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Training Log Archive: danfoster

In the 7 days ending Apr 3:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride2 16:12:00 109.0(8:55) 175.42(5:32)
  Road Biking1 2:30:00 24.0(6:15) 38.62(3:53)
  Paddling2 2:00:00 5.0(24:00) 8.05(14:55)
  Total5 20:42:00 138.0(9:00) 222.09(5:36)

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Saturday Apr 3 #

Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride 4:12:00 [3] 42.0 mi (6:00 / mi)

Mixed-terrain ride with the Cisco Dirt Road Ramblers. Just above freezing at the start, but sunny and windless and warming up to a balmy 53 later in the day. Nice mix of quiet roads, broken pavement at Quabbin, dirt roads, and some ripping chunky forest roads in the Ware River Watershed. Found ourselves at the base of the same stupid abandoned farm "road" that we hiked down last November. This time we needed to go up. Luckily there was a much more civilized dirt road that lead us around it, but then dropped us into another muddy farm road for the final few miles of the ride.

Friday Apr 2 #

Paddling 1:00:00 [3] 2.5 mi (24:00 / mi)

More messing about in boats. Stripped all of the seats and hardware out of the tandem. Moved the foot braces back, and then added in a seat without actually screwing it into the boat. Jess and I paddled around (38, windy), trying out various seat placements to see if anything made it easier to hold a straight line. Jess was not happy having her front seat removed - apparently it provides traction when she jumps out to shore, and she belly flopped twice with it missing.

Thursday Apr 1 #

Paddling 1:00:00 [3] 2.5 mi (24:00 / mi)

Jess and I ventured out this morning for an ill-advised paddle, since my knee is still sore from cycling. 40 degrees, blustery, and spitting rain. On the plus side, we had the whole place to ourselves! Bought a shorter canoe paddle this afternoon, so hopefully that will work better with the tandem kayak.

Wednesday Mar 31 #

Road Biking 2:30:00 [3] 24.0 mi (6:15 / mi)

7 mile mountain bike with Jess, short break, and then a 17 mile West Bare Hill loop with DH. Warm, humid, and gusty headwinds. My knees were hurting, so we eased up and took the shorter way back.

Sunday Mar 28 #

Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride (Bikepacking) 12:00:00 [3] 67.0 mi (10:45 / mi)

Two night bikepacking trip to Bearsden.

Friday: drove out to Athol at noon, catching the final wave of rain. Packed the bike in surprisingly-freezing conditions for 60 degrees. Windy and raw. Biked in two soggy miles to the riverfront campsite, gathered wood, and then did a two-hour recon ride that covered just 4 additional miles. Lots of hike-a-bike, lots of mud. Campfire was much appreciated, and the highest winds didn't come until overnight.

Saturday: 57 mile "gravel-friendly" ride, with some bonus MTB/washed-out jeep road terrain for good measure. There may have been a major bridge under repair at a critical point on our ride, and there may have been an adventurous route that involved carrying bikes up and over a railroad embankment and then across a construction barge with a gangplank over the river. Or maybe we just retraced a lot of road miles to get across. Squishy conditions made it an all-day affair, with a bailout onto paved roads before we hit Quabbin. 65 and sunny - perfect riding weather. Final miles all uphill. Left camp at 8AM, made it back at 5:30. A perfect warm, windless evening by the fire.

Sunday: 8 mile ride out with gear, including 5+ miles of new "trails" to explore. Some of them weren't. Our hike-a-biking and a dramatic ravine crossing on the pipeline trail lead to a sweet singletrack downgrade run with some opportunities to catch air with a fully-loaded bikepacking rig. And then a final hike-a-bike and road climb back to the cars, with just enough time to pack up and get out before the deluge began.

A great weekend trip, and we managed to squeeze out every last rideable minute between Friday and Sunday's storms.

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