Praveen's Blog

An Eternal Quest for Incremental Improvement

I went on a solo bicycle ride this morning. I found everything except the climb on Moody that connects to Page Mill easy. I had to get down a couple of times during the final stretch of Moody climb. I think that I am doing something wrong. Need to work ...


Just finished solo ride of Halford Avenue - Sunnyvale Saratoga Road - Fruitvale Rd loop. It is a steady easy climb to 600 feet and back.

Here is the map of the ride.

Today, I went for a longer bicycle ride with one of my friends from college, Ravi Shankar. I have picked the following loop based on Ed Rak's advice. We took 2 hours and 15 minutes to do this one.

There were a lot of bicyclists on Foothill Expressway! Apart ...


Skiing

This winter, I decided to give Alpine Skiing a try. As I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe is the natural choice for me to go for skiing. Me and three of my friends went to Tahoe the Christmas weekend. We stayed in The Ridge Sierra at ...


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Recently I found myself in a situation where I felt that I have more things to do than the time available in hand. The number of unread e-mails and pending tasks were growing in a faster rate day by day. I missed to act upon a few important e-mails. This ...