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Sunday Sep 25 #


Back mapping at Diamond Bay this afternoon, and finished encircling Russell Hill. The hill itself is useless for orienteering on (too high, steep, and rocky) but it's still cool looking, and can be integrated as an obstacle on a route choice leg eventually. The terrain surrounding the hill, on the other hand, is top drawer, and I hope to add a worthwhile amount before winter shuts me down.

After mapping, ran an O' course at Diamond Bay, including one extra high speed section where I anticipated shooting (which there was some of). Nothing like living life in the fast lane. Spooked one buck mule deer that was trying to lay low, but so it goes.

Saturday Sep 24 #


This morning the scene was "Fast Grass".

Nice as it looked then, by mid-afternoon it was even better: gray skies, lots of good wind, and a bit of Scottish sunshine (a very intermittent patter of tiny raindrops)--perfect for bike riding!

After riding, I waited a bit so I could get some proper dim, and then ran trails at Happy Jack in the fading light as light amounts of snow were falling. First run of the season with gloves, first run of the season with knot cap, first run of the season with steps in snow--lots of firsts!

Friday Sep 23 #


Well, it had to happen sooner or later: it is snowing as I write...(evening)


Went for a quick ride that started out cool, with decent wind and gray skies. Then it got cooler and darker as occasional rain drops started spattering around my general vicinity, and sometimes scoring direct hits. Still, not too bad. But once the rain switch to hail/sleet, it got cold fast, and by the time I got back home I was both pretty wet and cold--quickly rectified by toweling off, changing clothes, and sipping several cups of hot tea.

Thursday Sep 22 #


When it was time to negotiate what the bod was going to do today, the legs jumped in before anything else could say something, and said nobody better have any plans for hard running today.

The truth of the matter was I wasn't planning anything but an easy day anyway, but it was better to not show our hand. To mollify the legs we all said right away: "Oh, legs are you feeling a little tired today, sure, whatever you want, we'll go easy, no worries!"

So easy it was.

Elks started bugling a few days ago, and there was a good bit of bugling coming from the backside of Russell Hill while I was running today. That's in contrast to last year, when I don't think I heard any bugling at all--a first.

Change is in the air.

Wednesday Sep 21 #


Spent the last calendar day of summer by beginning with some pleasant running conditions at Remarkable Flats--flat gray skies, just a tiny bit of breeze, and a mix of deer, antelope, and cows; somehow even 4 hooved company makes the running a little better.

I ran a Blue course drawn up last night. When I draw up training courses for myself, I usually draw them up very quickly without any thought to solutions as to how to run the legs and attack the controls, and mainly just stick to getting in the ballpark length I want, and whatever else I might want to emphasize (sage, hills, etc.--very often it's hills). The idea is to try to arrive at the start with as fresh a course as possible.

The running was a slightly odd mix today. I didn't feel like I had much power up the biggest hills, but the rest of the running felt pretty easy the whole way through even though I had the pedal pressed down. O' technique was dead on from start to finish.

Despite the cloudy skies, it was seasonally warm. That won't last and the first snow is probably not far off at this point.

One more map case down, thousands to go...

Legs felt a little beat afterwards, later in the day, but in the good way after a good run, and not a bad way.

Tuesday Sep 20 #


Quite a bit of haze in the air today, after none the past few days--even though those days were dry and windy. I guess there's no telling with haze. But I went mapping anyway, which just goes to show a little or even a lot of haze isn't enough to keep a mapboard down.

All this after biking, and some running after mapping.

Monday Sep 19 #


4th really nice day of fine, early fall weather in a row, and seasonally warm (upper 70s, practically torrid). Heading up a rocky, uphill section of trail up top, I ran into Dan, my orthopedic surgeon, who had stalled out on his mountain bike on the rocks. We chatted for a bit and compared notes. I noted that I was a lot happier to see him on the trails than in his office! He countered by saying you hadn't had a really good day outside unless you came back showing a little blood--but I believe that really reflects more a mountain biking mentality than a professional one.

This nice weather is so deceptive. It could linger for a few more weeks, or a dramatic cool down could come along most any time now. Different people want different things. Hunters want cooler weather so their meat doesn't spoil too quickly when they get an animal, skiers want snow, but folks like me are happy for the superb running conditions while they last.

Lots of colors in the trees and bushes now!

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