It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve posted anything! It feels like forever. I’ve been super busy with work, training, and “the other website”(again don’t really want to plug it here haha, this is just for me 🙂 ).
Well, since my last post, with the Mock Triathlon, I have had several Swim Sessions, all at least 1600 Meters long. I’ve done several great training Rides, isolating tempo, cadence, Heart Rate, and over all speed(individually lol) and been able to get out and get my Brooks Cascadia 10’s Dirty fora few miles.
I won’t go super into detail but, here are some of the Discipline breakdowns lately:
I’ve been working on my swimming a lot. I am not a fast nor efficient swimmer. I can swim fora long time, staying afloat that is, but I am going no where fast!
Because of this, I have been working mostly on Form and making my Crawl(freestyle) Stroke more smooth, so I can glide more and fight the water less.
The Olympic Triathlon Distance is 1500 Meters(basically 0.9 miles), so I have been making all of my Swims at least that distance and more(usually do a 400 Meter Warm up- I am not really to the point I differentiate a fast or slow pace haha). This is so, I can build my endurance to do the distance needed for the event and have some gas in the tank, so I can refuel on the bike!
I have also completed 1 pool swim in my Wet Suit- a Xterra Vortex Sleeveless. I really liked the feel and the comfort of it. I was able to complete back to back 1500 Meter swims in well under the cut off time(individually) for the event. This was a huge confidence booster for me. I know it is possible!
I have also signed up for some swimming lessons. This is to begin teaching me “how” to become a better swimmer, via drills or other practice and form correction methods.
Over all, I am excited and know that “someday” I will be a competent “fast” swimmer.
Well, I’ve been able to rack up some more miles on the Bike! I am really and truly enjoying riding, more than I thought I would!
This past little bit, I have put in several 25+ Mile rides. Each ride has concentrated on one of a few things- practicing each one of them to isolate and really get used to doing “that”.
Tempo Rides- These are NOT fun! I have done tempo sets for 2 minutes hard and then rest/recoup/stop throwing up for 4 minutes. I’ll do this for a 30-40 minute ride, then just spin out the rest of the ride at around 90-95 RPM with dead legs. The point of this is to get the gains from the tempo workout and also get my legs and body used to spinning even after being dead tired.
Cadence Rides are just that- Riding as hard as I really can at a high cadence. This is an easy one to cheat on, as all you really have to do is switch to a lighter gear and bam- easier to push! So this one is harder to keep myself honest and to make it just “hard enough” that the muscles get used to it.
My Heart Rate rides really have two parts. The goal is to stay within a certain HR range(changes based on workout) and to keep a 90+ cadence in that HR range. This has required me to go to an easier gear sometimes, to maintain cadence and to keep HR within the desired range. I really think this has also helped me “acclimate” my legs to a good high cadence while keeping my HR low”er”.
I have also gone out and basically tried to go as fast as possible for as long as possible- usually after a 10-15 minute warm-up.
Running has really been good for me lately. I got a 20 Miler in the Sunday before last. The miles seemed very smooth and easy. This was at a Free Trail Race Event put on by TROT(Trail Racing Over Texas). This was super fun and there were a of great runners out there. My overall Race time was just over 5 hours, which was pretty good considering I had stopped and hung out with friends at the Aide Station on each loop(5 miles). My Garmin said I had an avg moving pace of about 12:40. So I was pretty stoked about that, as I hadn’t really pushed at all.
I put in a couple of miles with my dogs during last week. They really enjoyed it. Just did a mile each, but they were having the time of the their lives.
This past Sunday I put in a 4.2 mile run. My goal was to hit an 8:50 avg for this run. As I went along I kept my pace up and ended up with an 8:33 avg! This was great for me as I have really run any distance at this faster pace(yeah this is faster for me haha) in a long time. After this, I immediately went for about an extra 1.5 miles, to really let my legs stretch back out and begin to get the acid out of my legs, I slowed this run down to just under 10 minute pace.
For the last few weeks I have had an uncomfortable right knee. It felt like the tendon behind it was tight. I made sure I was rolling and stretching the quad, hamstring, and calf. This really wasn’t doing anything for me. I have been super careful to try and not get any over use injuries and to take care of myself with proper nutrition(ok nutrition more like it hehe) and rest.
