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Training Log Archive: FrankTheTank

In the 7 days ending May 25:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Biking4 21:29:03 148.65(8:40) 239.23(5:23) 5451
  Total4 21:29:03 148.65(8:40) 239.23(5:23) 5451

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Friday May 24 #

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Future Planning: It would be cool to add another day or two to this route. Camp in Heyburn SP and then either take the paved Trail of the CdA to Mullen or the gravel portion of the IDiot and continue on and finish in St. Regis MT.
7 AM

Biking 12:03:27 [3] 80.39 mi (9:00 / mi) +3832ft 8:37 / mi

Day 2 of our bikepacking adventure: We got up around 6am and got all packed up. We were rolling at 7am and had some nice fast pavement to start the morning. We picked up the XWA race course just after Ewan and I really love this section of riding farm roads through the rolling hills of the Palouse. While we were stopped in St. John several racers passed us so it didn't work out for us to see any more racers unfortunately but it was fun to ride together. We hit Pine City and Malden in pretty good time. The PtC trail has a nice new trailhead at Malden with a drinking fountain and the trail surface has new sand/gravel mix that was pretty good (bit soft in places) all the way to Rosalia. At Rosailia we grabbed a burger and drinks at a coffee shop and rested inside for a bit. Then we jumped back on the bikes and made the push to Tekoa. The trail gets really bad here and it was frustrating riding but we still had tailwinds and a nice day so we cranked it out. When we arrived Tekoa we decided we would push on to Plummer and Lake CdA. After we arrived at the State Line on the PtC trail we turned north and had our own "Victory Lap" roller coaster hills to deal with. At Plummer we took another break for ice cream and then bombed down the trail to Heyburn SP. Then we had one last big climb up over the hill to Conkling Marina. Overall awesome trip and great weather.

Thursday May 23 #

6 AM

Biking (MTB) 8:15:36 [3] 52.26 mi (9:29 / mi) +1619ft 9:13 / mi
shoes: Timberjack

Kid #1 and I got dropped off in Ritzville at 6am to ride the final 100 miles of the XWA over two days. I planned on basically two days of 50mi with an overnight camp in the small farming town of St. John. We hit the trail at about 6:40am and had good tailwinds all day with nice comfortable weather. We got passed by one XWA racer (Parker) right after Marengo and he stopped to chat for just a short bit. He went on to finish later that night. Kid #1 and I made good time and stopped to eat our leftover fried chicken lunch at the Rock Creek bridge. We were hoping the next XWA racer would catch us by the end of the day. Since St. John is off the official race route we stopped at our last turnoff where we would depart the XWA course to wait for the next racer. There was no service so I couldn't check the tracker. We waited another 15min and then got going again. It turns out we missed him by only a few minutes. We arrived in St. John with plenty of daylight and I headed to the golf course to ask about the fairgrounds camping. I found a few folks in the fairgrounds area and asked them and they pointed us to the grocery store to talk to the mayor. He said we were welcome in the city park and called his maint. guy to shut off the sprinklers for us. After grabbing food at the grocery we sat around downtown for a bit and then rode up to the park and hung out there for the late afternoon/evening. Chatted with many nice folks from town. Pitched our tent right at sundown and had a nice sleep.

Tuesday May 21 #

5 AM

Biking (Commute ) 30:00 [3] 8.0 mi (3:45 / mi)
shoes: Verdi JTS

Ride into work.
5 PM

Biking (Commute ) 40:00 [3] 8.0 mi (5:00 / mi)
shoes: Verdi JTS

Ride home from work into a stiff wind and had wet roads.

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