Finally today I'm able to put the sneakers outside to dry without threat of a lingering storm to refill the shoes with water and hopefully the stench of old moldy sneakers will disappear too. One can only hope. I have a new dryer with a high tech drying rack. Not as good as the sun.
|Sneaker drying rack..|
This past week has been a busy one. It was the last full week of intensive training before a gradual somewhat taper to prepare for some upcoming races with the VT 100 Mile less than 3 weeks away and the Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc after that. I think I managed to get through one, maybe two days of running without being rained on. Monday started out as a beautiful day, fooling you into believing every day could be like this. To fully take advantage I snuck in a shorter run just before lunch. Got some work done and then headed down to Addison to get the skydiving season officially open. Vermont Skydiving is an awesome place. Very low key but they know their stuff and also how to have fun.
Tuesday's are always busy. We have the Tuesday Night trail running series at Catamount Family Center. It's a rolly, twisty 5k trail run with about 300 runners in a mass start. That in itself would be fun but usually I get in an hour or so of running before the race. This week I ran with Aliza for a while which would be her last home turf run until she came back from running in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run on the weekend. After a pleasant run, I ran some more and then it was race time. It's always a wild, too fast start but soon mellows just a bit, mainly because it becomes a narrow single track and it's almost impossible to pass in certain sections. But that also gives you time to regroup and catch your breath for a moment. This night I'm a bit tired. Getting in max miles this month is catching up. I can't seem to stay up with Sam, he's running well tonight and Alan is gone too. Oh well, enjoy it. Afterwards we head out for another loop. This turns out to be a 20+ mile day.
Wed. arrives and it will be another night at Catamount but this time for mountain bike racing. I ran about 10 or 12 miles before the race and then the rains started, just in time for the bike races. It's coming down enough to make it greasy and each lap gets worse. Tonight I just did a 2 lapper as I still needed more running miles in. But I took full advantage of the mud and wore as much as I could. After the bike race, I threw on the running shoes and off on the trails I went.
|Muddy night at Catamount|
|The Toll Road|
|Where's the sun?|
|Mount Mansfiield covered with clouds.|