Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gorge pedal

Brad wanted to bike in the Gorge for his day off. So we loaded up the bikes Friday morning and drove to the trail head at the Bonneville Dam.

We jumped on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and pedaled east to Cascade Locks:
We then pedaled west to Yeon State Park and saw some wildlife: a couple snacks, a bunny, two osprey, eight vultures and what we think was a bald eagle:
A little snack break before returning to the car:
It was really hot, but shade covered much of the path. And a cool wind from the west helped.

:)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Adventure Thursday: Discovery Run

Last week was the monthly Discovery Run scavenger hunt at Road Runner Sports.

It was way too hot to be running, but it was still really fun. There were a couple water-themed stops, including a slip-n-slide that felt absolutely amazing! And since we were wearing demo shoes, we didn't even have to worry about soggy shoes.

Mom was working, but Dad and Eryn joined us:
Brad and I bought the new orange shirts to get double tickets. We ended up with a ton - but no winners in our group this month.
So much fun! :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sherm's big adventure

Today was a big day for Sherm!

First stop: Tree City Chiropractic (why is there no bike rack at this business complex??):
New Seasons:
Free-range meat and Newman-O's:
I stopped at home to put the meat in the fridge and grab my awesome trailer. Ever since I discovered the Burley Travoy, I've been dreaming of the day I would do my weekly shopping by bike (Also no bike rack at Winco): 
It was magical!

Then on the way home, a train was stopped across Bonita. We waited a really long time, but with a smile on my face the whole time. I spent the time like all the other drivers: texting and taking pictures:
I turned around and realized the famous Beth Woolsey was in that blue car right behind me. She works just across the tracks at Medical Teams International and was making a "quick trip" to get half and half at Trader Joe's. Oops!

With everyone's engines turned off, we had to snap a selfie :)
As soon as Beth decided to turn around and make her way around the stoppage, the train moved and I pedaled home. She knew that was going to happen :)

What a fun morning!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer streakin' - Week 2

Week 2 recap:

Monday - 45-minute indoor bike shakeout:

Tuesday - 60 minutes on the indoor bike:

Wednesday - 3 miles at Tryon with Dad and Eryn:
Kickboxing:
Short neighborhood bike ride:

Thursday - Discovery Run - 4.13 miles:

Friday - 90-minute kickboxing:

Saturday - run 8.01 miles along the Columbia River:

Sunday - neighborhood walk. Returned to find a large skunk digging around the front yard:
:)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekly Wednesday: He's back!

Dad had his three-month post-op appointment Monday - and he's all clear!

We celebrated with a trail run/walk at Tryon State Park - and then some belated Father's Day lunch.

Just over 3 miles:
Burritos and fish tacos at Taqueria Las Casitas in Tualatin:
And frozen treats from Ome Calli
 Happy Father's Day, Dad!! :)

No. 22

No. 22 was Lady Vanishes by Carol Lea Benjamin, a mystery solved by a woman and her therapy dog.

The main character and her dog are hired by a group home to help the autistic residents and also solve the murder of the home's director. The story was fairly textbook, but I really enjoyed reading about the therapy dog. Working dogs are so cool!

:)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vancouver USA Marathon - 6/21/15

Brad ran his second marathon Sunday!!

Immediately after last year's half marathon, Brad was so excited that he signed up for this year's full marathon. The endorphins were pumping, and the expo price was just $55. He was registered before he even really realized it.

SO... about six months ago, it was time to buckle down and start training for that 26.2. He used a very aggressive training plan - so aggressive that he had to back off a bit. It was just too much. Still, he worked his tail off to prepare for this race, despite some nagging aches and pains. A couple weeks ago, his sometimes-chronic low-back acted up, and he doubted his performance right up to Saturday night.

We decided to fight rush-hour traffic Friday to get our bibs and leave Saturday open for all-day relaxing.
After a lot of pep talk, we both slept surprisingly well Saturday night. The alarm went off at 4:30 a.m.

Prepping complete. Time to go:
We arrived with plenty of time to hit the potty line before it got super long, eat a couple Clif Blocks and find the pacers in the starting corral. Clouds came in overnight, providing protection from the blazing sun. However, it also kept in the heat. It was already 61 degrees when we woke up. YIKES. Too hot.
Brad's race started at 7 a.m. but mine didn't step off until 9 a.m. - so I had plenty of time to take pictures. Nervous but ready to get it done:
Brad planned to run with the 3:45 pacer and see what happened:
"Elvis" sang the National Anthem... poorly.
This race has the best course support! Ski patrollers on bikes cruised the whole course:
I was waiting right around the corner from the starting line when Brad rounded the bend. Then suddenly the guy next to him was on the ground! Brad says the guy kicked the underside of Brad's shoe and went down. Everybody was OK:
There he goes!!!
When I did the Vancouver USA Marathon two years ago, I ran the first half with Mel, who was pacing the 4:45 group. Without her help, I don't think my race would have been that successful and awesome. She paces every year, and I spotted her at the beginning of the race with the 5-hour runners. Go, Mel, go!!
I hung out in the car for a while, then met up with Mike and Eryn. Mike was running his very first half marathon!!
Our awesome support/photography crew:
Mom and Dad took pictures along the course:
I planned to run around a 9:30 average. Mike asked if he could tag along with me. Sure!
We ran the first half right around a 9:30, then the big hill hit - and the heat started getting to us. We both took our first walk breaks up the hill and had a hard time getting back into it after that.
Eryn, who used this as just a training run, was doing run/walk intervals. 
Mom and Dad spotted Brad at about mile 24.5 - still with the 3:45 pacer and looking strong!
Mike and I ended up running the whole thing together. I was honored to help (hopefully it was a help!) him finish his first half! And I was also happy to take it a little slower. I've decided spring/summer races aren't for me. I need those cooler temps.
Eryn! Nearing the end:
Mom and Dad made it in time to see Eryn finish:
Congrats to everyone for their races! 
(Brad looks super creeper in this one:)
The crew:
So proud of this guy!
And this one!
The clouds had parted by this time, and it was too hot to stand :)
In the evening, Eryn, Brad and I went to Shari's for some refueling. Mozzarella sticks for this one:
A good day for everyone! :)