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Training Log: PG

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike7 14:00:05 166.45(5:03) 267.87(3:08) 9956
  Total7 14:00:05 166.45(5:03) 267.87(3:08) 9956
averages - weight:135.8lbs

Friday Jul 21 #

biking - dark blue bike 2:45:00 [3] 28.0 mi (5:54 / mi)

One of those times as you're heading down a woods road that continues to deteriorate and you think, I sure hope this doesn't turn into an out-and-back.

But it does.

Thursday Jul 20 #

8 AM

biking - dark blue bike 40:12 intensity: (1:15 @1) + (17:01 @2) + (21:56 @3) 11.14 mi (3:37 / mi) +75ft 3:35 / mi
ahr:127 max:147 weight:135.5lbs

Got out earlier today. Certainly more pleasant, though I'd imagine the shortness of the ride was a significant contributing factor to that.

In the flats south of town. Putting out a good effort much of the time, seemed like the legs (quads) were the limiting factor, not the lungs. Light southerly breeze.

Wednesday Jul 19 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 2:12:48 intensity: (1:13 @1) + (50:54 @2) + (1:18:20 @3) + (2:21 @4) 33.0 mi (4:01 / mi) +1345ft 3:53 / mi
ahr:130 max:154 weight:135.5lbs

Up past Greenfield a little bit. Even getting out mid-morning was too late, as I was definitely feeling the heat (and a headwind) on the way back south. Took it easy the last ten miles or so, and even that wasn't all that much fun.

Tuesday Jul 18 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 2:18:34 intensity: (4:02 @1) + (1:02:41 @2) + (1:09:01 @3) + (2:50 @4) 22.64 mi (6:07 / mi) +2149ft 5:37 / mi
ahr:128 max:157 weight:135.5lbs

That was more of an adventure than I expected, including a slam-dunk in the ongoing war with the FDFs, except this time I was the one getting slam-dunked.

Headed up to Northfield because it looked like the thunderstorms would be less likely to end up there, as turned out to be the case. The plan was over the hills and down to Erving and back, via Old Wendell Road on the way out -- looked steep, but I thought I could manage it -- and several back roads on the way back, ending up for the last few miles going downhill on Warwick Road. Looked like a fine plan.

Of course there was a sign on Old Wendell saying Not Maintained. That's not usually a problem, but in this case the steep part was really not maintained -- one look at the rock-filled gully masquerading as a road and there was not a single thought given to trying to ride it. Maybe 10 minutes of hike-a-bike? Certainly not my favorite, but as it turned out, not the worst part of the ride.

That came on the way back, Flagg Hill Road, about 2 miles, lots of rocks, also sandy areas. I could ride it, but it took all my skills and my attention. The problem was the appearance in force of the FDFs. I was defenseless, blue hat materials back in the car, plus really wanting to keep both hands on the handlebars so swatting them was tough, especially on several sharp little uphills, and I was going slowly enough that they had no problem keeping up.

I don't know what the final score was. It's possible I got a couple, but they sure nailed me a bunch of times.

Other than that, not so bad. I sweated a bunch (it was hot), worked hard at times (nothing new there), and certainly enjoyed the last long downhill. But I don't think I will repeat that route again.

Monday Jul 17 #

4 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:39:10 intensity: (6:47 @1) + (59:15 @2) + (33:08 @3) 20.57 mi (4:49 / mi) +1586ft 4:30 / mi
ahr:121 max:150 weight:136.5lbs

Up to Shutesbury and a couple of roads I haven't been on in a long time, and maybe never on a bike (just running). Legs were sore from yesterday, but climbed a few more today anyway. Mainly because it was hot, and it's a little cooler in the hills, and certainly more shade. Maybe 75% dirt road.

Sunday Jul 16 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 3:32:16 intensity: (1:06 @1) + (1:41:13 @2) + (1:29:43 @3) + (19:59 @4) + (15 @5) 37.1 mi (5:43 / mi) +4606ft 5:07 / mi
ahr:129 max:161 weight:136.5lbs

Made it up Kingsley Hill. :-)

Started at the junction of Route 2 and the road up along the Deerfield River to Monroe Bridge and Reading, VT. Plan was to test myself on Kingsley Hill, and then continue on to see some places not previously visited.

Warm day. Took it easy all to way up to Monroe Bridge. Lots of people out rafting/kayaking/tubing on the Deerfield. Must say it looked more fun than what I was doing (although I was having a fine time).

Kingsley Hill was tough, 900' climb in 1.4 miles, first part especially steep. Made it up, lowest gear (obviously), but in reasonable control. See comments.

Then into Vermont. I'd only brought one (large) bottle of water and drank that before the hill, so stopped in Readsboro for another bottle and a bit to eat.

Then a bunch of hilly back roads working my way over to the upper part of the Bear Swamp pump storage facility in Rowe. Nasty hills getting to the reservoir, then a really nasty hill going down, steep, loose dirt, on the brakes hard all the way. Sure glad when that was done.

Except a moment later, back on flat pavement, a little hill coming, shifted to the smaller chainring and the chain dropped off to the inside and got jammed. Took me 10 minutes to get things back working again, and then the gears were running rough for the couple of miles back to the car. Obviously needs adjusting.

Quite trashed by the time I was done. Stopped at the first store I saw for chocolate milk. A good outing.

Saturday Jul 15 #

5 AM


Went up to Vermont yesterday evening with Dave, Rick, and Tim, then manning an early aid station at the Vermont 100 from 5:30 to 9:00. Brought back some nice memories of that course and running ultras in general.

4 PM

biking - dark blue bike 52:05 intensity: (1:17 @1) + (34:40 @2) + (16:08 @3) 14.0 mi (3:43 / mi) +195ft 3:40 / mi
ahr:123 max:146

Short ride late afternoon. A little harder than I intended, thinking of maybe a longer outing tomorrow.

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