Friday, September 11, 2009

This blog can now be found at
www.johnhayato.com

Friday, September 04, 2009

沖縄の親戚

ちえこ、私のいとこ、はこのメールを送ってくれた。写真を見ると、ちょー懐かしい。
” はいさい(^-^)/
昨日は ウークイ でした。子供達も、上手に うちかび うさぎてました。”

***日本人のため、【うーくい】ー 旧盆の最終日に行われる先祖霊送りの儀式のこと。夜遅くに仏壇の前に家族、親族が集まり、線香をあげ、打ち紙 (うちかび)を焚くなどして、先祖の霊をお送りする。ウンケー(お迎え)と並び、重要な儀式である。この日、エイサーが行われる。

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


Gmail's down, OH NOOOOOOOO!

So Google's been down for a little while now and it appears nobody knows why. My twitter feed is filled with people letting me know that they can't access gmail or gchat but that's basically all they're saying. I googled "why is google down" and that brought up mostly results having to do with old news. So then I decided to try out a couple of real-time search engines; OneRiot, Collecta, and Scoopler. Most of the results appear to be from twitter and they seem to be focusing on people not accessing gmail but nobody seems to be telling me anything besides the fact that they can't get on. This is where I feel there's a problem. I do find it comforting that I'm not the only one with this problem but I'm annoyed that I can't find actual news. I'm surprised Google hasn't come out with information on their blog as the popularity of real-time search provides an opportunity for a lot of mis-information to be spread. Oh well, was hoping that somewhere I would be able to find the answer to my question but it looks like I'll just have to wait. Patience is something that has gone by the wayside as technology has gotten faster and faster. Not only technology, I guess: everthing. I wonder who we told about #FAILS before twitter and SNS came along. Did we call people or just do something else? Here's some screenshots of my results:

One Riot: one riot

Scoopler: scoopler

Collecta: collecta

Twitter Trending Topics: Appears Google really isn't that big of a dealtrending topics

Monday, August 31, 2009


I've officially signed up for 2010 Ironman Canada. Have to sign up a year in advance as it sells out within a day of opening up.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Skymark considering flights from Okinawa to Taiwan

This could be huge as I'm all about more ways to get to Okinawa. Flying via Japan can be costly and time-consuming. Right now China Air has flights to Okinawa from Taiwan but if Japan's largest discount carrier starts offering int'l flights, that could be a good sign for more opportunities to get good deals and also more time options. Skymark is also considering flights to South Korea, the Philippines, or Hong Kong.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Last week I spent a couple days in Chicago for a JETAA National conference. I arrived a bit early so I decided to venture out and check out the Art Institute. There was a lot to see and some of it was typical of most big city museums, art by famous people... There were a couple pieces that made me think that even I could become famous as I didn't get how the piece was considered art. A canvas with nothing but orange on it doesn't seem so creative. There was one area where as I was walking to it, a lady walked in and immediately walked out mumbling under her breath, "I don't do clowns." This should have let me know that this area wasn't for me as I don't do disturbing/scary and clowns are scary. Well, I went in and it freaked me out. Luckily I had the frame of mind to record it and give you a chance to see what I saw.

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Friday, August 07, 2009


So after a long, long break from contributing to Okioki.net, it looks like we’re back at it. Thanks to Pat, some new content has been uploaded to the site. Basically if you’re interested in any news relating to Okinawa, then we’re hoping that this is one of the sites you’ll go to. The contributors to the site are passionate about Okinawa and will do our best to keep it updated and interesting. Also, if you want a tour guide of Okinawa, please feel free to pay my way and I’ll take care of you while we’re there :) So if you got a minute, go check out www.okioki.net

