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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Feb 13, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike5 4:31:12 63.47(4:16) 102.15(2:39) 532
  Total5 4:31:12 63.47(4:16) 102.15(2:39) 532
averages - weight:140.1lbs

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Wednesday Feb 13, 2019 #


So I asked four first-graders how old they thought I was. One, smart fellow, refused to offer a guess. The answers from the other three, well, the first was 92, the second was 88. At least they're going the right direction, I thought. The third one offered up 99. I was laughing pretty hard, at least internally.

A little while later I was with a few third-graders, 6 of them. Can't remember all the answers, but there was quite a range. On the high side, another 99. What can you do, you just look old? But than out popped a 40. 40? Been 34 years since I passed by there.

All part of a "community appreciation" lunch at the school, organized by an energetic mom, member of the PTO. Superintendent, principal, a couple of us from the school committee, the town library director, the police chief and two officers, the fellow in charge of the ambulance service, a fireman, and our state representative (who lives just down the street from me).

Managed several brief but productive conversations with other adults, but for much of the time we each had a table in the cafeteria, with a rotating assortment of little ones. Something which I have zero experience dealing with. I don't think I made a fool of myself, but if I did, folks were kind enough not to say so.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2019 #

11 AM

biking - dark blue bike 21:23 intensity: (37 @1) + (17:29 @2) + (3:17 @3) 4.88 mi (4:23 / mi) +37ft 4:21 / mi
ahr:124 max:139 weight:140.5lbs

Time for another owl, though this one, like all the ones I've seen this winter, was not a Bubo bubo, not even a Bubo something else. A Strix varia, if you must. Just don't expect latin to be making a regular appearance in these pages.

There was a guy who had been watching it move around the field edges for a while. Stopped and had a nice chat with him.


biking - dark blue bike 41:18 intensity: (3:17 @1) + (35:05 @2) + (2:56 @3) 7.79 mi (5:18 / mi) +43ft 5:16 / mi
ahr:115 max:147

Part 2. Continued on a ways, including some along an old farm road just to see what might be there (and the conditions were good, ground frozen but no ice).

And then stopped on the way back, the owl still around. Had another chat with the guy, shorter (the chat, not the guy) this time as my fingers and toes were getting cold. Got home none too soon, as the digits were starting to hurt and 5 minutes later the snow was coming down hard.

20F, light NE breeze, a few snowflakes towards the end.

Monday Feb 11, 2019 #

3 PM

biking - dark blue bike 49:03 intensity: (38 @1) + (25:58 @2) + (19:47 @3) + (2:40 @4) 12.4 mi (3:57 / mi) +93ft 3:56 / mi
ahr:129 max:158 weight:140lbs

Mid-30s, N 5-10 mph. More effort than usual, at least on the last few miles back into the wind. Not that it was much of a wind, but my headwind sensors are finely tuned. Though it wasn't like I was trying to work harder. It just happened.

Though, once again, I avoided going up any hills... :-)

Supposed to get some sort of snow tomorrow, turning to slop by the time it's done. So I expect a day or two off is coming. Fortunately my carefully crafted training schedule calls for exactly that.

Sunday Feb 10, 2019 #

3 PM

biking - dark blue bike 51:50 intensity: (44 @1) + (15:04 @2) + (35:07 @3) + (55 @4) 12.47 mi (4:09 / mi) +121ft 4:07 / mi
ahr:133 max:156 weight:140lbs

About 30, WNW 10 mph, more sun than clouds. Made it out, but not without a struggle. Went for a walk on the north side of Quabbin this morning, and even though the wind was much less than yesterday, and the temperature up a little, and the sun out, and I had on lots of layers, I was still struggling to stay warm.

So when the time for a ride came, mid-afternoon, warmest time of the day, it took more than the usual willpower, or mind games, or whatever, to get out the door. And, of course, it wasn't so bad.

It sure seemed to help that my mind was wandering a bit. A section in the middle went by very quickly. I used to do that all the time when running, take along something to listen to, trying not to pay attention to the actual running.

But I have really been resisting that on the bike because biking is just so dangerous, and even more so if you're not paying attention.

Stop paying attention in O' and you're liable to get lost. Stop paying attention on the bike and you're liable to get crunched.

Friday Feb 8, 2019 #

3 PM

biking - dark blue bike 51:58 intensity: (39 @1) + (31:45 @2) + (19:34 @3) 12.46 mi (4:10 / mi) +125ft 4:08 / mi
ahr:126 max:144 weight:140.5lbs

Sunny but windy, low 40s. Planned to do a loop via Leverett, but when the time came to head up hill, I didn't real feel like doing any hills. So I didn't. Though did have a decent headwind for the last few miles.

Early afternoon, when the sun had come out but before the wind picked up, it was easy to think spring was in the air. But it surely isn't.

Thursday Feb 7, 2019 #

2 PM

biking - dark blue bike 55:40 intensity: (48 @1) + (38:43 @2) + (16:09 @3) 13.47 mi (4:08 / mi) +113ft 4:06 / mi
ahr:126 max:143 weight:139.5lbs

Got out mid-afternoon. It was supposed to be cloudy and dry, and I figured the roads would have dried out, but it was misty most of the day and it was splish-splash more than I wished. But a day in the 30s certainly beats a day in the 20s, and a day with not much wind sure beats a day with lots of wind, and puddles sure beat snow and ice, so I guess there's not much reason to complain.

So I won't.

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