We are moving to Portland, Oregon.
Reasons we are moving:
- We've talked about moving for a couple of years, just hadn't had the guts to do it.
- We never really saw ourselves staying in the bay area long term, due to the cost of housing and the fact that it's a sprawling souless metropolis, and we're simple country folk (personal opinion, pretty sure Zach doesn't even feel this way).
- I lost my job and have to start over anyway, may as well do something fun.
- Zach's ready for something new job-wise as well.
Reasons we picked Portland:
- Cost of living is dramatically lower.
- Still a big enough city for fun cultural activities. In fact, it is a very very cool city.
- We can afford to live right in the heart of it all in some hip vintage apartment.
- My best friend since 5th grade, Deana, lives there (side note, prepare to hear tons about her and my evil plan to turn her into a runner/triathlete) (second side note, my other bestest friend lives in Phoenix, and I would rather take my chances with the rain than the desert heat, no offense Inga, family that lives there, millions of other residents)
- It's half the distance to our family in Montana compared to here.
- Outdoor opportunities such as backpacking, skiing, kayaking, etc abound. Such activities are more popular there, less of a drive, and less crowded.
- It's purdy:
Well that about wraps up my big news. :) Please feel free to share any tips or experiences on living in Portland. Yes, I know it rains a lot, I shall deal. Also, feel free to contact me if you happen to have some awesome direct connection to a high-paying job in Portland in the following fields: Market Research, GIS Analysis, Land Use Planning, Consumer Analysis, Location Intelligence, mediocre but enthusiastic triathlete. I know employers these days can happen on applicants personal blogs and such, but I'm allright with that. Besides some bad language and the occasional mid-day glass of wine I'm a pretty good girl. And wicked smart and hard working, wink wink.
Well that wasn't so bad. Compared to telling other people in my life, this was easy. I have to say that with all the change that is happening in my world, it is good to know that this little part of my life is staying exactly the same. :)
I'll throw a quick summary of my taper workouts even though they will be overshadowed by my exciting news:
Tuesday am: bike
5.0 miles/1:34:13/15.9 MPH
Tuesday noon: swim
Wednesday am: run
6.0 miles/56:03/9:21 average pace
Thursday noon: swim
Friday am: bike
25.0 miles/1:33:35/16.0 MPH
Friday right after that: run
3.0 miles/26:19/8:46 average pace
I'm planning on running 8-10 miles in Portland on Sunday, then nothing until I get back on Tuesday. Have a great weekend guys! :)