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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Dec 10, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike7 9:40:30 129.68(4:29) 208.7(2:47) 4360
  Total7 9:40:30 129.68(4:29) 208.7(2:47) 4360
averages - weight:136.6lbs

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Sunday Dec 10, 2017 #

1 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:04:48 intensity: (51 @1) + (45:08 @2) + (18:49 @3) 16.05 mi (4:02 / mi) +244ft 3:59 / mi
ahr:126 max:150 weight:136lbs

Waited until early afternoon for the roads to dry out a little (got about 4" of snow yesterday) and then went out in the flats. Lower 30s, W 5-10 mph. Added a LS shirt to the mix (so now 2 LS plus jacket), really felt comfortable. Seems like riding when it's in the 20s will be a lot more pleasant than it was last winter.

Saturday Dec 9, 2017 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:30:08 intensity: (1:01 @1) + (43:16 @2) + (41:23 @3) + (3:19 @4) + (1:09 @5) 18.43 mi (4:53 / mi) +527ft 4:46 / mi
ahr:129 max:166 weight:135.5lbs

Low 30s, slight breeze from the north. Forecast was for snow, and the weather radar sure made it look like it was snowing --

-- but there was not a flake to be seen, so it seemed like I should take advantage of the opportunity. The opportunity, of course, being an alpine ascent of Mt. Warner.

Yesterday's saunter up Massaenutten was a good warm-up, but today would be the real thing. I thought about taking my crampons and ice axe, but they haven't been used in decades and I figured by the time I found them it certainly would be snowing. So off I went.

And had a fine time. Made it up the trail OK (south side of the usual loop) although it was close in places as the dry leaves were slippery. Ditto for the unmarked trail heading to the summit. I recalled Phil's description of his ascent -- "But there's a trail going right to the prominent dot knoll that is clearly the highest point."

And there it was, Philosopher's Peak, a well-known false summit which, as local legend has it, is frequented by local philosophers on warm spring afternoons to discuss the meaning of life, and perhaps smoke a little dope.

But, as I stopped there to take in the surroundings, it was clear that the true summit lay about 50 yards to the NNW --

Tromped over to it, then figured it was time to be getting home. Back to the main trail, then down the north side of the loop. Still not a flake, and not a flake all the way home. Ten minutes later it was snowing hard... :-)

Friday Dec 8, 2017 #

11 AM


Interesting story. I assume there's a lot more to the story, and probably a lot more unhappiness.

But good for her for sharing. And my view is that such sharing, going public, is very likely to help. I certainly hope it does.

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:27:13 intensity: (21 @1) + (28:11 @2) + (50:03 @3) + (8:38 @4) 14.26 mi (6:07 / mi) +2186ft 5:20 / mi
ahr:134 max:157 weight:136lbs

Inspired by Phil's winter ascent of Mount Warner, I thought I should go off and visit the top of something, and opted for Massaemett Mountain in Shelburne. Started near the rotary in Greenfield, so a three-part climb -- first a good slog up Old Shelburne Road, then after a short dip on Route 2 a climb up to Davenports, and then the climb up to the old stone tower on Massaemont. I didn't know how the latter would go, rough dirt road of unknown traction plus some icy patches, so took it very cautiously. As it turned out, made it up with no trouble.

And then wheeeee on the way back, though there were several short ups to contend with.

Upper 30s, SW 5-10 mph, overcast. Stayed remarkably comfortable. Warm booties took care of the feet. Mittens and inserts mostly took care of the hands. Just one pair of tights but that seemed enough for the legs. And on top, just one LS shirt and a jacket, but both made specifically for biking when it's cooler. Worked well. Despite working hard on the climbs and sweating a bunch, when I finished there was just a small area around the back of my neck that was damp. Drove home the 15 minutes and not chilly at all. Remarkable.

The old tower on top. Parked my bike at the door, saw no reason to go up.

Thursday Dec 7, 2017 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:38:15 intensity: (3:18 @1) + (1:15:29 @2) + (18:35 @3) + (53 @4) 19.47 mi (5:03 / mi) +470ft 4:56 / mi
ahr:119 max:154 weight:136.5lbs

40F, W 5-10 mph, overcast but pleasant enough. Put out a decent effort for at most half the time, also spent a bunch of time in meandering mode.

First meander was out on the Montague (sand) Plains, been there a number of times but not for a while. Started along the main "road" under the power lines and it was quickly apparent that it would be slow going, soft sand packed a little but not much. Probably would have been fine with fat tires....

Took the first exit from there, which dropped me by the entrance to the state fish hatchery, which was open because it also serves as a checking station in deer season. So I meandered along the narrow road through the pines, never been there before, eventually ending up at the hatchery operations, lots of pools with a pretty good current going through and a whole lot of fish. Getting them ready for April, I guess, and I assume the current will keep the water from freezing all winter.

Then my tour led me to the ramshackle building where the deer checking station was, and there was a pick-up there, and a couple of scruffy looking guys, and behind the truck a deer laid out on the scales. I chatted them up a bit, pleasant enough. And much as deer are fun to see in the wild, there is their fondness for tulips and their hosting of ticks to consider as well. So I had neither any particular joy nor sadness at seeing this fellow laid out. It's just the way things are.

And then the last part of my meandering was along a whole section of farm fields that I hadn't visit before. The access road in both places was right by houses, so I'd hesitated before, but this time there were no apparent farming activities going on and no "Keep Out" signs of any sort, so I ventured along a rather muddy, rutted, and in a few places frozen farm road. It got me down to the river and then along it for a bit, scared up three eagles in the process. Didn't quite make it to the end where the Sawmill River comes in, save that for another time.

As I've probably said before, any ride that takes you places you haven't been before is a good ride, so this one was doubly good.

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:42:27 intensity: (1:22 @1) + (1:06:34 @2) + (34:24 @3) + (7 @4) 26.23 mi (3:54 / mi) +348ft 3:51 / mi
ahr:125 max:151 weight:137lbs

Lower 40s, W 5-10 mph, sunny. Into Amherst, just because I hadn't been that way in a while, then through Hadley on the bike path, then back along the east side of the river. All pretty flat. Trying to pedal at a higher cadence (and lower gear), not that it makes much difference but it's useful entertainment.

5,000, 297,000'

Tuesday Dec 5, 2017 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 57:50 intensity: (51 @1) + (36:41 @2) + (20:18 @3) 14.87 mi (3:53 / mi) +78ft 3:52 / mi
ahr:127 max:141 weight:137.5lbs

low 40s, S 5 mph. Got out before the rain started, just didn't get back before it started, though it was very light and no problem. But pleasantly surprised to get out at all as I'd thought the rain would be around all day.

Monday Dec 4, 2017 #

2 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:19:49 intensity: (1:20 @1) + (53:58 @2) + (22:19 @3) + (2:12 @4) 20.37 mi (3:55 / mi) +507ft 3:50 / mi
ahr:123 max:155 weight:137.5lbs

Mid-40s, S 5 mph. Old Deerfield - River Road loop. Beautiful afternoon. Relaxed pace for the first half, then somewhat harder on River Road with its hills and a little headwind.

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