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Post  ounce on Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:23 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:Nancy - In my experience, you are correct.  I was always a worrywort growing up - which used to be kinda endearing and cute - and that's turned into a pretty standard case of anxiety through my 20s until now.  Living in Auburn the first time actually brought a lot of it to light.  Funny enough, despite my preference for running, the times in which I've felt the most at ease have been when cycling (almost exclusively) or when I had a pretty regular meditation practice going.  I'll be looking to both of those to help ease the discomfort of a sudden hiatus from running.  

We start the journey west tomorrow.  I'm reading mixed things about hiking with a stress fx, but the common theme seems to be "if it's pain-free, it's fine" for activity.  I'm really hoping we'll be able to check Wheeler Peak (NM high point, 13xxx') off the list, but if not, that's okay.  NM should be beautiful and DRY either way.
Probably hot, too, after their monsoon season.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:17 pm

I believe you have successfully it made it home based on the Strava posts.  Hope it was an uneventful trip and that you are settled in.
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Post  Mark B on Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:20 am

I saw him complaining about him bringing the heat with him, so yes: I think he's back on the West Coast. Just in time for a heat wave!

Remember, Mike: It's a dry heat. (Sure, 20 degrees hotter, but still... dry!)

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Post  ounce on Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:41 pm

If the weather is right, the high pressure is a gambler and sitting over Vegas for a week.  Easier to acclimate to a dry heat than a moist heat.  Down here, if the dew point gets to be 80 degrees, it's called "Insta-Sweat."

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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:24 pm

Super duper overdue update.

It's been 2 months - wow.
We are moved in and mostly settled here in Folsom.  Yes, Folsom.  Not Auburn as planned.  Turns out the rental market up there sucks and we get a lot more bang for our buck here.  We're nicely situated on the west end of town, central to just about everything in this area.  20ish minutes to Auburn, 30 seconds to the American River Bike Trail, minutes from most of the group bike ride starts/finishes.  

The stress/anxiety of the move is finally starting to go away.  I don't know exactly what happened, but it feels like this week a switch flipped and I went from "everything is the end of the world" to "so what if it is?"  

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Running has picked up again.  The shin splints seem to be playing nicely for now - I think spending a few hours in the foothills every weekend is helping to strengthen my calves without overdoing it, which is making mid-week road runs more comfortable.  

Ironically, the week I really started to feel like a runner again, my 100 miler announced they're cancelling this year and deferring all entries to next year.  The fire in that area reignited after being contained and dying down.  I wasn't planning on racing the 100M anymore anyway, since it's no longer a WS qualifier, but was still planning on the 100k.  Oh well, plenty of time to actually be ready for next year.

My brother and I decided to take our suddenly open fall schedules (he had races planned that he's not doing, too) and check off an ultra-runner bucketlist item: Rim-to-rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon.  We're making our attempt Oct 14.  44mi w/ ~10k' vert.  Goal is 10-12hr, but survival is obviously much more important than the time on our watches.  Hence the weekends up in Auburn lately.

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I'll try and pop in more often, but between work and furnishing this apartment (remember, we brought only what fit in our cars) and running, it's pretty busy here.  Which is probably a good thing.  Less time to panic.  What a Face
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:13 pm

How fun - Rim to Rim to Rim!  I know several Ohioans who have done it and loved the experience, and I am sure you will as well.

As for Folsom, the only thing I know about it is in a Johnny Cash song - and that might be a different prison in a different state.   Glad the two of you are settling in, and I assume that means you are both gainfully employed and playing adult in your free time.
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Post  Mark B on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:45 am

I was wondering about your race plans when I saw the Cleveland National Forest burning up -- though I was pretty worried about my old neighborhood, which is less than a mile from the farthest advance of that fire. That whole trail system is going to be much changed with the Holy Fire going through it.

Folsom! Small world. We have family in Folsom (the town, not the prison), so maybe we'll bump into each other at some point.

A rim to rim to rim sounds like a suitably epic challenge for you. Go get it!

