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Training Log Archive: Becks

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Sunday Jul 21 #

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Woke up early today and had a delicious coffee and breakfast at Caffe Umbria, before heading to the Portland Zoo for a couple of hours before it got really hot. Washington Park is a really fantastic city resource and it was only a bit terrifying thinking about being accompanied by our own little person the next time we go to a zoo.

Then the longest drive of the trip to Klamath Falls, our base for the next two days. The longest flattest straightest forest road I have ever driven I think, and not the most interesting drive, but we travelled through the heat of the day and it was evening by the time we made it. Interesting town, a bit town that time forgot.

Saturday Jul 20 #

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Honeymoon day two, exploring Portland. Did the Farmer's Market in the morning and got the famous breakfast burritos, then explored the Saturday market and Powell's second hand book store. Had a tasty lunch at Shalom Y'All then walked up to Washington Park to visit the Japanese Garden and get the view of Mount Hood.

It was hot by the afternoon and probably a bit too much for me - had my first (only slightly high) blood sugar reading since starting testing. Probably need to avoid the heat, which is a shame because the next few days are all going to be hot. But not as hot as the East Coast! The local weather in Seattle yesterday had a graphic of the whole country and it just said "Oppressive" in big letters over the whole of the North East :)

Great day 2! Hiding in AC for a while now until it cools off :)

Friday Jul 19 #

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Honeymoon day one. We left the lovely cool rain of Seattle to drive to Mount St Helen's, via delicious coffee and Rainier cherries in Olympia (home of Sleater Kinney and Sleater Kinney Road). Mount St Helen's was spectacular, the scale of the eruption and the devastation that resulted was just mind blowing. We walked the ridge to see the crater, then drove back out a little further to explore the Hummocks Trail, a beautiful short trail through a landscape only slightly older than us. A surreal and wonderful experience.

We are staying at a stupid hotel in Portland where Radisson are trying to be hipsters and only succeeding in being weird, but it was the best credit card points deal :) Worn out by the evening so ate close by.

Wednesday Jul 17 #

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Conference is almost done - it's been pretty tough but actually better than Georgia. I think having a better bed to sleep in made a lot of difference! My talk went very well and I've met a bunch of fun people and heard about good studies. Very glad I'm almost done though!

Blood sugar has been great all week - extra effort with healthy snacks and no refined sugar has been pretty much the only changes I've made to my normal diet. It's encouraging.

I know that downtown LA isn't supposed to be a good place at all but my word, it is worse than I thought it would be. I'm ordering room service and getting an early night :)

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