Monday, January 16, 2017

UP & DOWN THOSE NISKAYUNA HILLS... IN JANUARY???
23.2 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, January 16, 2016

Sunday, January 15, 2017

1.0 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
1.4 Mile Walk at Hamlin Beach State Park
Sunday, January 15, 2016
3.7 Mile Run at Mendon Ponds Park
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #3
Mendon Winterfest 5.5mi Trail Race
Sunday, January 15, 2017


2017 Event Totals
Run 13.0 mi, 2 hr 56 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 3.4 mi, 0 hr 59 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: NY, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
1/8/2017 - 1/14/2017

running (3) - 17.0 mi
riding (2) - 26.8 mi
snowshoeing (1) - 3.4 mi
walking/hiking (3) - 5.2 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, January 14, 2017

1.8 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, January 14, 2016
6.2 Mile Run at Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, January 14, 2016

Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Mile Run on the Albany County Rail Trail
Friday, January 13, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SHAKING OUT THE RUST...
5.8 Mile Run in the Albany Pine Bush
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It felt really good to be out in the Pine Bush tonight, despite having to make my way around icy patches and puddles of cold water (my own fault for not bringing my screwshoes and a change of socks and shoes.) I ran the loop around Karner Barrens east and west, mostly under cloudy skies but for the last 20 minutes or so it cleared up enough that I had a gorgeous nearly full moon shining down - I was even able to shut off my headlamp for the last quarter miles or so.

Startled a few bunnies early on and then a group of deer later (all I saw of them were their eyes, reflecting the light from my headlamp.)

Best of all, my foot showed no sign of ever having bothered me... now I just have to try to keep my knees functional...

JMH

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

16 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The fat bike was definitely moving more easily tonight... but I can't really be sure if that was due to the work I did on the wheel hubs or the fact that there was no snow on the trail.

The bike handled well on the ice... only had one spot where it started to fishtail a bit.

After riding the unpaved stretch out to Voorheesville and back I rode all the way to the bridge over the Normanskill, despite the climbing that meant I'd need to do on the way back. Fortunately the wind that was blasting me in the face on the way out was at my back on the way back.

Still more work to be done... the new freewheel shifting is glitchy, not sure if that's something I can adjust or if it's a mismatch between the freewheel and the deraileur and shifter. I also want to see if I can tighten the brakes with having them rub... right now they slow me down but it's mainly the weight of the bike that stops it once it slows. And I may swap my MTB pedals and toe clips for a pair of platforms.

JMH

Monday, January 09, 2017

A LITTLE WORK ON THE FAT BIKE...
Monday, January 9, 2017

Tonight I swapped out my Shimano megarange freehweel (which has a 34 tooth lowest gear for easier climbing) for a Sunrace 8 speed freewheel, also with a 34T low gear. I did this because the Shimano has a large jump between the two lowest gears (24 to 34) where the Sunrace has a 28T cog in between. The tradeoff is I won't be able to use the highest gear... but I've never used that anyway.

While I had the rear wheel off I noticed the hubs were pretty tight, so I loosened them up and gave them a good shot of grease, and the wheel seems to be spinning much more readily. Now I'm wondering if I'm going to find myself using some of those higher gears after all... I really wanted to take it out for a test ride, but hopping on the bike at 7:30 at night when the windchill is down in single digits just doesn't seem like a good idea... especially since I'd need to drive for 20 minutes or so to get to a trailhead that I can access at night.

Maybe tomorrow or Wednesday I can test out the results of tonight's work...

JMH
1.5 Mile Walk At Buckingham Pond
Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017

YESTERDAY WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR RIDING!
10.8 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Lock 7 Rd
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Unfortunately, just before heading out to ride yesterday I checked the furnace and found out it wasn't working, so I had to bail and wait for the repairman to come and fix it. Today was only a few degrees colder but much windier... much of the time it felt like single digit temperatures, and it was especially rough going until my hands warmed the gloves enough that they actually kept my fingers warm.

The river is frozen over, but at times I could hear the ice stretching and shifting... pretty eerie, actually.

Spotted a hawk perched very low in a tree along the path just before I turned around at Onderdonk Ave... he didn't move when I rode by, and I was careful not to stop and flush him, given the cold and the wind - the last thing he needed was me stressing him out.

JMH
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #2
Get Rec'd 3.4mi Snowshoe Race
Sunday, January 8, 2017


2017 Event Totals
Run 7.5 mi, 1 hr 39 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 3.4 mi, 0 hr 59 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: NY, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
1/1/2017 - 1/7/2017

running (1) - 7.5 mi
riding (2) - 23.4 mi
snowshoeing - 0 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 6.5 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Friday, January 06, 2017

Playing It Safe
Friday, January 6, 2016

My foot has been sore on and off at various times today... more off than on, but in the end I decided it wasn't worth risking aggravating it between Frozen Assets tomorrow morning (which will be a snowshoe race for the first time in several years) and the Winter Warrior Half Marathon tomorrow night. As much as I'd like to tackle both - I'll be very frustrated if I do so and spend the next several months or longer unable to run because I screwed up my foot instead of being smart.

So now I'm just frustrated that I'm skipping those races, and wondering if I've actually chosen wussing out under the rationalization of being cautious.

On the plus side, I should be able to do our "local" (2 hours away) snowshoe race on Sunday up in South Londonderry, VT, the Get Rec'd 5k+... if nothing else I can go and just walk the whole thing. And I'll only have to spend 4 hours in the car this weekend instead of eight.

Sigh.

JMH

Thursday, January 05, 2017

A SORE FOOT = A WALK INSTEAD OF A RUN
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

10.2 Mile Ride Through the Corning Riverfront Preserve
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Misjudged the chill and my clothing today... fortunately there were a couple of mild sleet squalls that blew through while I was getting ready to ride, which convinced me to wear my rain jacket (which does a great job of trapping heat... sucks in the summer, but it's great this time of year.) So the ride was bearable but I was still pretty chilled at the end.

Deer were out and about today... nice to see, since I haven't spotted any there for a couple of years.

Pretty bizarre weather, but at least it made for some interesting cloud patterns. And I had a nice view of the first quarter moon and Venus once it got a bit darker.

JMH




Monday, January 02, 2017

WORKING HARD TO GO SLOW
13.2 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, January 2, 2017

Almost no clear stretches on the bike path between Schenectady and Rotterdam Junction... but tons of ice with a little snow on top. The fat bike handled it all no problem, but it does make for very slow going... not to mention pedaling a 40 lb bike over snow and ice gives the legs a heck of a workout.

Had two people ask about the bike, guess they're still a novelty.

I briefly thought I might ride the whole stretch from SCCC to the Junction, but I turned around before heading down the hill to the playing fields... legs were definitely feeling the miles and I didn't enjoy the thought of pedaling back up that hill.

I may need to look into a smaller chain ring, since with the one I've got I can only ride in the lowest three gears. Unfortunately I'm not sure they make chain rings much smaller...

Despite my grumbling about how much work it is to ride, it's still something of a torturous pleasure to be able to ride places where previously I would have had to wait until a major thaw to clear the path. 

JMH

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A Brief Drive Through the Montezuma NWR
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Headed back to Albany with daylight to spare, so I decided to head over to Lock CS-1 and see if any interesting birds were around... along the way I had a small group of snow geese fly over. Nothing to see at the Lock, but I did a drive through parts of the refuge along various roads and spotted... well, nothing, down on the ground. But hundreds of canada geese up in the sky, and at one point a large flight of what I think were some kind of ducks flew over.

No pictures, sadly, but plenty of reminders that even in winter Montezuma can be a busy place for wildlife.

JMH