I was clearly the weakest link of the three of us doing the full loop. Zak and John are in the prime of their 100-mile training, and this was their last big run before tapering down for the Vermont 100. As for me? Well, since Boston I've been averaging about 15-20 miles a week. Granted, that's been increasing a little the past few weeks since I'm ramping up for the Big Brad Ultra, but running the Pemi at this stage might have been stupid.
However, it went great. Yes, I was slow. Yes, it's been two days now and I'm still more sore than I'd like to be. But no harm done and throughout the loop I felt great. Mentally with it, never bonking (though the last few climbs were tough). I was just slower, is all.
Glad I did it. A great boost all around for my goals and I plan to run it again later this summer at a faster lick.
|Zak, Jim and John on Bondcliff.|
|Franconia Ridge: the final ridge.|
|If you look really close on the foreground ridge, there is a blackish shape that is a moose.|
|Looking at Flume from Liberty. One peak to go.|
|Squirrel's nemesis: the spruce grouse.|
Overall time: ~11:19
Lower 60s on summits, upper 70s in valleys, partly cloudy.
Inov-8 Roclite 243, shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap, fastpack.