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Training Log: PG

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - red bike5 7:01:32 108.04(3:54) 173.87(2:25) 4294
  trail running1 13:02 1.07(12:10) 1.72(7:34) 1
  Total6 7:14:34 109.11(3:59) 175.59(2:28) 4295
averages - weight:139.6lbs

Friday Aug 26 #

2 PM

biking - red bike 1:13:11 17.51 mi (4:11 / mi) +826ft 4:00 / mi
ahr:138 max:170 weight:139lbs

Corn ride, plus a side trip up South Sugarloaf (9:18) on the way out. I figured that made more sense than on the way back, both in not having the extra weight plus not knowing if sudden altitude changes might do bad things to the corn.

First time up SS with my new low gear. I think about 30 seconds faster than last time, though I'm guessing the difference is in having done a bunch of biking in the meantime. The lower gear just makes it less likely that I stall. Though even with it, the last pitch after the hairpin is still pretty unpleasant. Looked at my HR about 100 yards from the top and it was 169, PR for the year I think, didn't look again.

Rest of the ride was blah. Pretty hot out, tired legs, sweating a bunch, low energy. But the successful climb made it a good ride.


A question -- in the book I just started, a favorable comment is made about Bibles, that the thin pages are really good for rolling joints. Laughed out loud, never heard that. Is it true?

Though perhaps I am asking the wrong crowd....

Though also maybe a crowd less likely to take offense.... :-)

Thursday Aug 25 #

11 AM

biking - red bike 43:58 11.94 mi (3:41 / mi) +324ft 3:35 / mi
ahr:131 max:158 weight:139.5lbs

Sort ride up the river and back, south wind. Easy going out, working hard coming back.

Wednesday Aug 24 #


I've spent a good bit of time over the last five months dealing with my mom's house, both the disposition of contents and the selling process. It's been an interesting journey.

It was actually supposed to be my brother's responsibility to take care of this, but it didn't turn out that way. A lot of things were just easier for me to do (he lives in Austin, so a plane trip away), plus he was traveling a lot. And I didn't have any grand plans for the spring and summer (such as an O' trip), and I'm retired, so I had the time.

The house is not your normal house, and selling it did not turn out to be a normal process. It's in a style I believe is called mid-century modern, designed by Marcel Breuer, built in the mid-70s. It was a smaller version of the first Breuer house the family had (and the one I lived in during my teens), just up the hill from the current one, but when the kids were gone the big house was way too big. Hence the downsizing.

It's a beautiful house, but like any unusual property it might not appeal to a lot of people and we figured it might take a long time to sell. But we thought we were in good shape because there was already a possible buyer.

But life was not so simple.

Over the couple of months from late March to late May, we went from having one possible buyer, to a second possible buyer (a letter of interest out of the blue), to having the second possible buyer drop out after finding out what the house was appraised for, to having the first possible buyer drop out because it wasn't the right time. Well, damn.

In late May we talked to a real estate broker, friend of the family. Said we'd list it in a week or two if nothing came up in the meantime. Let the two possible buyers know it was a last chance for a private sale, the house was about to go on the market, and that we would entertain an offer for less than the appraised value. And much to my surprise, within a week we had a deal with the second buyer. A price that they could just manage and that we were willing to take. And no contingencies.

The negotiations, well, a sign of how times have changed. My brother was the only one who could sign papers, but he was in St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida). A variety of phone calls, texts, e-mails with various attachments, and a couple of days later I was sitting with the buyers in the house, and at some point they asked, "Do we have a deal?" And I checked the laptop again, and there just arrived was an e-mail with the signed contract, and we had a deal.

The nicest part of it was that they really liked the house, had had their eye on it for a long time (just waiting for mom to pass...). And I really liked them, couldn't imagine nicer people to sell the place to. The closing was set for mid-July.

And we gone on with cleaning out the house.

You read of family feuds because of fights over who got to keep what from the estate. This one actually went pretty well. Got the whole cast of characters together (sister, brother, his two kids, and the boy's wife, plus Gail and me) to see who wanted what. And there were very few conflicts. Not that it wasn't stressful, not that I didn't come close to a meltdown. But we got it done.

Stuff got shipped off. And then Lina took a few things, and then the new buyers wanted a few things. And for the rest I found an older couple who do clean-outs (and various other stuff) for a very modest fee, with as much as possible the stuff going to the area homeless shelter or local churches.

We ended up closing last Friday, a month later than planned, but it's done. Various paperwork/money issues with the local bank and the IRS that left me just shaking my head, amazed and appalled that things that could be simple were just unbelievably complicated. But it's done.

So no more regular trips to Lichfield (a couple of hours each way), except occasionally to visit Lina and Angelo and their kids and grandkids, just a wonderful family. Can never repay them for what they did to take care of mom, though I will certainly try...

12 PM

biking - red bike 1:09:07 17.73 mi (3:54 / mi) +436ft 3:49 / mi
ahr:115 max:132 weight:139.5lbs

Nice ride in Whately and Hatfield, no ambitions... :-)

Tuesday Aug 23 #

1 PM

biking - red bike 2:26:08 37.04 mi (3:57 / mi) +1899ft 3:46 / mi
ahr:136 max:160 weight:140lbs

Shelburne Falls to Charlemont, then north on 8A into Vermont, then back on 112 via Colrain. Never been on 8A north of route 2. Not flat, but almost no traffic, good pavement, and really pretty.

The part on 112 I'd done about 35 years ago part of a Amherst - Brattleboro - Wilmington - Amherst solo century ride. This was the easy part, all down or flat, though the headwind just seemed to keep getting stronger.

Nice day to be out.

Monday Aug 22 #

1 PM

biking - red bike 1:29:08 23.82 mi (3:45 / mi) +809ft 3:38 / mi
ahr:129 max:156

Nice loop north of Bernardston. A hint of fall in the air, 70s, low humidity, windy out of the north. Had several miles right into it, but then the last few miles it was at my back. I seem to work just as hard in either case, just the speed is a lot different.

Sure is a lot more fun than what little running I've tried to do recently.

Sunday Aug 21 #

10 AM

trail running 13:02 1.07 mi (12:10 / mi) +1ft 12:09 / mi
ahr:138 max:149 weight:140lbs shoes: pegasus 6

Running a course in the maze just to see how it feels. It will work just fine (and better than I expected).

Can't say the same about my running...

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