Friday, February 24, 2017

73 DEGREES IN FEBRUARY?!!!!
14.6 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

1.7 Mile Snowshoe at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve
Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

13.5 Mile Ride Through Schodack Island State Park & Along Route 9J
Sunday. February 19, 2017
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #9
Brave the Blizzard 5.5mi Snowshoe Race
Sunday, February 19, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 34.4 mi, 9 hr 35 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 20.7 mi, 7 hr 33 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: MA, NY, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
2/12/2017 - 2/18/2017

running  - 0 mi
riding (1) - 7.0 mi
snowshoeing (2) - 8.1 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 7.4 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, February 18, 2017

7 Mile Ride Through the Corning Preserve
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Really could have ridden my road bike, as there were only a couple of spots where the path wasn't totally clear from the parking lot for the USS Slater until about 2 1/4 miles from the boat launch - from that point on the path wasn't plowed at all, and the snow was too wet and deep for me ride even the fat bike through it. I briefly considered doing a 2nd out and back toward the unplowed section but decided instead that after this morning's race and considering that I haven't ridden in almost three weeks and I have another snowshoe race tomorrow morning - it seemed to make more sense to just head home.

I don't know what's going on at the NY State Museum today, but there were tour buses lined up on both sides of the street - it was pretty incredible how busy that short stretch of Madison Ave was today.

JMH
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #8
Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race
Saturday, February 18, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 34.4 mi, 9 hr 35 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 15.2 mi, 5 hr 57 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: MA, NY, VT

Sunday, February 12, 2017

TOUGH GOING
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Today's snowshoe race was particularly tough going, between the deep snow, the wind hammering us with snow whenever it could, and the hills. Yesterday's was tough too, though it helped that the snow was a little less deep. Even the Get Rec'd race back in January was more of a challenge than I expect it to be. I've mostly been blaming it on the lack of snow and thus the lack of opportunities to improve my snowshoe fitness, but then at some point today as I was either trudging up the nth hill or stumbling around on a section of singletrack, the thought occurred to me - I haven't run a "real" snowshoe race in almost two years. What I mean by a "real" race is one where I couldn't run it just as easily or even more easily in shoes with spikes. Last season the only race I ran was the Super Frosty Loomis 10k, which had 6-8" of snow on no base. The race at Gore this year was packed man-made "snow", and the Get Rec'd course had a light layer of fresh powder with a frozen base underneath. So I really am very much out of snowshoe shape, with very good reason!

Doesn't make the races any easier, but at least I feel a little bit better knowing it's not totally due to me being fat and lazy...

JMH
A HILLISH DOUBLE-HEADER - IN A BLIZZARD! Part 2:
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #7
Switchback Singletrack 3.3mi Snowshoe Race
Sunday, February 12, 2017


2017 Event Totals
Run 34.4 mi, 9 hr 35 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 10.4 mi, 4 hr 34 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: MA, NY, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
2/5/2017 - 2/11/2017

running (2) - 10.4 mi
riding - 0 mi
snowshoeing (1) - 3.7 mi
walking/hiking (5) - 8.9 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, February 11, 2017

LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO RUN...
5 Mile Run on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Forts Ferry Rd
Saturday, February 11, 2017

After the race I wanted to take my time getting back to Albany, so I actually ate lunch at Subway instead of while I was driving, reminded myself of why I don't go shopping on Saturday afternoons with a stop at the Wilton Price Chopper (sorry, "Market 32"), and picked up some recent releases at Barnes & Noble.

I had hoped to run at Saratoga Spa State Park, but the snow was deep enough that I would have needed snow shoes, and the hills this morning left me snowshoed out (especially since tomorrow's race will also be very hilly.) From there I headed to the Crossings of Colonie, where I hoped the paths would be plowed... it looked like they had been, but drifting snow had covered them in spots. So in the end I went to the other section of the bike path that gets plowed and had a very nice run... the inch or so of snow that fell last night provided the perfect cushioning.

On the way back I passed a fellow who made for a very odd image... 25 inch snowshoes, knee high snow gaiters - walking on the asphalt path in an inch of snow.

JMH



A HILLISH DOUBLE-HEADER, Part 1:
Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #6
Stone Bridge Caveman 6k Snowshoe Race
Saturday, February 11, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 34.4 mi, 9 hr 35 min
Bike 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

Snowshoe 7.1 mi, 3 hr 9 min
Kayak 0 mi, 0 hr 0 min

states visited: MA, NY, VT

Friday, February 10, 2017

ESCAPE FROM THE ALBANY SNOW EMERGENCY!
5.4 Mile Run on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Lock 7 Rd
Friday, February 10, 2017

It's pretty sad that the general lack of snow over the past couple of winters has brought us to the point where 10-12" is considered a major storm... but there you go. I can't really disagree with Albany's declaration of a snow emergency, just because they need to get the roads as clear as possible - but parking during these things is a nightmare, and prompted me to make plans to stay in Lake George tonight rather than drive the whole way to Pottersville tomorrow morning. With luck I'll get back late enough tomorrow to have missed the worst of the parking chaos.