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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:43 am

Mom - No, you're spot on, same prison and same town.  They opened the "Johnny Cash Trail" a few years back and it's littered with reminders that you are, in fact, on the Johnny Cash Trail.  Soon to have 5-10 art pieces as well.  It's kind of bizarre that the city is profiting so much on him/the prison, but it's also weird that the prison's entrance signs all say "California Prison INDUSTRY" on them.  Re: gainful employment/playing adult, things are a bit different here, so there's more hustle involved with landing enough work to pay the bills.  It doesn't help that rent has nearly doubled since I left and pay has stayed completely flat.  

Mark - Apparently the RD for my race lives very near your old neighborhood.  He was evacuated and almost lost his home.  My parents were lucky the winds pushed everything east.  Also, CIM starts literally in front of our apartment complex, so if you ever venture down for that...

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Dad came up to help hang Haley's wildwater race kayak (a 15' green and silver polka-dotted monster) from the ceiling with a rope hoisting system.  It's now our centerpiece decoration in the living room.  Looks pretty cool, actually.  

The three of us headed to Auburn for some vert on Sunday.  They hiked a loop of Training Hill (~4.6mi w/ 1k' gain) while I ran 3 (~14mi w/ 3.2k' gain).  I somehow managed to average 9:30 pace for that run.  Pretty pooped at the end, but felt very strong during.  

Temps have finally climbed back to the 90s, so yesterday was a true heat training day, starting my run at 3:30 and putting forth moderate/focused effort for 12.5mi.  I'm starting to feel more acclimated to it, but still have a ways to go.
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Post  nkrichards on Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:16 am

I ran CIM a couple times so know the neighborhood a bit.  Nice spot.

Good luck with employment opportunities and running adventures.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:07 pm

Nancy - Yeah, I'm very sad that CIM is sold out.  I was looking at it a couple weeks ago (before my 100 was cancelled) and it had slots open.  By the time the 100 was cancelled, sold out.  Phooey.  Maybe I'll volunteer or offer to be a pacer or something.

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We continue to settle in, even if for no other reason than time alone.  The apartment is still pretty spartan, but I'm pretty sure we're both okay with this...?  We sometimes forget about the 2nd bedroom, which is my only complaint.  We should be putting it to use somehow.  Not quite sure how, but somehow.

The gose-style beer (read: sour) I bottled with my dad turned out to be very good.  My first foray into sours, so I was a bit nervous.  The whole "leave a warm, sugary liquid in a kettle for 3 days with intentionally added bacteria" thing seemed ripe for infection, but fortunately the bugs I wanted did their work and made things acidic enough to stave off anything else.  I used the pineapple/mango Goodbelly probiotic to seed this one, so the final taste is like a very tart pineapple.  Light and effervescent, almost soda-like.  

In the fermenter right now is a pumpkin spice latte stout, which will hopefully be a marked improvement over the last pumpkin spice beer I made (later dubbed the "Basic Bitch Beer" as it was only popular with women in their early 20s).  I'll be adding some coldbrew coffee made with beans that a friend roasted - his new passion project and business venture - and bottling next weekend.  Should be ready by the time fall really hits.

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Speaking of fall, this week has been almost too nice.  Temps in the low 50s to low 80s every day, with the delta breeze making its way to us the last couple days.  

Headed up to Auburn this morning for day 1 of 2 for my peak weekend pre-R2R2R.  It was overcast and drizzly(???) during the drive and the beginning of the run, with sunshine peeking through the clouds to highlight sections of the canyon face leading to Cool.  Very idyllic and serene.  

The run was 4x downy-uppy on Stagecoach trail, a 2ish mile fireroad with ~780' vert one way.  The goal was ~16mi in ~3hr, which seemed to be a fairly reasonable ask, especially given some tummy grumblings that started during yesterday's run and didn't feel too much better this morning.  I should note that Haley had either food poisoning or the stomach flu this week, so my worry was at least warranted this time around.  

After the first repeat - <17' down, 23' up - things magically felt good and I decided to run each down or up segment progressively faster than the previous time.  This lead to descents of 16:47, 15:47, 14:55, and 13:41 (6:30 pace on that one) and ascents of 23:03, 21:42, 20:01, and 19:25 for a total of 17ish miles in 2:30 after a brief cooldown.  

