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Training Log Archive: Fanatic

In the 7 days ending May 23:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Hiking7 14:56:47 48.54(18:29) 78.12(11:29) 4879
  Total7 14:56:47 48.54(18:29) 78.12(11:29) 4879

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Sunday May 23 #

Hiking 1:55:54 [3] 6.3 mi (18:24 / mi) +602ft 16:52 / mi


Hike in Kennedy Park. Lots of folks out walking their dogs and hiking. Met one mountain biker.

Saturday May 22 #

Hiking 2:36:15 [3] 8.55 mi (18:16 / mi) +979ft 16:29 / mi


Hike in Beartown State Forest. Drove to the top of the paved road and took a side trail that led to Beartown Mountain Trail until the junction with the Wildcat Trail. Followed Wildcat which led to the paved road, where I crossed and took the Turkey Trail for a short distance before picking up Mt. Wilcox Trail. The Wilcox led back to the paved road, where I took a left and was soon back at my car.

The only encounter was with three motocross riders--not my favorite trail users as they tear the trails up, stink up the air, and create huge clouds of dust. The only good thing is that I can hear them coming and they disappear quickly.

Friday May 21 #

Hiking 2:24:02 [3] 7.7 mi (18:42 / mi) +838ft 16:57 / mi


Hike on the bike trails to the south of Reservoir Road. As I pulled into the parking area, there were two mountain bikers getting ready to hit the trails, but they had not parked their car too well, so I suggested they should park front in to the earth bank so that more cars could park there. They agreed.

Then off I went, but couldn't remember if I had locked my car, so back to double check--I had. They were still getting ready. I did see them much later as they were heading downhill to their car.

I varied my route a bit and did more climb than normal.

Thursday May 20 #

Hiking 2:10:00 [3] 7.1 mi (18:19 / mi) +650ft 16:51 / mi


Hike on the bike trails near Sykes Mountain starting from the parking area at the end of New Lenox Road. I opted for an out-and-back loop today.

This is a good area to hike at this time of the year--there aren't any black flies, so the only pests are the mosquitoes, easily taken care of with some Natrapel.

Didn't see anyone, which is fine with me. This is one of the quieter areas to hike in as there are no high-traffic roads nearby--gives one a chance to forget the busy world.

Wednesday May 19 #

Hiking 1:39:14 [3] 5.53 mi (17:57 / mi) +475ft 16:36 / mi


Hike in Kennedy Park. Got delayed getting out the door, so a shorter hike than originally planned.

Fairly warm, 81°F, but not humid.

Met one gal running with her dog and two couples hiking.

Tuesday May 18 #

Hiking 2:33:25 [3] 7.61 mi (20:10 / mi) +733ft 18:29 / mi


Hike on the trails north of Reservoir Road, including The Finger Trail. These are rocky, twisty trails, so it's hard to move along quickly, but the trails pass through some nice fir trees.

Didn't meet anyone, nor any wildlife, but I saw plenty of scratched ground done by the black bears.

Monday May 17 #

Hiking 1:37:57 [3] 5.75 mi (17:02 / mi) +602ft 15:30 / mi


Hike in Kennedy Park starting from the Dugway Road parking lot. Did a clockwise loop.

Getting warmer; it was in the high 70sF today.

I've been working on improving my form while hiking--basically trying to keep my head up, shoulders back and relaxed, i.e., not hunched up but lower. I also am anticipating the steep sections and shortening my stride as I climb, but keeping the cadence as high as possible, all while keeping my spine erect and breathing deeply. If today's pace is any indication, I am getting a bit faster on the easy K.P. trails.

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