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Taste of the Nation, Bike Racing and Sun!

Monday, April 24th, 2006

As I mentioned previously, this weekend I completed my first ever stage race – the Willamette Valley Classic. My first ‘sports goal for 2006’ to get crossed off the list (now, for that half-ironman, half-marathon and crit…)! I’ll write up a race report later, but for right now, lets just say that I a) Need to train more and b) Have to learn how to be more aggressive riding in a pack.

Tonight is the annual Portland food event that I somehow never paid attention to the past two years I lived here! The Portland Taste of the Nation is a tax-deductible fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank that includes tastings from all the restaurants that I normally dine at during Happy Hour….plus lots of others that I’ve always wanted to try. It’s pricey, but I’m considering it a present to Charlie and myself for surviving this weekend.

Finally, this week looks like it will be amazingly sunny – yes! I’m planning on good rides tomorrow and Thursday if I can overcome my recent attack by pollen (since when do people develop allergies in their 20s???). Maybe I’ll fly somewhere with less nature for a weekend – I’ve been writing up some really good deals in cheap tickets lately.

Preparing for the Willamette Valley Classic

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

The weather is finally starting to cooperate! I went on a fantastic ride yesterday after work that included four ‘ouch’ climbs. I had planned on one hill, but I met up with fellow Ironheads Rob and Erica, and Rob decided to prepare us for climbing in this weekend’s race, the Willamette Valley Classic.

The WVC will be my first ever stage race. For those that don’t know, a stage race is basically a race that takes place over the course of a few days. Think the Tour de France…on a much, much smaller scale. If I like doing stage races and could find some cheap Sydney airfare, I’d consider going Down Under next winter, during Oregon’s crappy wet season, and getting in some good training by racing a stage race in Australia.

Since Erica and I are female newbies, we’ll be taking on the shortest distances: 20 miles, 22 miles and 45 miles, Friday-Sunday respectively. Charlie, who is also on the same cycling team as Rob as well as being an Ironhead, is at the top level, so he’ll be racing 70 miles, 17 miles (this is an extra race for non-beginner categories, called a time trial, which is a solo effort instead of group racing) 44 miles and 70 miles, over the course of three days. Being one category below Charlie, Rob will take slightly less mileage.

The WVC is a new race, and many of the categories are full (with 100 riders per field!) I’m hoping that I’ll be able to hang with my group of 25, enjoy myself and possibly even get to explore Eugene a little more after Saturday’s race!

The Death of Chivalry?

Monday, April 17th, 2006
The opinions section of the paper is one of my favorite (right up there with Ask Amy, Dear Abby and the like), which is probably why I enjoy the blogsphere so's just full of opinions (some more well supported ... [Continue reading this entry]

Holiday and Weekend Plans

Friday, April 14th, 2006
This weekend is set to be a busy one - no big surprise there. Tonight, I'm thinking about heading to the Portland Beer and Wine Fest and then heading over to SE to hang out with the biker peeps at ... [Continue reading this entry]

Creepy Guys – Or, Why I Lock My Doors in N. Portland

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
Living in N. Portland has its advantages - it's cheaper, it's a few miles from work, and there are number of cool restaurants and shops opening up. However, it still has a reputation for being slightly seedy and not ... [Continue reading this entry]

Beaver Freezer Race Report 2006

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
The fact my summer trips this year revolve more around triathlons than Peru air tickets, I figured I should probably write a little bit about my first race of the season. This weekend I headed down to Corvallis for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wants vs. Needs

Monday, April 10th, 2006
When I first started working, I used to think of purchases in terms of hours. As in, "this shirt will cost me 4.5 hours of folding underwear, dealing with bitchy people and a Saturday afternoon." Although that sense of dollar-per-hour ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tanzanian legislator wants errant investors spanked

Thursday, April 6th, 2006
Spanking should be added in the list of punishments to deal with investors who are not abiding by the laid down laws.
Speechless!  Tanzanian legislator wants errant investors spanked

2006 Spring/Summer Domestic Trips

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
Keeping up with blog writing is difficult - I don't want to write about things that I don't think people would find interesting...or can't find the time to make 'kinda interesting' things worth reading :) I've been keeping my eye on ... [Continue reading this entry]