Random musings mostly related to my outdoor activities. Think run, bike, and nordic ski training and racing.

20th April 2014

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After a big bike ride around midday that I’ll post about tomorrow, RBN1 and I went for a short ride, muddy trail run, short ride duathlon tonight.

We are a couple of dirty trail runners.


After a big bike ride around midday that I’ll post about tomorrow, RBN1 and I went for a short ride, muddy trail run, short ride duathlon tonight.

We are a couple of dirty trail runners.


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18th April 2014

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Afternoon Adventure Duathlon

I finally got the right width rim tape and put new rim tape on both of my mountain bike tires.  Rim tape covers the spoke holes so when you inflate the inner tube it does not squirt into those holes and pop.  When I switched over to my gravel tires earlier in the week I inflated them, went and changed, only to come back out and find my front tire completely flat because I had a spoke hole blowout.

Anyhow, I decided to put the clip pedals on my bike so I could ride in my running shoes, go ride the gravel roads and then go for a quick run in the middle on the non-paved surface to check out how my leg is doing.

The gravel riding was fun, and then I decided to check out what looked like it might be a trail in the Carlos Avery WMA near me.  I am so glad I did, because it was awesome.  I threw my bike lock on my bike (probably didn’t need it, but it made me feel better anyhow) and took off slopping through the shin deep snow.  The good news is that other than a faint dull ache for the first couple of minutes, I felt no pain in my leg on this 1.5 mile trek through the snowy/slushy forest.  I ended up at the dam I had seen on the map when poking around last week.  It is pretty cool.  I can’t wait to take RBN1 back out here and stomp around in the slightly less snowy woods.

After the mid-ride run, I hopped back on my bike and hustled home to get ready and head over to CyclovaXC for my GPS presentation.  The turnout was decent and I had a good time.

Tomorrow?  Biking with RBN1 in the rain?

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17th April 2014

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Check out my leg.  So the PAC at the ortho clinic isn’t convinved I have a tibial stress fracture.  She recommended an xray to look for some sort of indication in the something or other that covers the bone.  I didn’t think xrays were particularly good at detecting sfx anyhow.  She also poked and probed.  In the end she said it could be the early stages of a stress reaction and I should probably cut back a bit, like half my mileage.  Half is a long ways from zero.

Despite that, I think I’ll keep the running to a minimum for a while yet until the discomfort subsides.  I think I’ll also be moving down to the 10k next weekend instead of the 50k.  I’m much more interested in a good summer of training and killing the Birkie trail marathon than this 50k I signed up for on a whim.  Instead I rode the bike on the rollers in the basement for an hour last night.  I watched Salsa Cycles short film Racing the Sun about the Dirty Kanza and then I continued watching the last of the Swix Classics ski races.

Skiing can still be on my brain given the crazy weather.  My deck was clear again from snow… now there is 13+ inches again.  Seriously.  WTF?  I’m also having deja vu as it relates to the Mammoth Gravel Classic which is supposed to be on Saturday.  Here is what happened last year…  POSTOPONED.  Kinda looking like the same may happen again.

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16th April 2014

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I Just Wanna Run

I’m going to get my leg checked out after work today.  It feels better, but only if I’m not aggravating it.  I haven’t run since Friday and it was feeling good yesterday until I tried to jog across the parking lot last evening.  Then I got pain again.  I’m really hoping it isn’t a stress fracture.  I should know more this evening hopefully.

I have also been a bum the last two days not even getting a bike ride in.  This is partially because I am just run down since the weekend outside and not sleeping well.  I feel better today and maybe I’ll be able to throw the bike on the rollers tonight.  I feel like a slug.

Saturday is the Mammoth Gravel Classic.  I was considering skipping it all together given my attitude lately, but I’m thinking I should suck it up and see how much of the 70 I can accomplish before having to head to Easter dinner.  A 4+ hour ride would make up for two days off so far this week.

Wish me luck.

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13th April 2014

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My leg hurts a bit.  I’ve been looking at tibial stress fracture symptoms online.  I’m a bit concerned.

I have to take the klutzy kid to the ortho this week to get his wrist checked out.  I think I might make a double appointment and have my leg checked out at the same time.

Until then, no more running.  Just worrying.

This weekend was scout camp for my boys so I spent all day outside yesterday standing and getting cold.  Couple that with insufficient sleep and doing my taxes today (I knew roughly how much I owed which is why I waited until almost the last minute) and I’m a little less easy going than usual.

Tonight I put the gravel tires on my mountain bike.  In the process the bike pump bit my finger and gave me a sweet blood blister.

After I finally got everything all set-up again, and cleaned and lubed my rear derailleur cable I went in and got changed.  When I got back out, one of the tiers was flat.

The rim tape is coming loose and the inner tube burst.  After futzing with it for a while I decided I wasn’t going to be able to trust the rim tape to not slip and leave me walking back to my house in bike shoes so I got out my road bike.

Which needed the rear tube changed.  And the saddle bag moved over.  And the frame pump moved over.

Finally, almost an hour and a half after I started to get ready to ride I left.  And rode into a 30-something degree hurricane.  Blech.  20 miles of windy nastiness, but a ride done.

Today could have been better.

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11th April 2014

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I got out for a short run at lunch yesterday.  I almost got Jenny to go… almost.  One of these days we’ll get it to work out.

I ran through the fairgrounds, through the U of M campus to my favorite little stretch of single track.  It is only about about a quarter mile long but I still like it.

