Thursday, November 13, 2008

Low-Keys get some quality time

Well, we're up to week 7, down to the final three weeks of the 2008 Low-Key Hillclimbs. Two weeks of quality over quantity before the Thanksgiving Mt Hamilton Road finale. This week, a classic, and a first-timer for Low-Key, the Metcalf Mauler, 1.8 miles of 12% grade:

Metcalf photo

Then next week, it's Lomas Cantadas in the Berkeley Hills. I like this one, as it's BART-friendly, within walking distance of Orinda BART, and while not as relentless as Metcalf, offers a tough finish topping out over 15%:

Lomas Cantadas

Thanks to all who've supported the series! We're already planning for 2009! Alba, anyone?

On the running side, I'm planning on ditching the bike for Metcalf, inspired by Gary Gellin (who's much faster than me) who ran faster up Quimby Road than I often run on the flats:

It should be fun! Then, after that, Run Wild For a Child in Golden Gate park.

Results from the Embarcadero 10k:

It appears I'm on the slow end of the fast tail of the population, although as the analytic curve shows, the results follow a log-normal distribution quite well. Still, room for improvement, I hope!

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