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Training Log Archive: MJChilds

In the 7 days ending Jan 27:

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  Walking4 2:50:00
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Saturday Jan 27 #


Went to the farm with a load of 5 pallets which we spend a good 2+ hours disassembling for fire wood to make syrup in March. Much more difficult than I expected, but a good whole body workout prying nailed boards apart, cutting them and stacking them. Did a brief scout for more wood and along the old stone wall where the remaining branches of a fallen tree were stacked but there were few worth cutting. Carl chainsawed them, I stacked them on a sled and hauled them to the shed. Not sure pallet wood is worth the effort, but we don't have enough wood now to boil. Have plenty for next year though.

Was tired and expected to walk after a snack and a cup of tea, but by the time I did a couple of things inside, it was getting late and I bagged the walk. Choices.

Friday Jan 26 #

Walking 30:00 [2]

The usual w Carl. Icy walk in places. Glad to have my Icebugs.

Walking 20:00 [2]

Met Charlotte at Switchback Brewery (to park) and attempted to walk along Lake Champlain starting at Oakledge Park. Brought my microspikes but she did not so we were very limited as to where we could go. The recent rain and freezing temps has frozen the footprints and the irregular walking on ice was quite hazardous. We explored the giant treehouse then headed north but the path near the standing stones was all ice and heading into the shady woods so we bagged it. Sunshine was wonderful though and wind was not an issue. Returned to cars and headed up to the new City Market in the South End for a light dinner, tea, and a visit before I headed to the Flynn to work the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

I wonder if it is possible to make a 15-25 minute film which would be of the character and intensity that would make it eligible for this festival. The exposure of orienteering to outdoor enthusiasts would be phenomenal. Would it feature a single athlete or a few, highlight one area or several, show off beautiful sights and natural wonders? Perhaps a small group on a road trip up the west coast of the US and Canada: Yukon to BC to WA to SF to SD (w/ Anzo Borrego). I think the inner dialogue that goes on in a competitor's mind is important, and although a race is a solitary endeavor, it might help to feature a few athletes and then show them encountering each other in a race. Would the high tech aspect be featured as well? That is, showing GPS tracking, etc.? The emphasis must be on the physicality, the physical and navigational challenges, and the intimate interaction with the terrain. And it should also look like fun. And have some humor. There have been some good short short films of late, but nothing that fits into the spectrum of this film festival. I'll continue to dream.

Thursday Jan 25 #

Walking 30:00 [2]

The usual w Carl. Bright sunny day. 14 degrees but a bit windy, so not fun heading into the wind.

Wednesday Jan 24 #

Walking 30:00 [2]

The usual w Carl. Cold and windy. About 19 degrees. Cloudy.

Sunday Jan 21 #

Walking 1:00:00 [3]

Down at the farm. Thought I'd run but I haven't run much lately and the thought of the first mile being an uphill slog on a muddy road had no appeal. Decided to walk instead. Met up w Carl who had just finished helping with some logging and he wanted to show me the logging trails. We headed up through the woods and eventually left the trails working our way back out to the road. He returned for a pruning saw and I headed up to the top of the hill. Was able to stay on top of the snow where someone had already snowshoed, but when I chose to check out the Christmas tree field, I quickly tired of post holing and decided to follow the snowshoe tracks instead. Made it to the highpoint (but did not go to the very top), then headed back via my usual route on the old ski trail. Lovely walk. Nice views, as always.

Encountered some huge canid tracks. Too big for a fox or coyote and too long a span for a small dog. Curious. Lots of other tracks: rabbit, squirrel, fox, vole, mouse, deer.

Got back to the house and scouted the site for my sugaring set up. Not sure where it would be best. Scouted maple trees. Looks like it will be easy to do 15-18 buckets within 100 m of the barn. Spent the first 90 minutes there cleaning sap buckets and lids. Looking forward to tapping in March.

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