After about 2 weeks of this I finally broke down and called up a Chiropractor. A buddy recommended his and I’ve had a few sessions with him over the last week. My knee already feels great and the rest of my leg is feeling much better(stronger and looser) too. I am going to continue going to see how much better I can get the rest of my body!
I am now about 2 1/2 weeks out from Kemah Triathlon. The following weekend is the MS150(which I am still trying to raise donations for me to qualify to participate- but man it is rough!). The weekend after that is the Brazos Bend 50 Miler. The Wife and I have decided to do the 50K instead of the 50 Miles. I’m a bit sad, but it will still be a hell of a challenge!
Well that’s the “Catch-up” for now. I’ll be hitting a run and getting a Swim coaching session later tonight. I am excited to see how far I can keep going!
That’s all for now! Thank you very much for reading. Remember, if you have any questions or comments, let me know!!
On Tuesday I decided to do a mock Olympic Distance Triathlon- just for me. This wasn’t to go race pace at all(although I did mix in some surges).
This started out at the pool, I swam ~2k Meters total.
This included a 400 Meter Warm up, and somewhat of a 100 Meter cool Down lol. This was pretty comfortable and I was able to keep my swimming “mostly” efficient.
Total time :1:10 including warm up and cool down.
Event time: 48 Minutes
I want to bring this down some more before the “main event” because there is a 1 hour time cut off. And I want to err well on the side of caution for this. The Bike and Run both have 90 Minute cut offs(after the the previous event’s cut off). So I feel more than confident that I’ll be fine on time for them.
Next I drove home and jumped on the trainer for the bike portion.
The first 15 minutes sucked, I could barely keep up speed and keep down my HR. Turned out, I had the tension set too tight on the wheel platform. readjusted this real quick and BAM! I was flying. Since it is a trainer- I feel it is easier to maintain speed, but harder to maintain comfort lol.
Got in the full 25 Miles here!
After getting off the bike I felt tired, but still pretty strong. I had kept up my nutrition throughout the ride, and making sure to get more into me for the run.
I ended up only running a mile. This was fortunately not due to me dying off. I had chosen to just run around the lake next to my apartment. Well this was a bad idea as 85% of the loop around the lake was water logged or just straight under about an inch to 3 inches of water. That one mile took forever, but it was a great stretch!
All in all I was impressed with myself. This was not an all out effort, but it was a good steady push. And I passed my expectations.
Knowing that I can do this a month out, with no real taper or major rest beforehand makes me even more confident of my performance come April 12th!
I am excited and can’t wait to see how I do. My goal is to finish. But I want to make sure I don’t finish with a full tank 🙂
Thanks for reading guys. Let me know what you think!
So I got a lot of good training in this weekend! It was a rough one and I’m still feeling it, but man was it worth every second of the pain and mental toughness I had to pry out of me!
I Started off with a 1 Mile Swim on Friday night. This was a 1 Lap at a time Mile(25 Meters). This is actually the first time I have made myself do an entire Mile, so it was a bit rough.
I am not an efficient swimmer. I’m not a graceful swimmer. I’m a strong swimmer, and as such, I spend most of my time defeating myself by not keeping correct form. I also have a very hard time breathing correctly(with form). Keeping my head low and in the water, under my recovering arm and against my leading arm, is very difficult for me, as I have not yet ingrained the muscle memory. I am getting better though, so one step at a time. I mostly worked on my breathing on this workout. I probably swam too fast to really make it good(around a 33 minute 1600- and the Garmin only picked up 1575 meters, because I didn’t start it on one of the lengths 😦 lol ).
I took about a 30 second to one minute breather each length, to recover. I still have a hard time not kicking too much and my swim technique combined with poor form makes one length of the pool a grinder of trying to breath and keep my heart from not exploding in my chest!
All in all though, it was a great workout! You can see it here.
this workout felt great afterward and I feel it was a bit of an accomplishment. I am not where I need to be for the Swim portion of my upcoming Olympic Distance Triathlon. But I am one step closer 🙂
Saturday was next on my destination of pain weekend. I had already decided Saturday was going to be a long Ride. So I tentatively mapped out a 60 Mile course. I wanted this to be my longest ride to date- but only by a few miles.
So it was basically a 30 Mile out and back Course. Pretty easy. The weather was supposed to be nice so, I got up early, had some coffee and oats, rested a bit, got my gear on and got on the road!
