First Things First

On March 6, 2005, beginning at 6 a.m. I will be turning "bi" — biathletic that is — first by cycling the approximate 23 miles of the Acura L.A. Bike Tour, then by walking the entire 26.2-mile marathon course. It is my hope that I can complete the bike ride in 75 minutes or less and the marathon on foot in seven hours or less.

It is also my hope that during all of my marathon madness, I will be posting audio updates here via the Audblog service as well as phonecam images. We'll see how that goes.

By way of my history with the L.A. Marathon, I walk/jogged it in 1994 in just under six hours. The Bike Tour was introduced in 1995 and I have participated in that event every year since. In 2003 I rode the Bike Tour and walked the marathon with my good friend Cybele. Last year we had been planning to do both again, but an illness forced Cybele's withdrawal and a severe chest cold coupled with some late-breaking wisdom restricted me to just the bike event.

I'm fully confident I can be "bi" again in 2005. However long it takes me to cross the finish line.