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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
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 2, 2014 - 03:25pm PT
Thirty miles, Pescadero/LaHonda Loop. Climb-y little sucker for just 30 miles (3,000 feet).

Pescadero La Honda Loop
Pescadero La Honda Loop
Credit: SC seagoat

Susan
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 2, 2014 - 03:29pm PT
Two burns on Forever war, i might not be able to breathe for a week!
Now a liesurely mtn bike ride!!
Edit : then there were the boulder problems I couldn't do, but I did, finally get up a 10' 5.9 handcrack!!!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 19, 2014 - 06:45pm PT
Geez, have all you guys quit running for the last month?

5.11 miles tonight, 61 minutes, 59 yards down and up, 659 Calories. I guess I can have an extra beer, eh?

Running seems like a perfectly good waste of energy.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Aug 19, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
Happy to report resting pulse of 42, completed a 26 mile trail run in 90+ heat feeling pretty good. My "easy weekend" was a climb up Mt. Adams with a colleague from work - and did fine with my trail running legs providing enough crossover benefit to make up for a total lack of peak bagging. Hood to Coast this weekend, then my last long training run. Hope I survive this!!!

The biking schedule fell apart. Between my son's visit and attending a family funeral, I am not getting in many miles. Still intend to do Cycle Oregon, but it will be a sufferfest.

The rewards seem to be worth it - I feel great.

Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 19, 2014 - 09:42pm PT
Stress fracture in left foot. Really miss my HIiT workouts.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 2, 2014 - 07:10pm PT
Ran Mt Peale (with Blitzo) linked a bunch of those other peaks and then ran down the La sal pass road and back to make it come out to thirteen miles. September's half marathon came early this year!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 2, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
A couple of weeks ago it was Sill

8 mi, 13hrs, 5200 ft of gain, All above 12,000,half of it above 13,000

Total for the vacation was 35 mi and 14,900 ft of gain, not including Fairview and Lembert.


Did 94 mi of flat on the bike Saturday, 6 hr ride time, 45 min stopped.

I'm now finally under 210

Tomorrow it's either intervals or the hwy 39 climb. haven't quite decided on how to torture myself yet.

NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:12pm PT
I took my kids on their first real backpacking trip this weekend near Tuolumne Meadows... Mt Hoffman via May Lake. Most of the folks posting here would probably do that after waking up before they needed to take a morning pee, but carrying climbing gear and water and food for 3 people was a great equalizer to make me as tired (or maybe more so) than the kids. I don't normally seek out cardio activities, so this got my heart pumping pretty well.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Sep 3, 2014 - 01:56pm PT
Ran 30 miles in these 4 days, gunning for a 50 mile week. I'm feeling like I'm on the edge of barfing, around 50% of the time.
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
Sep 3, 2014 - 03:58pm PT
That means your doing it right.

Heading to utah for the wasatch 100 right now. Ready for a spectacular ass kicking.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Sep 3, 2014 - 05:15pm PT
Hood to Coast went well - the old lady took Leg 1, blasted downhill from Timberline Lodge posting the fastest mile she's ever run, 5:09, for the first mile. So what if that was gravity aided!! Took the lead in my starting group and passed six people from the group that started 15 minutes ahead of me. Yes!!

Reality kicked me for my third run. Let's just savor the first moment.

Part two of the aerobathon is Saturday with the Volcanic 50K. The heat will be on high. Let's see if I melt. I hope that I get through the 24 mile checkpoint before the cutoff time.

Then a few short hours later, it will be Cycle Oregon.

Looking forward to mere climbing by mid-September!!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 3, 2014 - 05:50pm PT
I'm exhausted just reading that! Good luck!
And you too, Atch! The wasatch 100, wow!
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Sep 3, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
Paddled my kayak solo around Manhattan for a PB time of 6 hrs 38 min including time to cross the Hudson twice. Only saw 3 condoms and 2 maxi pads, so I'd say the rivers are cleaning up!
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