He ran right past me!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
He ran right past me!
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Fri, 08-23-2013 - 6:17pm

If I had more pride I might have been embarassed---this morning I was out on the bike and a runner passed me. There was a guy on a mountain bike pacing him. Granted, I was just starting out so was in a light gear and purposely not going very fast. I got going behind them and clocked him at 10 mph, not bad. After about 1.5 miles I had picked up my pace and passed them, then turned into a strong headwind and was barely going 11mph. Watch out, here they come again! Passed me again, this time they were at 12 mph into the wind--I was impressed. But I was starting to feel like a slug! Then I realized who the runner was so I didn't feel so bad....it was Meb Keflezighi, the long distance runner. If you're going to be passed on the bike, make sure its by an Olympian! 

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 8:40am
I don't know if I am more impressed about your competitive abilities or the fact that your recognize and know the names of specific Olympians! That is awesome! I don't know if I could maintain that kind of speed, too. It also sounds like they were competing with YOU, too. Great story, thanks for sharing!
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 11:41am

That's awesome!  I think 12 mph on a bike against head wind is great. I can't imagine someone running that fast!






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 12:36pm

LOL-what a cool story!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 1:23am

I recognize that Olympian because he's "from" here---not sure if he still lives here or just comes to visit family. And my dh is a runner so I learn some of it through osmosis lol. Plus there's not that many people who can run that fast for so long. 

We get a fair number of pro athletes training here, especially in the winter.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 10:30am

Are you in the Colorado area? I don't think I'd recognize runners, either.  Maybe if they were pointed out, they might seem familiar but I'd definitely notice someone running that speed!






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Tue, 08-27-2013 - 4:20pm

I'm in San Diego. Runners and pro cycling squads come to this area in the winter when Colorado and the Sierra Nevada are cold and snowy. The local desert is usually nice in those months even if its raining on the coast or in the local mountains. We have such varied terrain that they can cover all kinds of training challenges from one base camp. There is also a wind tunnel here, last week on the news I heard that the US national luge team was there testing while they prepare for the World Championships. Evidently half a second is enough to win or lose a luge competition so they need to be perfectly dialed in. Lance Armstrong perfected his position at the wind tunnel, and probably many other athletes too.

http://www.10news.com/news/usa-luge-squad-looks-to-push-limits-081913

Most of those athletes I would not recognize. I do follow pro cycling a little, so I might recognize some cyclists if they were in their team kits. Meb is recognizable because he trains around town fairly often, and being a home-town guy they show his picture and talk about him on the sports news when he competes in big events.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 4:32pm

Beautiful area.  I'd train there if I could!






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 6:59pm
That is awesome. I love San Diego....beautiful area, plus it seems that Californians,in general, are healthier and more fit. :)