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City Work Out: A Mile-Long Bay Swim

The Workout: A Mile-Long Bay Swim

City Workout: A 25-Mile Cross-City Ride

The Workout: The 25-Mile Cross-City Ride

The Experts: The staff at NoPa’s Mojo Bicycle Café and shop ( enjoy a hard ride without the bikier-than-thou attitude.

I usually equate the Ferry Building with good eating, but on this windy day, the Mojo crew suggested it serve as the starting point for my cross-city ride. The flat Embarcadero is perfect for intervals and got my legs pumping right out of the gate. Heading north, I turned onto Beach Street and up to Fort Mason.

City Workout: A Top O' The Castro 10K Run

The Workout: The 10K Big-Hill Run

The Expert: Dave Parrish, cofounder of K-Stars Running Club (, offers free Saturday training and Thursday track workouts at Kezar Stadium. He came up with this killer run.

It was raining—as if Dave Parrish hadn’t already set me up for enough of a challenge with his top-o’-the-Castro running course. The six-block walk from my house to the start of the run at Buena Vista Park had left me soaked. I tucked into a bus stop to consult the route.

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