Corvallis Half Marathon part II

You know, I have heard people, hell, even people I know well, go on vacations that do NOT involves participation in athletic events. Let alone athletic events that people shake their head at. These are people who do not travel hundreds of miles just to be able to ride 100 miles on a bike, or 13.1 miles by foot. Nay, I have been told that not everyone does a century ride or a half marathon before relaxing for a week.

These people of whom they speak are NOT Valente’s! We earn our vacations I say! And this time it was Michelle who did so in Corvallis! Continue reading “Corvallis Half Marathon part II”

And the Sidewalk Ended

You know, I have no idea where this post is going to go.  I have been suffering a bit of bloggers block since the Chilly Hilly, the creative juices have simply not flowed. The weather has not been cooperating for long bike rides, which is the prime source of my muse.

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But Tuesday, I was taking my lunch time walk from the new downtown office near Lake Union…. Continue reading “And the Sidewalk Ended”

It’s all about enjoying the ride

I was chatting with a blogger friend today after my last blog post. In it I had mentioned the long ago jerk who told a relatively new cyclist (me)  “Well until you do the RAMROD, you aren’t a real cyclist.” Now normally, I brush off comments from people without a second thought.  For some reason, probably because I REALLY disliked this guy, it stuck in my craw.  Having completed the RAMROD this year I finally have the monkey off my back!

My blogger buddy Ron, of the Sevencyclist’s Blog, put it in perspective when he said. “it’s kind of a elitist type of comment. It’s all about enjoying the ride … The important thing is to get out there.”

And that is how a blog post is born! Continue reading “It’s all about enjoying the ride”

The Faster you go, the more boring the trip…

So there I was last week, reading a sci fi book about some space traveling cowboys (ok they weren’t really cowboys, it’s what I use instead of space traveling people).  One of them was lamenting about how bored he was.  They’d been cooped up in the space ship, going faster than the speed of light, for 450 days .   His buddy responded, “Isn’t it strange that the faster you are traveling, the more boring the trip is?

I actually stopped and reread this a few times, cuz it got me thinking…. Continue reading “The Faster you go, the more boring the trip…”

It really is a matter of convenience…

You know what’s fun about reading other cycling blogs?  You sometimes read a post that results in you “borrowing” the theme for your own blog.  (OK, maybe we could call it stealing the idea)  This happened just yesterday when I read a post by my british blogger friend Jude (Cycling with Heels) Continue reading “It really is a matter of convenience…”

Well it ended ok….

So I have to tell ya, today was NOT one of my better days.  Work has been tough lately with the project I am on. It has me grouchy enough that Rocky, our cafeteria guy, asked me Tuesday why I didn’t whistle any more as I walked through the lunch room.  NOT a good sign.  And today was not good at all… Continue reading “Well it ended ok….”

I can see we sometimes get a bad name!

Today was a different day for me.  Instead of riding the bike, I told Michelle (who had to put up with my long bikes rides every weekend leading up to the STP) that today I’d walk with her instead.

She is in training to walk the Portland half marathon in October with her best friend Kim.  So on tap today was a 6 – 8 mile walk along the Burke Gilman trail.  One of our friends joined us as well, and we headed out at 8 AM. Continue reading “I can see we sometimes get a bad name!”

Jingling through town

Y’all have heard me talk about it quite a bit over the last fees weeks and months, well today was finally the day.  The Arthritis Foundation‘s Seattle Jingle Run and Walk!  As usual, the main topic of conversation leading up to today was the weather.  December is NOT our best weather month of the year.  In the past, we have had monsoon rains, snow, wind, and anything else you can think of.

This year was cold!  Here in Seattle, we usually end up in the 40’s at night and maybe 50 during the day.  Then, in a cold snap, we’ll get down to the lower 30s or even (GASP!) upper 20s at night, and get to the 40s in the day.

This week we have been in the teens!  It NEVER gets that cold here.  I even stopped wearing sandals to Starbucks a day or two.  It was that cold.  Last night was no different.  In fact, some places hit single digits.  UGH.  Time to break out the layers.

Michelle and I had a helluva time waking up, but we sucked it up and headed and got our of bed!

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Herding Cats!

You know, there are some things that you just don’t understand until you end up in the right place at the right time.  Or is it the wrong place at the right time?

What I am talking about is all the effort that goes into an organized event.  I have been doing Runs/Walks/Stair climbs/Bike rides for over a decade.  For me its been easy.  I sign up on-line, (OK I admit my first was a mail in app from the newspaper, with a check (yep old school)) usually have my number mailed to me. I show up early, complete the event, and only then, do I put on the souvenir t-shirt.

I try to park far away, which makes getting home easier.  Yep for me its been easy….

Then I met these people

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This is the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk committee, and the event is Sunday… Continue reading “Herding Cats!”