Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 98 - On Assignment, USA Triathlon Magazine and the Tofu Robot

May 15, 2013          234.4 lbs


Today I got a call from Pete Williams at USA Triathlon magazine asking me some questions about my friend Kevin Tran. I had submitted Kevin for an article about interesting/unique triathletes for the spring issue. I wrote a little about how Kevin had come to America with nothing and had built his business on his own and how even while working twelve hour days, he managed to train for Ironman and as far as we know, was the first vegan Vietnamese born Ironman. Pete wanted to ask a few background questions about how Kevin and I met and how I got into triathlon. He also asked me to describe Kevin's restaurant which prompted me to suggest I take some photos for the article. He said it would help so next thing I know I'm headed over to Reseda to Vinh Loi Tofu, Kevin's restaurant. I called to tell him I was heading over and why, he responds by yelling at me to hurry up because he's late for his nap.  .  .That's Kevin, aka Tofu Robot.

He's smiling because he just got done talking a bunch of smack, including asking me if I even knew how to operate the camera!

Here is a look at the medals hanging up in his restaurant. And what inspired me to get a few of my own.

Including Kevin's 2012 Ironman finisher medal.

After I arrived and got all the photos I needed, I sat down with The Boss for some salad and raw hand rolls. Soon a nice guy sat down next to our table with his wife and we all were soon talking. His name was Louis Grayr and he is one of the owners of Real Water. Kevin told Louis that I was training for Ironman which prompted him to ask me how I started training. Uh-oh! Next thing you know, I had Louis agreeing to sign up for a 5k with Kevin and I agreeing to do it with him.

Here we are the three new amigos!

After leaving Kevin's, we went to run some errands and remembered that there was a very good pizza place near by that has one of the best vegan pizzas in L.A.. Johnny's Pizza in Chatsworth, CA. So we went there and I had my first pizza in three plus months.

It's one hundred percent plant based believe it or not. While I was there, I had two cups of Orange Crush soda which is something I normally don't drink any longer. I'm not sure why I did it. By the time I was driving home besides the sugar rush, I noticed that I felt very intensely angry at a minor disagreement I had with The Boss. I started thinking about it and remembered feeling the same intense anger the last time I had soda. Weird, I know. Maybe it's the high fructose corn syrup, I don't know. All I know is it affects me in strange ways now. No more soda for me!

I got home and didn't feel like or want to run. I still don't feel a hundred percent after yesterday's lower intestinal issues. As time got closer to eleven pm, I started thinking about the pizza I had and how weird I felt post soda. Next thing I know it's after midnight and I'm headed out for my assigned one hour "easy chillin' run."


I knew I had to get out and burn off some of the strange unhealthy energy I had. One part of my journey I haven't discussed much is I hope to improve as a human being. I want to let go of some of the anger and resentment that I have carried since I was young. I believe that it's poison for the soul. However releasing it has not been easy. What am I angry about? Well, we may or may not get into it in this format. But we'll see.
I ended up running an hour and eight minutes going 5.5 miles at my steady Z2 pace. At the end, I felt great and thought of that saying about how no one ever regrets doing a workout, only not doing one. I love that I can run 5.5 miles now without a hard effort and that I was 234.4 lbs this morning and that I felt like I could go on and on at the end of my run tonight. I also love that I have to use a belt to hold up my pants now and that if I hadn't been developing my butt from all the training, they would fall down completely. I'm grateful and hope that with a little more introspection, I may be able to confront and let go of my demons and maybe even help someone else, one day release their own. Until tomorrow my friends.

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  1. Great post Mike. My two favorite parts were "One part of my journey I haven't discussed much is I hope improve as a human being. I want to let go of some of the anger and resentment that I have carried since I was young. I believe that it's poison for the soul" and "I'm grateful and hope that with a little more introspection, I may be able to confront and let go of my demons and maybe even help someone else one day release their own." And I never knew about theses vegan spots! I thought Cruser was the only 100% vegan pizza in LA!?

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    1. Thanks buddy. Man, there were a lot of typos I had to fix. That's what I get for finishing and posting at 5am! Regarding, Johnny's Pizza, it is a traditional pizza joint that has an incredible gluten free crust and vegan options.

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