It's been a tough week running-wise, so on my way out of town I headed over to the Niskayuna Lions Park for a run on one of the plowed sections of the bike path. Got there around 7 PM and found everything very still and peaceful. While I was running I did have one other runner put in a brief appearance, and there were people at Lock 7, but mostly it was just me and memories of numerous other winter runs on that stretch of path (especially back in 2006 when I was trying to get ready for the Eastern States 20mi road race in late March, and ran back and forth seemingly endless times on more evenings than I can count.)

Really, though, the most important thing was how god it felt to be running again.

When I reached the hotel in Lake George, the receptionist asked me why I was staying over, and when I mentioned the snowshoe race and being a refugee from the snow emergency, she said the latter was one of the top news stories because of all the tickets and cars towed. (Not enough, in my opinion - there's a mess of snow in front of my house because some idiot left his car there and instead of towing it the City just plowed around it.)

JMH



Monday, February 06, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk on the Albany County Rail Trail
Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 05, 2017

1.3 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
1/29/2017 - 2/4/2017

running (3) - 27.1 mi
riding (1) - 11.8 mi
snowshoeing - 0 mi
walking/hiking (3) - 3.6 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Season of the SnōShū 2017 - Race #5
Cast a Shadow 6hr Trail Race
Saturday, February 4, 2017

6 laps, 15.0 miles, 4 hr 36 min


2017 Event Totals
Run 34.4 mi, 9 hr 35 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: MA, NY, VT

Thursday, February 02, 2017

BRRR... WHAT, IS IT WINTER OR SOMETHING?
6.1 Mile Run on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path, Onderdonk Ave, and Forts Ferry Rd
Thursday, February 2, 2017

I would have been dressed fine if it wasn't for the wind... as it was, I suspect I looked like a nutjob, in shorts and bare legs down below and thick fleece pullover under a biking shell, complete with a neck gaiter and winter hat up top. Not a bad run  by any means but I've gotten spoiled by all the unseasonably warm weather.

It remains to be seen how long I'll last on Saturday... my longest runs this year have been half marathons, but it's been a over a month since my last half. I'm shooting for at least 15-16 miles, and then anything more that I can manage without destroying my legs for a week afterwards.

JMH



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

GOOD TO BE RUNNING AGAIN!
6 Mile Run Around Albany
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ackk... it's been over a week since I last ran, mostly due to coming down with a nasty cold in the middle of last week, so tonight's chance to shake the rust out of my legs was very welcome, even more so because we got a bit of snow today (literally... maybe an inch, despite the fact that it's been snowing on and off since before noon.) Did something a little different and headed down toward the bright lights of Albany Med and the various colleges in the vicinity, then up Hacket (again literally... it's uphill for much of the initial stretch of Hacket), past the school, and into my usual stomping grounds in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Legs felt decent, which is reassuring given that I have a six hour race on Saturday afternoon and evening and hope to hit at least 15 miles before I'm done.

The one disadvantage to tonight's run is I didn't get out the door until after 7:30, so it's going to be a while before I can get to sleep - and as much as the kids all were hoping for a snow day tomorrow, I don't see that happening (recall, about an inch of snow in 8-9 hours.)

JMH





Sunday, January 29, 2017

11.8 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tough riding on the rail trail but at least I was able to ride. Plenty of snow on the stretch out to Voorheesville, but all frozen - and postholed like crazy from all the folks who'd walked there while the snow was mushy. So the ride was very rough and at times slippery. It was definitely a plus to get to the end of the trail- at least the ride back to Slingerlands is mostly downhill, and I had the wind at my back.

The paved trail toward Delmar was initially clear but fairly quickly developed patches of ice. Still, it was easier riding than the first 8 miles. Just after the bridge over Delaware Ave it looked like the path turned to more ice than pavement - rode onto it a short distance and started to skid, so I decided it was a good time to head back to the car.

The brakes are definitely working better now that I've adjusted them. I also swapped a triple crank for the single and platform pedals instead of the MTB pedals and toe clips I'd been using. The pedals were definitely easier to use; didn't have any reason to change which chain ring I was using, which is just as well since there's no front derailleur.

JMH