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Training Log: Carbon's Offset

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Biking4 13:10:00 76.74(10:18) 123.5(6:24) 4520
  Backcountry skiing2 5:25:00 12.43 20.0 1475
  Running1 50:00 4.04(12:23) 6.5(7:42) 250
  Total6 19:25:00 93.21 150.0 6245

Friday Apr 28 #

4 PM

Running (Trail) 50:00 [2] 6.5 km (7:42 / km) +250m 6:27 / km
shoes: Salomon Sense Propulse

In the Lynn Valley with Leanimal. Such a beautiful forest they have near where they live. It was almost too much to take at first while still trying to run - sensory overload. A good pace with lots of ups and downs. Lots of fun chatting all the way.

Thursday Apr 27 #

Biking (Mountain) 1:20:00 [2] 13.0 km (6:09 / km) +410m 5:19 / km

Planned to go skiing today to switch it up. It the Whistler webcams weren't showing good visibility yet. Conditions were dry outside, so decided to go for a quick mtn bike ride and the. Check Whistler conditions again. Rode Fat Tug, another fun technical downhill that only took an hour for a lap, and then over to One Mike Lake where we rode Pickle Surprise (about a 20 minute lap). Pickle Surprise started off quite easy compared with what we have been riding most days but then it suddenly changed and got more challenging.

Backcountry skiing (Resort, alpine ) 25:00 [2]

After the morning ride, we took a gamble on what appeared to be potentially improving conditions at Whistler. Loaded up the truck and said goodbye to Pemberton. You were great Pemberton, thank you, see you again.
Headed up toward 7th Heaven and it was socked in, no visibility up high. We lapped the upper chair three times in hopes of changing conditions that would let us tour off of the resort. On our last lap, the visibility had improved some, but not enough to incent us to head out touring. We pondered ditching the packs (man, those were an extra leg workout) and skiing the resort but decided that we have lots of opportunities for better skiing. Instead we decided to try for some more great biking. Skied top to bottom, back down to the truck. Did have some decent snow, but we are deep powder snobs :)

Biking (Mountain) 1:05:00 [2] 11.5 km (5:39 / km) +360m 4:53 / km

Pulled the plug on skiing and had a few rides in mind near Squamish. Parked near Alice Lake and rode Rupert and Credit Line, both black trails. The trails were wetter than in Pemberton (man, Pemberton really is my new fave) and I was worried about rocks and roots being more slippery here. The tires did get kicked around just a couple of times but nothing bad. Had a couple of great rides on trails with some steep roll-offs.

Wednesday Apr 26 #

Biking (Mountain) 2:30:00 [2] 21.0 km (7:09 / km) +800m 6:00 / km

I let Revy go for a trail run this morning while I rested. I'll save my energy for the things I love most: mountain biking and backcountry skiing. It was raining when he finished his run and then we started riding about 2 hours later.
We headed up Nimby again and rode down Overnight Sensation. I was worried about how the roots and rocks might be on this black diamond trail after it rained just two hours ago. The first root kicked my tire sideways a little, but the rest of the trail was okay including a section that had the bike pogoing, both wheels bouncing at once. Then we rode over to Mission Impossible. Carbon knows about my Tom Cruise crush and how I would approve of this trail. It was really good. When we got to the bottom, Revy realized his camera fell out of his pocket and we had to go back for it. I went with him because I swore to not leave my wingman. We found the camera and then got a second chance to ride part of Overnight Sensation. I took the steeper line and passed Bart, " 'cause that's what I do, bitch"
Then rode Mission Impossible again. Finished with Blood Sweat and Fears which was a little more jostly and not quite as good as the others.

Tuesday Apr 25 #

Biking (Mountain) 3:45:00 [2] 30.0 km (7:30 / km) +1400m 6:05 / km

Essentially rode the Nimby Fifty course in Pemberton. This would be an awesome challenging race, loads of good challenging technical stuff, both up and down. Definitely worth riding again when I am back in Pemberton. Started with a long climb with some technical bits, interesting stuff and good switchbacks that had some challenge but mostly not too hard. Rode up Happy, Waco, Nimby and Let It Go. Tried to ride over the top and continue on the race course route but after hiking the bikes over snow for a while, we turned back. Went down Max Pains and Back Pains and it was awesome. A fast downhill with really steeply bermed corners - awesome stuff! Soooo grateful that I fussed with changing out the front brake pads last night even though I also had to fuss with removing some excess brake fluid in order to get the new (thick) pads to fit. The brakes were great and they were necessary; I would have died otherwise and had a miserable day. The wicked downhill also helped wear down some of the slight brake rub I had. Bart was curious about a trail called Overnight Sensation.... Will have to come back and check that out. Went over to Mosquito Lake and found more great trails there. They got just a little harder but we were also getting more into the groove, so no issues. No Err, Rock and Roll, and Cream Puff had great stuff, technical but not deadly. Some great rock slabs and roll offs that were a lot of fun. My forearms got fairly pumped out - I either need to work on the endurance of my death grip muscles, or I need to get better and relax more. Nothing too deadly, just enjoying squeezing lots of brake to keep the speed down. Out for about 5 hours, getting tired, ready to head back to the house for a break and lunch.

