Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cassy Runs Her First Marathon in Athens, Greece!

At the beginning of 2010, Cassy registered for the Athens Marathon.  It was the 2,500 year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon and she decided it would be an amazing first marathon for her.  She followed a 16-week training plan that whipped her into shape.

Cassy picks up her number to run her first 26.2 mile race.  The stadium in the background is where the marathon would finish.

 Cassy and a member of her support crew, Jordana.

Treats at a roadside stand in Athens

Steve and Sara

Classic Athens

Want to have lunch near 2,000+ year-old ruins?  Athens is the place.

The day before the race we did a bit of sightseeing.  Our big event was a tour of the Acropolis, which served as a place of worship and a defensive position for many groups of people over the years.  It was destroyed and rebuilt several times, but lots of the marble structure still remains.

 Some views on the way up to the Acropolis, which sits on top of a hill overlooking Athens

 Reflection of the Acropolis


 Cassy and Jordana

 One of my favorite shots from the trip.  These two kids loved chasing the pigeons away, but the man in the background kept scolding them because he just wanted to chill out and feed the birds.  

Temple of the Olympian Zeus

 View from our room


Cassy jumped on a bus that took her to Marathon at 5 in the morning.  Jordana and I wandered into downtown Athens and managed to hitch a free ride to the start of the race.  We somehow were lucky to find Cassy in the crowd of 13,000 runners at the start line.

 The runners started in 7 different blocks.

 Cassy wears her plastic bag for warmth early in the morning, which she tore off about a mile into the race.

Of the thousands of runners, these next few shots show a few of my favorite choices for marathon attire.

 The legend says that after the Greeks defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, a Greek soldier allegedly ran 26ish miles from the city of Marathon to Athens to announce the victory.  He then promptly collapsed and died. 
Here Cassy is on the home stretch, with about 100 yards to go.  She did not collapse, nor did she die.  Actually, she finished strong, felt great, and had no problem walking around town for the next couple of hours.

 4 hrs, 29 minutes

Victory stroll

Some shots of Athens and a trip to the beaches of Greece...

 Sara and Cassy couldn't go to Greece without enjoying some bikini weather on the beach while the rest of the crew went back to Italy to work.

Cassy and Sara had their own personal bartender at their hotel near the beach.

Italy Collection

When I call this a "collection" of photos, I really mean that there are a handful of photos I want to post without a particularly interesting story.  Don't fall asleep.

I drive by this every day on the way to and from work, but it rarely looks this clear.

Hey dad, nice backpack.

From a climbing area near Trieste

If everyone wore colors this bright, my people shots would be a lot more interesting.

Rocket gets serious on lead.  He'd rather be making turns in fresh pow, but it's too early for snow here, so he settles for perfect limestone.

A small tributary above a little town called Dardago

Also Dardago

View from our front yard after a nice dusting of snow

Driving home from base on a back road, the light was perfect for about 5 minutes.  The highest snowy peak in the center of the frame is Mt. Raut.  Click here to see photos of Chance and I when we hiked to the top last spring.

Close to the town of Poffabro.  I was sick of sitting around the house on a rainy weekend, so Jess and tromped through this creek for about 30 minutes as it got dark.  These shots required a 20" shutter speed because it was almost completely dark.  


Cassy and I spent 2+ weeks in California visiting with our families and enjoying 3 (I'm not kidding) Thanksgiving dinners.  It was great to see everyone.

With only one day of sunshine in the forecast, Chance and I were anxious to do some climbing.  About 12 hours after stepping off the plane, we met Dave Harden for some nice sport climbing in the sun.



A day later, this happened...

...and we did lots of this for the next week...

 "Downtown" Twain Harte.  This is where I grew up.  Population 3,700.

 Chance and drove around in his Tacoma digging cars out of the ditch.  Here we helped clear some downed trees from the road.

 Gorgeous views between storms from my family's deck in Twain Harte

 Zinc, named from the periodic table, avoids blending in by wearing camouflage.

 No sleds?  No problem.  In this part of the state, we sled on dog food bags.  Did I mention that Cassy grew up on a ranch?

Cassy's horses during a snowstorm

For our first Thanksgiving dinner, we "wigged out."  Not to brag, but I rocked the mullet.




Michael: so sassy


 Janae and Cassy