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Training Log: danfoster

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride1 2:06:00 25.6(4:55) 41.2(3:03)
  Fat Biking1 1:33:00 9.4(9:54) 15.13(6:09)
  Adventure Racing1 45:00 4.3(10:28) 6.92(6:30)
  Dog Walking1 30:00 1.5(20:00) 2.41(12:26)
  Paddling1 30:00 0.16(3:13:07) 0.25(2:00:00)
  Total5 5:24:00 40.96(7:55) 65.91(4:55)
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Thursday Apr 15 #

Adventure Racing 45:00 [3] 4.3 mi (10:28 / mi)

Setting a few orienteering flags out for a 6hr practice AR this weekend with friends. Jess managed to roll in something while I was getting my ear talked off by another mountain biker, and earned herself a bath back home. Wanted to head back to the adjacent no-dogs wildlife refuge to set a few more flags, but the nor'easter arrived earlier than expected, and I'll get plenty wet enough when we do the actual event.

Wednesday Apr 14 #

Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride 2:06:00 [3] 25.6 mi (4:55 / mi)

Mixed road/gravel Assabet loop with the Cisco Daves. Tacked on the Delaney field loop at the end for extra vitamin D. Dry, sunny, bugless trails - what a great day to be out!

Monday Apr 12 #

Dog Walking 30:00 [3] 1.5 mi (20:00 / mi)

Spent a second night out in the hammock (this time on the back porch, after a dog walk in the dusk), since I wanted to see if I could improve my chilly butt in 45 degree weather, and give the tarp a chance to do its thing with some rain moving up from the south.

Despite heavier layers, I still felt cold through the bottom, and after a 3AM wakeup to "water the lawn", I grabbed my ultralight summer bag (mandatory gear from Untamed) and sandwiched that between the underquilt and the hammock bottom, and enjoyed a comfy remainder of the night. Woke up to the orange glow of sunrise, light showers, and a dog nose announcing it was time for breakfast (hers, with mine to follow).

Sunday Apr 11 #

Fat Biking 1:33:00 [3] 9.4 mi (9:54 / mi)

It was mid-70s here yesterday, and the house was up to 77 inside by evening. With overnight temps dropping from 60 to 47 (not for another hour - it's nice when the overnight low is 3 hours after you wake up!), it seemed like a perfect night to try out the new camping hammock. After a picnic dinner on a nearby hill with Jori and Jess, I loaded up the fatbike with hammock, underquilt, and sleeping bag, and then waited around for it to get really dark. The Pest instinctively knew that adventure was brewing, and had to be lured away from the bike several times before I could slip away.

Set out at 8:45 into a moonless night, in balmy conditions. Despite my effort to go slow and not get overheated, I was sweating in shorts and t-shirt by the time I reached the grove where I intended to camp. Along the way I passed a couple deer grazing in an open field, and encountered another set of glowing eyes right where I was going to bed down for the night. I actually continued on for a bit until the eyes turned and dashed off, confirming I'd be sharing the spot with a young deer and not some coyote hungry for hammock burritos.

Took about 20 minutes to set up camp in the darkness, and then I settled into what seemed like a hanging sauna. I was still putting out a lot of heat, and when I unzipped the top cover to vent out, I was looking up at a starry sky through the bare-leaved trees. I get the appeal of hammock camping now! Drifted off pretty easily while gazing up at the stars and listening to the noise of the forest (and the muffled, low, background noise from the highway).

Woke up a number of times throughout the night, with my butt and back getting cooler - I'm not sure this cheap underquilt is up to the task. I was enjoying the forest noises and the connection to the surroundings, so I skipped the earplugs. With them in, and with a little bit more insulation on my back, I think I would have slept quite nicely through the night.

At 5AM I emerged from my cocoon, packed my bags, and was on the trail 20 minutes later. Passed three more deer in the darkness, and then dawn began to break. Decided to loop in some extra miles instead of heading straight home, and passed a bunny in the dewy grass on my way to a short break at the heron rookery. Made it home just in time for a hot breakfast of eggs and toast, with some much-needed coffee!

Saturday Apr 10 #

Paddling 30:00 [3] 0.25 km (2:00:00 / km)

"Bozo the Packrafting Clown" made an unsolicited appearance in our shared pond during my neighbor's kids party. First up - packrafting with a fat bike strapped to the bow. Wanted to test out the bikerafting configuration with the fatbike rack attached. Worked great, and the weight up front made the boat track much better than it did for the rest of the session.

Fatbike came off, to the amusement of another neighbor who wanted to know how to ride a bike in the water, and then it was time for stroke practice, and messing with seat height and position. It's kind of silly to practice sculling draws to move the boat sideways when a quick flick with the paddle turns the entire boat that direction, but at least the boat cooperates. Let some air out of the seat, dug in my toes, and practiced leaning and edging the boat. Got up on the back tube and threw braces while partially swamping the stern. Which quickly led to...

Re-entry practice! Pretty easy to flip the boat upright and scramble back in, but with nothing to hold on to when falling out, and high, slippery tubes, it's easy to see how boats and boaters get separated.

During all this Jess managed to lose her replacement dog feeding toy in the pond. The replacement replaced the same toy she lost earlier in the week into the pond. I managed to find both, and she happily rolled them around and in and out of the muck while I bobbed around in the same just a few feet offshore.

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