Orienteering2:39:30 12.96 mi (12:18 / mi) +231m11:40 / mi
Day 1 of Petrified Forrest Rogaine
Wow! I'd never ever seen so much petrified wood and then I was running all amongst it. I went clockwise around the course, which took me through a very tree-filled section first. First control was on a petrified tree, actually!
Really neat badlands style terrain. Just a few low-lying cacti. Steep slopes of badlands material can be impassable, good to know!
My two time losses were in tough badlands sections where it's hard to make heads or tails of much, although the second mistake was really just being stuck in a valley I couldn't get out of [too steep walls!]. Should have stayed to the ridge tops.
Came in second to Ian from Alaska, clearing the course!
Morning hill workout - 5x up the FUTS Observatory Mesa hill. Was slow/day dreamy for the first few, put it more reasonable times for the last 2! Felt good, came up with an idea for how to describe something going on in a paper: "PDR-maintaining UV radiation".
Cycling2:13:27 31.05 mi (4:18 / mi) +895m3:57 / mi
After a trip to the farmer's market (me - mmm bread) and a trip to the bike store because valve wasn't extending enough beyond rim to pump up (Tom), we headed out for Tom's first and my nth trip up Humphreys to the Snowbowl.
A gorgeous ride, because the aspens are brilliant yellow at the moment, and they are scattered all over Humphreys. Really awesome (although, yes, I miss brilliant New England reds/oranges). Downside - everyone else was also going up and down Snowbowl road to go hike/mountain bike/just take pictures with the aspen. So it was the most traffic-y I'd ever seen it.
I did 4 x 1 mile on my own going a bit faster on the way up. Then sailed down - Tom understandably took his time. This was his first real road ride since his broken-wrist crash last spring.
We stopped at Kickstand on the way home, espresso for Tom, a mocha for me and a split chocolate muffin!