Legs feel great, stomach is holding up, and it's time to hydrate and refuel in preparation for tomorrow's ~5hr/26mi/6k' vert run.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:20 pm

I had to stop reading when I got to the description of your weather - I realize that I now hate you having temps in the 50s!  

Anyway, I love a good gose - so please arrange to send some East.  Thanks in advance.

Bummer about CIM, but I am sure there are other good races out there.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Mom - We're supposed to heat up a little again, but I think we're down to less than a handful of days in the 90s.  Morning temps continue to slide down.

Re: gose - next after the PSL stout is going to be a cranberry/blood orange gose for Thanksgiving.  I'll look into shipping.  I know some states won't allow it.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:52 pm

GA will allow if you don't let anyone know it's alcohol.  Actually I get wine shipments here, so I'm guessing its ok.  Some stout would be good too.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:57 pm

Mom - What I'm reading is that some states do not allow it from anyone, period... GA is not one of those states.  However, shipping alcohol without a distribution license is illegal, so basically use FedEx/UPS is what I've read.  More info to come.

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I jinxed the weather.  It's summer again for at least another week or two.  Hurray...

Recovery week this week, so I had a rare TWO rest days.  Still going to end up with an 8hr week, despite this.  Weird when 8hr is recovery.

Legs are feeling peppy and strong, but did take a couple days to bounce back from the weekend.  Had a good steady semi-long run on Thursday morning with a 5' negative split and a solid 2hr ride today.  During the group portion of the ride, I tried to hold 250W any time we were climbing and ~200W on flats and descents, regardless of what the group did.  This meant a lot of watching some guys kick hard up every hill only to sit up at the top and have to chase as I kept pedaling over the top... and ultimately still ending up on the front.  

Tomorrow is ~15mi around Lake Natoma, mostly flat, probably going to aim for ~8min pace for the meat of the run.  A little faster than normal easy runs.  

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I'm considering Napa Valley 26.2 in March for a sub-3 attempt.  Not sure if that will stay the goal, but I think it's pretty likely at this point that I'll sign up and see how the cards fall.  

Also, I finally got CA plates this week, woo!  And I'm on-call all weekend, boo.
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Post  nkrichards on Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:42 pm

Sorry about the extended summer weather...we're still harvesting carrot seed and alfalfa so we put in a request for another few warm sunny days.  We'll put in a request for cooler weather and rain next weekend and beyond.

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Post  Mark B on Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:30 am

I think I remember your apartment, Mike. If you can't get in to the full, maybe there's a relay team needing a person? That's always a possibility.

Jealous of your training environment. Folsom has some great trails, and Auburn is a (relatively) short drive away. Glad you're getting gigs, but yeah... Folsom is kind of pricey rent-wise. Hope that all works out.

If you're looking for trail races, remember there are bunch of them not all that far away in Oregon and Washington. It'd be fun to hook up at one.

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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:28 pm

Nancy - Appreciated!  Looks like the request is kind of working here - we'll be in the 70s this weekend!

Mark - Definitely spoiled here.  I think the price point is entirely reasonable in California for what we're getting... just not for the rest of the world that has a more... sane... approach to housing.  Re: PNW, Beacon Rock + Mt Hood + Smith Rock (the Butte one) are all on my list!

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Didn't get called in at all this weekend.  All that for nothing.  Meh.  

Sunday's run was quick and strong.  This week so far has been mostly just heat training (it's back up to 99 today) with one workout on Tuesday - 5x .75mi hill @ ~%5.  Pretty pleased with my splits, despite being unable to hit <5:00 on the last one (5:01!).  

My brother races 50M this Saturday, so I'm pacing the last 15 of that.  Then Haley and I head out to Mt. Diablo Sunday for a quick overnight camping trip and 2x ~3hr runs for me Sun/Mon.  Then it's taper time, yay!
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Post  nkrichards on Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:29 am

Enjoy taper and good luck on R2R2R!
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