Thursday, September 21, 2017

TOO... HOT...!
8.6 Mile Run in the Albany Pine Bush
Thursday, September 21, 2017

My original plan for today was to head over to northwestern MA and run/hike some of the trails at Savoy & Monroe State Forests... except I ended up not getting enough sleep last night and decided that 14-15 miles up and down Berkshire hills plus well over 3 1/2 hours of driving was not a good choice for today's agenda. So instead I decided to keep it local and went to the Albany Pine Bush instead.

Given the heat I should have carried two water bottles and I definitely should have brought along some food - I started getting hungry by the time I made it to DiCaprio Park. I had hoped to top off my water bottle there but the bathrooms were locked and I wasn't sure if I should trust the outside faucet to be potable.

Lots of changes to the Pine Bush trails, both in terms of re-routes and even more clearing out all but a few trees. When I first started running there 15 years ago or so, many of the trails were pleasantly shaded and surrounded by woods. Those are increasingly in the minority, and I wouldn't be surprised if they pretty much disappear in a few more years as the Pine Bush Commission fulfills its goal of returning as much of the preserve as possible to meadow conditions.


JMH

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20.5 Mile Ride on the Zim Smith Trail
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

END-TO-END-TO-END, Year 2
20 Mile Ride from Clyde to Savanah (& Back)
Sunday, September 17, 2017

1 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
9/10/2017 - 9/16/2017

running (2) - 8.0 mi
riding (5) - 69.0 mi
walking/hiking (4) - 7.4 mi

outdoor activity 6/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Brief Visit to Mendon Ponds Park
0.5 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #36
Cortland United Way Duathlon
Saturday, September 16, 2017




2017 Event Totals
Run 276.0 mi, 72 hr 19 min
Bike 70.2 mi, 5 hr 46 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Thursday, September 14, 2017

TESTING THE BIKE
10.2 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

RACING THE CLOCK
12 Mile Ride Through the Corning Preserve & Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

RACING SUNSET
20.5 Mile Ride on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Monday, September 11, 2017

The weather forecast indicated that this might be the last sunny afternoon/evening this week, so I sucked it up and took the bike over to Pittsfield to ride the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Unfortunately I left the house later than I'd hoped (I really should have taken everything to work and left straight from there), didn't realize how much rush hour traffic would slow me down both in Albany and driving through Pittsfield to the trailhead, and forgot that now that it's essentially fall, sunset is happening earlier and earlier - by the time I got there and geared up, I had about 100 minutes of riding time before sunset. No problem, since I'd remembered to pack a light - except I'd forgotten that I took the handlebar mount off the bike for the summer, when I almost never need a light...

So instead of a relaxed ride through the woods and wetlands and along the shore of the Cheshire Reservoir, I found myself pushing as hard as I could to try to cover as much of the trail as I could before sunset. As I headed north, I pretty much figured I would turn around before the steeper hill down into Adams... but once I got there, the thought of driving all that way to ride a little over 8 miles was too much, and I ended up going all the way to Harmony Street, about a mile before the end of the trail at the Adams Visitor Center. And then I cursed myself out for doing so as I crawled back up the hill I had just ridden down at a snail's pace... my legs were definitely feeling the effects of Saturday's runs and yesterday's running, walking, and riding.

In the end I made it back to the car a little after sunset, with plenty of light to see... I briefly thought that maybe I should have pushed a bit further and gone all the way to the northern end of the trail, but that would have added another 10-15 minutes to the ride, and that might have been all I needed to end up riding the last mile or so in the dark... so I made the right choice to turn around when I did.

The next time I ride this trail, I hope I can do so when I have more time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Though I did spot a couple of beaver swimming in the reservoir, which was pretty neat.

