Monday, February 14, 2011
Over the years, I have avoided driving as much as possible and even my kids walked or took the bus to school. This school year, my 7th grader and I walk to and from school everyday. It is a 3 mile round trip and I do it twice a day and without fail there is a driver or two who choose to ignore the crosswalk laws. Now almost everybody drives through the crosswalk behind us before we are safely across the road but there are always a few who can not even wait to do that.
Today's sweetheart was a lady on her cellphone (against the law btw plus she was smoking with the other hand) and she sees we are coming and the traffic is way to busy at 24th and F but she still inches her car into the crosswalk and sits there hoping to turn right. Of course she is blocking our legal pathway but doe she care? Of course not. But at least I had the pleasure to tell her off and wish her a great Valentine's Day.
Honestly people can we get off the phone and obey traffic laws! I think I should start video taping these people and put them on youtube. But in the end, we made it to school and then the chugs and I headed off through Westchester and got to spend some off leash time in the river bed for awhile. It looks like the water is coming back so we could not cross the river and it was pretty muddy too.
Then we got home and I did a Nike Training Camp workout with my chugs in the backyard. They think it is playtime when I am on my mat doing drills and they make it fun. 18 months ago I started doing boot camp / circuit training and I know it has helped my running. Besides being stronger overall, it has helped me with my agility. This agility helps me with my trail running a lot and has helped keep me injury-free as well.
Montaña de Oro Trail Run
February 13th, 2011
Race Website HERE.
2011 Results HERE.
2011 Photos HERE
2011 FaceBook Photos HERE
2011 FaceBook HERE
2011 Garmin Stats HERE.
What a fun day! Fun, Sun, Trails, Friends and some Hills thrown in to keep it real. This was the second Pacific Coast Trail Run that the Bakersfield Distance Project attended and I am sure we will be running many more. This one started like the first (Santa Monica Mountains) with an early morning meet up at Bagels and Blenderz at 5am to form our carpool and convoy.
Our convoy consisted of Lisa driving her husband's SUV with Rey and I on board and Denni had Norma and Cindy on board. Then we headed of to the infamous Highway 46 with a quick stop in Lost Hills. The drive was uneventful except for the 45 mph signs on some of 46 which made the going slow. Despite the speed restrictions, we got to the race around 7:30am and it was a beautiful sunny day.
|Mile One View|
|Cheslsey & Diana|
|Stephen looking tense.|
- Mile 1 - 12:26 - up 84 / down 90
- Mile 2 - 11:45 - up 67 / down 34
In these early miles, Judy from Bakersfield caught up with me and we ran along the bluffs together.
- Mile 3 - 14:44 - up 276 / down 156
- Mile 4 - 16:10 - up 347 / down 24
- Mile 5 - 22:03 - up 699 / down 0
|After we went up the first climb, we went down again!|
When I got to the top, I took a couple quick shots and then headed back down the trail where I knew I could make up some time on the not so sure footed. Over the next two miles. we dropped over 1000 feet and at times the trail got tricky especially where it was wet. While I was going down to the aid station, Norma caught me and at first I thought I was on the wrong trail because she was doing the 12k.
- Mile 6 - 15:24 pace - up 69 and down 519
- Mile 7 - 14:23 pace - up 0 and down 549
We chatted for a bit but as soon as we got on the fire road, she was gone from sight. She ended up putting 13 minutes on me in the last 9 plus miles! A lot of that time was made on the fire road, which I did not enjoy. it was warm and slightly uphill and seemed to go on forever. The only thing that made it bearable was a young gal tried her hardest to pass me on it. She should of saved herself for Hazard peak because I never saw her after we got on it.
- Mile 8 - 12:59 - up 124and down 164
- Mile 9 - 14:20 - up 58 and down 0
- Mile 10 - 14:44 - up 161 and down 37
It never seemed that the bikes were going uphill but I seemed to catch everyone going downhill and they were annoying. They would just bomb along the trail and then say "Thanks" as they whizzed by. It was not like they gave you an option of getting out of the way so the thanks seemed very insincere. I use to be a cyclists and their behavior and the behavior of Bakersfield cyclist on the bike path continues to appall me. Why they have to be so rude is beyond me.
- Mile 11 - 20:24 - up 467 and down 15
- Mile 12 - 16:51 - up 171 and down 160
- Mile 13 - 15:32 - up 164 and down 65
- Mile 14 - 16:14 - up 136 and down 156
After I left the forest, I realized the course was not a 25k and ended up being a 27k. One could see the finish and it looked a ways off but it it was at least downhill. Here is where I caught Chelsey who was walking with another runner and at first, I thought they were done with the race but then I realized they had just ran out of gas.
After the race, Chelsey said she underestimated the difficulty of the course and ran out of water. That is why I say that trail running is chess and road racing is checkers. Chelsey was one of many victims of the course that day. Stephen had a great first half but then ran out of gas around mile 10 where Rey caught him and put ten minutes on him by the end.
- Mile 15 - 12:36 - up 47 and down 371
- Mile 16 - 10:42 - up 34 and down 274
- Mile 17 - 10:16 - up 0 and down 261
|Bakersfield Distance Project Popsicles!|
- Norma Diaz 1:51:15
- Rey Rodriguez 2:49:22 (7th OA)
- Stephen Humphreys 3:00:03
- Deni Jorgesen 3:38:03
- Cindy Adame 3:55:57
- Andy Noise 4:08:49
- Chelsey McGauhuey 4:14:59
- Lisa Sorensen 4:36:55
- Judy Reed 4:42:24
- Gabrielle Alexander 5:35:16
- Diana Daves 5:35:22
- Sarah Lewis 5:37:10
- Michael Lewis 6:39:28