Week of May 9 - 15

Feeling the weekend! Another excellent week outside that included the most enjoyable training weather so far this spring. Highlights included Crank the Kanc bike race, my first long run since February, and testing out my drone on Mt. Willard. 

Running: My math was way off. I thought my Strava mileage on Saturday had me at 25 miles so including the Albany Town Forest run I was sure I needed to get in 20 miles on Sunday in order to hit 50. I'm thankful for the mistake or else I wouldn't have gotten such a quality run in yesterday! With a ski day and a bike race scheduled for this week I knew my mileage was going to be difficult to make up. My 50 mile goal I set this week was ambitious and I almost knocked it down to 40 but figured I could make up miles with a longer run on Sunday.  So aside from missing speed work this week, the 20 mile run with 13 of those miles under 7min pace, I'm very happy with my run fitness. This week I'll be focusing more on speed this week with a track workout and 5k tempo effort and probably land around the same mileage since the King Pine Tri is Saturday and I'll need to recover for that race. 

Skiing: The season isn't over just yet! We had a great outing on Wednesday and I skied with Hilary and Mark Wallace up at Tuckerman Ravine getting runs in on Left Gully, The Chute, and Headwall. Here are some photos:

Mark Wallace of Parlor Skis (Left Gully)

Mark Wallace (Headwall)

And lastly, I got a DJI Phantom 4 drone and was dying to test it out. It arrived around 3:30pm on Friday and after charging the battery I was out the door at 5:30pm and headed up to Crawford Notch. There wasn't much time to get up high - Initially I thought Carrigain would have been a good option or the Presidentials but I had an hour of light to work with. Mt. Willard seemed like a no-brainer and Squall and I cruised up and made this video. I love the perspective and dynamic footage it adds. I need a lot more experience to figure out the shots though - aerial footage can get stale if not done properly. Extra motivation to get in the mountains though and capture more great experiences.


Run: 56 mi | 4,193'
Bike: 46.2 | 2hr 24min | 3,478'
Backcountry: Tuckerman's | 4,669'
Hike: Mt Willard