Category Archives: 7 Hills of Kirkland

2017 Chilly Hilly: Equal parts great fun and sheer misery

My sixth Chilly Hilly ride last Sunday (Feb. 26) was probably my wettest one yet. I continued to hope (pray) into the late stages of the 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island that it would … Just. Stop. Raining. It didn’t — until after I … Continue reading

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2016 Flying Wheels Summer Century: 104 gritty miles in 85-degree heat

I’ve got some friends in low places — the lowest gears on my Trek 1.1 bicycle. It’s a good thing I rediscovered them recently, because they helped me conquer some tough hills and a 104-mile course in 85-degree heat last Saturday (June 4). Call it … Continue reading

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7 Hills of Kirkland Metric Century 2016: These hills had me pleading no mas

This ride was my annual lesson in how I don’t do enough hill training … and how I am no longer 25. I rode the 7 Hills of Kirkland Metric Century on Memorial Day, my fourth time doing this  event and my … Continue reading

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2016 Fiesta 5K Ole Run: A Capitol Hill funfest for taco lovers

I ran my first Fiesta 5K Ole Run in Seattle’s eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood last Saturday (May 7), as part of my 2016 quest to do some different road races. My first impression: This event is a much bigger deal … Continue reading

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2016 Seahawks 12K Run: Fewer people show for this spirited, warm weather run

The 2016 Seahawks 12K Run took place last Sunday (April 17) under what I consider ideal conditions: sunny skies, warm but not blistering hot temperatures, and no threat of rain. The vibe was great — lots of Seahawk spirit, linebacker … Continue reading

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2016 Emerald City Bike Ride: Long lines, but worth the wait

It wasn’t the most challenging bike ride I’ve ever done, but the first-ever Emerald City Bike Ride last Sunday (April 3) was enjoyable and worth doing. Yes, even if I had to share the starting line and much of the first … Continue reading

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2016 Mercer Island Half-Marathon: Modest improvement but still back of the pack

I’ve long subscribed to the theory that if you run an entire race end-to-end, you will never finish last. I’m talking about local races here, not the Boston Marathon. According to this theory, there will always be a handful of people … Continue reading

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