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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 30 days ending Jun 30, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking8 27:03:06 66.9(24:16) 107.67(15:05) 5405
  Road running5 3:55:14 24.8(9:29) 39.91(5:54) 30
  Trail Running4 3:49:40 22.6(10:10) 36.37(6:19) 350
  Orienteering2 3:24:06 7.94(25:42) 12.78(15:58) 210
  Speed work2 1:20:00 8.5(9:25) 13.68(5:51)
  Kayaking1 40:00 3.0(13:20) 4.83(8:17)
  Total21 40:12:06 133.74(18:02) 215.24(11:12) 5995

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Saturday Jun 30, 2018 #

Orienteering 1:25:16 [3] 4.4 mi (19:23 / mi)
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

Summer Series event at PWNF, hosted by Michael Laraia and Valerie Meyer. If this is a predictor of orienteering races this summer, I'm doomed. I had trouble on nearly every control I went for, which was approximately 1/3 of the available controls.

#1, I got to the feature (a ditch) and ran up and down until Heidi got there, and she found the control, small, hung high. OK, we're working with mini-controls.

#2, I got to the general area and saw lots of similar features. I ran around them until Dave showed up and he found the control, hung high.

#3, I spent time in the wrong reentrant until Dave and Heidi found the control in the right one, hung high.

#4, I got there before Dave, looked in the center of the circle, didn't find the control until Dave got there.

#5 I ran off the map and headed for Joplin Road. Got there through someone's back yard, and reentered the park. Headed for the control and caught up with Florence. We punched together. My GPS track indicates that I may have done a 180 for part of this leg.

#21 I went together with Florence, but she saw it before me.We met Addie and Mei-An on the trail.

#22 I found a control by myself. Yay!

Finish: someone pointed out that there were roads and trails on the other side of the map. I would have used them to relocate if I'd known they were there.

Friday Jun 29, 2018 #

Trail Running 59:52 [3] 6.1 mi (9:49 / mi) +100m 9:20 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Trail run at Wheaton park. I pushed the hills a bit. At least half of this is on dirt, the rest paved trails.

Wednesday Jun 27, 2018 #

Hiking 1:46:07 [3] 5.0 mi (21:13 / mi) +275m 18:08 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Meetings at Space Dynamics Lab yesterday and this morning. My part of it is done, so I took the afternoon off and moved my flight up to tomorrow morning. Time for one last trail this afternoon. Today was the hottest day of the week, high 90s, so I was not looking for a monster climb. I headed out to the Right Hand Fork area of Logan Canyon, where there are a number of trail options.

I went up the Willow Creek trail for 2 miles, and took what was supposed to be an unmarked cutoff to the Little Cottonwood Trail. But I never found that trail. After about a mile the cutoff became obliterated in a network of cow paths. The cows were not too happy that I was there, and their bellows echoed all around the hills and hollows. I went in a likely direction towards the next canyon, but I couldn't see a trail down there. So I backtracked and got lost in the cowpaths. I bushwhacked up to the top of a hill and I could see a knob I was pretty sure was on Willow Creek, but it didn't look great getting there. Looking over the other side, I saw a different part of the canyon I explored earlier, and there was definitely a trail in the bottom of it now.

So I bushwhacked down the hill, and picked up the trail, which had horseshoe tracks and maybe some boot tracks. It was a lousy trail, dusty and uneven, and washed out in places. After a couple of miles descent, it came out on the Right Hand Fork a hundred yards from my car. Turns out it was the Maughan Hollow Trail. The Little Cottonwood was probably over the next ridge from where I picked it up.

Worked out remarkably well, but I wouldn't recommend doing it on purpose.

