First For Everything

As elaborated in the previous post this’ll be my 13th consecutive month of March involved with the L.A. Marathon either on foot (1994), on wheels (1995-2005), or both (2003 and 2005). Yet in all those years — especially the ones that I’ve only biked — I’ve always driven myself to the start vicinity, dealt with the varying degrees of pre-dawn gridlock, paid some outrageous fee to park my car, and then biked over to the start pack.

While understandable when I was living in Encino or Sherman Oaks and it was a far longer haul to make, it’s pretty much inexcusable to me that since moving a few miles away from downtown almost four years ago, I haven’t just pedaled on over.

That ends tomorrow. Indeed, I’ll be rising around 4 a.m. Sunday, gearing up and biking down through the sleeping city to Exposition Park near USC where I’lll join thousands of other cyclists for the 5:50 a.m. start to the 21.8-mile bike tour. Upon successful completion I will then bike back home (or maybe up to The Pantry for a pancake breakfast, first).

And yes, the helmet cam will be in full-effect recording the estimated 75 minutes it will take for me and The Phoenix to journey from start to finish line.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."