After a busy Java One, I decided to attend the 95th Bay to Breakers
). It is my 3rd. Here is an account of the
"performance". This is the abridged version. "Within the law", I hope.
Start - I am little behind schedule and I arrive with only 5 min before
the start. There are a gazillion people crowding Howard St. so I decide
to cheat (I had to look this up in the Dictionary, since there is no
equivalent in Romanian :-)) and attack from Main St. My plan is simple.
Tackle the first 3 runners and win by intimidating the rest :-)
I am 220
lb and I can arm wrestle most of the people in the crowd. Someone asks
me "Howyoudoin'". I reply "beautiful"! I am \*very\*
200 hundred yards into the race - I notice on the right side of the road
the people holding yellow balloons. Initially I just see the balloons,
but on second look all they are wearing are the balloons! Some of them
are joining the race. Lovely.
Moscone - This reminds of last week. It has been a great Java One. I'll
blog more about this later, but in a nutshell thinking of the conference
gave me an energy boost. I am flying until we turn right on 9th.
Hayes St (part one) - We are now running up the hill, but I still have
some momentum and I doing OK. Short lived. After a block or so a midget
passes me. Oh nooo! I am looking for ways to kill myself. Fortunately
all traffic is stopped and there is no Muni bus I can jump in front of.
Hayes St (part two) - I pass a couple of AARP members. Way to go big
guy! Now this is what I call winning:-) Now if I can only outrace Jim
Davidson. I am nervously looking over my shoulder
Hayes St (part three) - Almost at the top. I am still running ... any
slower I would start going backwards. One word comes to mind: 220lb :-(
Fell St. - That's exactly how I feel! Lot's of bands on this street, but
I am running at the tunes played by my own iPod Nano which I managed to
drop. It tumbles 29,000 times, before I can pick it up. I am furious,
but it still works. Thanks Apple for making these devices idiot proof.
Lots of people on the sideline are providing water. I appreciate that.
Golden Gate Park (part one) - Finally the park, which means that we are
more than half way done. A lot of people on the sideline cheering.
Golden Gate Park (part two) - I am tired, but a little more encouraged
since I am starting to pass some people. I guess they call this a second
wind. Bottom line I can't keep up with any of the people I care for ...
I notice some big Buffalo on the right side. Cool. I make a mental note
to take Alexis to see them.
Golden Gate Park (part three) - I am starting to see more first aid
stations. Good. I may need one any second. Left calf is cramping :-(
It's picture time. Some guy with a bullhorn is telling us to raise our
hands and smile for the camera. What a stupid idea! How about taking a
picture at the beginning of the race when I am chipper and not dragging
a foot behind :-(
I am starting to get a bad attitude, but the instincts
take over ... "marche ou meurt".
Finish - 1 hour, 12 minutes (just behind the first 2000 people racing).
Somewhat underwhelming, but I finished the race and the car is not that
far. I only hope I ran faster than Jim Davidson.