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Sunday, August 12, 2012

How much can you pack....

..in a weekend that's warm and wind that feels like a refreshing breeze rather than a brutal headwind.

The Saturday started off with a 6am 4 hour ride.  It was suprisingly warm....no, hot.  I had to shed clothes right away.  I went down the coast past Safety with the road bike.  A nice ride and I made good time but the road bike was a little much to handle on a long ride full of dirt and pot holes.
Revelation: Road bikes are not meant for dirt roads

So happy to have a bridge to roll the only pavement, felt like doing laps on the bridge. 


Beach break


Post ride: it was only 11am, a great feeling.  The weather kept improving and with no obligations for the day we gathered the family and headed down the coast.  In actual time that was about 3 hrs to get ready, pack load up fishing poles, chain saw, tent, beach games and clothes if the weather turned.  No need to worry.  We drove on the beach about 40 miles out and had an incredible beach day.  A rare treat.  The kids were running around in the water like a lower 48 beach.  








Thursday, August 9, 2012

Running around


Photo taken by Aprille Pitt, runners. 
The past two weeks have been a running kind of time. Two Saturdays ago I ran the local 8 mile dexter challenge in rain and a fair amount of mud.  I was happy with my 55 min time though I was really pushing hard up the steady climb over to dexter.  163 was my average HR BPM with spikes above 170 which is pretty high for me, but I just couldn't catch the faster runner ahead of me.

Photo taken by Aprille Pitt (I think). Willis Fireball running, approaching Cape Nome.

The following week, last Saturday, I ran my (and Nome's) first official unoffical Cape Nome marathon set up by a local organizer. It was (again) wet, some rain and a fair amount of slippery mud.   I finished in 3:16 with an average HR of 156 bpm without much variation. I felt like the attempt was solid though some muddy sliding tweaked my knee that caused discomfort from mile 14 till mile 18 and then, voila, dissappeared.  Knee pain is funny like that.  There were 3 other brave souls on the full but the half was much more popular   Overall a fun event that hopefully will continue annually.

Not sure what's next....