, I decided it would be a good day to try to get accustomed to my new snowboard that Kimi got me for Christmas.  It's FUN!!!  The video makes it look like it is no work at all.  In fact, it is WAY more work than skiing.  Those turns put a very big load on the quads, glutes, etc...  Anyway, we need to work on the video productions.  I didn't know where Kimi was filming from and made my best turns up top where she couldn't see me.  Oh well.  I'm happy that Kimi got any video at all.  It's clear to me now that I NEED TO GO FASTER!!!


Sept 1, 2008

Kimi and I won our first 4.0 mixed tournament today at Fremont Tennis Center!!!  I've spent the last 2 years working hard trying to get to a level where I could play at Kimi's level.  Today, all that work paid off - BIG!  Hopefully, it won't be long before we add to our winnings.

 NTRP Mixed 4.0 Doubles - Final Rounds  
1   Carrie Bell (1)  
Philip Stromer
Santa Clara, CA 
San Jose, CA 
2   Bye  
3   Steve Sato  
Kimi Sato  
Santa Clara, CA 
Santa Clara, CA 
Sun 8/31 2:30 PM FTC  
4   Kirstin E. Kolpitcke  
Duc G. Nguyen  
Sacramento, CA 
El Dorado Hills, CA 
5   Joelle Miller  
Inna Obolsky  
Hayward, CA 
San Jose, CA 
Sun 8/31 2:30 PM FTC  
6   Angela M. Smith  
Brian A. Turner  
Oakland, CA 
Oakland, CA 
7   Mari K. Anderson  
Datta S. Khalsa  
Santa Cruz, CA 
Soquel, CA 
Sun 8/31 2:30 PM FTC  
8   Madeline P. Blackwell (2)  
Nelson C. Lalata
Salinas, CA 
Salinas, CA 
 Bell - Stromer (1)  
Sun 8/31 5:30 PM FTC  
 Sato - Sato  
 2-6; 6-3; 6-3 
 Miller - Obolsky  
 7-6(8); 6-2; 6-2 
Sun 8/31 5:30 PM FTC  
 Blackwell - Lalata (2)  
 6-4; 6-3 
 Sato - Sato  
 6-3; 6-7; 6-3 
 Mon 9/1 3:00 PM FTC   Sato - Sato
   7-5; 3-6; 6-2 
 Miller - Obolsky  
 6-4; 1-6; 6-1 


July 26, 2008

Kimi and I played the Santa Clara University Bronco doubles tournament.  Randy got a new lens for his camera and wanted to practice taking some pictures.  Thanks for the pictures, Randy!!!  Now, I know what to work on next!  Oh... Kimi and I finished 3rd.



July. 7, 2008

I completed Kimi's road bike upgrade.  The finished weight is 14 lbs. 7 oz as shown, including cages and computer (6.57kg).  Yes, it's too light to ride in the pro peloton.  I think we're done, at least for a little while.  Isn't it pretty?  It's even prettier when Kimi is riding it.



  1. Frame/Fork:  2006 Giant TCR Advanced
  2. Wheels:  American Classic Sprint 350 w/ Sapim spokes
  3. Crank: Stronglight Pulsion Compact 34/50
  4. Bottom Bracket: KCNC ISIS Ti
  5. Pedals: Time RSX
  6. Bars: Modolo Curvissima
  7. Stem: FSA OS-99
  8. Levers: Campy Chorus
  9. Front Derailleur: Campy Record Carbon Compact
  10. Rear Derailleur: Campy Chorus
  11. Cassette: Campy Record 13-29
  12. Chain: Campy Chorus
  13. Brakes: Zero Gravity Ti
  14. Seat: Selle San Marco Aspide Glamour
  15. Seat Post: Use Alien
  16. Tires: Continental GP-4000 (they're a little tight on the AC wheels)
  17. Tubes: Performance Lunar Light
  18. Cages: Performance Forte
  19. Skewers: Bold Precision Ti


Jan. 2, 2008

Well, the biking books on 2007 are now closed.  It turned out to be pretty lazy biking year for me.  I guess I spent too much time playing tennis  In total, I rode my road bike only 90 hours.  Back in 2004, I put 205 hours on my road bike.  2007 was the worst (by this measure) year I've had on the bike since I started road biking in 2001.  I climbed only 116,000 feet and covered only 1276 miles.  On the bright side, I set my fastest time up Montebello road this last summer at 36:05, beating my previous best by 40 seconds.  I guess this is due to the fact that I'm also the lightest I've been in many years.  My normal summer weight has been 156-158 lbs.  This summer, I was consistently around 151.  Unfortunately, I did not set new personal bests up my other benchmark climbs.  My best effort up Metcalf this summer was 14:47, while my PB is 14:32 in 2005.  My best effort up Hassler this summer was 6:05, while I did 5:56 in '06 and '05.


