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W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Jun 26, 2014 - 10:57am PT
Second road bike ride of the season, forgot how fun riding the road bike up hills can be. Did 25 miles in the Mt Charleston area after work in fantastic temps, great company, and got my ass kicked. 3,700' of elevation gain at altitude...yeah. Doesn't have to be fun to be "fun," right? Thinking of switching to a compact or a triple for the big hills I seem to be attracted to riding, not a huge fan of the flats. Stoked, though! Going to start heading up there every week once a week after work. Seeing a half dozen mustangs and some deer up there was nice.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jun 26, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
Yesterday did ab workout+ 2 mile run+ 2 mile speed walk --- all after 20 hr fast.
Felt really strong.
Getting used to intermittent fasting (IF)
Slept like a baby.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Jun 26, 2014 - 05:35pm PT
PRd 3 distances lifetime (HM, 10K and 5 mile) in the last 7 weeks. Ran 10 miles today. Marathon Training Season is ON!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 7, 2014 - 10:11am PT
Glad to see folks conteding with the heat. John - I remember that spot at the World's Fair, quite a treat for me at the time.

I am beginning to think that the crazy training and challenges ahead might be doable.

Ran 24 - 25 miles, nearly all on rugged trails on Friday. Gained 2,000 vertical on trenched single track trail up to Butte Camp. Then the terrain was "more reasonable". Much of the Loowit is above treeline, and the sun was strong. Stopped at 8 miles to cool my feet in the snow fed creek. Shockingly cold. Continued to the trail wash out near Sheep Canyon. Paused on the lip of the canyon, gathering the courage to plunge down. Of course, at the very moment when safety demands no one above or below, there were six people trying to get through this ugly spot simultanesouly. The first four of us (of course including me) did not find the flagged way out, but the last two did. I'm dodging boulders unleashed by a woman less mountain goat-like than myself. I used my best big sister voice to encourage all to leave a little room here.

The rest of the run planned for the trail was fabulous, especially when diving back into the cool forest. Out at the trailhead, the run appeared to be in the bag. But wait, I went down the gravel road a mile, and no junction in sight. I know the road was washed out, but was it obliterated? I panicked and dropped onto a cross country ski trail heading towards Red Rock Pass. A little later, my GPS informed me that I took a wrong turn at the last trail intersection. It is getting late.

Now I generally tell people that bushwahcking is not the best idea becuase they put trails in the best places for human travel and around obstacles. Did I heed my own advice? Nope. I decided to follow a contour line 1/2 mile to get onto the correct trail. The GPS did not show the three deep and digusting washes that I had to figure out how to cross. Like a rodent, I curried back and forth on the lips of these loose canyons looking for any feasible way across.I thrashed through vegetaion. Now my legs are bleeding, attracting miquitos as dusk approaches. I am frantically leaping over deadfall, trying to beat the impending dusk. Lesson - I should have retraced my steps. It would have been MUCH FASTER and MUCH EASIER.

FInally I pop out at Red Rock Pass. My radio transmissions indicated that I was fine but late. I was not in dire need of help, so I was not going to outright ask for help. More miles were run than planned. Did my husband pick up on that hint and meet me? No. However one of the fine young men on our rescue team heard my status report and offered to intercept me. I joyfully accepted the offer, thus the run stayed at about 25 miles.

Since I am planning on stacking a 50 K trail run and a 7 day bike ride, my longest bike ride was also planned for this past weekend - Ariel to Lava Canyon and back. It included hills up to 11% grade, several thousand vertical gain, and totaled 46 miles. I was terrified that I would not be able to complete the hills. That is not enough to stop me from trying. I managed to get up all the hills with only one unplanned stop. There was a flat tire, and I wrestled that tube out and in - without the help of my MIA training partner and Sag wagon. Another good experience, in retrospect.

That's a lot of words to say - training is going well. I am beginning to believe I can do this. My awesomely sculpted legs must stay hidden beneath cloth to hide the souvenirs of my bushwahcking session.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2014 - 01:40pm PT
Hiked five miles guiding this morning. Was going to do a bike ride, but as it's 101 outside I'm not going anywhere near my bike now.....
Vedauwoo can't come soon enough!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Jul 13, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Every couple months there's a small group of us that do creek scrambles. We try to combine Mtn biking to a trail head, hike till we find a good place to enter a creek and then follow it for 4 or so miles until it looks like a good exit spot to get back out and hike to our bikes. The obstacles of log jams and boulders is much fun. Although yesterday I did a nasty side slip and fell on my hip. Oweeeee. We've done Fall Creek, Big Sur, and two parts of Aptos this spring. Yesterday we did 4 miles in Aptos, hiked back to the bikes and finished with about 10 miles of Mtn biking.
Picking my way through the creek
Picking my way through the creek
Credit: SC seagoat
Sara and Elias checking out the best way to get over, under or around ...
Sara and Elias checking out the best way to get over, under or around this log jam.
Credit: SC seagoat

Susan
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Jul 13, 2014 - 04:24pm PT
Ran 5.3 yesterday and 12.4 today. First back to back Sunday double digit runs in a while. Marathon Training is on.
Got everything today, rained for a while then the sun came out.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 13, 2014 - 04:32pm PT
SC,

What are you doin'? hunting for poison oak?

:-)

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Jul 13, 2014 - 05:19pm PT
What are you doin'? hunting for poison oak?
Lucky me, I'm not allergic to it. My other buds are, therefore they wear long pants strapped across their ankles. Unfortunately I ran into several, no make that really a lot, of stinging nettles. Oh well, all in a days fun.

Susan
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