Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hamilton - Check

Picture your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning...maybe it's read the paper - breakfast in bed - cartoons - garage sell shopping or just shopping. Well Daddy-O's ideal Saturday is a 3 hour fun suffer fest. He occasionally enjoys 20 mile forever ever long never stopping climbs. Freak. Yes Dad has finally attempted and slapped the ever looming Hamilton climb...and to our surprise wasn't all the hard...when Dad got to the top he wanted to go all the way into Livermore, but thankfully for me I had Fisher at home who needed to eat desperately, that was my ticket out. Dad will being doing that ride soon...he will go from the house over Hamilton to Livermore and on Calavaras he will come home...it will be an epic day for him...I don't think I will be participating wiht him...but I wish him good luck.Fisher really wanted to go on the ride but he couldn't find a helmet that fit...maybe next time kid.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

New Mom and Dad

Eugena and Seth's new baby boy 'Fisher Seventeen Eugene Buccaneer Gunderson'. They sure make a cute kid... By the age of three Fisher will be racing his tricycle and kicking the older kids butts. Go Gundies!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Congrats to Dad and Charlotte

Congrats to Dad and Charlotte for completing their first 100 mile bike ride. You guys are amazing!!! Dad and Charlotte rode very strong for the entire week. Basically they are both animals!!! We are really proud of both of you. HUGE shout out to all the people who supported both riders. Thanks to Mom for driving and being there for all the odd weird things needed or requested, also Josh for taking great pictures we can't wait to upload them on the website, and how could we forget Tami, Tami you are the best and everyone loves your sense of humor. Hopefully we can update this soon so we can see the pictures.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tour of California Crazy Clan Style

Hey Family,

The Gundy's will be raining down on your peaceful lives this week. I (eugie) will be there on Friday morning. The rest of the group comes in on Sunday night. Captain will fly in on Monday evening.

Does everyone have an itinerary? If not let me know. Also change of plans...instead of staying in Reno on Thursday we are going to stay in Sacramento. The flights look better for this preggers there. This is going to be a great party!!! If anyone wants to ride just Monday and Tuesday the rides are local and you don't have to commit to the whole trip (joann).

Also I included a picture of my ever swelling belly. Okay I will see you all on Friday and then the Baby Shower on Saturday. Awesome!!!

Friday, May 30, 2008


We will all miss her! She was a great family member with so much love. She had her flaws but they didn't matter much because of how wonderful and cute she was. She will always be in our hearts. She had just learned to bark and pee in the cat box. We are very lucky she touch our live and gave us love and kindness. She filled our house with joy and happiness. Belle had a friend to play with, it was so cute to watch them play together. She was a great loving animal and we will carry her memories for ever. Goodbye Ginger....

Monday, May 12, 2008

Gundy's Family Pix

Just wanted to share with you guys our little family picture.  Kiowa is not in it because she couldn't get up on the chair.  You can kind of see the swelling belly.  Its the best preggers picture I have so far. 

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!! Thanks for all the countless hours of serving us, I know as young children we never said thank you. I know you probably were going crazy with taking care of the 6 of us...but we want you to know that we noticed you and all your hard work. We love you!!!

Joann, Daniel, Robert, Eugena, Charlotte, and Joshua

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Daniel and Katie Head Back to Utah

Almost a year ago, Daniel, Katie, Parker and Maggie arrived at our house in San Jose from Utah with their luggage and great plans of expected accomplishments, adventures and experiences. During that time many of their expectations were met including a few they hadn't planned on. Overall, it was great to have them and even though it was a little cramped, we all didn't try to kill each other, too many times. Although we already miss them we can take solace in the permanent reminders of their stay with us, which over time hopefully won't be too noticeable. A year later, Daniel and family have decided to move back to Utah where the prices of just about everything is a lot more affordable. We hope the very best for Daniel, Katie and family in their new adventures in Utah.
p.s. Tonie is keeping their bed warm for their next visit.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Seth's First Race of the Season

Yesterday my brother K-dog and I rode the Tax Day road race near Pocatello, ID. It was the first official Salt Sea Pirate showing of the season. After this year's long cold winter followed by a cold wet spring it felt really good to ride outside and get a gauge on how much I slacked during the winter. This was also my first race riding as a Cat 4, so I wasn't sure what to expect competition wise. They ended up starting the Cat 4 & 5's together which made for a nice large pack, about 50 riders. Starting with a larger pack was actually kind of nice because there were a lot of legs chasing down attacks and closing gaps. Once the race began k-dog and I tried to hang out near the front as we headed out into a 1.2 mile neutral roll out. After that we continued up a gentle 4.3 mile rolling climb up a canyon to the circuit. We would do 3.5 laps on the 7 mile circuit and the finish would be atop the climb on the 4th trip up. I love mountain top finishes, it always makes it exciting on the last climb. The climb up the canyon wasn't too bad, it was about 3 miles in length and averaged only 2% or so. Every time the group hit the real part of the climb (the last 0.8 miles, 5.5% avg grade) we would pick up the pace and shed a couple people. I felt really good each time we hit the climb on the circuit. By the 3rd time we went over the climb the group had shrunk to about 25 or so (notably missing was K-dog who spent a whole lap heroically chasing to try to catch the group after falling off on the steep part of the climb).

