This spring one of our local wineries (King Estates) hosted a Wine Country Run (5K). This was the inaugural event and a friend of ours ran it. So we tagged along, brought the kids, and I brought my little Canon G11 camera and shot some video. I hope this video expresses the great, laid back atmosphere and beautiful country. We had a great time. Maybe we’ll run it ourselves next year.
>I found this ancient piece of history the other day.
In 1986 the 7-Eleven sponsored cycling team rode in the Tour de France. They suffered a lot. The 7-Eleven team was the first ever U.S. team to race in the tour. (Riding for a French team, American Greg LeMond became the first American to win the tour that year.) I had begun my tour fanship the previous year, but 1986 was the big year. Every weekend John Tesh and his team (and Tesh’s new-age style music) would bring us coverage of this great race. It was the first time that most Americans had a chance to be introduced to the sport of bicycle racing, let alone the Tour de France. In my life it was somewhat monumental, but most Americans couldn’t care less, until the Lance Armstrong phenom.
Here is a “get-to-know-them” video of the 7-Eleven team back in 1986. You will see some of the greats of American cycling from that era, including Bob Roll, Chris Carmichael (trainer of Lance Armstrong), Davis Phinney, Alexi Grewal, and Eric Heiden.
>Vive le tour (1962)
Descending in the fog looked dreadful.
It is interesting that the take on doping is about riders wanting to block the pain so they don’t stop rather than about riding faster. The film almost takes a sympathetic stance, as though doping only lets us know just how tough this race truly is.
>Bill Dellinger Invitational 2010
>On Saturday our little family jumped on our bikes and rode over to the Bill Dellinger Invitational cross country meet at Alton Baker park. The day was bright and sunny, but chilly. We had a great time, a good ride, and just plain fun. Lily has been doing some cross country running through Track City. Today she was able to get up close to some top athletes.
the trailer with the two little ones.
>one more family activity…cross country!
Climbing Mount Thielsen
The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too.~ Hervey Voge
- It’s always further than it looks.
- It’s always taller than it looks.
- And it’s always harder than it looks.
We started hiking around 5:40AM and in a short while I could feel the altitude. A mile in we began to encounter snow patches and eventually we put on our snow shoes. At times we could see the imposing summit peak through the trees. The trail steepened and we powered on. Because of the snow we took a shortcut through a “blow down” area where many large trees were scattered on their sides. It was eerily impressive. I began to tire severely and wondered several times if I would make it. My heart rate maxed out and my breathing was heavy and labored. I felt like I had bit off more than I could chew. I could tell I was getting clumsy. Finally we stopped for about 15 minutes. This allowed me to down some trail mix and electrolyte bites, lots of water, and catch my breath. After that I felt much better, though I was still only hanging on the the back of the group as we continued up the mountain.
As I write this my legs are very sore and my sunburn hurts, but I feel very good. I carried sunscreen to the summit and back but forgot to put any on, so my face is as red as a ripe tomato and beginning to peel. I’ll take my sunburn as a temporary badge of honor though. I have been living as an armchair mountaineer for too long. My heart longs to be off the couch and hiking through alpine regions. This climb means a lot to me in that respect. One thing for sure, I need to get into better shape if I am to climb again. Another thing for sure, I loved this experience and can hardly wait for the next.
>2009 NCAA Cross Country Western Regionals
>Back in November we decided to watch the NCAA Cross Country Western Regionals which took place at the Springfield Country Club just outside of Springfield, Oregon. I look for opportunities to get my kids face-to-face with these kinds of events – plus I love them myself. I brought along my wife’s Flip camera to try it out.
You will see Oregon’s newcomer, Jordan Hasay, getting second place in the women’s race. I predict big things for her at Oregon – of course, so do a lot of other people.
You can see it in HD. Once it starts playing find the “360p” at the bottom of the video and chose “720p” instead.
I would have posted this video months ago but Windows Movie Maker, which allowed me to edit the thing just fine, did not allow me to publish it because of a file type (.AVI) conflict. Finally I found Windows Live Movie Maker which can handle the file type. However, my titles and edits did not import exactly perfect and I don’t want to take the time to fix them. So it’s not perfect, but it never was anyway.
>skiing the steeps
I can only dream of doing that kind of skiing, but I do dream.
>Steve Prefontaine, 1973 indoor mile
Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.~ Steve Prefontaine
Outdoor track season is upon us. The University of Oregon women and men just wrapped up the NCAA Indoor Championship with 1st and 2nd places respectively. Here is Steve Prefontaine (former UofO track team member) in top form against a great group of runners, including Marty Liquori, in an indoor mile. I love the British announcers commentary, and the interview at the end is great too.
I remember seeing Prefontaine run when I was a kid. A gutsy runner if there ever was one.
Here’s Liquori beating Jim Ryun in 1971 in the “Dream Mile”:
>Alberto Salazar, 1981 NYC Marathon
>Once, in the early ’80s (probably around the time of the ’81 NYC marathon) when working out at my highschool track after school (I competed in shotput/hammer/javelin/discus for the team) Salazar came by to do some laps. We watched him run faster than anyone on our team could possible run lap after lap. After about 25 laps he left. We thought it was cool. Needless to say he was one of the greats.