www.okioki.net は沖縄についてのウェブサイトです。英語で記事を書きますけど、どうぞ見てください。

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

By the way the day began I thought that it was going to be great. Had some quality meetings today regarding moving forward on some web ideas, great networking, and made the choice to purchase a car that is pretty sweet. But then I got home and it all went to... First letter I open and guess what, I have to report for jury duty next week. Second letter and whoopee, my mileage from my trip to New Zealand won't be credited. Here's the nail in the coffin; I spent over 45 min. on the phone with AT&T and 2Wire customer service trying to get my lovely internet working at my apartment. The instructions for setting up internet are really straight forward but apparently the person who wrote the instructions has never actually set up internet at his or her place... that's my take. So after 45 minutes of doing everything they told me to do, it appears that they want me to be home from 8 am - 8 pm on a certain day next week but that just happens to coincide with the day I get to go to court. Looks like this saga may last a bit longer than I thought it would. It's only 5 pm and hopefully a good tough M2 class will work out my aggression. I try not to blog about displeasing personal topics but sometimes you just need to release the tension via whatever you have. In my case, the internet. Serenity now, serenity now... don't want to pull a kramer.

Monday, August 03, 2009


Match.com, here's a business model for you

After 2 years of my Match.com profile being set on ‘invisible’ I decided to take a look at it and make some updates. I got interested in different dating sites due to various iphone apps for meeting people. My intentions weren’t/aren’t to meet the one but more to check out the UI’s and different functions available within the iphone apps. While I’m open to online dating, I’ve found that there’s a couple of barriers for me that hinder meeting someone. First reason I’m not completely sold on online dating is that I’m still being introduced to ladies through friends and social groups who know me quite well. Secondly, I don’t like the business models.

I guess part of it is that I’m still quite happy meeting people through friends which makes me lazy when it comes to putting in real time and effort into meeting a woman via the internet. That being said, I do enjoy checking out the match.com iphone app and who knows, maybe I’ll meet somebody. There really are a ton of people using it. Now comes the business model issue that I referred to: I’m what I consider a “casual online dating site checker” I look at who’s viewed me, winked… every once in a while but I still am very much meeting people through other avenues. So I’m not willing to pay a monthly subscription to communicate with somebody or see who’s emailed me… thus far, the emails have been from people who don’t have profile pics up and yes, that’s a deal-breaker for me. I would be more interested in Match.com if they started offering a micro-transaction type model for those of us who every once in a while want to email/ wink… then we could be charged per wink or per email. How about charging me a dollar for every email and $.25 per wink? That would definitely make people think longer before winking at every Joe Schmo they see. And if you’re wondering if this type of model is profitable, I’d say it is. Just look at the revenues that gaming/virtual worlds are pulling in via micro-transaction models.

I chose Match.com as an example because I haven’t bothered using any other sites and with dating sites, there needs to be a large pool of people using the site and they seem to be the biggest.

*Disclaimer: I don’t work for any dating sites. I’m actually happily single and blessed/humbled to have wonderful friends who feel I’m a good enough guy to introduce to their other friends :)

**Just a note: This isn’t going to become a blog about dating as I don’t write about my personal relationships. My Facebook status will not be showing single, complicate, dating… nor will ever unless I start dating Jessica Alba.

Hi friends and family,

If you regularly check this blog, please note that I will be transferring everything to johnhayato.com or johnbranderhorst.com both of which will go to the same place.

Cheers :)

Friday, July 31, 2009


I'm not sure if it bothers you but when you leave a message for somebody, you're always left waiting for that stupid beep before you're able to talk. David Pogue, NY Times Columnist who focuses on tech, has decided enough is enough and that the extra long message forced upon us by the carriers so that they can make more money has to go. Here's a quote by him.

"Suppose you call my cell to leave me a message. First you hear my own voice: "Hi, it's David Pogue. Leave a message, and I'll get back to you" — and THEN you hear a 15-second canned carrier message. ... These messages are outrageous for two reasons. First, they waste your time. Good heavens: it's 2009. WE KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THE BEEP. ... Second, we're PAYING for these messages. These little 15-second waits add up — bigtime. If Verizon's 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year. That's your money."

