Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scuffle, Baldface and Deer Flies

A bit of catch-up....

I had taken Saturday off because the legs felt dead. I felt a rest day would allow me to absorb water that shouldn't really have been in the drain, but it was. Sunday was short, as the running consisted of sprinting over to help set up the aid stations for the Bradbury Scuffle, and also running with Ian to check on the placings of runners.

The race went very smoothly, with lots of happy runners always up for a challenge. Very rewarding to volunteer, as always.

Ran 3.0 miles @ 9:06/mile pace.
Moderately hilly.
Lower 70s, partly cloudy.
Inov-8 Roclite 243, shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.

Ran the Baldface Loop and fly fished a nearby brook afterwards. The run was awesome. The fishing was awesome. The day was just awesome.

Humid and slippery below treeline for the run. Thankfully the tougher scrambles above treeline were in the sun and were dry for the most part. Cooler up there as well. Didn't see a single soul until I was finishing up, as a few people were hiking in to swim the Emerald Pool (which I skipped to allow more time for fishing).

Afterwards, I assembled the three weight rod and hiked over to a nearby brook. The water was very clear and cold, thanks to being fed from up higher. This meant great trout fishing. Delicate presentation required with the crystal clear water, but I managed to land a trout in nearly every pool that I found.

Mt. Washington in the distance. 

Looking towards Quebec. 

Looking back at the way up. 

Blue and green. 

Cold water. 

One of the trout. All had great colors. 

I caught a nice one right in that pool next to the stump. It may not look it, but the water
there was at least two feet deep.
Ran 9.5 miles @ 19:14/mile pace.
Extremely hilly.
Lower 70s to mid-80s, partly cloudy, humid.
Inov-8 Roclite 243, shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap, Nathan double bottle belt (water).

Set out with 7.5 miles on the trails in mind, but ended up taking the shorter loop because the deer flies were so bad. I was spoiled yesterday, they don't ever seem to even exist in the mountains. Not surprising for the woods out back today though; it was hot, humid and the sun managed to break out of the clouds for a bit shortly after I began.

I'll chalk up the endless swatting as cross training and view those little yellow winged bastards as pacers, but I'll try to avoid their services better in the future. At least the run ended up being a tempo pace for these trails. May head out for a second run later today in the rain since today was so short though.

Ran 3.4 miles @ 8:45/mile pace.
Very hilly.
Upper 70s, mostly cloudy, very humid.
Inov-8 Roclite 243, shorts, sleeveless shirt, cap.

1 comment:

Mark Bell said...

Awesome photos!