To get onto the last 0.8 miles of the climb we had to take a sharp 120 degree turn onto another road. I knew it would be important to be on the front going into that corner. From there the road turns sharply upward into a 8% grade. We were on the final approach to the climb and the finish. A couple guys attacked on the approach to try to break it up a bit, but we still went into that last corner 25 or so strong. I was sitting right in the front going into that corner so I hardly had to slow down. As soon as I came out of the corner and the road turned up I opened it up. I accelerated away and quickly put a good 100 feet or so on the group. I tried to settle into a pace and maintain my lead. Taking a quick glance back I could see a few guys that were making some ground and bridging up. It felt just like last year in Pescadero. I was seeing stars at this point as I tried to keep my speed. One guy bridged up and passed me, then two more. I was suffering, I actually don't remember a whole lot of details at this point, all I knew is that I need to keep going as hard as I could. I kept thinking "top 5, top 5, keep going..." One more guy started to pass me. I hopped on his wheel as a 5th rider came up. At this point we were only 100 meters from the finish. The three of us were together across the road, going max power for the line. It was our own mtn top sprint for 4-6th places. We were all within a wheels length as we crossed the line. Final result.....6th place.

It would have been nice to have been able to seal the deal and take the race, but I had a good race. 6th place is a pretty good result for my first cat 4 race and the first race of the season. It was nice to get some racing in my legs, its hard to simulate race-pace in solo training rides. They had my official time as 1:49:35, one second off the time of the winner (it was more like 5 seconds or so). I had a good race and a great time. I was also pretty pleased of my position in the race. I was near the front almost the whole race which made life a little easier when it counted. I need to learn proper timing. If I had waited another 45 seconds or so to attack I probably could have pulled off the win. It did feel good, like it always does, to make a decisive move and blow the race apart. I just get really antsy and excited and I let it fly too early (same thing in Pescadero last year). But hopefully I'm learning when to let loose and when to conserve. I almost wish the climb would have been longer to break it up a bit and separate the climbers some more. Rachel, my sister-in-law, was there to support us and take some pictures and she got a great one of the 3 man sprint at the end. Next up is likely the Bear Lake RR (52 miles, rolling terrain, windy), not my type of race to win cause it usually comes down to a sprint but will be a great race.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mom's First Run

Congratulations to Mom completing her first fun run! She completed the 12Km (7.5 miles) fun run on Angles Island March 15th. She was pretty nervous about how she would do, but in the end, she triumphantly crossed the finish line, with only a dozen or so sore muscles and feet. She was accompanied by her dedicated support group who stayed with her the entire length of the run. Unlike her husband who abandoned her at the outset of the race for personal fame and glory, Eugena, Charlotte and Timmy chose to remain with Mom during her epic maiden run. Although I never saw her on the trail, I understand she did very well. Again, congratulations to Mom for accepting and completing this challenge. The whole family is so proud to have a Mom/Wife/Grandmother willing to support her kids by joining them in an activity that requires a lot of courage and dedication to complete.
And finally to Eugena, Charlotte and Timmy who chose to stay with Mom during the run, sacrificing their chances for personal fame or glory - thank you.

Angel Island Fun Run

On a beautiful sunny warm March 15th, which was suppose to be invaded by a thunder storm which never materialized, Gena, Eugena, Charlotte, Timmy and myself started our 12 Km (7.5 miles) run on Angel island (middle of San Francisco bay) sponsored by Envirosports after a short ferry ride from Tiburon. We all started as a group at the back of pack but soon were separated as I wanted to run and everyone else wanted to walk/run as a group. I was doing well, using my newly acquired Chi-Running method, but somehow took my eye off the itsy-bitsy tiny orange trail markers. After about 2 hours of running, I started to think, where were the other runners? It was nice to be running alone, but something started telling me maybe the others took the wrong trail or something. Also, I should have already completed the course about 45 minutes ago. Oh well, I thought, I'll eventually catch up to the others as this is a small island and you can't get lost. Oh wait! There's that small building I passed halfway in the run. I pulled out my map ( I always come prepared) and wondered how the hell I could be on the opposite side of this stupid island. After consulting with a runner on the 25K run, I figured out exactly where I was. My choices were either to continue to run forward and run the course twice or go back and do some cross country navigating to get back to the 2nd half of the trail. Either way I was screwed; I was half way from the finish line, so it didn't really matter which way I chose. Obviously, I chose the safest route, considering my situation; I chose navigating cross country. So off I went, backtracking for about a mile or so until I came to a shortcut to that surely would take me to the 2nd half of the trail I should have been on already. Shortcut my ass! Jeeps couldn't make it up that damn road. I could walk on my hands and feet and still be vertical! A mile and a heart attack later, I finally reached the peak of the island (we weren't suppose to go this high) and started running down the hill to intersect the trail. Finally, I see the the trail and there are 2 runners on the right trail. It was no other than Charlotte and Timmy with Mom and Eugena close behind. So I joined them and continued running the rest of the course (they chose remain together as a group) and finally finished almost dead last (2 hours 25 minutes) for the 12Km course. I figured I had run an extra 5 miles or more for a total of about 12 to 13 miles due to those damned small obscure markers. To make this run more interesting, I brought no water or munchies with me on the trail, as I was expecting to only run 7.5 miles. It was around the 8th mile that I started to get dehydrated and by the 10th mile most of my muscles were cramping and I had absolutely no energy. I was so glad the last few miles were all down hill. I now know that if I ever run a half marathon (on purpose), I plan to bring water, and instruct those in charge to use bigger trail markers. - Dad

Monday, March 10, 2008

Birthday Fiesta


Clear your calendar for Saturday evening. There will be a birthday fiesta this Saturday the 15th for all the March birthdays, Michelle, Charlotte and Eugena. The fiesta will begin around 7pm there will be dinner and dessert. Be there!!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Romancing The Island

Hey Family...The Napa run registration is closed and a lot of us did not sign up in time. So we have changed the race to Romancing the Island. Check out the site...Romancing the Island
It is March 15th, and it should be fun. Dad is heading up this race so if you have any questions please contact him. Link

President Hinkley

Passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley

Beloved Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through 12 years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97. President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since March 12, 1995.