Nike Shoe Report

Yes, I was at the Nike employee store, and, no, I did not buy the Vaporfly 4%. Not available. The sales guy said they got one shipment and “like, they were sold almost immediately.” No more shipments anticipated. Just as well, he sighed, as they’re “toast” after 150 miles.

Instead, he said, maybe almost as good and way-more durable, go with the Zoom Fly 3. I did. Retail $160.

For training he uses the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2. And I will too. Retail $180.

With the 40% discount, and no sales tax, total cost was $204.

5K on Thursday at 6 PM.

Tuesday, 10/8/19

The Oregonian: Pursuing Alberto Salazar, anti-doping agency found itself fighting Nike. …As it happens, today we will be shopping at the Nike employee store in Beaverton. OTC members AND certified volunteers are allowed limited access two months a year.

Video (5:07): Big Hits/Old School in the NFL

Monday, 10/7/19

Am I Still Here?

Finding Balance in a Tiny, Wobbly Boat. …I live about 500 (Fitbit) steps from the Willamette River, and sometimes , while running on the bike path, I wish I was rowing on the river.

The only rowing I do is on a Concept 2 at the gym. There’s something very cool about being able to see your efficiency on each stroke, and to some extent adjust accordingly. You can race against yourself and the best in your age group. The classic distance is 2000m. My best is 9:53 against the 70-74 record of 7:08.

Thursday, 10/3/19

Patience and planning pay off for Roberta Groner

Wednesday, 10/2/19

Parkrun’s community feel inspires devotion. …Great idea!

Tuesday, 10/1/19

Alberto Salazar has been hit with a four-year doping ban. …Read the report.

Doha’s empty seats tell tale of corruption… Errors in the penultimate paragraph. Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, 107 miles north of Eugene. Also, Eugene was reknown for running long before Nike existed. Ever heard of Bill Hayward and Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon? And finally, Eugene is crazy about running. The 2021 World Champs will be tough, pricey ticket, a sell-out at every session.

Monday, 9/30/19

The World Championships in Doha, Qatar, have been plagued by pathetic attendance.

Sunday, 9/29/19

Jim Hunt, a great coach at Humboldt State, died recently. He was associated with a must-see video, The Harriers. …To your life list, add a visit to Eureka, Arcata, and the awesome park-redwood forest behind Humboldt. And run on the long, lonely spit in Eureka, especially on a foggy morning. (Most mornings are foggy.)

Sunday, 9/22/19

We’re weekending in Oakridge, about midpoint on the Oregon Timber Trail. It’s considered the mountain biker equivalent of the PCT. Interesting, eh?

We’re staying at the Oakridge Lodge. Very nice. 85% of their customers are mountain bikers.

Friday, 9/20/19

Chasing the One Percent—Lessons from the INEOS 1:59 Challenge

How to Build Good Habits