JMH

Sunday, September 10, 2017

12.3 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Sunday, September 10, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk at Peebles Island State Park
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #35
Tug Boat Chug 5k Road/Trail Race
Sunday, September 10, 2017


 

2017 Event Totals
Run 271.1 mi, 71 hr 16 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
9/3/2017 - 9/9/2017

running (3) - 21.3 mi
riding (1) - 31.8 mi
walking/hiking (4) - 6.3 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, September 09, 2017

7.5 Mile Run on the Appalachian Trail (Kent)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Slow Going 2017 - Race #34
Chasing Ciara's Light 12k Trail Race
Saturday, September 9, 2017

 

2017 Event Totals
Run 268.0 mi, 70 hr 38 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, September 08, 2017

0.8 Mile Walk at Ooms PCA
Friday, September 8, 2017

A nice quiet walk at dusk, and I haven't been to Ooms nearly often enough over the last year... but originally I would not have gotten here before dark.

I had planned to ride through the Corning Preserve and maybe get some shots of the tugboat procession up the Hudson to the annual Waterford Tugboat Roundup this weekend - and even went down there in the light rain that was falling. Except after making my way through the start of rush hour traffic in downtown Albany, I found the lots filled with cars parked for the Labor Day Parade that I had forgotten happens early this evening. And since I couldn't remember exactly what time that would be happening and didn't want to risk getting stuck waiting for everything to wrap up before I could go home - I just kept going and my hoped-for bike ride turned into a 35-40 min drive around the city. Bleah.

School starting back up again this week has definitely raised havoc with my running and riding. Hopefully I can get back into a more regular workout schedule soon, assuming my body adjusts to getting up at 5:30-6 AM every day again.

JMH

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A RAINY EVENING
1.5 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

6.6 Mile Run at Saratoga Spa State Park
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monday, September 04, 2017

TOO... MANY... HILLS...
31.8 Mile Ride on a Mohawk Towpath Byway Loop (Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Mohawk Towpath Byway)
Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Weekly Activity Summary
8/27/2017 - 9/2/2017

running (3) - 22.7 mi
riding (2) - 34.1 mi
walking/hiking (6) - 8.2 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, September 02, 2017

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...
4.2 Mile Run at Jug End State Reservation
8.8 Mile Run on the Appalachian Trail (South Egremont - Sheffield)
Saturday, September 2, 2017


Thursday, August 31, 2017

19.8 Mile Ride on the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Path & Through Riverside Park
Thursday, August 31, 2017


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

9.7 Mile Run at Thacher State Park
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

1.8 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

NO MORE DETOUR! HURRAY!
14.3 Mile Ride Through Brighton Town Park & on the Erie Canalway Trail
Sunday, August 27, 2017


0.5 Mile Walk at Braddock Bay Park
2.1 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
8/20/2017 - 8/26/2017

running (3) - 22.8 mi
riding (3) - 51.7 mi
walking/hiking (3) - 5.3 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY - WU (1)

JMH

Saturday, August 26, 2017

TURTLE'S CRAZY SATURDAY PART 2 -
Slow Going 2017 - Race #33
A Midsummer Night's Madness Half Marathon
Saturday, August 26, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 260.8 mi, 68 hr 58 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
TURTLE'S CRAZY SATURDAY PART 1 -
Slow Going 2017 - Race #32
Angels of Mercy 5k
Saturday, August 26, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 247.6 mi, 64 hr 57 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, August 25, 2017

15 Mile Ride on the Lehigh Valley Trail, Genesee Valley Greenway, & Erie-Attica Trail
Friday, August 25, 2017


Thursday, August 24, 2017

6.5 Mile Run on the Genesee Riverway Trail
Thursday, August 24, 2017


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

18.7 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail, Through Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook & Riverlink Parks, & Around Fort Hunter
Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Monday, August 21, 2017

AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS BEAST OF BUCKINGHAM!
2.3 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Monday, August 21, 2017

I had originally planned to run tonight but as the day progressed I decided a rest day was in order instead, so I popped over to Buckingham Pond. The geese have moved on, and surprisingly there are only a few small groups of ducks there - and of course the Buckingham Beast turned out to be Chester the cat, But it's still one of my favorite places to walk close to home.

