Saturday, April 10, 2010

Beat Beethoven

This morning, I "ran" the Beat Beethoven 5K race. My time was about a minute behind my time the last time I did the race but considering my knee, I'm okay with that. It started at 11:00 am and the temperature was a balmy 38°F with a mass start near the ski hill. I actually ended up running this part since you are in the middle of a whole bunch of people and they are all trying to run. As you kind of end up getting pushed along with the crowd. After running part way up the hill, people started to slow down so I ended up walking. Once up the hill, I jogged for the rest of the race since it was pretty flat. Beethovens Fifth Symphony ended after I covered about 2½ miles. Maybe next year I'll be able to finish before the song ends and get my free concert ticket. All along the route, cars were parked with their radios tuned to the university radio station playing Beethovens Fifth to give you the opportunity to sort of pace yourself.

Since I haven't got my Beemershop order yet (clutch cable and exhaust crossover are backordered), I stopped at a local auto parts store to pick up some high temperature anti-seize so I could put the exhaust system back on the bike. Still a little more maintenance to do on the bike but at least I may be able to take advantage of the Spring weather. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to work on the bike since I had an afternoon meeting at the University then went to the concert hall with Cold Steel, a local steel drum band that my wife belongs. I was originally planning to go to the concert but the tickets were pretty expensive.


  1. Richard:

    I can't imagine a beemer shop not having a clutch cable. It would seem a normal consumable to have on hand not just for you, but for others too. Perhaps you should order a spare while you are at it. I used to have an unusual car and I used to accumulate any parts I could get my hands on, just in case

    Wet Coast Scootin

  2. Actually, I never expected them not to have any of the parts in stock. None of them were unusual so I was also surprised by the "backorder" message. The local shop is a Harley/Honda/BMW shop and they don't seem to carry many parts for the older BMW bikes. There is a local fellow who used to own the BMW dealership (maybe still does) who is a legend working on the old airheads. I've tried a couple of times to get a hold of him but no luck so far.