October 16, 2007

Kimi and I just got back from a week at the Palm Springs Tennis Club http://palmspringstennisclub.net/ .  The people at the club are super nice, the food at Spencer's is great (especially the appetizers).  And, most of all, the tennis director, Glenn, is awesome.  Not only is he a great player (top ranked USTA 45 player in the country at this time - http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/players/activity.asp?player=100008927 ), he's a really nice guy and a great teacher.  We took 4 hours of lessons from Glenn, used the ball machines a lot, and played some doubles.  The people at the tennis desk (Pam, Mario, and Jo Jo) are great because they arrange all the matches for guests and members.  Our typical day consisted of tennis until noon or so, lunch by the pool, nap by the pool, ball machine in the afternoon followed by more tennis, and a nice dinner in the evening.

We enjoyed the food at a few other places as well, Shanghai Red's and Melvyn's in particular.  Since we didn't have a car, as the week rolled on, we ate more and more often at Spencer's since it is on-site.  Next time, we'll try Citron as well.  I had a great lunch (Sopes de Carnitas) at Mariposa.  But, it was so heavy that it took me 3 days to digest it.

We also received our anniversary present to ourselves yesterday.  We were spending a lot of money getting our racquets restrung.  Now, we can start doing it ourselves.  It should pay for itself in less than 2 years.


September 5, 2007

Kimi received her trophy for the tournament she won (see below).


June 18, 2007

Kimi played her first singles tennis tournament today.  she WON!!!.  Unfortunately, she didn't have the opportunity to play the first match because her opponent didn't show up for the match.  But, she won the second match.  And, the woman that she beat went on the beat the woman that didn't show up for Kimi's first match.  So, it was a wonderful day and a wonderful accomplishment.  A picture of her trophy will follow.

   NTRP Women's 4.0 Singles back to top 
  RR Kimi Sato d. Kimberlee Allen Def (pe)
  RR Kimi Sato d. Shari Kakiuchi 6-2; 7-6(5)
  RR Shari Kakiuchi d. Kimberlee Allen 6-4; 5-7; 7-6(5)

Jan 8, 2007

Another ski weekend at Kirkwood for Kimi and I.  In spite of the 12-18" of snow that fell on Thursday, the conditions weren't great on Saturday.  Friday brought 80 mph NE winds, which scoured all the slopes of snow.  But, the weather was nice and sunny and the winds were gone by Saturday.  So, we had a great time anyway.  I was totally excited to try my new Nordica Blower skis that my wonderful wife got me for Christmas.  Being FAT (139-110-129) powder skis, the conditions weren't great for the maiden voyage.  But it was great for testing them in conditions for which they were NOT specifically designed.  The conclusion?  They ROCK!!!

This weekend was also our first opportunity to test out the new camcorder that my brother and sister-in-law got us for Christmas.  It was a wonderfully generous gift from them and perfectly timed.  After using the helmet cam a few times, I found that it was great for some things, but difficult for others.  Kimi and I discussed the idea of getting a camcorder the day before Randy and Ronna gave it to us.  So, Thanks to Randy and Ronna!!!

The results of the above two first runs can be seen here.  Kimi and Steve Skiing Kirkwood

Jan. 3, 2007

Well, the biking books on 2006 are closed.  It turned out to be about average for me.  In total, I rode my road bike 154 hours.  My mountain bike only got 14 hours.  Back in 2004, I put 205 hours on my road bike.  So, 2006 was a little short.  But, it was not my worst year either.  I climbed 195,000 feet in those 154 hours, covering 2034 miles and burning 101,490 calories.  With the standard conversion rate of 3000 calories per pound of fat, I avoided gaining almost 34 pounds of fat - or, about 46 16 ounce bags of Reduced Fat Ruffles potato chips.



Dec. 22, 2006

Since Thursday brought a good storm in, Kimi, DP, and I decided to head up to Kirkwood Friday.  We were blessed with 18" of fresh powder and (almost) blue skies.  Unfortunately, the winds over the ridge were too strong for chair 10 to open.  So, we spent the day traversing off of chair 6 to find fresh tracks.  See my newest silly movie here (It really is steeper than it looks.  This video was taken somewhere around Notch Chute between chairs 6 and 10.


Dec. 17, 2006

We went to Kirkwood to start off the ski season.  We bought season passes.  So, we'll be there a lot this winter.

In spite of the minimal snow that Tahoe has received this winter, the conditions were really good.  It rained the week before, which turned out to be good.  It packed the snow down, which made rocks less prone to destroying the bases.  Then, it got really cold and snowed all day on Saturday (6-8").

This was my first attempt at using the helmet cam that the Casler family got us for our wedding gift.  Thanks to the Casler family!!!!!  The video didn't turn out very good for several reasons.  One, there is no screen on the camera.  So, it is difficult to figure out where it is pointed.  Two, the system to mount the camera to my helmet doesn't hold the camera very steady. I'm going to try to make a new mount.  Also, the camera doesn't have a very large field of view.  So, I have to remember to always turn my head.  Perhaps I should put some bullseyes on my goggles so I know where the camera is pointed.  Lastly, the camera got too cold and stopped working on Sunday.  I'll have to take it off my head when I'm not videoing.

Anyway, click here to see the movie (3.7MB).

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