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Re: Trails for Two

Post  ounce on Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:58 pm

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@ounce wrote:Gratz (or you poor thing) on your sort of promotion.  And the new-to-you car.  I understand the Prius battery has something like a 100,000 mile useful life before replacement.  I'll let you search the price. Shocked  Anyway, good luck with it.  A Prius has been recommended to me, should my Malibu in hospice finally give up the ghost.  I hope the Ford doesn't get jealous.

I would bet your wayward journey will pay dividends, this weekend, by 'test drowning' the body last weekend.  Shrewd training plan.

Hey!  I have an idea for the first aftermarket purchase for the Prius



Curb feelers and 20" Dubs!  Oh, yeah. Cool Cool Cool Cool

As luck would have it, the people who gave us the car are both electrical engineer types. So when the battery started giving the red triangle of death right after they offered the car to us, they took it up as a challenge to rehab the battery themselves. It took a few months, YouTube videos and probably plenty of cussing, but they got it done. Cost to us? Two beers. Gotta love family.

As for the job, thanks on both counts. Our editor is out this week, and a position for another subeditor remains open until we find a suitable candidate, so that means it's this inmate's job to run the asylum. Fun!

Those wheels and rims are the bomb. But what would the feelers do for wind resistance? It's all about the hypermiling, baby! Cool  
Glad you asked.  It's the same principle as the winglets on a 737.

Winglets reduce wingtip vortices, the twin tornados formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of an airplane's wing and that on the lower surface. High pressure on the lower surface creates a natural airflow that makes its way to the wingtip and curls upward around it.


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Post  Mark B on Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:37 am

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@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:Gratz (or you poor thing) on your sort of promotion.  And the new-to-you car.  I understand the Prius battery has something like a 100,000 mile useful life before replacement.  I'll let you search the price. Shocked  Anyway, good luck with it.  A Prius has been recommended to me, should my Malibu in hospice finally give up the ghost.  I hope the Ford doesn't get jealous.

I would bet your wayward journey will pay dividends, this weekend, by 'test drowning' the body last weekend.  Shrewd training plan.

Hey!  I have an idea for the first aftermarket purchase for the Prius



Curb feelers and 20" Dubs!  Oh, yeah. Cool Cool Cool Cool

As luck would have it, the people who gave us the car are both electrical engineer types. So when the battery started giving the red triangle of death right after they offered the car to us, they took it up as a challenge to rehab the battery themselves. It took a few months, YouTube videos and probably plenty of cussing, but they got it done. Cost to us? Two beers. Gotta love family.

As for the job, thanks on both counts. Our editor is out this week, and a position for another subeditor remains open until we find a suitable candidate, so that means it's this inmate's job to run the asylum. Fun!

Those wheels and rims are the bomb. But what would the feelers do for wind resistance? It's all about the hypermiling, baby! Cool  
Glad you asked.  It's the same principle as the winglets on a 737.

Winglets reduce wingtip vortices, the twin tornados formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of an airplane's wing and that on the lower surface. High pressure on the lower surface creates a natural airflow that makes its way to the wingtip and curls upward around it.


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Ah. Sure. Makes perfect sense! Suspect

We're mostly recovered from our run on Sunday - Alita's ankle flared up after the run, though her knee seems okay, though it gave her problems partway through the run itself. We are reconciled to the fact that we *might* not win this race. But we'll get it done.

One thing we'll definitely do differently this time (besides starting earlier and not taking a multi-mile detour) is make sure Alita has some mosquito repellent on. Not only was she eaten alive, she had a reaction to the bites, with each of them swelling up to the size of a nickel, or even a quarter -- with one or two the size of a half dollar. And the itch? Maddening. She's been taking Benadryl and doing epsom salt soaks all week, which has helped ease things a bit. This has never happened to her before, so it was quite a shock.

As for me, I've found a handful or two of bites on me, but I didn't get a reaction. It was all visual. "Oh! There's a bite there? And there? Huh. Interesting."

Needless to say, I haven't been talking much about that around the house...

Wish us luck! This is going to be a wild ride.

