Monday, August 31, 2009

2009 'Cross Season

Practice is underway, and going well (I'll have more details on that later).

I ran the Annapolis 10 miler yesterday and feel great about my effort.  I'll have a race report soon. 

In the meantime here's my schedule/map of my potential 2009 'cross season.  Sadly word on the street is that Wonderland in Lancaster will not be a go this year, and my personal schedule doesn't look like it will accomodate IronCross or Gragnoue/Wissahickon.    But things are always in flux.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New trail

I had some free time after work on Monday night so I figured I'd take the cross bike out on a new trail.  Jim had mentioned Fairland Regional Park in the past so I thought I would run out to PG county.  It turned out to be a great choice and a nice way to get some cross bike time in after work. 

The trail is definately cross bike ridable.  The grades aren't too steep and are the terrain is certainly manageable with the knobby cross tires.  There are numerous small branches and roots along the trail that enhance the riding and enjoyability of the trail.  There area also a couple large logs across the trail that will require dismounting on a cross bike (and probably on an MTB too).  The trail also has a nice section along --- I think Greencastle Road --- where there are some swoopy parts of the trail that have you going up and down quite quickly.  Fun stuff.  The trail seems very well maintained and is easily accessible.  I parked at the Park Police parking lot on Old Gunpowder Road and was able to get right onto the road from being their lot. 

As an aside, while out there I also had the good fortune to spot a couple deer.  One of them was a male deer with maybe 6 or 8 points.  Good stuff.

All in all I wouild definately reccomend going out there.  I think there is a bit more trail that I need to explore.  Its probably good for an hour or two of riding but if you're gonig to spend the whole day riding, Patapsco is probably a better bet.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Light week

Spent this week on the stay at home honeymoon.  Lots of quality time with the new wife.   Good to hang out and spend time movies and such.  

I did an 8 mile run this morning with an 11:23 pace which puts me on track to make sure I get the swag at the Annapolis 10 miler next Sunday.  

Also getting very excited for 'cross season to start.  First practice is this Thursday, with a potluck following at the shop.  Means I am going to need to cook up some of the sweet potato casserole that everyone likes.   I think I finally have sorted out the issues I have been having with the left cleat on the egg beaters not releasing.  I adjusted the cleat on the sole a bit so that its has my heal facing in a bit more...this seems to let me release a bit earlier.  I practiced a bit on it yesterday and feel much more comfortable with it.  I went out on the local ball field and ran the bike up and down a first base line mounting and dismounting probably 50 times.  It felt good and hopefully i'll be able to run up the speed a bit and get on and off quicker and better.  

Run map here:

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Cross drills here:

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

La Jolla Run

I'm getting ready to head back east.  I've always been a bit skeptical about the left coast, but this week I've really taken to southern California -- San Diego in particular.  I had a great run last night and could certainly spend more time out here.  

I'll post some more details on the honeymoon / vacation later, but right now I thought I would toss up the details on last night's great run by the beach. 

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Friday, August 07, 2009

A new trail

So last night I was able to get out and ride with Josh from the Proteus 'cross team who I haven't had a chance to ride with in a while.  Josh is a great guy - even if he doesn't make it to my Torah Study classes  often enough - and it was great to get out on the trail with him and spend some time chatting and riding.

Josh had purchased a DC/MD/VA trail book and had read about and slightly explored a trail over in Anacostia.  For those of you who aren't super familar with DC, Anacostia is one of the rougher parts of town.   That being said, during daytime hours its fine to ride around, but I wouldn't venture over for nightime riding. 

After our ride yesterday though, I will be back during the day/right after work and I would highly reccomend hitting the trail. 
The Fort Circle Trail runs through a few different forts that were erected at the time of the civil war to protect the city.  Its not the longest trail in the world, but it has some great things going for it.

  1. The trail head is about a 15 min bike ride from downtown
  2. You'll likely have the whole trail to yourself
  3. Considering its proximity to urban life its very quiet
  4. While it clearly hasn't seen alot of work in recent times the trail is in good shape
  5. Its definately cross bike ridable but not so timid as to be boring for MTB.  I think Josh enjoyed himself on his MTB.   
All in all a great ride.  I wonder if there is more to explore (it seems like there is alot of Fort DuPont we didn't ride in.  Certainly something to check out at a later time. 

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