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October 30, 2005

Unicross

muni.jpg Last week I did my first unicycle cyclocross race, otherwise known as unicross. I'd been waiting until after the marathon to race and I'm glad I did, it is hard on the body. It's almost like picking up unicycling from the beginning again taking it onto the grass and rocks and mud. Next week I'm going to do another race. I've been practicing a rolling mount which would really help. My normal unicycle mount can be tough to pull of on a gravelly uphill. With the rolling mount you ideally walk/jog beside the unicycle, then hop on and mount with the wheel moving the whole time. This keeps your momentum going over the challenging section. Maybe I'll be able to do something like that in a week, we'll see. Drew and Beth are racing on more traditional cyclocross bikes and having a blast. They did a race today, I instead did the Run Like Hell 5K downtown dressed as a vampire. Last week I came in fourth in the unicycle class and no you can't ask how many unicyclists there were!

Posted by Dave at 06:44 PM |

October 26, 2005

Backyard Booty

Sam has a bit of a digging problem which can be annoying but he has a good nose and some of his finds are pretty interesting. Here's a selection of characters that must have sparked the imagination of some kid who lived here. Sam is scheduled for a neutering next week. I'm hoping it goes smoothly of course and I wonder if I'll notice any behavior changes. Also he's losing his baby teeth right now.

Posted by Dave at 05:06 PM

October 12, 2005

Juror interrupted

Settlement is the best word you can hear as a juror. On Monday I reported to the Multnomah County Courthouse responding to a jury summons. I and 49 other folks got called up to be a pool of potential jurors for a civil case.

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Posted by Dave at 07:35 PM

October 11, 2005

Tired, but happy

I ran and finished the Portland Marathon on Sunday! Before this year I would never have thought I'd run a marathon. Now I'm already looking forward to my next one. Drew and Beth came out to support me and some of my friends. They were on bikes so were able to get all over the course. I was doing pretty well through mile 20 when my leg pain got to be a bit much. Centered around my knee I had some very tender spots that killed when pounding the pavement. I took a few walking breaks around this point. Drew and Beth gave me some ibuprofen which really helped once it kicked in. I was able to finish the last couple of miles running. Being in such a big event was thrilling, there was entertainment and excitement almost the whole 26.2 miles. The challenge of it all also touches something central to me. So that's why I'm already looking forward to my next run and my next marathon.

Posted by Dave at 06:00 PM

October 03, 2005

Cross Crusade Series

Cyclocross season has rolled around again in Portland with the opening race yesterday out in Hillsboro. I decided not to participate since the marathon is next weekend but I went to cheer Drew, Beth, and Staci. Here are Beth and Staci charging up a hill; Beth on her new Bianchi Axis which she declared as totally awesome. Last year she raced in a heavy mountain bike. Drew is capturing the action from a different angle. I didn't get more than a couple of shots though before my battery declared itself exhausted and I found myself without my usual spare. I may race in a couple of weeks after the marathon. I have to decide whether to race my normal bike, my single-speed, or the unicycle! There were about ten unicycle participants. I am going to have to try some off-road unicycling to see how much of the skills from the road transfer.

Beth and Drew got some more photos, check out Drew's blog.

Posted by Dave at 10:45 AM