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The Portland Century – Part 1

The Portland Century – Part 1

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Lori

    Yay – you made it! I think hills are tough. I am okay with a lot of miles in the saddle physically, but I do get tired mentally.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The mental part is the hard part for me too but the mental tiredness usually starts when my body starts to hurt.

  2. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Woohoo!! I can’t wait to read the rest!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Beth–it was a good one!

  3. Jill

    Ahhhhh!!!! I can’t wait to read more! I didn’t know it was going to be continued……….

    Hills are the bigger challenge for me! I am going to do a long ride (75 miles) on the coast! Should minimize the hills!!! πŸ™‚

    I am so excited to hear about the rest of the ride!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hey Jill! Thanks for reading. I will post part 2 tomorrow. Holy cow–you’re going to do 75 miles? Awesome! I can’t wait to read about it.

  4. Lisa

    How very wonderful thus far! Cant wait for part 2!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Check back tomorrow. I have Part 2 ready and Part 3 is almost done.

  5. Kris @Krazy_Kris

    I am SO proud of you! What a great attitude and story – I love the pix – I don’t know anything about this kind of ride – so interesting! Yay for rest stops and cool dudes there to help with bikes if necessary. The whole course looks so lovely – I had no idea you could actually have bike paths – woot!
    Can’t wait for more!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Portland has bike lanes all over the city. That is one of the things Oregon has done right. Not that the drivers in cars always respect the bike lanes…but yeah. It was a great day!

  6. kalin

    Yayyy! So awesome that you guys did this.

    The saddle kills me… I need some cycling shorts-I forced the turn around after 8 miles yesterday because I was worried my booty would never forgive me if we went farther.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It makes a HUGE difference having bike shorts. Go to the Pearl Izumi outlet and get some cheap. So worth it!

  7. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    Because my bike commute involves going up a HUGE hill (I say bike commute like I do it often, haven’t done it in 3 weeks… whoops) I think I am stronger on hills. During my tri last weekend a lot of people were struggling up the one hill and I blasted up it. It was way easier than the one I’m used to biking! So sitting in the saddle for a long time is definitely more challenging for me.

    I admire your ability to take photos while biking! I am not coordinated enough. Lol

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It makes a huge difference when you train on hills. Michael’s commute is short but it’s ALL HILLS so he’s great on hills. My commute is pretty flat so I’m more conditioned for longer, flatter rides. So during the Century Michael’s butt started to hurt after 60 miles but I was okay because I was used to sitting for longer rides. The hills though? Ouch!

      I borrowed a friend’s tiny camera for the ride. It was light weight and easy to use. I took a bunch of crappy photos that I deleted but I did manage to get a few good ones. πŸ™‚

  8. Eleah

    I hear you on that Greeley hill. It’s part of my commute to campus. I love going to school… not so much coming home. πŸ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The Greeley hill wasn’t as bad as the Troutdale hills but it was a big one. Those long, steady climbs are intense.

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