Last Sunday was the L.A. Bike Marathon. Thank you to everyone who pledged. With your help, over $700 was raised for Great Leap.
Riding with Glen Kitayama (in at least his tenth marathon ride), I finished in about 2 hours. We kept a comfortable pace that was slow enough to maintain a conversation. Pedaling around the city safe from cars, stop signs and red lights was a pleasure. It hints at what large scale bike commuting could be if given priority.
This year I rode an 18-speed mountain bike with 100 psi slicks. Pedaling was easier than on last year's 3 speed folding bike. Only the skinny little seat gave me trouble. Ouch!
After the ride Glen and I skipped the long line to get our medals and headed straight over to Tak's Coffee Shop at the Crenshaw Square. Chicken wings and eggs hit the spot as much as that soft vinyl booth did.
By 10 am I made it home to Maiya and a very sick Jenni. Both walked the marathon's 5K. For details on their adventure, check out http://kuidaosumi.blogspot.com.