Monday Jun 25, 2018 #

Hiking 1:28:59 [3] 4.1 mi (21:42 / mi) +360m 17:03 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Big day today. I didn't start out planning to do all this, but one thing led to another. Started out on the Crimson Trail at about 8:30. This is the one I couldn't find yesterday. It's a really fine trail. A half-mile of switchbacks up about 1000 feet, then snakes along the top of the huge cliff band (the China Wall) basically flat for 2 miles. Then steeply back down, and back to the start via the Logan River trail. Took just over an hour. Very airy. In places it looked like the trail was going to take me right off the edge of the cliff, lemming style. A number of prominences where you can stand and see 1000 feet of air below you on 3 sides.

Hiking 1:24:27 [3] 3.6 mi (23:27 / mi) +300m 18:38 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Crossed the road and hiked up to the wind caves. About 2 miles and 1000 feet up to the China Wall cliffs, which on this side have been eroded by wind and sand. A nice natural arch with some round caves behind it.

Hiking 2:36:17 [3] 6.6 mi (23:41 / mi) +600m 18:28 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

After coming down from the wind caves, I had some lunch and decided to drive up to the Tony Grove area to scope it out. It's beautiful. It's at about 8000 feet, a lake surrounded by cliffs, huge open meadows rising up to the ridge a couple thousand feet higher. And there was the trailhead for Naomi Peak, the highest mountain in the area at 9900 feet, only 3.3 miles. I wasn't sure it was passable because there's still snow up on the highest slopes, but I figured I'd just turn around if it was blocked. But it was great. It involved crossing some snowfields, none of which was hard. About 65 degrees on top, with a strong wind. Back down the same way. I didn't spend much time there. An hour and 15 minutes up, about the same back down.

Total for the day: 14 miles, 4000 vert, 5.5 hours.

Sunday Jun 24, 2018 #

Hiking 2:54:05 [3] 8.2 mi (21:14 / mi) +800m 16:17 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

I went up the Spring Hollow Trail in Logan Canyon for 4 miles and came back down. This wasn't the hike I set out to do, but it was fine. I intended to do the Crimson Trail, which supposedly branches off the Spring Hollow Trail. Maybe it used to, but they must have relocated the Spring Hollow Trailhead, because it doesn't any more. I met someone on the trail who had the same confusion.

The Spring Hollow Trail is well-constructed and well-maintained. It goes through forest, old rockslides, and meadows, up, and up, and up. I started at 5000 feet and turned around at about 7600. It turns out I was pretty close to the end of the trail, maybe another mile or so, and would have finally topped the ridge and had a view to the south. I would have continued if I'd known, but the trail map the county produces is useless.

Hiking 17:27 [3] 1.0 mi (17:27 / mi)
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

After coming down, I went up to find the actual trailhead for the Crimson Trail. Hopefully I'll come back tomorrow and get it right.

Saturday Jun 23, 2018 #

Hiking 1:55:20 [3] 4.7 mi (24:32 / mi) +610m 17:29 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Landed in Salt Lake City at 9:30 a.m., took an hour to get a car from Hertz (they had a long line of restless customers and they ran out of cars). Then by 12:30 I was on the top of Malam's Peak overlooking Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. Started from the 27th St. trailhead, up the Taylor Canyon trail and took the Malam Basin trail to the right, 4 switchbacks and done. Mostly packed dirt, steady moderate grade. Reasonably good signage, but I had to ask someone at the start if I was on the right trail. The first sign is around 100m in. Back down the way I came, except took the south side of Taylor Canyon.

At the top there were about a half-dozen 20-ish women who seemed startled by my arrival, and one guy with his shirt off and his back to me. Then it became clear: She wasn't a guy, she had been posing with her friends for a topless photo.

Hiking 1:09:53 [3] 2.5 mi (27:57 / mi) +400m 18:40 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

It was still early when I got down to the car, so I drove 2 blocks to the 29th St. trailhead and hiked up Waterfall Canyon. Only a mile and a quarter in, then back the same way. The trail was wide like a road for the first half, then it got rocky and steeper in the second half. The waterfall was spectacular, about 200 feet of near-vertical black rock, and the water was being blown into mist up near the top. Droplets occasionally fell like rain.