The day was a bit chillier than I really liked. I didn’t wear my thermal leggings, although I did wear some knee warmers and Calf Compression Sleeves. I also left my full finger gloves and shoe covers at home- like an idiot. I was a bit cold, but nothing too uncomfortable and once I got warmed up, I was good to go.
The miles just kind of flew by. I set an alarm to keep me in HR Zone 3- to conserve energy for this long haul. My HR avg was 145, and it only peaked over 150 a few times- usually when climbing a local mountain(bridge) or if I would try to “safely”make a light.
I say safely, because if there is traffic at an intersection I won’t even think about “making a light”, but if it is clear and I have good line of sight of all directions, I’ll push it :). I did try to maintain a nice high cadence, and came away with an 85 RPM Avg. Which I thought was pretty good, as I prioritized HR over Cadence for this ride. I found even when pushing a light gear, my HR would want to climb when I got around the 95-100 Mark. I figure this is still me getting used to moving my legs this fast on the bike.
As I continued, I felt better and better, especially with this low speed and easy to maintain cadence. I took a break at the 20 Mile Mark. I felt great!. I had filled two water bottles, one with water, the other with Heed. I also brought along a zip lock baggie with Perpetuem in it, for later in the ride. After that break, I closed in quickly on the 30 Mile Mark of the ride. Then passed it. I decided I would do a bit more. And then a bit more. And then a bit more. Before I realized it, I was at 51 Miles!!
Now the way I mapped the course out, there were several “shortcuts” built into the ride, so if I needed to, I could be home in fewer miles if I needed to.
I decided it was about time for some lunch, so found my self a Starbucks. Had a good bite to eat and a latte, as well as finished off my water and Heed bottles. I had also been hitting my normal 10 minute rotation of some sort of nutrition every 10 minutes for this first 50 miles. I brought along enough calories to go twice as long(time wise) than I had estimated my ride would be, so I had plenty. I chilled and rested for about 30-40 minutes. Got in some good stretches, got my water bottles filled, mixed in my Perpetuem, re-organized my nutrition in my jersey pockets- for easy reach, and got back on the road!
As I headed back, I had the option to Take a few Short cuts. At first, I thought I would take one of these, as I was going into a pretty stiff headwind. Although my
speed suffered greatly, I spent most of the day comfortably in the drops. I kept my HR low and my cadence high and it went along pretty smoothly. I really wasn’t feeling exhausted at any point. I did feel the beginning’s of leg muscle fatigue at around the 70 mile mark. My Longest Ride Ever!! This was my last “big” cut off. I stopped for a few minutes for a breather and a quick Self Evaluation.
How do I feel?: Well, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m not tight and I’m not feeling a loss of energy.
How is my nutrition?: I have about 600 Calories worth of chewable nutrition left, and about half of a bottle of perpetuem(which was mixed about half a scoop too rich- just in case hehe).
Well, what do you think?: Heck, lets go for it!!.
I plotted out the course going back on the exact same route as I had began that morning, this would give me about 10 miles to my next “cut off”. I’d see how I felt then.
So I rolled on, The next 10 miles were fast, with a super low HR and a cadence I was proud of, I flew right through the 10 miles. At this point, I knew it was in reach. I hadn’t given the notion or a fully formed thought of it all day, it was just a slight tickle or whisper in the back of my mind. But now, almost at mile 80, I felt it.
I can do a Century today! I can do it. I can complete this on my own!!
So I continued on my path. At this point I just added one of my normal weekly rides to the course(it was the same road I was on, so it was easy). This course is usually around 25 miles, with about 1.2-2 of it being from my apartment to where I intersected it with my current course. By combining the cunning use of trig- calculus- and geometry that would make many mathematicians and physicists proud- I subtracted 2 miles from 25 miles and got 23 miles. Then added 23 miles to 79.5 miles- and got about 103 miles!! I know I know, you’re impressed with ma maph skeelz.
At this point it was later in the day and the road were busier. I popped an extra gel, to make sure I kept my sugar with some blood in it(yeah, at this point I was seriously not the sharpest tool in the shed). I wanted to stay alert enough of vehicles on the road, as I was also in a busier section of town. I honestly should have called it quits. But I was not sane enough to make that call lol.
This portion of the course was an out and back loop of about 7 miles total and then another 12 mile loop(6 out and back) with a return loop of around 3-4 miles.
