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Training Log Archive: STORM

In the 31 days ending Dec 31, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running13 18:10:00
  mountain biking4 11:00:00
  racing1 10:08:00
  trekking2 2:45:00
  Snowshoeing1 2:25:00
  spinning1 50:00
  Total22 45:18:00

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Thursday Dec 31, 2015 #

Snowshoeing 2:25:00 [2]

Torrance Barrens New Years Eve winter camping with Browner, Bash, Bent, Coach LD and Goose. Cumulative time between 3 different treks (and taken from Bash's log, as I was having too much fun to notice the time). Great trip with some great people - the awesome pics on Bash's log say it all!

Wednesday Dec 30, 2015 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Easy road run

Tuesday Dec 29, 2015 #

spinning 50:00 [3]

Stupid spinning. It begins...

Monday Dec 28, 2015 #

running 1:00:00 [3]

Easy road run

Saturday Dec 26, 2015 #

running 1:30:00 [3]

Hilton Falls/Al Shaw side trail loop

Thursday Dec 24, 2015 #

running 1:50:00 [3]

SHORTS!!

All I want for Christmas is to run in shorts
to run in shorts
to run in shorts...


Thanks Santa!

Wednesday Dec 23, 2015 #

running 1:35:00 [3]

East of 6th Line - still in shorts...

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015 #

running 1:25:00 [3]

Another Rattlesnake run, but this time in shorts. Crazy...

Monday Dec 21, 2015 #

running 1:30:00 [3]

Rattlesnake run

Sunday Dec 20, 2015 #

running 1:45:00 [3]

Rattlesnake run

Thursday Dec 17, 2015 #

mountain biking 2:00:00 [3]

Great Night Club ride with Browner and DD11. Toes a bit frozen by the end.

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015 #

running 1:20:00 [3]

Easy road run, but with the news of Scott Pleban's passing weighing heavily on my mind. For those who didn't know him, Scott was a world-class navigator from the US who a few of us Canadians had the privilege of knowing and racing with.
Along with Leanimal and Andrew C, I raced Untamed NE with Scott in 2009. We met for the first time on-site, but I remember that I liked him immediately, and by the end of it I like to think that we had that unspoken bond that only a multi-day race can forge. We would tease him mercilessly about the yard sale that was his backpack and his horribly antiquated gear, but it certainly didn't hinder him any. In fact, he out-navigated and out-strategized the entire field, earning us the win and a spot in that year's ARWC. The opportunity to go to the World Champs was one I hadn't really expected to experience in my lifetime, and one that I'll never forget.

In 2013, Scott was hit by a car while riding his bike to work, and had been in a coma ever since. Although not proven in court, it was alleged that the driver had been texting at the time.

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015 #

running 1:10:00 [3]

Easy road run

Sunday Dec 13, 2015 #

running 1:20:00 [3]

Bruce Trail run east of 6th Line

Saturday Dec 12, 2015 #

running 1:30:00 [3]

Rattlesnake run with DD11 and Julie P

Thursday Dec 10, 2015 #

running 1:05:00 [3]

Great night run with Nosnhoj

Wednesday Dec 9, 2015 #

mountain biking 1:00:00 [2]

Night Club ride in Halton Forest with Browner

Saturday Dec 5, 2015 #

racing 10:08:00 [5]

McDowell Mountain Frenzy in Fountain Hills, AZ. Not sure why it was that I thought a warm and super-sunny race locale would be a good one for me to tackle a 50-miler (given the overwhelming evidence that I all but literally melt in such conditions), but a desert race was on the bucket list, so what the hell....

Granted, the experience of running singletrack with the sun rising over the silhouettes of cacti and mountains in the distance was pretty damn cool. I'd say it was until about 10:30 that things were feeling great. Then...not so much. At 46k the course featured a tortuous 1500ft climb to a 4000ft peak - after that it was essentially game over. I staggered/shuffled through to the finish where another 13km loop waited, and seriously considered whether pulling the plug was the smart thing to do as Browner and Dee drenched me in ice water. Pride overcame logic though, and off I stumbled. By the end things were just about at stage 'Nicaragua' - it took me an hour of lying down in the car and on the bathroom floor before my heart rate finally calmed, but I was eventually able to stand (and miraculously even made it out to dinner!) Bucket list checked - no more high-sun/no-shade distance runs for this wilting flower!

Great trip with great company - huge thanks to Bash, Bent and Dee for inviting us along. Thoroughly enjoyed AZ - I'm pretty sure we'll be back!

Friday Dec 4, 2015 #

trekking 1:15:00 [2]

Browner and I hiked up Camelback Mountain in Pheonix as we settled in for tomorrow's race. A little too busy for my liking, but the views up top were pretty decent. Might have underestimated the climbing - legs will be feeling it on the racecourse!

Thursday Dec 3, 2015 #

mountain biking 4:00:00 [2]

More Sedona riding fun - this time we followed Dee's route around Cathedral Rock. Nothing but awesome - wish we had another day here, but tomorrow we head back to Pheonix, where we'll meet up with Dee, Bash and Bent for our trail race Saturday.

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Wednesday Dec 2, 2015 #

mountain biking 4:00:00 [2]

Fantastic day of riding through Sedona's Dry Creek trail network. Pretty much Disneyland for trail nerds - we did a lousy job of picture-taking, but couldn't really be bothered given the phenomenal conditions. And more of the same in store for tomorrow!

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Tuesday Dec 1, 2015 #

trekking 1:30:00 [1]

Browner and I shook off the travel cobwebs with a quick hike through the Estrella Mountain Park in Pheonix, before continuing onward to Sedona.

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