There were a lot of families, some with small kids. I saw one group turn back, and I'd be surprised if there weren't more. The upper part of the trail is not much fun, dusty and gritty and slippery on the rocks, with some loose rock thrown in. And it was hot, with some direct sun in the afternoon. I made one wrong turn. There are a lot of side trails, none marked after the initial trail sign. Turns out I could have done this without going all the way back to the car, because the Bonneville Shoreline trail connects the two canyons.

Thursday Jun 21, 2018 #

Road running 35:57 [3] 3.9 mi (9:13 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

After a couple of days of rest and rehabilitation (quad balance exercises and stretches) today's run felt good. And surprisingly fast, even though I felt like I deliberately slowed it down.

Monday Jun 18, 2018 #

Hiking 1:50:31 [3] 5.6 mi (19:44 / mi)
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Not wanting to run, given some tenderness in the knee, I went out to Sugarloaf and hiked some. A combination of the Green, Red, Blue, White, and Yellow trails. I was out on the north side when I thought I heard thunder, but it looked like bright sun in all directions. In fact it was thunder, and it got a little dark at one point, but blew away. Over 90 the whole time.

Sunday Jun 17, 2018 #

Trail Running 1:03:36 [3] 6.1 mi (10:26 / mi) +100m 9:55 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Trail run at Wheaton Regional Park. One loop around the paved paths and 2 loops around the trails, same as earlier this week. Pretty tired in the heat (about 90 degrees) and my left knee isn't feeling too good.

Saturday Jun 16, 2018 #

Road running 1:11:00 [3] 7.2 mi (9:52 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Long run, through National Seminary and Beach Drive.

Thursday Jun 14, 2018 #

Speed work 50:00 [5] 5.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Vmax intervals at Einstein HS track. Jog to track, a couple laps including 3 strides, then 4x800 with 3-4min rest in between. Another slow lap and jog back home. Times were 3:29, 3:28, 3:28, 3:28.

Wednesday Jun 13, 2018 #

Trail Running 1:02:33 [3] 6.1 mi (10:15 / mi) +100m 9:45 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Wheaton Park, one big loop including the paved part and another trail loop on the horse trail around the hill.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2018 #

Road running 49:51 [3] 5.4 mi (9:14 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Goddard perimeter road at noon. About 2 miles on dirt road, the rest paved.

Sunday Jun 10, 2018 #

Orienteering race 1:58:50 [3] 5.7 km (20:51 / km) +210m 17:36 / km
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

Cunningham Falls Platformpalooza. Florence had a flight out of BWI at 3, so I started early and went out on Green. Good choice. It was slow going, both because of treacherous footing in the ferns, downfall, and rocks, and because the navigation required very careful compass and pace work.

Despite taking almost 2 hours, I'm happy with my performance. I read contours well, used the ditches and vegetation as handrails, and hopped from platform to platform wherever possible. Leaving #1, a thunderstorm materialized and it rained buckets. And of course, glasses were useless. But I carried on, and plodded from one control to the next with better accuracy than I am accustomed to.

The only place I feel like I should have done better was on the longest leg, from 7 to 8. There I tried to stay in between the two streams and out of the green, hoping to see a couple of platforms and #10 on the way. But that didn't work out. I met a totally lost Kim Jepsen after crossing the first stream, and soon I drifted towards the second stream for lack of a better plan. But that turned out fine, because I was easily able to reach the big cliffs from the stream bend and attack from there. Should have just blasted it instead of trying unsuccessfully to find platforms in the wilderness.

Got back just after 1 p.m., changed into dry clothes, and got to the airport at 2:30. Florence talked her way to the front of the huge TSA line and made her 3 p.m. flight just as the last couple of people were boarding.

Saturday Jun 9, 2018 #

Road running 36:26 [3] 3.9 mi (9:21 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

The usual neighborhood 4-mile route. Or it was 4 miles until my gps watch convinced me otherwise.

