Bay to Breakers Trip Report


After a busy Java One, I decided to attend the 95th Bay to Breakers (www.baytobreakers.com). 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\* excited.

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.
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