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Training Log Archive: Ari-o

In the 7 days ending Mar 17, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Ski2 3:12:05 28.1(6:50) 45.22(4:15) 825
  Trail Run1 1:56:03 10.7(10:51) 17.22(6:44) 357
  Run2 1:32:53 7.9(11:45) 12.71(7:18) 565
  Total5 6:41:01 46.7(8:35) 75.16(5:20) 1747

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Sunday Mar 17, 2019 #

12 PM

Ski 1:36:30 [1] 12.1 mi (7:59 / mi) +435m 7:10 / mi

Up to WV with Andy for some skiing. It was actually powder conditions, so on went the wax and we had pretty decent kick. Up to the top of Snows, down and up Cascade, which hadn't been groomed but was in good shape, with a dusting of snow on top of the hardpack. Those corners are always fun. Then back up Snows, down Beanbender, no wax left, so that hill was a little struggly, but a nice cruise down. Saw Olga and Carina coming up, lots of CSUers.

Ski 51:34 [1] 7.6 mi (6:47 / mi) +272m 6:06 / mi

Then up Tripoli, switching to skating, but striding probably would have been fine since it is mostly shaded and hadn't glazed up really at all. Surprisingly snow with the dusting of new snow going up, and not scary fast going down. Andy was going to buy a pair of rock fishscale skis for his cabin, so I said I'd ski down and meet him at the car after he bought his skis.

Of course, I got there first.

Saturday Mar 16, 2019 #

3 PM

Trail Run 1:56:03 [1] 10.7 mi (10:51 / mi) +357m 9:50 / mi

Since it was 60 and then rained and then was sunny and windy, I figured the Blue Hills would probably be runnable. Took a train to Quincy Adams, bus to the start of the Skyline trail and set off.

There was a lot of snow.

Portions of the trail were perfectly fine and dry, and good amounts were snowcovered. Other parts were in between, some mud, some standing water. I tried to avoid the mud, and mostly did (muddy trails are easy to damage) and was in decent shape going over to the western part when I decided to run up the mountain instead of following yellow triangles.

That was fine, but then I got lost on the top, and found a nice stream on the trail I wanted to follow down. Splish, splash! My feet good and wet, I ran the road back to the median back to Mattapan, hopped on a train, and was home in 40 minutes.

Now, I have this idea of a Skyline-to-Skyline run. Basically, run the Skyline Trail in the Fells and Blue Hills in a single day. Doable as a 50ish k, which is a lot (and lots of pavement). As Alex pointed out, doable with Hubway bikes and snacks in the middle. I do like snacks! Also doable with the T in the middle.

Although, if we really wanted to get after it, we could make it an orienteering race in the Fells, then a city adventure orienteering race from there to the Blue Hills (i.e. use transit, blue bikes or your feet) which could also hit up some mapped areas on the way (Harvard, Olmsted Park, Peter's Hill) and then more orienteering in the Blue Hills. Almost a Hammer-style race.

Friday Mar 15, 2019 #

5 PM

Run 39:41 [1] 5.1 mi (7:47 / mi) +24m 7:40 / mi

Spring is here! A whole day of things taking longer than necessary (including saving $40 at CVS by gaming the system) but had time for a nice run in shorts and a t-shirt around the river. So many people out there. Got a wave from a couple, knew who one was. Didn't find them on Strava, but I apparently ran past Evalin. Maybe that was one of the waves?

Wednesday Mar 13, 2019 #


Just for fun, I checked out my annual vert so far. 18km, which is just under pace for 100km, but February is always low with Birkie tapering, and I have no marathon to keep me on roads this spring.
6 AM

Run 10:37 [1] 1.3 mi (8:10 / mi)

Run over to NP. Still need to put the new tube in. No slower than Hubway.

Run 42:35 [1] 1.5 mi (28:23 / mi) +541m 13:23 / mi

Still enough snow at the stadium to cause problems, but most every section was at least partially runnable. It was fire drill day, so I got to do squats and push-ups. When a shirtless Adamietz said "it's 30˚, it's warm in Minnesota" I countered that it was 45 and raining in Minnesota, and then he made me do more pushups.

Counted stairs missed and then counted them down to a full stadium, plus a few. Legs still feeling last weekend/yesterday.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2019 #


This is sad … MSA has scrubbed Trail 23 from its trail report and map.

I skied it once two years ago when Jess and I went up to watch World Cups. It was rutted and icy and still amazing. We are considering going up again, but it's a heck of a long drive if MSA won't even pretend that one of their best trails exists.

Also they really should stop saying they have 200km of trails, since without le 23, they're at closer to 80.
6 PM

Ski 23:01 [1] 3.3 mi (6:58 / mi) +45m 6:41 / mi

Skiing around a bit before and after the race. Then food!

Ski race 21:00 [3] 5.1 mi (4:07 / mi) +73m 3:57 / mi

Race time! Fun race, and it was sketchy icy Weston. I was wearing a very long red tie (costume theme: "trump this") and a "Make Weston Great Again" hat. Total cost for tie at Goodwill: $2.99. Total time to find hat: 5 minutes.

The tie pretty quickly went around my neck trailing backwards. That was probably best; it didn't get stuck in my poles or anything. I led the first lap (it was not fast) but my legs were tired from the weekend and this was a legs race. Hung out on the back of the pack, then fell off, then passed Brandon, then sprinted Mark for that win. (No scoring of course.) Tactics was to lead in to the last downhill and put a few hard V2s in to put enough of a gap he couldn't draft, and that worked.

Forgot my watch (not my HRM, but watch) so I stole his time for the race from Strava. Thanks, Strava! Fast.

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