Friday Jun 8, 2018 #

Trail Running 43:39 [3] 4.3 mi (10:09 / mi) +50m 9:48 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Wheaton Regional Park in the afternoon, one big loop from the dog park. Part paved, part natural surfaced, part rustic trail.

Wednesday Jun 6, 2018 #

Hiking 7:00:00 [3] 15.8 mi (26:35 / mi) +1200m 21:30 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

On our last full day in Maine, Addie and I hatched a plan to hike the Basin Rim Trail from Evans Notch. We would have gone farther south and done something in the Carters, but the weather forecast was much worse there. As it was, we had a 50 percent chance of rain in Evans Notch.

The Basin Rim Trail was pretty nice, but we missed all the views because we were almost entirely in the clouds. It's a rugged 3-mile trail connecting West Royce Mountain with Mt. Meader. But getting there was epic.

We parked the car at Brickett Place, a White Mountain National Forest site, still in Maine. We hiked up the Royce Trail, which was unrelentingly steep, above a 50% grade for much of the last mile, and crossed into New Hampshire. The trail passes under the huge cliffs on East Royce Mountain. We took an out-and-back side trail to the summit of East Royce (3114') then climbed up to the junction with the Basin Rim Trail on the summit of West Royce (3210'). East Royce was worth the trouble. It has great views on all sides, or would have, except that we were in the clouds. West Royce is higher, but broad and wooded, not even deserving of a cairn.

Descending, we came out of the clouds, crossed over the top of the Basin Rim cliffs, and got some views, but we also got rained on. And some sunshine. It was hit or miss. We had a good view of Basin Pond, a thousand feet below. Then climbed up to Mt. Meader (2782') in the rain, and down the relatively moderate Mount Meader Trail back to the Evans Notch road (600'), still in New Hampshire. The mosquitoes were so wild we put on our raincoats to keep them out. We walked a couple of miles on the road back to the car, finally crossing back into Maine.

Tuesday Jun 5, 2018 #

Speed work 30:00 [5] 3.5 mi (8:34 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 17 2nd

Addie got a track workout from her frisbee team, so we went to the track in Rumford. A few years ago, we both ran in a 5k that started and ended at that track. She did her ladder and I ran 3x800 with 3-4 min jog in between (600m). Times were 3:27, 3:29, 3:26.

Monday Jun 4, 2018 #

Kayaking 40:00 [3] 3.0 mi (13:20 / mi)

Dramatic change in the weather, raining and 50s. I kayaked around the lake in the morning, as I often do. I was wearing foul weather gear and it was pretty fun in the rain. Well, fun going downwind anyway. Upwind was a fight. The water was about 15 degrees warmer than the air, and there were clouds of steam coming off the lake, drifting with the wind.

Road running 42:00 [3] 4.4 mi (9:33 / mi) +30m 9:21 / mi

Around the lake. 52 degrees, overcast and misty but not actually raining.

Sunday Jun 3, 2018 #

Hiking 2:55:00 [3] 6.6 mi (26:31 / mi) +560m 20:59 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

After dropping off Florence at Logan Airport, Addie and I got back home, geared up, and hiked up Mt. Caribou in the afternoon. It's a moderate 7-mile loop trail with a full 360 view from the ledges on top, about an hour's drive from our place. We made great time, under 3 hours (guidebook time is around 5). It was a fine day today, clear and sunny with temps in the 60s. The small parking area at the trailhead was nearly full, but almost everyone was gone by the time we got down. Looks like rotten weather for the rest of the week.

Friday Jun 1, 2018 #

Hiking 1:45:00 [3] 3.2 mi (32:49 / mi) +300m 25:25 / mi
shoes: Roclite 280-2015

Hiked up Mt. Will with Florence and Addie. We got down just before the rain started. We had 4 exceptionally nice days this week but the forecast is ugly for the rest of today. Mt. Will is a short loop trail, moderate hiking, with two nice sets of ledges overlooking Bethel and the Androscoggin valley.


Howard Pond Dominion Cup (Final Results): Addie=9, Florence=8, Tom=6.

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