And tonight there was a definite payoff - as I was walking up the path between the pond and the overflow basin, a grey fox dashed across the path - a genuine Buckingham Beast! Hopefully he's just passing through and will avoid being spotted by too many people, since he'd probably be misidentified as a coyote and send people into a panic.

JMH
It's Tough To See A Partial Eclipse of the Sun...
Monday, August 21, 2017

... when the clouds roll in several hours before it happens. I'm definitely glad I didn't make plans to go to any of the locations that are holding viewings today!

JMH

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Beast of Buckingham (Pond)
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yesterday I received an alert from the Albany Police Department, warning that they'd responded to a call that morning about a possible wild animal sighting at Buckingham Pond. A version of the following was attached, and the email noted that they hadn't found anything but urged people to be cautious.


I'm sure part of the worry here is due to the recent rabid coyote attack about an hour north of here. But this picture is almost useless... other than showing some kind of cat, there's no information about what this might be. What size was it? Housecat? Lion? More information is needed!

Today I went looking for more detail and found out that the cat in question was the size of a large housecat, maybe a bobcat. Sorry, that's not a bobcat - they don't have long tails. Once the size is given, it's clearly a housecat of some sort.

And today, the mystery was solved when a local resident contacted the news and told them the wild animal in question is her cat Chester - who will be confined indoors for a while until the worry over the Beast of Buckingham dies down and he's less likely to be taken out by some yoyo who thinks he's saving the neighborhood from a vicious critter.


Watch your back Chester...

JMH
18 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Sunday, August 20, 2017
2 Mile Walk at Green Lakes State Park
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
8/13/2017 - 8/19/2017

running (3) - 19.9 mi
riding (4) - 53.7 mi
walking/hiking (2) - 1.9 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, August 19, 2017

7.9 Mile Run at Onondaga Lake Park & Long Branch Park
Saturday, August 19, 2017


3.5 Mile Run at Vino & The Beasts Finger Lakes
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Last year a group of Ann's friends did the Vino & the Beasts obstacle race outside of Geneva NY, and Ann went along to take pictures and cheer them on. And then somehow they convinced her to sign up for this year's race - apparently they got significant discounts for signing up right after the 2016 race... I know the price was up to $80 for people signing up over the last week, for a little over a 5k including a bunch of obstacles. Oh, and a bunch of wine and beer tastings at the vineyard afterwards (hence the title VINO & the Beasts, and I suspect a lot of the appeal of this particular race series.)

I went along this year to take pictures, not sure how much access I'd get to the course. Well, it turned out I had complete access - I ran and walked everywhere Ann's group did (well, the portion of her group that was at the back of their heat, with her) without doing any of the obstacles, since I had a camera in hand and I also hadn't paid any fees or signed any waivers.

I would classify the course as an easy 3.5 mile trail run... mowed paths, dirt doubletrack, and so on. The obstacles ranged from stuff as simple as barriers to climb over or under, to several involving cargo nets (both vertical and horizontal), a huge inflatable slide, a crawl through muddy water, and a swim through a 15 ft deep mucky pond. Ann made it through all of them, though she did say that swimming with shoes on was very difficult.

I had a couple of people comment that they'd hate to have to run the course to take pictures - all I can say was that it was a lot less boring than standing around waiting for people to show up wherever I was. And I got in part of today's run in the bargain.

One comment was made that maybe I should have gotten a finisher's medal since I did the whole distance - except of course I didn't pay the fee, and I didn't do any of the obstacles. And I've got to admit, since the wine offers no additional appeal to me - I'm not feeling any inclination to do the race officially. It was fun to be out there supporting Ann (especially knowing I could cover the distance with no difficulty) but nothing grabbed me about today and left me saying "I've have got to do one of those..."

