Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lemon Creek Trail

Run 8 miles
Bike Commute 3 miles

Today was my first day working at my new time of 1:00 pm. I think this will be nice once I get used to it but for most of this year I have been doing all of my training in the afternoon or evening. I will now have to do most of it in the morning. It takes me awhile to get up and get going in the morning and I most definitely felt that today. Luckily there was so much going on in my run that I didn't have much time to think about how weak and tired I was feeling. It was raining and windy and I was running through swaps and creeks and crossing countless downed logs and other obstacles. There are only a few trails around Juneau that I haven't run on in the year that I've lived here and today I checked out one of these trail, leaving just two that I know of that I haven't been on. Not bad considering that there are more than 40 trails in the area.

Like each of the past two days I thought I would go to the gym tonight and like each of the past two days I'm being lazy and blowing it off. Oh well. it's supposed to be fun and right now I'm having a great time when I'm out running but going to the gym for some weights just doesn't sound fun to me.

Here's some pictures from today's run:

This picture is looking directly down the trail. The creek was running higher than normal and for about a 1/4 mile I was in the creek continually.

This log was supposed to be a bridge, complete with ropes to hold it in place and chicken wire fencing stapled to it to provide traction. Now I consider myself to have pretty decent balance but there was no way I was about to try walking across this thing. Crossing the creek was much trickier than it looks but much better than getting to the middle of this log and losing my balance, ripping my leg across the chicken wire, and falling face first into the raging water below. no thanks.


WynnMan said...

Well you've definitely covered a lot of ground since you've set up shop in Juneau. Cool stuff!
Are you planning on doing Iditarod by foot or bike? My buddy Pierre is doing it again, on bike for the whole enchilada.

By way of foot, with pulling a sled, is it even smart to run at all? Wouldnt that build up sweat which would ultimately be one's demise? Interesting stuff. I know with your amazing run at Susitna I'm assuming your ran.

regarding races up here my recommendations would be

Superior Sawtooth 100 or the 50miler. Purely epic, and arguably two of the toughest races in country at their respected distances.

Arrowhead 135 (although I havent done it yet) I like running with as little gear as possible, so I'll be contimplating this one.

Voyageur 50m

Ice Age 50m

McNaughton 150mile (havent done it, and 25 laps around a 10 mile trail loop doesnt interest me all that much, but would be epic. Fun trail especially if it's muddy and wet and ya have to use ropes to help get up some of the hills. Andy is a hell of a RD though.

Glacial 50m The toughest of the Ice Age trail races. Be my first time this year if all goes well leading up to it.

Dances With Dirt 50m Hell, Michigan. Havent done it yet, but this is a epitomy of XC courses. Tough, muddy as hell, nasty, river & bog crossings come out looking like Swamp Thing. mud from head to toe.

of course there are other great races as well. Lots of tough and beautiful 50kms, SS races, bike, XCski, etc..

have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

That log bridge thing is awesome. I can't believe you didn't want to cross it.

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