I made this first loop and felt a lot more fatigue than I had thought I would. The last half of this little loop was deep on into the wind again and I struggled to maintain good form and breathing. I got to the 12 mile loop, and decided to take it head on!(remember where I said I wasn’t all there? Yep, here is proof lol). So I slowed down a lot, kept a high cadence, just pushing a super easy gear( I later found I was still doing around 15 MPH- which I was ecstatic about- to explain further. I didn’t want to be emotionally affected with a slow speed. So, to make sure that speed was not a factor at all in this Day’s ride, I removed it from my main screen on the 910xt- So I pretty much never knew my speed all day hehe). About 1-2 miles in, I started to feel great again. Still taking nutrition and water when my 10 minute beeper would go off, and really just enjoying the ride!
I took another break at the turn around for this loop- less than 10 Miles to go!! I hit the head, drank some extra water and partially filled it back up(I was at a gas station- I actually passed this gas station 3 times, including rest stops, for this ride haha). Took a 10 minute breather and got back to it!
Going in the opposite direction, the wind was coming at my back from an angle. I would have the wind to my advantage for all but the last 2 miles of the route. So I sat up, put my hands on the horizontal bars( I call them the tops, I don’t know if they have a “real” name lol) and used my back as a wind sail. I maintained the same rhythm and patterns as the rest of the day, and I felt like I was flying!! I was only hitting about 16-18 MPH(via later inspection of the route data) but man I felt great! I felt so good, that when I turned back into the wind, I kept up the pace, and pushed that last little bit out!
I crossed the 100 Mile Mark! Threw up a fist in victory and kept chugging along! I am sure a few people saw some crazy dude on a bike, in a Marine Corps Cycling Jersey, looking like a crazed maniac rolling down the side of the street! But I didn’t care! I just completed a Century!! But now to get home!
I stayed in the drops and finished out the ride strong and feeling great!!
I got home and stretched and ate for about an hour or two haha. Took a good bath and called it a day!!
This was a really big confidence booster to me. As I did not think I could do my first century, and live, quite yet. I also did not think my first century would be a self supported one!
There is a Houston to Galveston Century near the end of this month, and I am thinking of doing it now. This would be my last big ride(and is scheduled to be my last big ride weekend anyway) before I do Kemah on April 12th and then the MS150 on April 18-19th. The first day of the MS150 will be a century as well.
I am feeling more and more confident of my cycling, every day.
Next up was Sunday! Now my legs didn’t feel like jello, but they didn’t feel up to much abuse either. I rolled them and stretched them and babied them most of the morning.
In the early afternoon, I decided I wanted to get a short swim in. So I decided on an 800 Meter swim. It was slow. Most of it was the same as Friday night, just breathe. Learn to breathe. Be comfortable breathing. And try to keep my heart from jumping out of my chest!!
This was a lot more rough, as my legs were sore and didn’t want to kick. Although, this ended up being a good thing! Since my legs didn’t want to kick, I wasn’t kicking!! So I wasn’t over or under balancing my body. My strokes were a lot more even. And my breathing almost even felt semi-comfortable…. Almost.
In the future I am going to continue minimizing my kick. This seems to save a lot of energy and allow for a more extended period of swimming! This is just what I need to make sure I can really perform well at Kemah next month!
This swim was a big eye opener and I am really going to keep up using that same technique. It was a bit slower- like 2 minutes for a combined 1600 meters slower, but the amount of energy used felt like a lot less. I don’t know if it was just me not trying to overcome bad technique as much or what, but I seemed to glide a lot more through the water. Making is so much easier to feel more “fluid” in the water as well.
I got some more stretching and rolling in later that night to really help me relax.
Had some good food to keep things clean and wrapped up the weekend. We will see how things go! I am supposed to do a 10 Mile run tonight- Monday night, and if the weather doesn’t hold out, that may have to be on a treadmill. Which will not be fun.
All in all, this was a great weekend. Lots of activity. Lots of physical and mental testing. I came through it all. And was insane enough to enjoy it!
My over all confidence for April has skyrocketed!
I have a big Trail Run coming up on this next Sunday. It is a supported “free” run put on by Trail Running Over Texas(TROT). It is going to be a blast and can’t wait! The course is to be a loop of about 4-5 miles. You just do as many loops as you can between 6 AM and 1 PM(last loop cut-off is at noon). I am really hoping I can complete this at around a 50K(my first at this distance). Since I won’t really have a lot of training time the rest of the month- as I need to taper everything for next month’s madness. This weekend and next weekend, are to be my big tests and self evaluations!