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Post  nkrichards on Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:41 pm

This race is going to take more than just luck.  It's going to take intestinal fortitude.  You're going to have to dig deep and gut this one out.  You'll both do fine.   Wink  And...good luck.

Looking promising for me to come say hi at the start.  Marty has decided that we all need some time off so we're only going to change irrigation water on Sunday.  We'll leave the combine and the balers parked for the day.  We (employees included) need a bit of time to mentally and physically reboot.  

Guess I better figure out where the starting line is...  Any hints as to where to park?  Will it be super crowded?

See you Sunday morning...
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Post  Mark B on Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:25 pm

@nkrichards wrote:This race is going to take more than just luck.  It's going to take intestinal fortitude.  You're going to have to dig deep and gut this one out.  You'll both do fine.   Wink  And...good luck.

Looking promising for me to come say hi at the start.  Marty has decided that we all need some time off so we're only going to change irrigation water on Sunday.  We'll leave the combine and the balers parked for the day.  We (employees included) need a bit of time to mentally and physically reboot.  

Guess I better figure out where the starting line is...  Any hints as to where to park?  Will it be super crowded?

See you Sunday morning...

I think it's also going to take visions of cool beverages waiting for us at the end. sunny

Hopefully it won't be too....

Sweaty

But yeah. Glad the 25K starts at 8 a.m., even though it means leaving home at 5 to drive up there. Oh well.

HOW TO GET THERE:

The Start/Finish is at the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Station, near Timothy Lake, and approximately 20 miles south of Mt. Hood.

From Madras, take U.S. Highway 26 west toward Portland. Turn left at NF Road 42, also marked as Skyline Road. It's the main road to Timothy Lake, and it's close to Milepost 66, they say. The Clackamas Ranger Station is 10 miles down FR-42, 1/4 mile past the FR-42/FR-57 intersection on FR-42.

Parking is allowed off road on portions of Forest Service Road 42 (FS42) near the Clackamas Lake Historic Ranger Compound (Start/Finish).  Signs will be posted and volunteers will help direct you.  No parking is allowed on on either side of FS42 at the Pacific Crest Trailhead adjacent to Joe Graham Campground.  No parking is allowed on either side of FS 42 from the event entrance to Joe Graham Campground.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Again, our race starts at 8 a.m. The 50K starts at 8:30 a.m. Get there early for the best seats!

And yes, I am finally starting to get antsy about this. The forecast high tomorrow up there is 89, according to the NWS. It'll be about 60 when the race starts, but it'll be 80 by 11 a.m. Yipes!



Maybe the breeze caused by the fluttering of mosquito wings will keep us cool.


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Post  ounce on Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:45 pm

They're not exactly Speedy Gonzalez on posting results.  Well, I'll just figure you came in 2nd until told otherwise (shouldn't be a big guess who finishes first).
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Post  Mark B on Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:37 pm

First off, and most importantly, we finished.

Our finishing time was 5 hours, 15 minutes. I finished a second ahead of Alita, since she very much wanted the honor of being DFL. (Dead freaking last.) Ironically, I came in 8th in my age group... out of 8 runners, of course.

This was a difficult race capping off what has been a difficult year. What we thought/hoped was Alita's seasonal affective disorder appears to have actually been full-on depression. It's been hard for her to do anything. But she did not want this thing to keep her from achieving this one long-sought-goal, even though it was an admittedly unwise idea, given our lack of training. Sometimes, you have to do the stupid thing and hope it helps.

It almost blew up in our faces. Our run last week tweaked Alita's ankle and knee. She took many epsom salt baths and rested as much as she could last week. I got some KT tape to help with the ankle, and we had a knee brace to help stabilize things hopefully.

Except she rolled her ankle in the first mile and shifted her weight awkwardly onto her bad knee. She felt a pop. Two miles later, she tripped and her knee gave way underneath her, and she fell. With 12 miles to go, she had to walk sideways down hills, with pain constantly at about a 4, with spikes to a 6 from time to time. She could sort of run, with pain, on flats and easy uphills. Roots and rocks were troublesome.

There were lots of roots and rocks. But Alita did not want to stop. She didn't want depression to win. Today, it didn't.