— NYT columnist David Pogue mobilizes a "Take Back the Beep" campaign to press cell-phone carriers to get rid of the superfluous voicemail instructions that play before a caller is allowed to leave a message.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Below is a question and answer regarding robots and the issue of robots disobeying orders/doing unethical actions... I think I've seen too many movies as I read the answer as Asimov blah blah blah oh my God, the robot is killing my dog. Ok, so maybe I made up that last part of I'm jaded after seeing Will Smith have to take on the whole robot force in iRobot. For now, I'll vacuum my floors, pick up heave objects, and figure out what's logical on my own.

Q: Do you envision robots ever disobeying military orders on the battlefield to "do the right thing?" If so, under what circumstances?

A: Asimov originated the use of ethical restraint in robots many years ago and presented all the quandaries that it can generate. In our prototype ethical governor (and in the design itself) we do provide the robot with the right to refuse an order it deems unethical. It must provide some explanation as to why it has refused such an order. With some reluctance, we have engineered a human override capability into the system, but one which forces the operator to explicitly assume responsibility for any ethical infractions that might result as a consequence of such an override.

— Ronald C. Arkin, director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory at Georgia Tech, who is working on programming ethical behavior into military robots.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2009 Triathlon Season

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nutrition Nutrition Nutrition
Went to a talk about nutrition with a focus on endurance athletes. Some things I took away from it was:
1) That I don't eat enough - Eat within an hour of waking and every 3 to 4 hours, ie. snacks :)
2) I don't eat the right foods. Bacon falls under fat and not proteins :( Spam is also not a good choice.
3) Make sure I take in both carbohydrates and proteins when I eat.
4) Whatever my daily caloric intake should be (ie. 2000), what I eat during exercising doesn't count towards it.
5) I asked about vitamins, pills, etc. that people take daily. Here is what I got from everybody: Multi-vitamin - a basic, generic one
Omega 3 fatty - fish oil or flax seed...
Vitamin e
Glucosamine

There were other good tidbits and I'll update this list as I remember them. Also, please feel free to comment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Uh oh, calves are totally rock hard

Usually I'm smiling at the end of races but all I could muster up was a grimace as the cramping took over my whole lower half of my body.

Monday, July 20, 2009


2009 Vineman 70.3 Race Report

The Vineman 70.3 race report was tentatively titled, “How it all came together.”

I thought google mapping the directions up to my cabin was a good omen when the distance was listed as 70.3 mile. But that was before I actually started the race, which became “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”


Expectations were set high for my last tri of the season but alas, a sub 5 half IM will have to wait until next year. My swim actually was good (for me) and I really enjoyed the 16 min. return portion of the loop after an agonizing 20 minutes going upstream. It was eerily quiet exiting the water as there were people lining up on both sides but not a soul cheering except my buddy Rahim who was surprised to see me strip my wetsuit off and throw it at him so that I wouldn’t get all my clothes in the swim bag wet.

My bike is something I’ve been working on quite a bit lately and it showed in my 56 mile split of 2:33. Anybody else lose a water bottle within the first couple of minutes? For me it was bye bye Carbo Pro but luckily I had 5 gels taped to my top tube along with a couple of salt pills. I was very happy with my bike but had to stop once b/c I thought I’d flatted but it turned out my back brake was rubbing and I was one of the lucky ones who went through the tree area before the fire dept. closed off the street for a bit. Towards the end of the bike my quads started to tighten up a little but I thought that it would loosen up once I started running.