After this, I’ll mostly just be doing maintenance miles, and easy workouts. I’ll do one “moderate to heavy” workout per week, but that would be like a 6-7 opposed to my current 8-9 lol. With lots of rest before and after it.
This next little bit(including this past weekend) is Testing my over all conditioning, gear, nutrition, freak of nature will power, and trying to stay somewhat sane throughout the whole thing!! April is to be my “Devil’s Three-way” and I plan on making it a memorable one!!
Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions- and sorry for the book of a post!!
So I’ve been doing a lot more running on areas that are not “built up”. So I’ve been reading more into Trail Running. Especially since I have the Brazo’s Bend 50 Miler coming up in April.
I’ve been looking for good books with quality information. Mostly looking for something to tell me what needs to be done, less than “do this or you will fail” kind of reading lol.
I saw this book last week, gave a it read and thought it was pretty cool. I liked it mostly because it didn’t try to sell me anything or make me do some weird stretch or maneuver that only a 35 year yoga instructor can pull off with dislocating… everything?
I thought it was good enough I even put a link to it, on my side bar, last week.
I was looking at it again today(to give a bit of a positive review) and noticed it was free lol. Darn the luck heh?
Give it a look if you guys are interested. It isn’t cycling oriented or anything, but it does have some cool information and made me look up a few things about specific distance races that I had never heard of before(and they were all in like the worst climates possible sheesh).
Check it out and Download for Free until the 28th!! The Definitive Guide to Trail Running http://t.co/8LAgOIRtf8
I know this is a bit of a plug, but figured I’d share since it was free lol. 🙂
Saturday morning it started off with the Wife and I taking a run!
We ran a warm up mile. Then ran 3 x 1 Mile Repeats. This was a big day for me, as all three of my “repeats” were under 8 minute miles(7:52, 7:42,7:51-respectively). This had me stoked as I have not been able to do that for a long long time(before my 3 year fitness sabbatical lol). Guess this shows that something is working right haha.
My year long goal is to have a 1:40 Half Marathon Pace. With results like this I can feel that day coming… eventually 🙂
Mrs. NGC also did Great! She had taken a few weeks off, however, you wouldn’t have noticed it as she was flying on her runs!
After this, I went for a 20 Mile Bike Ride.
The second half was a rough ride for me, I started to die down on energy, although I was eating and drinking per my usual 10/10 schedule.
By the time I was done, I was literally done. I did not bonk(which I am proud of), but I did not feel a lot left in the tank for the day.
That night, I splurged and ate an Italian Sub-Sandwich from a local pizza place(toasted). It was great, filled me up and, almost immediately, I started feeling a lot better. This carried on into the evening as I continuously stretched and even “rolled” a few times to help my legs feel less like jello and more like powerhouses! By the end of the night, I was feeling recharged and human again.
Sunday morning was a group run with a Facebook Page called “Running Adventures Around the World”. This was a 12 Mile loop that was going to done twice by some, so they could hit 20 Miles for the day. I had only planned on doing one loop, as I had a Cycling Safety Class scheduled for the Afternoon.
This was to be a group run for fun, without any real race pacing or trying to kill each other trying to keep up.
As you can see we had a lot of fun!
We spent a lot of time finding great places to use as photo Ops!
We took our time and enjoyed the run. We all carried nutrition, I brought along my Hydration-Pack, so I was able to offer extra water to those with smaller water bottles.
We took breaks often too!
As we continued our journey we found a couple of Signs we were able to photo Bomb.
We had a Great time! With such an awesome group of runners. At Mile 10 we had a nice stretch!
All in all, this was a good experience.
We ended up enjoying ourselves too much and by the time we got done, I was late for my class 😦 . there are others, so I will be able to make sure I get my class so I’ll be safe haha.
After this, I rested for about an hour and some change. Then went to another Group Run, with Team RWB.
I ran with a buddy who does Triathlons like they are too easy not to do. We used a 7 Minute run, 1 Minute walk rotation that worked out pretty darn good. I was definitely feeling it, but I was able to keep up the pace and stick with him(although I am pretty sure he tried to drop me a few times haha). This was a 4.25 mile run and I was feeling pretty good even at the end, although I was tired, I wasn’t totally baked!!