One additional complication: This ended up being one of the hottest days so far this year, as you can see by this temperature progression from the closest National Weather Service observation station I could find to the race course:

7 a.m. - 66 degrees when we arrived (nice)
8 a.m - 75 degrees when the race started
9 a.m. - 81 degrees
10 a.m. - 85 degrees
11 a.m. - 88 degrees
noon - 90 degrees
1 p.m. - 90 degrees about when we fiinished
(The temperature near the course there peaked after we left for home at 93 degrees. Down in the metro area, it hit 102 near our house. It's still hovering around 100 as I type this.)

After all, we didn't want it to be easy, did we?

We managed to jog a good way around the lake that's the centerpiece of the event, but the last four miles were rough. Rooty, rocky, more or less constantly uphill or downhill and extremely hot in the sun. We did our best to stay hydrated, but it was a challenge. We were both hurting in that last segment. We were very glad to be done so we could give the finger to depression. Screw you. You couldn't destroy this. Alita wins this round.

Now we'll recover and figure out how we can make things better.

Thanks for reading. It means a lot.


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Post  nkrichards on Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:29 pm

@Mark B wrote:First off, and most importantly, we finished.

Our finishing time was 5 hours, 15 minutes. I finished a second ahead of Alita, since she very much wanted the honor of being DFL. (Dead freaking last.) Ironically, I came in 8th in my age group... out of 8 runners, of course.

This was a difficult race capping off what has been a difficult year. What we thought/hoped was Alita's seasonal affective disorder appears to have actually been full-on depression. It's been hard for her to do anything. But she did not want this thing to keep her from achieving this one long-sought-goal, even though it was an admittedly unwise idea, given our lack of training. Sometimes, you have to do the stupid thing and hope it helps.

It almost blew up in our faces. Our run last week tweaked Alita's ankle and knee. She took many epsom salt baths and rested as much as she could last week. I got some KT tape to help with the ankle, and we had a knee brace to help stabilize things hopefully.

Except she rolled her ankle in the first mile and shifted her weight awkwardly onto her bad knee. She felt a pop. Two miles later, she tripped and her knee gave way underneath her, and she fell.  With 12 miles to go, she had to walk sideways down hills, with pain constantly at about a 4, with spikes to a 6 from time to time. She could sort of run, with pain, on flats and easy uphills. Roots and rocks were troublesome.

There were lots of roots and rocks. But Alita did not want to stop. She didn't want depression to win. Today, it didn't.

One additional complication: This ended up being one of the hottest days so far this year, as you can see by this temperature progression from the closest National Weather Service observation station I could find to the race course:

7 a.m. - 66 degrees when we arrived (nice)
8 a.m - 75 degrees when the race started
9 a.m. - 81 degrees
10 a.m. - 85 degrees
11 a.m. - 88 degrees
noon - 90 degrees
1 p.m. - 90 degrees about when we fiinished
(The temperature near the course there peaked after we left for home at 93 degrees. Down in the metro area, it hit 102 near our house. It's still hovering around 100 as I type this.)

After all, we didn't want it to be easy, did we?

We managed to jog a good way around the lake that's the centerpiece of the event, but the last four miles were rough. Rooty, rocky, more or less constantly uphill or downhill and extremely hot in the sun. We did our best to stay hydrated, but it was a challenge. We were both hurting in that last segment. We were very glad to be done so we could give the finger to depression. Screw you. You couldn't destroy this. Alita wins this round.

Now we'll recover and figure out how we can make things better.

Thanks for reading. It means a lot.

Congrats on a gutsy finish.  Alita is one tough lady!  I'm sure she'll sort this out soon.  She's to determined not to!  

It was a cooker today.  Hope you and Alita found a place to cool off and relax once the race was over.  

Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the start...maybe next year(?)

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Post  nkrichards Yesterday at 9:45 am

@ounce wrote:They're not exactly Speedy Gonzalez on posting results.  Well, I'll just figure you came in 2nd until told otherwise (shouldn't be a big guess who finishes first).
Still no results posted!  I'm curious how Dr. Beckerman and his wife did in the 50k.
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