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Training Log Archive: Swampfox

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Sunday Oct 9 #


Did some mapping both yesterday and today adding to Diamond Bay, and followed up that on both days with some easy running.

Not sure what to do with this new area I'm adding to the map. The terrain is really top drawer stuff, and once I add a similar amount to the SE edge of the map (will have to be in the spring) then the new addition will be significant enough that one possibility is to just hold it back and not use it, against the possibility of using it for some more important future event. Easy enough to do that, as the existing Diamond Bay map is large enough as it is for any conceivable present need and use. Basically all the remaining terrain east of the existing map is very high quality stuff, about as good as it gets.

Friday Oct 7 #


After running in snow yesterday (wasn't much, and in fact it was just the lightest coating in the most protected spots on lee sides of various objects) at Remarkable Flats, running today featured much milder and sunnier conditions. And, since it was getting late in the day as I was strapping on O' shoes, it also featured shadows. Even after years and years of doing this, it still sometimes surprises me how much more difficult it can be to see across the terrain when the sun is getting low and near the horizon this time of year.

Today's course was about 9 1/2 kms at Twin Boulders. I designed it to include a lot of sage and bitterbrush to make the running chewier. If you can run efficiently through the sage then most other things feel easy by comparison.

Given that the weather was really nice and that it was Friday, it was odd not to see a single camper pulling in or already set up, and I didn't hear a single ATV either the entire time I was out. It almost felt like The Rapture must have been happening!!!

But when I got back to my truck and turned on the radio to listen to the news, they were still talking about Trump, so I guess not.

Thursday Oct 6 #


And--something you just wouldn't expect--Wyoming Public Radio at this very moment is playing the long version of Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". In the distant past, there had always been rumors swirling about that this was PG's favorite song, but they could never be confirmed.

Since it's a long song, this moment is going to stretch on for a while!

Wednesday Oct 5 #


O' run at Remarkable Flats--a little over 10 kms w/ 29 controls. Cows were still out in the east pasture and again still no obvious signs of hunting activity, so it still doesn't look (or sound) like rifle season has started. Funny how the buck mule deer seem to totally disappear this time of year, while does (doe deer) walk around in throngs. One passing cloud issued a light flurry of snowflakes that did not last long.

Tuesday Oct 4 #


Weirdness was afoot today: there were more antelope than golfers on the golf course (exact numbers could not be determined) and there were more runners than mountain bikers on the Happy Jack trails for the first time this year (2-0). Though it could be further noted that with undiminished winds spilling over from yesterday to today, there were more fresh tree falls down across the trails than runners.

And even several snowflakes were out and about, too. It makes you wonder when the first significant snow will arrive.

Monday Oct 3 #


Winds were roaring with great resolve and gusto today, with temps lowering through the day. Very perilous conditions for biking, but I went out anyway. : )

Maybe I should have had on more than just a t-shirt and shorts, however. By the time I got back home my hands had gotten pretty cold.

I went running up at Happy Jack at the end of the day. For most of the run, my legs didn't have anything. They gradually came back to life over the last third or so. Out for just under 2 hours. A good number of fresh wind felled trees were down across the trails.

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