Wednesday, August 3, 2011

July Recap

Week - 1
After spending the last several weekends on the road I again pulled the plug on a trip north to Vermont.   Instead i spent my time actually IN the house I pay for, well, for some of it at least.  After discussing running the trails on Pats Peak for the last several months the three of us finally decided to pay them a visit.  Only a few weeks removed from the 24 hour bike race the course was well marked and packed down.  An approximate 5.5 mile loop with plenty of climbs and amazingly well done single track.    Since we didn't make the trip to Vermont we were finally able to attend Grants July 4th party.  With plenty of cold drinks on tap, an in ground pool and several boxes of explosives on hand.  It provided for quite the night.

(The Gals on the Pats Peak bike course)

(Grant loves it when a plan comes together)

Week - 2
With Mandiee off on a Road trip to Florida and Loni deciding to sit this one out we had a small group at the Hillsboro Balloon Fest 5k.  Grant, tested out a pair of Vibrams i am looking to sell, and Greg, looking to better his time from last year had almost ideal weather.  The group of us started together, but quickly spread out and settled into our own paces.  My goal was to just try to keep up with Grant for as long as possible, and i did, for a little while.  He came in 10 seconds ahead of me, and Greg shaved almost 10 minutes off of his time from last year.

(Greg vs. Sad Peanut)

(Balloon Fest 5k crew)
Week - 3
Week three brought another fun filled weekend.  While i was a little bummed that i wouldn't be joining Loni on her hiking/camping trip up to Acadia.  I was happy to spend the weekend house sitting at my old place and playing with the kitties.  That was of course, after Grant and I knocked out all 12 peaks in the Belknap range.  (Recap here)
(Top of Mount Major)

Week 4
Another year, another batch of friends getting married.  This year was Leah's turn again as her old college friend and roommate was to be wed.   This happened to be one of the stranger weddings I've ever been to.  I didn't know a single soul there, and Leah was in the wedding party.  Talk about a fish out of water. Luckily the people i met were pleasant even though we pretty much had ZERO in common. 
(Yes, another Wedding Photo)

As payback for being "dragged to another wedding" I made plans to hike Pitcher Mountain and pick blueberries with the sunrise the following morning.  The heat had been unbearable for a few days so i wanted to be at the top by 8am.  Luckily the hike is only a mile or two at best and we were scarfing blueberries in no time.  The views were fantastic and the breeze even felt cool.  It was nice to shiver for the first time in what felt like a week.  After Pitcher Mountain it was back to the pad to break out the smoker for the first run of 2011 and the first time at the new home.  Turns out after taking a 10 month break from using a smoker, you pick it up again pretty quickly.  A little over 8 hours later the group of us enjoyed fresh apple wood smoked pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, and zucchini,
(On Top of Pitcher Mountain)

(Testing out the Smoker)
Week 5
As per tradition of wanting to suffer at least once a month doing an ultra Loni set up the second annual Fox Forest Fat Ass Vol 1.  And as per tradition the first lap was full of walking, grumpiness and shear exhaustion.  As the day went on my mood and speed increased, which was a good offset as both ladies were trending downwards.  A little over 9 hours in the woods and dirt roads later, we had survived and had the whole afternoon/evening ahead of us.  The thought of Chinese food being the reward after we finished helped us push the last couple of miles.  Along with the "Trail Magic" that Loni had stashed in a stream the night prior.  Sunday was our recovery day and we spent a few hours out paddling on Loon Pond. The gals in kayaks and me paddling my old canoe. We were even serenaded by a loon or two while out there.

(We survived!)

(You don't need a $2000 boat to stand up paddle)

By The Numbers(2010 Numbers in Quotes):
Miles Run: 84 (53.7)
# of Runs: 12 (8)
Average Miles:  7.0 (6.7)

Month Starting Weight:  176 (168) Lbs
Month Ending Weight: 165 (169)Lbs
Weight Change:  -11 lbs

Race Results:
8th - Hillsboro Balloon Fest 5k - 24:19
30th - Fox Forest Fat Ass Vol 1 - 9:35??

Motivational video of the month:
Song of the month:
Yeah, a big cheesy, but i've been burned enough already this summer

Book of the month:
I have yet to finish the book, but i'm half way thru and it's an amazing read.  Makes me pine for the trails.

Upcoming August Events:
Summer BBQ
Fox Forest Fat Ass Vol 2

1 comment:

leeapeea said...

Ugh... I *must*have have been in rough shape if that was the smiliest pic of me after the fatass.