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Training Log Archive: Fanatic

In the 7 days ending Aug 4:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Hiking5 12:05:58 34.52(21:02) 55.56(13:04) 4785
  Walking2 3:28:02 12.3(16:55) 19.8(10:31) 1060
  Total7 15:34:00 46.82(19:57) 75.35(12:24) 5845

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Sunday Aug 4 #

Hiking 3:44:39 [3] 10.35 mi (21:42 / mi) +2100ft 18:12 / mi

Up to Monroe to hike on the Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail and to visit Raycroft Outlook where there was a geocache to be found.

I've spent a fair amount of time in this area since it's where the 10-mile trail race is run in the fall. Plus it's remote, quiet and beautiful.

I did manage to snag the geocache, and then continued up Spruce Peak and down to Dunbar Brook. They've installed a bridge across the brook, where runners, and hikers, would have gotten their feet wet prevously. Now if only they'd get out there and clean up all the blow-downs.

Saturday Aug 3 #

Hiking 1:47:38 [3] 4.53 mi (23:46 / mi) +575ft 21:13 / mi

Thought an easy hike would be worth doing, since I was pretty tired from yesterday's outing.

So why not go see how the berries are doing in the Pittsfield State Watershed Area? There are bike trails that take one to the blackberries, or if you're a bear you just follow your nose.

I was enjoying my hike, albeit fairly slowly, when I got what I wished for--a huge blackberry area that has grown up in a previously logged section. Only problem is that the blackberry bushes were overhanging the trail, making progress even slower and more painful than expected.

A small blood donation was made.

As I was plowing through the brush, I noticed a rather large pile of bear scat, all purple and full of seeds. Obviously, the bears are already enjoying the ripe berries. And this batch will, no doubt, be consumed before I get to them:

Friday Aug 2 #

Hiking 2:50:22 [3] 7.6 mi (22:25 / mi) +1390ft 19:06 / mi

Drove to Pittsfield State Forest for a hike. Planned to go up the Turner Trail and then over to the Honolulu Trail and back to the car.

But, as I got to almost the top of Turner, I thought I'd stay on that, then go on the Taconic Crest Trail and see if I could find a trail off of that to Honolulu. Alas, there wasn't one, so I had to bushwhack about a mile before I hit the trail that lead to Honolulu.

By the end of the Honolulu, I was pretty tired and wondering if it were ever going to come to an end. ;-)

And then disaster struck, sort of, while changing into a dry T-shirt, I closed the trunk and locked the key to the car inside. Duh. Fortunately, I was able to borrow a phone and call Colette, who brought the spare over. She's a sweetie!

Thursday Aug 1 #

Hiking 1:53:00 [3] 7.01 mi (16:07 / mi) +60ft 15:59 / mi

Hike along the Housatonic Rail Trail, and out-and-back. Low humidity meant fewer bugs than normal.

Wednesday Jul 31 #

Hiking 1:50:19 [3] 5.03 mi (21:56 / mi) +660ft 19:30 / mi

On the bike trails to the south of Reservoir Road in Lenox. Was hoping to do six+ miles, but the winds and the rain showed up, followed by some thunder, so I decided to cut it short and avoid any lightning if I could.

Turns out the thunder was incoming, but no lightning. The rain did increase a bit, but the foliage provided a lot of protection, so the hike was really very pleasant. On my way up the hills, I saw only one Red Newt, but they were out in abundance once the rain came.

Tuesday Jul 30 #

Walking 2:19:46 [3] 7.3 mi (19:09 / mi) +980ft 16:59 / mi

Hiked through The Boulders and over to the AT in Dalton. Did an out-and-back; met many thru hikers today--most of whom looked very strong and were moving quickly.

Then I cut back through The Boulders to get to my car.

Monday Jul 29 #

Walking (and running) 1:08:16 [3] 5.0 mi (13:39 / mi) +80ft 13:27 / mi

Since I was in Great Barrington for a drive, I decided to stop at the Housatonic Rail Trail again. I did the same workout as on Saturday--walk a half-mile and then run a half-mile until I had covered five miles.

Today, though was a bit warmer than the last time. This outing was 24 seconds faster than the first time. I must be getting better. ;-)

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