Jul 27, 2007
Jul 25, 2007
Sunday morning Mike and I ran the Gold Discovery run, a 16.5 miler that starts at the top of pedro dome at cleary summit, and winds down (and UP) to the Silver Gulch brewery in Fox. It's really a gorgeous and fun run, despite the last couple of miles on pavement in the heat - 15 min. of torture after a long run. But awaiting us at silver gulch are two kegs and a great bbq. We gave this guy Patrick - from Seattle - a ride to the race, and he seemed to enjoy it except for crapping himself in the last couple of miles. BUMMER. Mike had a fantastic run in 2:10:46, and would have gotten 3rd place in his age group if it weren't for that BRIAN JACKSON (who wasn't even there to pick up his medal!). I ran a 2:17:17, which was also a few minutes faster than last year. Complete results:
The annual Red Green regatta was the same day. although we didn't make it, our friends Celso and Chloe came up with a great duct-tape-octopus-attacking-a-canoe float:
Jul 23, 2007
Neiff, 24, from Norway gored by a bull in the running of the bulls in Madrid this month. Although the horn went in at his shin and all the way up to his knee!!, the bone wasn't affected and he is OK.
Jul 17, 2007
Jul 9, 2007
Note that some crazy people are not wearing wet suits. I am soo happy that I borrowed one, because that water is c-c-c-c-old!!! The start is a loud and startling canon blast, and everyone just dives right in on top of each other. I felt like a salmon in the Copper River...Although my feet started to feel numb toward the middle of the swim and the water was pretty choppy with all the swimmers going at once, it wasn't too bad, and my split was around 8:30? The transition wasn't so smooth, I was really huffing and puffing while the cameraman was snapping photos of me struggling to get out of the wet suit.
The bike portion was really nice and flat and went by pretty quickly (in my mind; in reality, a slowish split of 37:00?). My run transition was super fast since I didn't have to change shoes (still haven't gone clipless), so I actually passed a couple of people in the transition area. The run was a bit painful - heavy breathing the whole time - but i surprised myself with about a 22:00 5K, and finished in 6th place (women)! for quick recovery, you're supposed to stand in cold water after a run.In all, it was super fun actually, and with a little bit more practice with open water swims and clipless pedals, I think I can drop some time.... Mike was there helping me get my gear in order and cheering me on the whole time, here's a studly photo of him after our picnic lunch on the 'beach'.
Jul 5, 2007
The next morning, we ran into some guys (and gal) with 4wheelers, coolers and dipnets at the Glenallen gas station and they reported "awesome" salmon numbers, so we took a left and drove to Chitina after all. Reports from people at O'Brien creek, however, were bad. 3 people with 3 dipnets = 6 salmon in 14 hours. bad. But, we decided we were right there so we'd try for an hour.
We tried for an hour, but with no hint of a fish at all, we left for Valdez. First we stopped at the Spirit Mountain Artworks store in Chitina which is worth a look! The drive to Valdez is freaking GORGEOUS!! I'm not sure why i didn't know this, but it was really amazing.
"THAT'S A BIG OLE GRIZZLY!":
We stopped about 544 times on the way back, partly because we were looking for a trail that someone told us about - to Red Rock Canyon? - which we never found, but we had fun at each stop anyway.
Mike built a cairn while i had fun with digital camera settings:
Some sepia-toned water for your enjoyment:
Oh ya! we saw a mom moose with two small calves with still-shaky legs, but those photos are on 35mm film...