So off the bike I went and before mile one, both my quads and hamstrings cramped up so much that walking became an issue. I contemplated DNFing but as it was a nice day and I knew that the under 29 females would be on their return trip on the run, I decided to give walking a go with the hopes of jogging as my legs loosened up. I ended up doing this awkward shuffle over the next 12 miles as I popped salt tablets like candy. It was awesome to see so many PacBikes & GGTC athletes and Thank You for the cheering and motivation as you passed me ;)


This race was my hardest tri in 4 years as physically and mentally I was spent. I managed to run through the finisher’s chute due to all the cheers but as soon as I finished I collapsed with cramps from my groin down. It must have been a funny sight as volunteers are trying to move me out of the way while people cheering were yelling at them to spray water on me and massage my legs. I don’t really recall too much of it but after about 10 min. they carried me over to the med tent. So that’s how my 2009 tri season ended. It’s been great and I look forward to challenging myself next year and hopefully breaking the elusive 5 hour mark. I ended up doing the race in 5:26. I’m exhausted and will now focus on a couple running races for the rest of the year. In Oct. I will be doing the Chicago Marathon and in Dec. the NorthFace 50 miler.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Oma from John hayato Branderhorst on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Finding Nemo - Just Keep Swimming

I think this will be my mantra during the swim portion of my next race. I'm fairly slow at the swim so maybe this will help me to push forward :)

Monday, June 22, 2009



Yesterday was my 3rd race in 3 weeks and I definitely wasn't looking forward to waking up at 4:30 am again. I wasn't in a huge rush to get to the race as I heard that we would have a PacBikes' (team I race with) rack but apparently we didn't so Chris and I set up next to each other. I thought that was smart as I knew that his bike would be gone which would give me plenty of room to get my wetsuit off and have a quick transition. After spending 24 minutes in the water I finally made it ashore along with some fast women and slow 24-29 year old dudes. One thing that got me riled up was that somebody had tied the balloon that i had on the rack to my bike so that when I started running with my bike along came the balloon. I ripped it off and proceeded to get a slap in the face from the headwind that I wasn't expecting. Two weeks ago a group of us rode the course and at the start was a very nice tailwind. Oh well, I buckled down and managed to get the bike course done in 1:03 which rocks considering I was having shifting issues. As soon as I started the run I could tell that it was going to be tough. My lower right back area started cramping (as it did last week also) but thinking that all I had to do was run for sub 40 min. then it would all be over. I proceeded to get the first 5 km done in about 20 min. and then everything went to shit. My stomach started cramping and the miles never seemed to end. A couple of older (35-39) guys passed me and I tried to keep up but at mile 6 I figured out that the race wasn't almost done and started to have some "wall" issues. It was supposed to be a 6.2 mile run but due to mismarkings, the final distance was closer to 7.4 miles. The run ended up taking me 48 min. It was really awesome seeing friends on the course and I really pushed myself to not only catch up with my Chris but also not get caught by Jim or any of our fast pacbikes women. In the end I finished the race in 2:19 which was good enough for 9th AG, 61st OA. I look forward to having it all come together at Vineman.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Just had a video call with my parents in Michigan and my sister & her family in North Carolina. Quite comical as Michelle's webcam first wouldn't work and then her audio wouldn't work. My parents were having a good time trying out all this new technology. Maybe it'll go off without a hitch next time we do it. Happy Fathers Day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Trip to MI 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lake Macatawa Tri 2009

Pretty nasty swim as it seemed like when I would take a breath, I would breathe in fumes. Bike was very flat but not ideal for 23 miles of being in the drops as I'm not used to it which meant a very sore bum and back. Run was easy and boring. :) Overall, great race organization with lots of volunteers, aid stations, and sweet awards.

