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RBN1 was living up to her nickname last night. Crazy but we haven’t been on a run together since before Christmas. It has been all ski season. Unless you want to count the two workouts in my basement where I road my bike on my rollers while she ran on the treadmill, but I’m not counting those.
Maybe it was the 53km of skiing I did the day before, but my legs were pretty well dead for this run. Aerobically fine, but I had no spring whatsoever. On the positive side, I’m not really sore at all today either. I’ll take that for my 8th run of 2014.
I really want to ski some more, but run season is coming in a hurry. I haven’t put my jacket on since Saturday evening. It is 48 degrees out right now. The roads are melting and drying up. I think it is just about time.
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Looking for a fall marathon or half marathon? Check out the new Gandy Dancer “trail” marathon. This is on the crushed limestone, rails-to-trails, Gandy Dancer trail in Wisconsin. This will be one of the nicest surfaces you could run a marathon on.
I signed up for the half. I’ve already got a spring 50k I’m signed up for, considering doing Grandma’s full, and then the Birkie Trail full (two weeks before this). Another full didn’t seem like a good idea.
I know the organizers behind this. Great guys, and there should be a heck of a party at the finish. Think about it…
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I went skiing yesterday afternoon. Or I thought it was going to be skiing. I question that because of the following things.
I think next year I’m going to do this instead of skiing.
All of that to say that it was twenty something degrees ABOVE zero yesterday and the skiing was fantastic. It has been so damned cold here all winter I think the number of times I’ve skied with the temperatures in double digits above zero might be countable on one hand, two at most. The weather should be warming up now and we have plenty of snow left to make for some very pleasant spring skiing.
Last race of the year on Saturday. 48km of skating on the fantastic trails of Giants Ridge. Start time temps of about 10 and a finish temp of about 20. Should be fun.
Then running. Only 51 days until the 50km trail run.
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Assigned reading. Actually looking forward to attempting to implement the concepts in this book. Having company achieving the goals will be fun too.
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A few other things from the last few days.
My skate boots are starting to be a little worse for the wear. I’ve been tracking their usage since I bought them in January of 2011. I don’t know if ski boots have an expected life like running shoes, but at just over 2700km there is definitely some distress showing. Along with a few things busted and wearing out, they stink. Like I keep thinking the boys left some food in the back seat and it is now rotting but no its my boots stink.
Anyhow, new Fischer RCS Carbonlite boots. Same boots I had before, just this years model. Got out for them on Friday for a little test run at Elm Creek. It was fast out there. 17km in an hour. Boots felt good, and so far don’t stink like rotting food.
And on a completely different note, I put 20 minutes in on the treadmill tonight. Just trying to ease back into this running thing. I will need to start running some longer runs, but initially my thought is to run frequently but shorter to get the legs used to running. This run got me to partway into the fourth leg of the mens 4x10km olympic relay. Still wondering how it turns out.
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A short tale about two different activities. The red was a trail run four months ago today. The yellow was a ski today. Red was the first date, the yellow the last (or latest, not last as in no more).
I’m one lucky guy to have someone who wants to go skiing when it is -9F. I think we make a pretty good pair of crazies (her words).
I was going to take a picture of us for this post, but it was too dang cold to stand around and take a picture. I’m really looking forward to sharing more adventures in the next four months.
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Why hello runblr. Tonight marks the 5th time I have run in 2014. Yup, 5, F-I-V-E. I also have a whole whopping 8 weeks from this Saturday until the Chippewa Moraine 50k trail run I’m signed up for. Plenty of time right? No? Hmmm.
Anyhow, I’m plenty aerobically fit I’m sure. My legs are going to more than hate me if I don’t do some more running and right soon.
30 minutes tonight while watching part of the mens 4x10km relay from the Olympics. That certainly helped the time pass on the treadmill much faster than it has in the past. The TV from my brother is a nice addition down there.
Last night was 30 minutes on the rollers with my road bike. Did I mention I have a 100 mile gravel ride 7 weeks from Saturday?
No rest for the wicked!
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My full Birkie Experience Report Here. I titled it a race report, but it is way longer than a race report.
The Tumblr specific addition to the report is my impromptu Tumblr meetup at about 43km. I’m skiing along semi dazed, hoping to get to the finish line when someone from behind me shouts, “hey are you going somewhere?” Huh? What? ”are you goingnowhereforfun?” Huh? Oh, yeah, I am!
Yeah, I ran into frontrunner123 at about 43km of the Birkie. Made me smile at a low point in the race for me.
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