Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

Kinetic Kraziness Day 2

As promised, day 2. Day 2's highlight is the water entry that starts the day off. The contraptions that survived day 1 start day 2 off by getting sea worthy. For most this meant blowing up pontoons that get affixed to their machines in some way. They have to enter the water on their own power, and exit the water on their own. This is probably the most popular part of the event as there is a lot of drama as to whether or not some of these things will float, never mind make it the half mile or so down the bay to the exit. And as with most Humboldt things, there was no official start time that I could find, so I was there at 8:30am (the vague starting time for everyday) and didn't see the first entry until 10:20. I thought I'd get good seats at least, but there are better ones for sure.

 This time around I was able to catch a lot more of the entries. Below I've posted some of my favorite machines. Be sure to click on them to see larger views of them and to read the captions.

I didn't stick around to watch all the entries because there were just too many long pauses between entries, and my rock wasn't the most comfortable rock to sit on for over 2 hours. I wished the event was more organized, but I'm sure that would go against the spirit of the event. I also didn't catch day 3 of the race, which was primarily road travel and ending in another water crossing before crossing the finish line in Ferndale, some 30 miles after first starting.


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