After this we all went to a local restaurant (our usual post run hand out joint for some refueling food). This is a staple of the weekly diet, where I always have a Giro Platter and it is so delicious!
All in all, this was a tiring weekend. I am glad I was able to make it through. This is definitely a a good sign that everything is going well. I am excited about the next few months and can’t wait till all the “race days” coming up.
All though this was a “training” weekend, it was a lot of fun. Being able to enjoy amazing workouts with some really great people is always a good time(even if I want to cry after the workout!).
As always. Thank you for stopping by and hopefully having a good time. Let me know what you think and give me some of those great tips and tricks if you see something doesn’t quite “look right”.
I was able to get out yesterday and put in some miles before sunset. Weather was great! A nice 63 degrees with just a little bit of wind.
Funny thing was, I got out there, got stretched and warmed up a bit, then realized I didn’t have my HR Strap. So back to the Apartment I go. Looked around and eventually found it and got back outside. This put me starting about 20 minutes later than I had wanted, but it all turned out just fine.
I didn’t really plan out how far I was going to go. I knew I wanted to put in more than 3-5 miles, just not an exact total. I did bring a pack of gels and had some heed in a water bottle that i staged on one side of the loop I ran. This way I could have some nutrition when needed. At 5 miles I still felt fresh enough to push on.I went ahead and put in another 5k.
By the end of the 8 Miles I felt pretty tired. My legs were starting to feel the distance and I decided that it was time to turn in for the day. Over all I still felt great and even got in some cool down exercises, which I need to do more often.
I ended the Run just before sunset and was able to get a few pics(they were taken while I was running, so no hate please lol).
This is only my second semi-high mileage run on non-man made paths.I feel like I am doing well, and can’t wait for my next training run on Saturday, with the wife.
Today I’ll be putting in a Bike ride, probably around 20-25 miles. I’ll try and keep up with my buddy( I am pretty sure he is the son of flash or something). We shall see how my legs feel after that!
Tomorrow is a rest day, but I may got and get some cross-training plyometrics in. Just get my Heart Rate above 135 and keep it there for a bit. Nothing too strenuous.
Saturday’s run will probably be a couple of 1 mile repeats with maybe a 1-2 mile fartlek at the end. Time will tell, and I’ll let you guys know what Time tells me 🙂
In the end, I was super glad I made it out, even with the problems at first lol. And I was pretty impressed with the decent pace I was able to maintain without feeling like I was dying.
Each day brings me a bit closer to April and each workout prepares me a bit more to achieve my Goals!
You can find my run data by Clicking Here. It’ll show you the course and my slow pace haha.
I got out and put in a Six Mile Run yesterday evening. Garmin Connect. The weather was great for some outside activity. After my back to back rides Saturday and Sunday, I decided to put some miles on my feet! There is a nice little lake just behind the Apartment Complex that Mrs. NGC and I live. The edges of the lake are mostly flat and it provides and very good place to put in a great Run! It is just over one mile around the lake. So it is plenty of distance to not get too boring- although it can get old after a few laps, so I usually alternate directions every third lap or so. This also gives a bit of an experience running on an uneven “non-path” surface. Since I will be running the Brazos Bend 50 Miler in April, I want to put in some quality miles when I can, and the more rough the surface the better! The splits are a bit positive, although I settled into a 10:05 Average Mile Pace, my total average was 9:58, because I cooked the first mile in 9:05. This turned out to be way too fast for me, as my legs were still feeling the weekend and were pretty sore. After that, I decided I needed to slow it down a bit. I tried to keep a high cadence and short strides, hopefully mimicking my future “all the time” trail running stride. The last 2 miles were dead on at 10:15 and I was still feeling good. I did feel tired of course, but I also felt that I could put in another few miles if I really wanted to. I ran this in my Adidas Energy Boost 2’s. It was a comfortable run, but I can tell I need to invest in some stiffer soled trail shoes. Something made to handle the roughest of terrain with ease. This will be a nice little journey in itself. In the end, I called it quits after six miles. By this point it was getting dark, I was without a headlamp or other light- except my phone, and the Mrs. had just gotten home. So this was a very convenient cut off. All in all. It was a great run. Beautiful day. Great temperatures. And positive mileage! Can’t go wrong with a combo like that!