Then last night I had an actual date with my favorite tumblr.  We got coffee, walked, talked, had dinner, checked out the lighted waterfalls.  It was great.

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9th April 2014

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If you aren’t following this girl, you should.

If you aren’t following this girl, you should.

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9th April 2014

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So I had planned to take today off for the last week.  RBN1 and I do not have aligning work schedules so getting a whole day together to go adventuring in the woods is hard to come by without one of us taking the day off.  We sure hit the jackpot with the weather this time around.

Intermixed with leisurely coffee, breakfast, recovery smoothies, lunch and dinner we got two pretty awesome adventures in today.

Adventure number one was an extremely fun trail run on what just a month ago were ski trails.  Today they were still holding on to remnants of the ski trail making the run all that more interesting.

First we crossed the river and looked at the impressive ice flows and the remnants of the snowmobile tracks breaking up and sliding down the river.

Then we found some fairly deep sections of snow still in places.  Sometimes it was just ankle deep, sometimes knee deep, sometimes even deeper.  Crusty, crunchy, smushy stuff that sometimes you could run on and sometimes not.  Both of our shins bled from it.

Then there were some water logged spots.  After having already backtracked around to this second place and finding it also blocked by water we decided to build a bridge in order to continue the loop.

In all it was an awesome hour plus chasing each other through the woods.  I have to be the luckiest guy around having found this incredible woman who wants to go galavanting through the woods getting all muddy with me.

To top that off, I also got to take her on her first bike ride in years this afternoon.  We ended up a little short on time and therefore we ended up biking less than we ran but it was still fun.  I expect we will continue experimenting with this biking thing for a while until we figure out if she really likes it and what kind (road, mountain, gravel, etc).

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9th April 2014

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Why I bailed on Jenny yesterday. Silly kid slipped on the ice at the bus stop and broke his arm.

I was going to run before work with RBN1, but couldn’t convince her to get up, then I was also going to run with Jenny, that obviously didn’t work out. Then RBN1 and I were going to run after work… But we got lazy. So instead of running twice, I ran zero.

Today it is absolutely gorgeous outside and I’ve been planning on playing hooky for a week. RBN1 and I are going to go adventuring today. Running and biking. Not sure where yet, but we will be heading out in just a little bit. Should be fun!

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8th April 2014

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DMD 5.10k Race Recap

Yesterday evening was my yearly celebration of fitness race.  The Design of Medical Devices Conference 5.10(k) race on the campus of the University of Minnesota that my employer sponsors (and pays our entry fee for).

I really didn’t have any expectations for the race having not done any hard workouts in preparation for the race.  In general I had the feeling that I had done less running in the lead-up and certainly less intensity.  In actually looking at the data from March first to race day, I was only half right.

This year - 105.6, no intervals

Last year - 69.5 miles, one race, one VO2 max intervals, one cruise intervals

I’m a little shocked in the number of miles to be honest.  Now that I think about it I have done a few long runs in prep for the 50k in 2.5 weeks that I certainly didn’t do last year.

OK, back to this year.  I turned G on to find that he somehow ran out of battery.  Sometimes when I take him off the charger he drains the battery while looking like he is off.  I generally try to turn him on and then off again every time just to make sure he is off.  I must have forgot and you could say I was fairly pissed he was dead.  10 minutes of being ticked off and I just had to settle to running holding onto my phone and using RunKeeper.

The organization of this race is always suspect.  It is definitely put on by non-racers.  ”Everyone line-up!”.  Uh, how about letting us know where the starting line is so we can get in line?  Mark the course?  Have marshals at all of the corners before we get there?  Nah.  Not a big deal for me.  I generally know the course and I’m not too hung up on having the perfect race, but it is sort of amateurish.

Lap one.  Started fast, passed the usual first half-mile sprinters after a few minutes.  Despite “knowing the course”, I was suprised to find that we did not go up and over the stairs at Northrop Auditorium this year.  Yay.  Those always scare me 2.75 miles into a 5k when your legs don’t work anymore.

By the end of lap one my mental toughness was ebbing and I wasn’t sure why I had signed up or liked racing any more.  One guy I had passed at about a mile and could hear behind me passed me back around 2.5 and I tried to tuck in behind him and just draft him to keep pace.  It probably helped because my poor positive splits probably would have been worse had I not had someone pushing me.  I yo-yo’d behind him by 5-20 feet until the last 0.1 miles or so when I pulled out the all out sprint.  I passed him on the foot bridge but could hear he turned on the jets and it was all out to the finish… which was after a 90 left hand corner.  I had the inside lane but couldn’t hold my line and we bumped shoulders trying to get to the chute.  It was a great finish and we both smiled and said great job.  They gave it to him by a second but who cares.  We were racing for eighth.  I then knelt down and tried not to puke.

It was a good start to the season.  As you can see from the overhead map, the yellow was this years course and the red last (and all previous) years course.  So this year was about 0.1 miles longer.  Using the SportTracks High Score plugin which finds your fastest split in a run, this years actual 5k equivalent was 20:45.  Last year was 20:37.  Not too shabby considering I hadn’t done any intensity work.  My splits were grossly positive.  More racing results in better splits for me.  I got some swag for 2nd place age group.  A $15 road id coupon and a Brooks headband… I may use the road id, but uh, I’m not much of a headband guy.

I also like the Google earth picture that shows me running in the river… obviously we actually stayed on the Washington Ave bridge.

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