Monday, June 08, 2009


If only I could swim faster...
On June 7, I competed in the Anchorman Sprint triathlon which consisted of a 3/4 mile ocean swim, 9 mile hilly bike, and a 4 mile trail/road/sand ladder run. There were only roughly 150 participants of which about 80+ were men. This is really one of those races where I wish I could swim faster. The swim wasn't as well organized as you would hope which resulted in some people missing the last buoy and reaching land before they were supposed to. It seemed like everytime I breathed on my right side I saw somebody running on the beach prematurely. Instead of cutting a line straight for the beach, I decided to make my way around the third buoy which seemed to take an eternity. I don't think my swim time would have improved much but that could partially be why I ended up around 66th out of 80+ dudes. Once hitting land, we had a long 1 mile transition run in which I probably passed 15-20 people. Some people chose not to have shoes waiting for them and paid for it as the gravel was not feet friendly. The 9 mile bike is literally over a hill and back twice. I knew the course well and had been doing quite a few hill repeats in the weeks leading up. I passed a lot of ppl which made me feel good and also seeing so many familiar faces during the ride as it was 2 loops was encouraging. Probably the biggest encouragement was Andreas, another guy on the Pac Bikes team, coming up from behind and telling me to start pushing it. This was I was starting my 1st loop and him his second. The bike went quick in 30 minutes which was good enough for 6th fastest time. As I started the run I was nervous about my calf as I had cramped it during a training run a few days before. I decided that I would just push myself and if it cramped, oh well. Lucky for me, I was very familiar with the course and decided not to take it easy on the sand ladder. This proved a smart move as I caught up with a few guys during the last 2 miles. My time of 31 minutes was the 4th fastest time on the run. Overall, I was 14th and 2nd in my age group. There were some organization issues with the race but overall it was great to see so many friends racing and cheering. I look forward to seeing how I do this weekend in Holland, MI at another sprint triathlon. Hopefully the shorter swim, longer bike and run work to my favor although I will be renting a road bike instead of bringing mine.




Saturday, June 06, 2009

Cute commercial that my dad forwarded me. *Disclaimer: I still don't like dogs and very rarely drink Bud Light.

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Friday, June 05, 2009


If you go to the Tri-California website, there's a picture of me on it. It's from a race I did last year, SF Triathlon at Treasure Island. A lot has changed since then as I'm now riding a Scott Plasma 20 which is a triathlon bike as opposed to my old safety orange road bike with a granny gear. I'm also racing this year in the white and black of Team Pac Bikes. I'm still part of GGTC and do most of my training with GGTC members though :)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


The Run-walk method

Earlier this morning I read an article in the NY Times about the run-walk method. Although I'm not sure if it is how I'll train for my next marathon, I will keep it in mind. After posting (tweeting) about it on Twitter, it turns out quite a few friends have tried it out and have found it to be a successful way to train whether working towards a marathon, 5 km, or just to get in shape. In the article I'm glad there were examples of runners improving times enough to qualify for Boston as I was under the impression the "run-walk" was more of a technique for those just getting into running... Who knows maybe I'll give it a go and PR.

Monday, June 01, 2009

A cute video of my niece, Maddie.

Animal Building Blocks from Michelle Bollman on Vimeo.

GGTC Vineman ride


ggtc vineman ride
Originally uploaded by Brian McNitt
Haven't blogged lately but after looking at this picture I thought I'd share something: Don't follow me on a ride if I don't know where I'm going. :) I posted a ride on a course that I'll be racing on in July and there were a couple of people who knew where they were going. At one point, myself and another guy were ahead of the group and thought that the next main point would be at the top of a hill. What we didn't know is that there was a turn before we reached said hill. We did go up and down a hill but found that we were 15 miles out of the way. We eventually met up with everybody at the end of the ride. It was a tough ride in which we tried to catch up with the others.

Last weekend I also partook in a swim/ride but found myself lost along with a couple friends. I thought we were looking for a road but that turned out to be the town name... We eventually found our way to the meeting point thanks to GPS and a blackberry.

Hopefully I don't get lost during the next 3 weekends as I'll be racing :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Here's a little joke that my friend Charlotte forwarded me :)

A man was out jogging in the forest one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me I'll turn into a beautiful princess."

He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will tell everyone how smart and brave you are and how you are my hero."

The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I'll stay with you for a year and do ANYTHING you want."

