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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bruce Trowbridge Duathlon Starts Today

Posted Saturday, May 31, 2008
The past two days leading up to the duathlon have been immensely busy. I arrived to Portland, Oregon on Thursday at 8:45 P.M. and upon our final dissension, I could not help but relish in the moment as I saw snowcapped mountain peaks protruding through the clouds. The view was stunning. Since I was traveling back in time, I felt as if my day was 27 hours long, so not surprisingly I was exhausted and went to bed after Tim and I found a motel.

For those of you who don’t know, Tim had driven across the nation. I’m sure he was equally as tired. Now, for our first full day in Portland, we did a bit of last minute shopping, some of which included a first-aid kit, food and drink, and a new bike.

Purchasing the bike, for me at least, was the most exhilarating because I was able to test-ride it. There was only one problem or maybe just a few more! I had never ridden a bike in the city nor did I know my way around. The hilarious part about it is I was wearing jeans, so I had to role them up in order to prevent the bottoms of my pant legs from catching anything.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bike made the most aggravatingly rhythmic noise or a noise most commonly known as “clicking.” I’m seriously doubting that I could have looked more like a metropolitan novice in terms of riding bike. Nonetheless, I made it successfully and am excited to ride the new ride. I’ve already put a good number of miles on it.

As for today, May 31st, the time has flown and we’ve met a great number of people who have been enormously encouraging. Thank you so much everyone. Today was also the first time I’ve ever seen the Pacific Coast. I must say it goes well beyond my expectations. I will be starting the duathlon at 9:00 PST tomorrow morning and finishing for the day around 3:00 in the afternoon just 10 miles before Eugene.

If any one would like to run or bike along, that would be fantastic. We hope to see you en route even if you’d just like to say hello. As for now, I am going to head out, do some stretching, and relax, for tomorrow’s adventure will be rather demanding. Ocean City, New Jersey, here I come!

An article in today's Olean Times Herald by Kate Day Sager
tells some of the background on Bruce Trowbridge's duathlon to raise money for water wells in Africa.

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