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Training Log Archive: revy

In the 7 days ending Sep 9:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Bike4 13:38:00 69.75(5.1/h) 112.25(8.2/h) 4402
  Paddle2 2:40:00 10.87(4.1/h) 17.5(6.6/h)
  Run1 1:45:00 7.15(14:42) 11.5(9:08) 800
  Total7 18:03:00 87.77(12:20) 141.25(7:40) 5202

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Saturday Sep 9 #

Paddle 30:00 [2] 3.5 km (7.0 kph)

Kat Lake testing out some faster demo boards that they are clearing out. 8-8.5km/hr speed and not too unstable. Tempting but might be a bit of a splurge - not that I don't do enough of that already:)

Friday Sep 8 #

10 AM

Bike 1:45:00 [2] 14.0 km (8.0 kph) +625m

Finally a break in the weather pattern and it rained! It would have been nice if it rained before or after our ride rather than during but you can't always have what you want:)

Nimby climb from the top of Waco and then continued up via Middle Earth to Rudy's. The climb was awesome - always interesting and I love the forest in Middle Earth. I thought Rudy's was fun - nothing spectacular but the middle rocky bench was nice and I thought the last several hundred meters rode well at speed. A few middle sections were a little boring but all in all a good ride. Courtney was convinced to ride Overnight down - such a great trail. Holding up pretty well I thought to the dry weather. The rocks were a little slick but I rode everything except one off camber rock staircase.

Thursday Sep 7 #

10 AM

Run 1:45:00 [2] 11.5 km (9:08 / km) +800m 6:46 / km
shoes: Raptor Red 1

A bit of alpine exploration at Whistler today - we bought an Edge card for an upcoming winter trip and it included a free day of summer sightseeing. Today was certainly not the best day to appreciate the views as the smoke was still pretty thick but cest la vie...

Ran/hiked the High Note trail backwards. Saw no one for the first 1.5 hours then encountered a steady stream of people heading in the opposite direction. A pretty technical trail that was tricky to run (and with the elevation gain running was often not in the cards anyway). Despite the smoke could still appreciate the views.

Also took a back and forth ride on the Peak to Peak gondola - was interesting than I expected. Pretty cool piece of construction. Seemed way more tired after the run today than after any day of biking.

Wednesday Sep 6 #

11 AM

Paddle 2:10:00 [3] 14.0 km (6.5 kph)

Still super smoky today - our itinerary took us back towards Whistler and today was a break from riding bikes. We circumnavigated all of Green Lake and did a couple km up and down the River of Golden Dreams. Water levels are low so there was almost no current but also more obstacles. We turned around when it seemed like we'd be walking more than paddling. Cool exploration though. There appears to be an interesting motorized dock culture on Green Lake - many lakeside homes have them attached to their regular docks. I presume they take them out to the middle of the lake and party?

Tuesday Sep 5 #

9 AM

Bike 2:15:00 [2] 23.5 km (10.4 kph) +650m

Thick smoke rolled in today which made me appreciate the stellar weather we had on Sunday. It was rather erie outside as the smoke was so thick you could barely see the outlines of the nearby peaks. One positive was that the smoke obscured the sun lowering the temperatures (only 28 degrees not 37...).

Anthony and Mark left us yesterday so only Courtney and I today. We did Leave of Absence twice, Rupert, Man Boobs, Rob's and Cliff's. The first two trails are so well built and though short interesting to ride. All the black sections were easily rideable with the dry conditions today. Had a great rip down Man Boobs too...

Monday Sep 4 #

11 AM

Bike 2:00:00 [2] 17.5 km (8.8 kph) +700m

Our timing was not ideal for the ride today as we had to drop off earlier than planned due to her tire issues. An early morning ride in Pemberton would have been a much better idea... as it was we rolled out of Quest around 11am and finished at 2pm with environment Canada saying it was 37 degrees in Squamish.

Up the Legacy Trail to Half Nelson (longer climb than I remembered but a good one). Half Nelson was dry with some blown out corners but overall in pretty decent shape. The last part is especially fun - kind of like a rollercoaster. The down via Another Mans Gold to the Ring Creek Rip, PH and Hoods in the Woods. I was feeling the heat by the last trail and didn't feel that sharp with my riding. Too hot!

Bike 3:08:00 [2] 17.25 km (5.5 kph) +827m

Sunday Sep 3 #

7 AM

Bike 4:30:00 [3] 40.0 km (8.9 kph) +1600m

Big alpine day in Whistler on the new trail that opened last fall. I was worried after yesterday's slow pace that today might be too much but everyone still seemed keen. Turns out pace was much better today (except for Anthony cramping near the top and skipping the out and back) and weather was ideal. I had heard horror stories about crowds and although we saw plenty of people it didn't seem excessive. This is an interesting trail as just getting to the trail requires 30-60 minutes depending on route (plus similar on the way back). We started at Rainbow as we wanted to swim afterwards but I think in the future I would park on Stonebridge Drive just above where Danimal Middle pops out (there is a gravel shoulder with space for 4-5 cars) or even at the top near Lower Darwin's. The Into the Mystic climb is a 2m wide machine built trail and was much better than I expected (I had images of prolonged granny sections on old road beds but these were rare). Certainly after the benches the next 400 vertical meters are pretty steady but not crazy. Once into the alpine it was cool to see all the glaciers that you really miss out on if you stay in the valley bottom at Whistler. Still some climbing after the junction so plenty of time in the alpine on nice Frisby-like trail. The out and back section was worth doing (a bit narrower trail more like Keystone) and luckily we had no traffic issues on the trail. Great views of Whistler from the lookout. I unfortunately rode off the trail in a poor spot and rolled down the hill bending my brake lever...

Back at the junction we began Lord of the Squirrels proper. At first the trail was quite nice through the alpine and then started the long descent in the trees. I was enjoying the first few km (there were some nice rock sections) but eventually found the trail a little tedious and unrelentingly rough. I think I had different expectations of the trail (flowy blue descent) while in reality it is a hard Whistler blue (meaning a black trail everywhere else) with lots of roots, eroded sections and janky corners. I would not have had fun on my XC bike... It is interesting to see how beat up the trail is already (traffic and weather being the culprits) and I wonder if if rode very differently a month ago. Anyway I still enjoyed the descent but it will not be everyone's cup of tea and I can see why lots of casual mountain bikers are getting in way over their heads.

As I mentioned earlier the day is not done when you finish the trail. We dropped down via Flank, Industrial Waste, and Danimal back to the car. It was hot and there are some ups and downs on Danimal which made for some final suffering;)

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