JMH

Thursday, August 17, 2017

HOW ABOUT A "REST" RIDE?
12.3 Mile Ride on the Towpath Trail
Thursday, August 17, 2017


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A REST DAY...
11.5 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8.5 Mile Run at Schodack Island State Park
Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Monday, August 14, 2017

BUNNIES, BATS, & FIREFLIES
20.1 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, August 14, 2017


Sunday, August 13, 2017

9.8 Mile Ride on the RS&E Trolley Trail & A Brief Side Trip To Lollipop Farm
Sunday, August 13, 2017


1.4 Mile Walk at Stony Brook State Park
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Weekly Activity Summary
8/6/2017 - 8/12/2017

running (5) - 16.8 mi
riding (3) - 44.3 mi
walking/hiking (6) - 8.6 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, August 12, 2017

0.4 Mile Walk at Mendon Ponds Park
1 Mile Walk at Isaac Gordon Nature Park
1.2 Mile Walk at Durand Eastman Park
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #31
CSG Rotary Mule Skinner 5k
Saturday, August 12, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 244.5 mi, 64 hr 17 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Friday, August 11, 2017

SHAKING LOOSE SOME RUST ON AN AUGUST EVENING
6.5 Mile Run at Onondaga Lake Park
Friday, August 11, 2017


Thursday, August 10, 2017

7.8 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Thursday, August 10, 2017


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

2.2 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

3.2 Mile Walk at Five Rivers
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

END-TO-END-TO-END, Year 2
24 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Minden - Little Falls)
Monday, August 7, 2017



Sunday, August 06, 2017

0.8 Mile Walk on the Erie Canalway Trail
Sunday, August 6, 2017
MAP TURTLES & A HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE
A Visit to Presque Isle State Park
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Slow Going 2017 - Race #30
Lake Erie Duathlon
Sunday, August 6, 2017



2017 Event Totals
Run 241.4 mi, 63 hr 37 min
Bike 56.2 mi, 4 hr 44 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
7/30/2017 - 8/5/2017

running (2) - 11.4 mi
riding (4) - 67.5 mi
walking/hiking (3) - 3.6 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 6/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, August 05, 2017

0.8 Mile Walk at Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

MORE HILLS
25.1 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Friday, August 4, 2017


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

7.1 Mile Run Around the Albany Neighborhoods & Buckingham Pond
Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Monday, July 31, 2017

12.3 Mile Ride on the Albany County Rail Trail
Monday, July 31, 2017


Sunday, July 30, 2017

20.1 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path & Rt 5S
Sunday, July 30, 2017


Barnes & Noble, We Have A Problem...
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Since I was over in the vicinity of Pittsfield anyway, I decided to stop in at the Barnes & Noble to see if they had some books I was looking for. Sure I could likely get a better deal on Amazon (and usually that's the route I take, since Prime gives me 2 day shipping on most items) but I also figured it was worth a few extra $$ if I could pick them up immediately and help keep B&N afloat.

Except of course they didn't have half of what I was looking for in stock. A while back I commented on this when I went looking for a couple of recently-released books and ended up ordering them online instead, and it seems like things have only gotten worse. The "new releases" section for the science fiction/fantasy section was nowhere to be found, and the selection was definitely smaller. The local interest section now seems to be mostly specialty books (historical photos of specific areas) and travel guides, with very few trail guides, and the martial arts section was virtually non-existent (three books, I think.) Bicycling, running, and triathlon used to fill multiple sections, now they don't even fill one.

I would imagine part of the strategy is to keep less stock on hand so that if the company fails it has less to sell at an enormous loss. But having far fewer books in a store that sells primarily books makes failure a self-fulfilling prophecy. People can't buy books that aren't there. I know, you can go to the help center and they will happily order books and have them shipped right to your home - but I've already got that capability at home, I go to a book store  to have the pleasure of walking out with a bunch of books right now, and also to see if there's something I've never even heard of that I might want to buy. And Barnes & Noble is failing at least partially on both scores.

