I haven’t update in a while so here are some pictures of tern island from my brother.
Today was hot,hot, hot.
But I still went up to the track after work to get my intervals done, and not surprisingly I was only one crazy enough to be out there running. I a set of 1/2 mile repeats that I would have liked to getting done at 6 min pace but based on the heat I’m happy with a 6:30 average.
And as soon as I got home it was right into the pool which felt awesome.
I spent most of my forth of July weekend in Keene New Hampshire moving my brother’s stuff out of his apartment since he is living on Tern Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean until December.
We drove up there on the 3rd and maybe a stop at the Big Moose Deli in Vermont for Lunch.
It was a cool place with tons of little Moose carvings and Root Beer from a local place
I got a quick run done when we got Keene. I tried to find a pool to go swimming at but both the outdoor pools had no lap lanes setup and the only indoor pool was a YMCA that I wasn’t a member at. So I went to sleep early which was ok because we had been driving since 5am to get there.
Saturday I woke up early to get my long run done, and what a difference the terrain makes. It was really tough with all the hills around town, this was probably the hilliest run I’ve ever done. I ignored my pace goals that I had for the run and went by heart rate/feel instead because trying to run a 7:00 min/mile pace up some of these hills would only have lasted a couple hundred yards.
To start my run I went up to Beaver Brook Park and ran up the hill to the waterfall that I visited last time I was in Keene, and it looked very different.
After running up Beaver Brook Park I wanted to run by Otter Brook Park and make a loop around the lake. Looking a map before my run I thought I had the route correct.
But as I found out when I got there the only way into the park would have involved me running down highway 9 for a mile, which would not have worked out well for me. The run up to the ridge was the park sat on was tough, it would have been like running to the top of sugarloaf mountain back in Maryland, the road seemed to go up forever and every.
When I got route 9 and figured out I had nowhere to go I turned around and went back to Beaver Brook Park and ran up to the waterfall one more time before I went back. I was able to get just short of 11 miles done which is good for me considering how hilly this run was.
Most of Saturday was spent loading furniture and I tried to find somewhere to swim without any success. Can’t you see how excited I am to help move?
But for me the highlight of the trip was Saturday night. We went to see the Keene SwampBats play a game. That’s an awesome team name, and they played against the SteepleCats.
The SwampBats are a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball Summer League. Colleges from all around the country send their players to leagues like this for the summer to get experience and lots of scouts show up since a lot of talented players are all in one place. The SwampBats even have a few players from Arizona State which was the number one team in the country this year.
The game took place at the local high school at the atmosphere was awesome we arrived 20 minutes before the start of the game and the place was already packed. The town was putting on fireworks after the game and I’m not exaggerating when I say that almost half the town was there. Keene has ~20,000 and I would guess ~6,000 people were in the stands and another 1,500 by the football and soccer fields just there for the fireworks. We left early to avoid the big crowds leaving since we had to get on the road early but when we got back to the main street in town it was EMPTY. Most of the shops and restaurants actually closed early because the fireworks.
They had contests and giveaways after every half inning but the best and one of the most creative i have ever seen was the “Batmobile”; I didn’t know about this or I would have signed up. Everyone buys a tennis ball with a number on it. Then in the 6th inning the Batmobile drives around the outfield fence and along the foul lines with everyone trying the throw the tennis balls into the open windows. Of all the balls that make it in the car they draw one for prizes. It was blast, the players were getting into and throwing tennis balls that had bounced towards the dugout.
Sunday was waking up early and driving back to Maryland.
I was able to get home earlier enough Sunday to squeeze an 1 1/2 bike to Sugarloaf and back in before it go to dark. I had a good ride considering I had been driving all day and an even better brick run afterwards. It was a quick twenty minute run but I was able to get the first ten minutes at 6:20 min/mile pace and I wasn’t working to hard to hold that effort.
I’m heading to New Hampshire for the 4th of July weekend so instead of doing my normal long today I switched it to the weekend so I don’t have to travel with my bike.
I was able to get out for a nice 2 1/2 hour ride after work and the weather could not have been better, it was 80 and sunny. It was nice to have reprieve from the heat we have had the last couple weeks. I took the road bike out for the first time in a couple of months and took one of my loops out toward Sugarloaf mountain.
I haven’t gone up Sugarloaf since March when I was about 20 lbs heavier, and what a difference those lbs made. It had been taking me about 9 mins to climb the 1.3 miles and ~500 feet. It’s not a very hard climb, it averages about 6% with a couple of turns that go to 12% for a little bit. Today I was able to get to the top in just over 7 mins and average 315 watts, that’s an awfully big improvement.
It’s been a three weeks since Eagleman and I’m still not sure what the rest of my year is going to be. I think I have it narrowed down to either the Philly Marathon in Nov. or trying the half ironman distance and doing the 70.3 race in Austin in October. I thought I was going to be burned out on the half ironman distance for the rest of this year but I’m starting to get the itch do another one.
I did make a decision for my 2011 race season. I am not going to do Eagleman again and am going to do Mooseman instead. The main reason for the change is the US Open Golf Tournament is the same week as Eagleman and that would pose a problem because the tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and I’m planning to volunteer at the tournament next year.
One last thing, check out DC Rainmaker’s blog I always find it entertaining and this week he is giving away a Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS watch. All you have to do is just leave a comment on that blog post by July 7th and you are entered, now strings attached.