Oh to be able to plan ahead like that....... let me know when the craftsbury trips will likely happen as we should totally get up there at the same time.
What is the official Franconia loop you mention?
This looks like an excellent calendar.
Andy, I'm guessing it'll be every weekend for most of late Feb. and March up there, depends a bit on what the rest of the organizing team can do while we're setting from down here. Definitely into carpooling.
The Fastest Known Time (FKT) is an unofficial ranking of who has done various trails fastest. The men's record around the Franconia loop is pretty impressive - 1:45 by Ben Nephew, I think. The loop is Lincoln, Little Haystack, and Lafayette, going up Falling Waters trail and down the Old Bridle Path. This was going to be my fall adventure, but at the moment, I need to get back into shape, and the fall is pretty full. I've done the loop in 3h at a comfortable easy pace, so I'd like to run it in 2:15-2:30 at pace. Should be doable, especially as I know the trail quite well.
Ian, you should come down and play! Are you coming to the Highlander?
FKT I knew, just wondered what the official Franconia loop was. Doesn't surprise me that it is Ben Nephew who holds the fkt.
What's the current woman's fkt?
Excited that you're going to be in California!
There doesn't seem to be a women's FKT via the FKT
boards, but someone female has run it in 1:46
Wow, she's only 2min off of Ben's time. That's insane. I'm not sure I can do that...
Actually, if you look at the bottom of the FKT thread Ari linked to, the men's FKT is now down to 1:42:37. This should be a good fall for attempts: trail conditions in the Whites are excellent at the moment.
Alex, do you ever feel the urge not to race all the time? Everyone's different, but this schedule would drive me mad. Not everything has to be an organized race - just head off into the woods for the day.
We should have a race to see who can have the most casual days in the woods this fall.
acjospe - I plan to be at Rochester, Highlander, QOC, and the Harriman Thanksgiving. Even this schedule looks to be a bit punishing, especially given my present fitness. I was contemplating UNO, but I will be at the USOC conference in Colorado Springs for OUSA.
feet, I suffer from being way too competitive for my own good. There are rare days where I don't want to do a race, and on those days, I don't race. but, those days are rare. It's a combination of loving to beat people, loving to suffer, and hating to watch other people race when I could also be doing it. In this case, some of the crazy schedule could be avoided if I abandoned my junior skiers, but coaching is often a high point in my day. If I'm tired, sure, I'll watch them race and not do it. That's happened.
I suppose I could just not race in the orienteering events I have to go to for BOD requirements. But that seems like taking a situation I don't really want to be part of and making it actually suck. I would trade every one of those weekends for some long days alone in the woods if I could.
Oh, and in the winter - no WAY am I not going to do ski races! Those are what make the cold bearable!