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Feels Like The First Time… #TSFM2017

Let’s just get it out there. If you do not feel like jamming out with me just skim down just a little bit

I am back for a 4th year as an ambassador and part of the amazing team at The San Francisco Marathon. This is the one I could not give up. This is a special event to me, its the event that taught me so much about myself. It is the event that has always worked hard to put their runners and their ambassadors first. I can not thank them enough for letting me dance one more time.

On top of this it is the 40th year of The San Francisco Marathon

So why am I saying Feels Like the First Time?

I am running the full marathon which is how this adventure started, and I have not ran a full since three years ago when this started. I know what I am up against, I know what is involved and I know that I am in for a huge challenge.

I am changing my training. One of my biggest issues was getting in my strength training. I actually used my work connections to get myself started on a strength training plan (Thank you Yancy Camp) I am using some of the basics of some of the obstacle course world, adapting it for my ability levels and working with that. The first couple weeks I feel like I was making gains (we got hit with the worst winter storm Portland has had in 30 years which has killed my gym time)

Once the weather clears up I will be working a lot on my run training. The one thing the last year taught me is I was not where I want to be in terms of shape so I am putting my focus on that. I think giving up some of the things that have left me with not so fulfilled and happy are helping me

My goal is just to make the 40th Anniversary the return to the marathon. Will think time goals later on.

Expresso Ride of the Week: (@PDXGym): Lost Trail

Congratulations to all who finished the first ride of the week. Week 2 ROTW is:

Welcome to our second Ride of the Week (ROTW), where we pick one road every week for you to explore with the riders from your team and thousands of others from around the world.

This week is LOST TRAIL! Tropical trees and Mayan ruins await in the jungles of Central America, but don’t stop too long to take in the scenery!

Complete the ride to earn your badge. Every road has it’s own badge so make sure you don’t miss out or you will have to wait a long time for the ride to be featured again. Ride fast to climb the leaderboards and lay claim to the top spot in your age group and circle of friends! Ride as many times as you need to. Only your fastest will count.

You don’t need to sign up for the ROTW online. You just need to sign in on your Expresso Bike and finish your ride during the week! New rides will be announced each Sunday and you’ll have through the end of Saturday to finish them. The ride of the week starts and stops at midnight USA Eastern.

Expresso Bike News! New Features for 2017 (@PDXGym)

There is SO much news for riders of Expresso Bikes at West Coast Fitness.

First off, every week there will be a featured ride of the week. There will be a special leader board and a chance to win badges on your profile. I will post the information on the West Coast Facebook page as soon as time permits me once a week.

This weeks ride is Rolling Thunder (1 miler)

Second:


January Challenge is the traditional Titan Challenge. 5,000 Calories burned in a month gets you the special badge and a chance to win 100.00 dollars from Expresso.

Third:

There are TWO year long challenges this year.
One being Road Master which is actually THREE challenges.
1- Ride 2017 KM
2-Burn 50,000 Calories
3- Ride EVERY Road course they have to offer.

The second is Game Master (Hello, this has my name written all over it)
(Side note: This could be the hardest challenge. There are 12 different rides with 8 different time combos so each challenge is 96 rides)

1- Speed (Play every game board and every time combination in speed mode)
2- Tactics (Play every game board and time combo in tactics)
3- Power (Play every game board and time combo in Power Mode)

Everything I have talked about is listed on the Expresso Challenges page.

Feel free to reach out for questions and happy riding.