Monday, March 27, 2017

10.6 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, March 27, 2017


Sunday, March 26, 2017

MALLARDS, GEESE, A WOOD DUCK, & A HERON
0.8 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Long Distance 2017 - Race #5
Two Rivers Half Marathon Road Race
Sunday, March 26, 2017




Now this is a medal...


2017 Event Totals
Run 69.4 mi, 17 hr 47 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
3/19/2017 - 3/25/2017

running (3) - 18.7 mi
riding (1) - 21.0 mi
snowshoeing - 0 mi
walking/hiking (9) - 11.2 mi
XC skiing (1) - 1.9 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, March 25, 2017

4 STATES IN 4 HOURS
Saturday, March 25, 2017
2.5 Mile Walk at Trustom Pond NWR
1.2 Mile Walk on the Branford Trolley Trail
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Long Distance 2017 - Race #4
Brrr-lingame 5mi Trail Race
Saturday, March 25, 2017


Ugh. One of the hazards of the Brrr-lingame course is that it's a 5 mile loop that 10 milers complete twice, meaning it's really easy to stop after 5 miles. Of course that may have been a real plus today given how dead my legs were feeling... no muscle, just concrete. I started out hoping they'd wake up after 2-3 miles but nope... they just got worse. So I chose discretion over valor, especially seeing as I have a point-to-point half marathon to run tomorrow...

A real shame too, because other than grey skies it was a great morning for a run... shirtsleeves warmth and not a bit of snow in sight. The trails weren't even particularly muddy.

I'd be kicking myself for coming all the way out here to run a 5 mile race except - this afternoon I'll make a visit to Trustom Pond and the Branford Trolley Trail (aka the Shoreline Greenway Trail) before I head to northeastern PA for tomorrow's half. Which, if today is anything to go by, will be very slow going indeed. (Fortunately there's a marathon going on at the same time, so I shouldn't run into any issues with the finish line closing down before I'm done.)


JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 56.3 mi, 14 hr 37 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NY, RI, VT

Friday, March 24, 2017

SNOW-FREE TRAILS & AMOROUS WOODCOCKS
4.6 Mile Run at Bluff Point State Park
Friday, March 24, 2017

Bluff Point is one of those places where I just enjoy running... that's one of the reasons I try to get down there for the annual Twilight Trail Race whenever I can. And while going for a run tonight might not have been the brightest plan (tough ride yesterday and two races over the next two days...) - how could I resist, when I'd be staying at my usual motel a mere 15 min away?

Slow going overall, with me walking just about anything resembling an uphill... but regardless it was wonderful to once again be on trails that aren't covered with snow! It was grey and chilly so not too many other people around, and by the time I was wrapping up the sun had set, so I was treated to the courtship sounds of at least half a dozen woodcocks over the last half to 3/4 of a mile. Presumably we'll start hearing them in our neck of the woods soon.




JMH

Thursday, March 23, 2017

21 Mile Ride Through Schodack Island State Park & Along Rt 9J
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not as bad as yesterday but still pretty chilly for late March - and the headwind on the way back was a pain. Schodack Island was pretty quiet when I got there, slightly busier when I returned. Traffic on 9J was light, and I suspect most riders would say it's flat with some rolling sections... what can I say, they felt like hills to me! Made it all the way down to the Swyer Preserve, and on the way back did a short stretch up to Castleton-on-the-Hudson. Back in the park I noticed that the camping loops were plowed, so I rode both of them and ended up with an additional mile and a half of easy riding.

Spotted was I think is an eagle's nest on the shore of Schodack Island from 9J - there were a couple of large birds soaring nearby but the angle and brightness of the Sun made it extremely difficult to get decent pictures, since I could barely see the camera screen. What I did manage to get looks like an immature bald eagle to me...



Since I'll be heading out of town tomorrow no more riding until at least next Monday... at this rate, March is going to turn out to be my least productive month on the bike, which is ironic considering that in theory it should be warmer than it was in January and February (nope) with most of the snow gone (nope) plus I have two weeks off and can actually get out during the day instead of after work. Maybe next week will be better... or next month...

 JMH

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
9.1 Mile Run on the Erie Canalway Trail, Monroe Ave, & Marsh Rd
Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Monday, March 20, 2017

0.5 Mile Walk at Tinker Park
0.4 Mile Walk at Mendon Ponds Park
Monday, March 20, 2017
WALKING ALONG THE LAKESHORE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING
2.8 Mile Walk at Hamlin Beach State Park
0.8 Mile Walk at the Owl Woods
1 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS
1.9 Mile XC Ski at Mendon Ponds Park
Sunday, March 19, 2017



Weekly Activity Summary
3/12/2017 - 3/18/2017

running (2) - 15.3 mi
riding (1) - 18.1 mi
snowshoeing (2) - 9.3 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 6.2 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, March 18, 2017

LOTS OF BIRDIES ON A COLD MARCH DAY
0.9 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
0.4 Mile Walk at Braddock Bay
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Long Distance 2017 - Race #3
Spring Forward 15k Road Race
Saturday, March 18, 2017




2017 Event Totals
Run 51.3 mi, 13 hr 20 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 30.0 mi, 10 hr 16 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: CT, MA, NY, VT

Friday, March 17, 2017

1.1 Mile Walk at the Crossings of Colonie
Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A BRIEF ESCAPE FROM THE SNOW EMERGENCY
6 Mile Run on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Lock 7 Rd
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STILL A MESS...
2.9 Mile Walk Along Snow-Clogged Streets
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spent about an hour this morning unburying my car to the point where I should be able to get it out if I decide to drive to work tomorrow instead of walking. I definitely need to get back to doing some upper body work. All told I'd guess we got somewhere right around 2 feet of snow, and if the long-term forecast is correct we don't have any warm sunny days coming up any time soon to melt it all, so I suspect it's going to hang around for a while. Bleah!
 
Most of the sidewalks around here still aren't cleared, so when I went out this afternoon I ended up walking in the road a lot initially - not as pleasant with the increased traffic today, especially given how fast some of the morons were driving.  My first stop was the Post Office, and thankfully once I got over by Main Street I had sidewalks to walk on most of the way. Along the way I was surprised to hear and then see a pair of pileated woodpeckers knocking away on a tree, right on Main Street. Then again, I once saw a turkey a couple of blocks from here and years ago the DEC had to remove a black bear from a tree about a mile or so away, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

More hopping on and off the sidewalk as I went from the Post Office to Price Chopper (sorry, "Market 32") to pick up something for dinner. One thing that became very clear is that the side streets (like the one I live on) have received the least plowing and are real mess, with both packed and churned-up snow (plus the snow people are pushing off their vehicles into the street, idiots!) I saw numerous cars stuck and helped push one out of the patch of snow that had it spinning the wheels (and convinced the driver to go a different way, since she probably would have gotten stuck again 100 feet down the street.) Hopefully the city will do something about that during the upcoming snow emergency.

I took the unusual (for me) route of Madison Ave to get home, reasoning that St Rose would have their sidewalks cleared fairly well, and I was right - it only got messy when I headed back to my street, where I ended up walking in the road again. 

I would be happy to be heading to Rochester for a few days if not for the fact that they also got 2 feet of snow - there's no escaping it! Guess I'll be packing the snowshoes and skis which I barely used over the past two winters, and running mostly on pavement for the time being.

JMH