I suppose to some degree it's surprising they've managed to hold on this long - and it makes me sad to contemplate the day when they aren't there anymore. But not as sad as it once did, if going there becomes a waste of time because I can't find the books I want anyway.

Sigh.

JMH




Slow Going 2017 - Race #29
Pedal and Plod Duathlon - DNF
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Got well and truly stomped this morning by the Pedal and Plod in Adams, MA. First I was the last runner in by a good bit (and the top two guys had already finished their first bike loops by the time I even got on the bike) and that was after running what for me is currently a decently quick pace, about 12 min/mile. Then I discovered that the first 3-4 miles of the ride went up and up and up - I never got off and pushed, but crawling up those hills in my lowest gear had me planning to stop after one loop of the bike course for a DNF. Once I was finally on Rt 8 things were going a little better - I was looking to wrap up my first loop in just over an hour and considering tackling a 2nd loop - until a mile from the start of loop #2 I ran over something that blew out my back tire. At that point I threw in the towel and walked the bike the last mile - I could have changed the tube right there but it was already taking me so long that I didn't want to add even more time to how long it would take me to be done riding. Clearly the duathlon gods did not want me doing a 2nd loop today.

Afterwards I took advantage of a park bench and changed the tube (I was hoping to ride on the Ashuwillticook Trail before heading home) and found out it was just as well I bailed because the burst tube had blown out the sidewall of the tire (ie. I need a new tire to keep a little bubble of tube from poking out) so I couldn't have safely kept going in any case. I also noticed that my front wheel seems loose (the bearing cones loosen up sometimes, maybe during yesterday's bumpy ride) - another sign that DNF also stands for "Did Nothing Fatal", since I was hitting 30 mph on some of the downhills and front wheel failure pretty much always means a crash.

Right now I don't know if this is one I have to go back to someday and beat it, or if this is one that's just too dang hard for someone of my abilities. Guess I'll figure that out at some point. Bloody shame that today was such a fiasco - it was just about perfect weather for late July (sunny but relatively cool.)


4.3 mi run

10 mi ride + 1 mile walk


JMH

2017 Event Totals
Run 235.2 mi, 62 hr 15 min
Bike 43.7 mi, 3 hr 43 min

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

states visited: CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Weekly Activity Summary
7/23/2017 - 7/29/2017

running (2) - 10.7 mi
riding (2) - 26.4 mi
walking/hiking (4) - 7.5 mi
paddling - 0 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 29, 2017

13.2 Mile Ride Through Old Erie Canal State Park & on Kirkville Rd N
Saturday, July 29, 2017


Friday, July 28, 2017

4.1 Mile Run on the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail
Friday, July 28, 2017


0.8 Mile Walk at Ontario Beach Park
0.7 Mile Walk on the Genesee Riverway Trail
Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

3.7 Mile Walk at Hamlin Beach State Park
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2.5 Mile Walk at Meridian Centre Park & Along the Erie Canalway Trail
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FINALLY ANOTHER RUN!
6.6 Mile Run on the Genesee Riverway Trail, the Erie Canalway Trail, & the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail
Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Monday, July 24, 2017

GREY & CHILLY
13.2 Mile Ride on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Monday, July 24, 2017


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekly Activity Summary
7/16/2017 - 7/22/2017

running (1) - 9.8 mi
riding (2) - 39.9 mi
walking/hiking (10) - 15.7 mi
paddling (1) - 3.4 mi

outdoor activity 7/7 days

DDPY -

JMH

Saturday, July 22, 2017

LITTLE SLEEP = NO RACE 😩
1.3 Mile Walk at Buckingham Pond
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

END-TO-END-TO-END, Year 2
PLENTY OF WILDLIFE
26.6 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Utica - Rome) & Through Utica Marsh
Friday, July 21, 2017



Thursday, July 20, 2017

END-TO-END-TO-END, Year 2
WHAT A SURPRISE - RAIN.
13.3 Mile Ride on the Erie Canalway Trail (Albion - Hulberton)
Thursday, July 20, 2017