Again the man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.
Finally the frog asked, "What's the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a year and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"
The man replied, "Look, I'm a Triathlete. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog is cool."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Car Shopping
As many of you know, I'm in the market for a car. Originally, I was going to get a used car but it appears that the cars I'm looking at don't depreciate much over a few years and so the price doesn't go down. I'm now considering the Honda Fit as it appears to be just the right size and a very reliable car. In the running is also the cheaper Scion brand cars. Will know more once I visit the different dealerships.

Monday, May 11, 2009


There's so many things that can bring you down in this world. Hopefully this blog isn't one of them :) Here's a cool website that will help make you appreciate the awesome little things.

Sunday, May 10, 2009







Pictures can be purchased at Action Sports International

Dog carrying

Dogs have 4 legs to walk but this lady still carries hers like a baby.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Wildflower Triathlon Race Report

While I had a good time spending the weekend with friends, competitors, snakes, dirt, dogs, and broken toilets, I believe when I do it again I will be staying in a hotel.

Wildflower became a 'lessons learned" experience for me. Even now, as I sit on this cushy seat I have to make sure I'm in just the right position so the chafing in a place I've never chafed doesn't get aggravated. So first lesson, Always put bodyglide down there... Which brings me to my second lesson, Don't ride a new bike. Now keep in mind I rode my new tri bike 3 times before racing but what I left out is that the 3 times equaled something like 40 miles. So you see where this is going. I won't bother talking about my forgetful swim of 38 min. And no, I didn't go that slow just so that the pretty ladies could catch up with me... they would anyway. So back to the bike. At about mile 25, I noticed a clinking noise and couldn't figure out what was going on. I find out right about the time I took a drink as when I put the bottle back in the rear bottle cage, it slipped a bit. I stopped, tightened the bolts as tight as I could with my fingers and was off. At mile 30, the noise came back and I got off trying to figure out what to do. Five minutes later, I was back on my bike sans rear bottle cage which I had masterfully hidden in the tall grasses just past the big 30 mile sign. I would later learn that they come pick up the sign and so had to run up and down the road trying to find my brand new bottle cage. Thank you Son and Xavier for the help :)

Onto the run. I got off the bike and spent my transition praying that I my chafing wouldn't bother me on the run. Once I started the run, I felt ok and proceeded to try and pass everybody that was in my age group. Around mile 4 Tom, another Pac Bikes athlete, zoomed by me and I decided to try and keep up with him. I decided this would be a good strategy as I remembered Chris Lieto being passed by Macca during IM Kona a couple years back and being amazed at his determination. What I forgot is that he didn't keep that up for very long and ended up finishing a bit slower than he would have liked. From mile 6 to 13, it's mostly a blur in which I remember running by the GGTC cheering section and trying to muster a smile but also giving a sign that said I'm done. After that I remember seeing Dahlz, another PacBikes athlete, and hearing that I was almost at the top. What I didn't know is that I had to go down the other side and then back up. My only goal by the end was to get to the medical tent as my head felt like it was going to explode and the great nauseous feeling that occured everytime I put something in me. The highlight of my race had to be finishing, going straight to the med tent, and having the lovely Serena tend to my needs for an hour or so. Being offered an IV has never sounded so sexy. Afterwards, I started to feel better and Pablo and I went out to scour the campsites for young single women and free beer. Of which, we got the latter :)

Overall, I look forward to bettering my 5:37 PR at Wildflower. This was my first official half IM distance so I'll hopefully better it by at least 30 min. at Vineman.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

May is Bike to Work Month

I was just sent an email from a friend reminding me that May is Bike to Work Month. I will be riding my bike as often as possible but unfortunately the commute to San Jose is a bit long (at least an hour by car.)