Revy actually snapped two cogs off the spider in his cassette on a punchy rock climb. Too much power!
I need to work on my punch more; I spent most of the first climb spinning a really light gear, not wanting to push hard. This often resulted in me tipping over on technical climb sections because I didn't have enough momentum to keep my balance. Later in the ride I was riding a gear or two higher.

Biking (Mountain) 1:45:00 [2] 15.0 km (7:00 / km) +550m 5:55 / km

Took about an hour and a half for lunch and rest before heading back out again. I keep the yawning, my body seriously wanted to nap. It has stayed dry, the trails just keep getting better even though the original forecast was suggesting we should ride early to beat the showers. Gotta ride while we can in case the weather is poor tomorrow and/or the next day. Went over to One Mile Lake. Climbed into Pioneer and then the Lumpy's loop / Lumpy's Epic. More good rock outcrops and roll offs. Traction on the rock was good after a day of no rain even though it had rained overnight. Was tired at the end of the first lap but those downhills are so fun that we decided to go up again, taking the easier pathway up and around again, and I was permitted to pedal easier if I had to. Second loop had more technical rock slabs and was a lot of fun. I feared it might be a degree harder but it was all still fine. These black diamond trails by One Mile Lake weren't too deadly.
So tired. Was insisting that I didn't want to go up again. Thank goodness the ride home was flat.

Monday Apr 24 #

9 AM

Backcountry skiing (Alpine touring) 5:00:00 [2] 20.0 km (15:00 / km) +1475m 10:58 / km

We got up and got ready to go but then waited a little longer to see if the weather would clear; no point in aiming for a summit if it will be in the clouds. After an hour of lounging, we headed out. Up the Duffey Lake road and took the trail in to Keith's Hut en route to Mt. Matier. This meant a lot of horizontal travel without much elevation gain. On the way in, you could tell the snow had been affected by warm temperatures the day before and it looked like the ski out might be a little challenging because of this. After checking out the hut we continued on, up onto the glacier. I started dropping back, not holding pace with Revy. It seemed that everytime he looked back, I was stopped to catch my breath. He wondered if I was bonking. Nope, just need lots of stops to catch my breath, no excuses. The week of Bart-camp is already catching up with me. We continued up, noting the low clouds that kind of took away from our objective, but kept our fingers crossed that it might clear up. There were a couple of short breaks in the cloud on the way up. When we got to what would be the final bootpack to the summit, we decided against it because we didn't have the visibility we would want for going up and over and skiing the NW face (a sought after objective with a big 40 degree slope). Instead we skied down the Anniversay glacier we had come up, around and across. The sun came out and gave great visibility for our ski down. A long run with lots of turns and the snow skied nicely for the entire run. When we got to the bottom of the glacier, we looked up at the summit and it was clear. We commented re: whether we should have gone for the summit but the clearing was short lived and we would have been back in the clouds. The rest of the ski out was also good: the snow lower down had softened up and was skiing well.
Back to the truck, back to town, and managed to hit the bike shop before it closed... Got to be ready to ride tomorrow.

Sunday Apr 23 #

Biking (Mountain) 2:45:00 [2] 33.0 km (5:00 / km) +1000m 4:21 / km

Stopped in Kamloops for a ride on the way to the coast on my road trip with Revy. Started on the north side of the highway at Kenna Cartwright park. The trails were pretty low tech but that was probably a good start for my first day biking outdoors this year. Also, my front brake pads were contaminated so I didn't have good stopping power for anything advanced. The trails were dry until we got a flash of rain.
Then headed across the highway to Pineview where the trails were more interesting. Climbed Switch it Up. Trail was greasy in a couple of spots, I actually washed out the front wheel slowly on a flat section and toppled over. Then down Beer Run that was more exciting than the trails in Kenna Cartwright. Revy says there is even better stuff in the other half of Pineview which is closed right now for seasonal grazing.

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