You may be aware that my training program for the Hood to Coast is complicated to some extent by my professional obligations. You may therefore be amazed by this week's athletic adventures. I set personal speed records at South Carolina, then at Beijing, and finally at Tokyo, all in the course of a week.
Today's culminant effort involved a walk through underground passageways from my hotel at Shiodome to Hibiya Park, from whence I commenced a run that was to take me twice round the Imperial Palace. Running around the Imperial Palace in April is glorious. Click the photo (from National Land Image Information (Color Aerial Photography), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) for a larger view.
I have had a busy week, and I am still reading (and carrying around) the new biography of Dickens, who noted at a particularly busy time that he had "an immense arrear of demands on my attention." As do I. I was at at Augusta for work at the Masters Tournament and a healthy dinner with Hiro Hanzawa (above), then to Atami for a quadracious onsen and healthy breakfast (below).
From Atami I went to Tokyo and gave a seminar about turfgrass science.
You can see a report of the seminar and additional photos at the Viridescent site. One of the important questions answered at this seminar was what color of tie to wear with a pink shirt. After consulting with a number of experts, including a certified color coordinator, it is clear that a navy or royal blue tie should be worn with a pink shirt, and preferably the tie should contain a number of colorful flowers, as shown at right.
From Tokyo I went to Beijing, had a veritable Shanghai Links reunion with many people who I worked with a decade ago (see a photo-packed report of my visit to China here), and enjoyed the fine cuisine of China's capital city. Peking duck is a particular favorite. At the restaurant pictured below we had excellent Peking duck along with sundry spicy dishes of various meats and colorful vegetables, practiced our pronunciation of 不到长城非好汉, and discussed business.
Now I'm back at Tokyo and almost at the end of a 23 day trip. And in the process of arresting the immense arrear of demands on my attention.
I have completed another month of undefeated golf, unless you want to count finishing second as losing. More about that later. In my first round of the month, I won a stableford match at Siam Country Club's Plantation course. Then on 9 March we played a competition at Laem Chabang Country Club's challenging chipping course. Contested over nine holes, three of which I birdied, our team pictured below went round in 22 strokes to finish second.
I then played at Kau Sai Chau's East Course in Hong Kong. Naturally I won the match and had two birdies, including this near hole-in-on at the 13th hole.
On 31 March I played at Koele in howling winds, winning my match 6&4 and birdieing the 8th hole playing into a 40 mph wind.
You may recognize at right the 17th hole at Koele as one of the most photographed holes in Hawaii. You may also notice that I have my game face on. Golf is a serious affair when one has such a longstanding winning streak. Did I expect to win my first match on American soil since September and the three birdie/no bogey performance I put on at Edgefield's Pub Course? Yes, I did have some confidence today. The Experience at Koele has smooth bentgrass greens and I made a number of crucial putts. Even playing with rental clubs, I was soon able to adjust my swing to fit the clubs and to produce the shots required here. What was my reward for another undefeated month? A haupia ice cream cone and the promise of a rematch in April.