For Bay Area folks, here are some ways to be involved:
1. Create a team for the Bike To Work Day Team Challenge - this is a team of 2-5 persons each which must include 1 novice rider (someone who has riden a bike 2 or fewer times in the past month). The teams log their commutes (both number of trips and mileage) throughout the month online and compete for some cool prizes! So far there are 187 teams signed up!!! Gather a few friends and sign up online here: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/tbc_signup
2. Can you get 2-5 of your co-workers to ride to work in May? If you create a team for the Bike To Work Day Team Challenge that is composed of co-workers you can affiliate your team with a company and compete also in the Company Bike Challenge. Get a few teams together and affiliate them all with your employer to better your chances of winning this contest!
3. If you dont have enough friends to make a team, I still hope you chose to bike to work or use a combination of public transit and cycling to get to work. Maybe just give it a shot one day - Thursday May 14th is Bike To Work Day! This is the best day of the year to test of cycling for transit - there are 'Energizer Stations' set up throughout the Bay Area handing out awesome bags (not plastic ones) full of cycling related goodies and also there to fuel you with snacks and coffee in the morning. More info here: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/about and here: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/energizer
4. Dont bike to work but still want to win something (but really, at least bike once before entering) - enter the Bike To Work Day Raffle to win a new commuter bike and other prizes here: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/register

For those of you in other parts of the World/ U.S., I'm sure there are other initiatives out there so if you have a chance, it could be as simple as Googling it.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bike fit

My buddy Xavier came by to help me get my bike to fit me better. Will be getting a proper fit from PacBikes next week but want to ride my bike this week and may even race on it this wknd.

Monday, April 27, 2009

New bike and racing kit

Quick Update

I haven't been as regular with my blogging lately but don't let that make you think I'm not thinking of you :)
I spent most of last week in Georgia for my buddy Pat's graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) which now makes him a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army. I didn't treat it as a vacation as I was quite jetlagged from the red eye flight out there and I spent most of my free-time working in the hotel room. I did manage to fit in a run while visiting which was an experience. Running around a 1 mile track with deer on it and gunfire in the backround. I guess that's part of running on a military base in the south.

I'm now back in SF for a few days before heading to Lake San Antonio, which is about 3 and a half hours southeast of SF, to participate in the Wildflower Triathlon. It is a half ironman distance race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13 mile run). I'm considering riding my new tri bike. Pictures will be posted later but basically I put down a payment yesterday and will be buying it today :) Really excited!

Will write more but as I'm only working 4 days this week, I really need to get back to work. Cheers.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Patrick is now a 2nd Lt.

Feel free to salute

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Officially signed up for Vineman 70.3 taking place July 19, 2009.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Marin County Marathon

Dear john Branderhorst

Thank you for your volunteer request(s) for the Marin County Marathon - 2009 VOLUNTEERS. You have been approved for the following position(s):

Job Position.......: Course Marshall
Date...............: 04/19/2009
Time...............: 07:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location...........: Start

Next weekend will be a change in pace as I'll be volunteering at a race instead of participating.
http://www.marinmarathon.com


Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Tired 疲れてる

My body just isn't listening to me. I'm trying to get into a good routine now that I've been back in the states for a month but it's a bit more difficult than I anticipated. With me trying to get injury free yet train for my next race, Wildflower half ironman on May 2, adjusting to the time zone change, change in my work schedule... well, you get the point. Last night for some reason I couldn't fall asleep but it was a blessing in disguise as I got to finish the book I was reading, Kafka on the Shore, and also had a moment of clarity for a project I'm going to start working on. It's not necessarily anything that will work out but it's always fun to find something you're excited about. I'll write more once I get a better idea of what and how I'd like to go forward with this idea but to give you an idea: it's a cute, positive, web based idea that may or maynot incorporate NPOs. So in another words, I won't be looking to get rich off it ;) Make the world a better place :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

jetlag keeping me up

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More videos from New Zealand:

Driving in the Civic
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Trying to Scare each other

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Some videos from New Zealand
Waterall hike
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Kayaking

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Friday, March 20, 2009

NZ postman


NZ postman
Originally uploaded by john hayato
A picture for my dad.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ironman New Zealand pictures

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