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Training Log Archive: danfoster

In the 7 days ending Mar 27:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride1 4:32:00 38.3(7:06) 61.64(4:25)
  Hiking1 3:00:00 0.16(19:18:44) 0.25(12:00:00)
  Paddling1 1:00:00 2.0(30:00) 3.22(18:38)
  Total3 8:32:00 40.46(12:39) 65.11(7:52)

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Tuesday Mar 23 #

Hiking 3:00:00 [1] 0.25 km (12:00:00 / km)

Yard work is hard work! Did a spring cleaning on the wildflower slope down by the pond. Raked and carted away about 10 oversized wheelbarrows full of oak leaves and dried stalks from last year's growth. Pulled lots of bittersweet and burning bush. I think I may have actually transplanted a burning bush seedling onto the bare slope a decade ago. Oops.

Saw a bald eagle again on this morning's dog walk. It did a slow, circling descent into the water, and then flew off to the north. Couldn't see if it got a fish from that distance. I should really carry binoculars at this time of year. Geese are crazy noisy back in the wetlands.

Monday Mar 22 #

Paddling 1:00:00 [3] 2.0 mi (30:00 / mi)

At breakfast this morning, several pairs of ducks took flight from our pond. A few minutes later I looked out and saw a peregrine falcon plucking feathers off his morning breakfast. We watched him for about 20 minutes, and then I finally decided to haul out our old DSLR, tripod, and birding lens. I had everything set up, aimed, and was literally switching the camera on when the falcon took off and disappeared.

Jess and I took a leisurely paddle around Delaney, with me practicing slicing-J strokes and Jess admiring the waterfowl. A big swan flew in and set down right in front of us, and we both enjoyed listening to the wing beats and various swan utterances until we drifted further away. A bald eagle took off out of a tree on the point, and scared up dozens of ducks as it soared to a perch on the other side of the pond.

A bad day to be a duck, but a great day for wildlife sightings!

Sunday Mar 21 #

Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride 4:32:00 [3] 38.3 mi (7:06 / mi)

Adventure ride on the Cutthroat at Myles Standish State Forest. Tried to link up every bit of gravel and singletrack riding I could into a 45 mile loop. It turns out I brought a gravel bike to a dirt bike fight. The first 20 miles or so were a great match for the Cutthroat - twisty tight sandy trails with short punchy climbs, make-your-own-trail-bashing through logged-over pine barrens, incredibly scenic cranberry bogs and kettle ponds. After that, the trails turned into a network of dirt bike pump tracks, bermed turns, deep sandy wallows, and abandoned, overgrown tracks through the scratchy vegetation.

In 38 miles of riding, over close to 6 hours, I didn't pass a single other biker, except on a few short stretches of paved bike path. Saw several horses, a couple packs of ATVers and dirt bikers having a blast, and one very-out-of-place Camaro scraping its undercarriage as it bombed down a rutted-out jeep track, and then backing its way down a hill in several inches of unrideable sand. A true case of "drive it like you stole it", so I avoided eye contact and quickly moved on (after pushing through all the loose sand he churned up).

This really seemed like perfect adventure racing riding - moving through ever-changing conditions, hiking the bike through the brush to a new trail system when things got too overgrown, never knowing exactly where you were or what was coming next. The warm temps, sandy, scrubby trails, and the super-sized power lines coming from the old nuclear plant led me to dub it the "Sea to Seabrook AR".

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