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August 27, 2006

Portland Century

Scott, Drew and I rode in the inaugural Portland Century today and it was a blast! It was the first century for both Drew and Scott and we all survived admirably. There were a few hiccups with it being the first time this event has been put on such as long packet pickup lines, a few quirks in the directions and routing and the dreaded invisible third rest stop at mile 70 in the middle of an industrial wasteland with water bottles on empty! However all that aside it was a super day, a beautiful route with fun Portland bikey people. Scott and I have decided that women on bikes are even cuter than women runners...the legs! more...
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Posted by Dave at 08:42 PM

August 14, 2006

2nd largest recreational ride in the country

Yesterday, Drew, Dad and I joined 18,000 other Bridge Pedal riders to cross all ten of Portland's bridges on bikes. We had a perfect Portland summer morning to revel in riding where cars usually dominate. Portland is very bike friendly however the bridges are a bit of a weak point in that respect. Not yesterday though as we listened to music and took in the view on top of the Fremont/I-405 bridge. The ride ran smoother than last year although you shouldn't be in too much of a rush for this one.
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Posted by Dave at 02:48 PM

August 02, 2006

San Francisco Marathon

runsfm.jpgHalf: 1:58:39 pace: 9:04
Finish: 4:33:32 pace: 10:26

As you can see from those numbers the second half of Sunday's marathon was tough for me! In fact for a while I wanted to quit the marathon and never run again. However I just kept taking one more step no matter how slow (and it was pretty slow) and somehow made it home. Not sure why I had problems from so early on (around mile 15 or so) because I've felt much stronger this year in general. But you can never tell when you're going to have a good or bad day. Also I have been running mostly on trails and the pavement really beat me up. Not to mention that there are some hills in San Francisco!

The course was beautiful, especially the first half. We started down at the Embarcadero and ran along the waterfront then out and back on the Golden Gate Bridge (a highlight!) then by the Presidio to Golden Gate Park. Finally down Haight, then onto 16th Street and past SBC Stadium back to the beginning. It was nice and cool at the start (5:50 am!) but the sun came out strong and it was a little hot for running by the second half.

I'm not sure when my next road marathon will be. Part of me says to stick with the trails and shorter road runs and another part of me wants to keep going for it until I can finish a road marathon strongly.

Posted by Dave at 01:19 PM