Monday, February 23, 2009

Pedal faster! I see the light!

Yes, OSU and the Dixon Recreation Center have hit the big time.

See here.

Or here.


And here.

Oh, and right here.

Yep, now you can pedal "green" at OSU. It was only a matter of time, really. I just wish they'd put them on the treadmills, so I could do my part!

Photo by Casey Campbell of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. Thanks for the photo and yes, I already subscribe...please don't put me on the call list!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Yes, my friends, it is (almost) Spring again. A time when a young man's thoughts turn to, ain't flowers, I know that. But anyhoo, Spring also means that the ol' race schedule starts to get a little longer. More choices on the race scene: long races, short races, Ultras, Winter Triathlons! It's time to get serious - just take a look at my Nike+ mini-me...yes, nearly five miles, but who's counting!?!

Get out there and race. Now!


March 7th / Spring Fever 10k and 5k / Corvallis, OR

March 7th / Run for the Honeywagon Half-Marathon and 4 miler / Everson, WA

March 7th / Snake River Canyon Half-Marathon / Pullman, WA

March 7th / Run for Luck 10k and 5k / Lacey, WA

March 7th / Spring Forward Against Autism 5k / Tacoma, WA

March 7th / Methow Winter Triathon (Mt. Bike, Ski, Run) / Winthrop, WA

March 7th / Centennial 37 Mile Trail Run / Spokane, WA

March 8th / Chapel Hill Run for Relief for Burma 5k / Gig Harbor, WA

March 8th / KCBA YLD 5k Run (can't figure it out? Sorry - hit the link) / Seattle, WA

Thanks to the teachers in the UK that run this site. Sites that actually come right out and say "please use these photos" are OK with The Two R's.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Where's Spell-Check When I Need It?

So I'm looking up the Osbourne Aquatic Center in Corvallis, right? I head over to Google and punch it in...Hey, look at that! My Two R's post on the Osbourne Aquatic Center is number 4 on the list! Holy Schmo, I'm even more huge than I thought. As Mojo Jojo would say, "I rock so hard!". But then I noticed that the actual Aquatic Center didn't have a listing on there...hmmmm. Is it possible that the Aquatic Center doesn't know how to spell Osbourne? Yep, it's possible. I punch in "Osborne" and hey, there it is.

So, needless to say, The Two R's will be huge with idiots that can't spell. Hey, those are my people!

Thanks to these guys for the photo. Apparently, they built the Osborne/Osbourne Aquatic Center...nice work!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tomato-Tomahto, Walnut-Martin Luther King Jr...

So I took the Kona out on the Beaver Freezer bike course today - the Softride is still in storage. Since I've never done the Freezer before, I printed out a handy little map and took it with me. So 26th, Campus Way, 35th, Harrison, Walnut, yada, far, so good. OK, now we turn around at "Walnut Park". Says so right here. Right here. Hmmm, I don't remember any Walnut Park on Walnut...I remember a park on Walnut, but I sure don't remember a Walnut Park on Walnut. Don't see one either. There's Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Yep, that's the one I remember. Don't remember a Walnut Park. But then, I've only lived here six months...what do I know from Walnut Park?

Five minutes and a good mile later, I knew I wasn't finding any Walnut Park and turned it around.

So anyway, I'm pretty sure the good people at the Beaver Freezer meant the turnaround is at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, not Walnut Park.

The course, you ask? Not bad. A little up and down on the two out and back spokes, but nothing serious. Of course, I've honed my hate of the bike leg by participating numerous times in the Lake Padden Sprint Tri in Bellingham, and Padden has what is perhaps the steepest hill in all of the sprint tri world, so anything besides that feels pretty nice. Probably will ride the course four or five more times just to get a nice feel for it before race day.

But first!


February 28th / Fall Lake Run Around 20 mile, 15k and 5k / Lowell, OR

February 28th / Heart N Sole 10k and 5k / Longview, WA

February 28th / Skagit Symphony's Smelt Run 10k and 5k / LaConner, WA

March 1st / Red Lizard Five Miler / Lake Oswego, OR

Thanks to the OSU Triathlon Club for the map.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Drug Addicts LOVE The Two R's!

No, really. See it's like this - you can track a number of stats about your blog through Analytics on Google and take a wild guess which post I've written lately that's the most popular. That's right, it's the post titled Cyclobenzaprin, Percocet, and Chlorzoxazone. Now, do you really think runners are searching for those terms on Google? Um, no. sure to turn in for my next post, titled: Valium, Lithium, and Prozac - Run Happy!

Let's race.


February 21st / Hagg Lake Trail Runs 50k and 25k / Forest Grove, OR

February 22nd / Birch Bay Marathon and 25k / Birch Bay, WA

And...that's it. Apparently, everyone is still tired from Valentine's Day at this point.

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's Full Up!

Remember when I said the Beaver Freezer was coming and the sign up was today? No? Well never mind because you're too late anyway. That's right - it sold out in one day. One day!

Sorry if you missed it. I'll tell you all about it...I'll be like a double-secret agent - reporting from the inside! Like an embedded reporter...except without the war and sand.

Anyway, if you missed getting in the Beaver Freezer, head on back to my list of other similar triathlons around the valley and sign up for a different one...FAST!