I’ve become a curmudgeon of a swim coach late in my triathlon career, so bear with me as I air a grievance. For example, I give my swimmers something simple but hard, the classic 20x100 on 1:30, aiming to hold 1:25 per repeat.
It's grey, cold, and dumping buckets outside. I've been in a car for six hours listening to the strum thwack of wipers, squinting to determine if I'm staying between the striped lines, and white-knuckling the steering wheel driving to Marin, CA.
It may not boast the title of Tracktown, USA, or have the foodie culture and urban appeal of Portland, but the oft overlooked Corvallis, OR, has plenty to offer both locals and visitors. The city of over 55,000 residents has a wine walk, an annual Turkey Trot, an abundance of wineries and a state university offering cultural and educational experiences, as well as athletic spectatorship.
The Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland ride presented by Alaska Airlines is celebrating its 40th year on July 13 and 14. This 206-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest with up to 8,000 participants riding from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR in one or two days.
The Super Fast Half, held Saturday, June 29 claims to be one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country while the Super Marathon, held Sunday, June 30 is a Boston qualifier course with a qualifying rate of over 34 percent.
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