Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec 9 - 15

Mon-AM: 2:04, 4300' ~ Bear & Green
Ran from Chat with Joe. Up Fern, down the West Ridge of Bear, and then up and over Green before completing the loop. Great day out in perfectly-packed snow conditions.

Tue-AM: 2:07, 4300' ~ Bear & Green
Same exact run as yesterday with Joe again, but today the wind had blown in all the trails making for pretty miserable footing the whole way. Warm enough to be out in shorts, though, which was a treat given the past week-plus of frigid temps.

Wed - 0
Ended up being a day off after an early flight and long day of travel. I was okay with that as my achilles has been a little tight.

Thu-AM: 1:06, 1200' ~ Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe VT
Parked at the lodge and did an out and back on pretty deserted dirt/snow roads. +8F temps. Slippery snow was tough on the achilles and soleus.

Fri-AM: 1:16, 1000' ~ Blue Hills, Boston MA
Met up with Mike, Seamus, Josh, Eric, and Sam for a spin around this trail system near the city. Snow, cold, and icy but lots of fun with enthusiastic tour guides.

Sat-AM: 1:24, 1300' ~ Avon, Connecticut
Ran some streets and snowy trails with Joel. Achilles seems to be feeling a bit better, which is nice. Cold and snowing.

Sun-AM: 1:49, 1300' ~ Talcott Mt, Connecticut
Out and back on the Metacomet trail starting from Reservoir #6 and going past the Heublein Tower on the way to Highway 185, and back. With Joel. Plowing/postholing through ~8" of fresh, crusty snow. Fun outing.

Hours: 9h46min
Vert: 13,400'

Decent week, considering being on the road. My body seems to be re-adjusting to being a runner again---various familiar aches and pains are working their way through---and all this time away from home has me more motivated than ever to get back and get into a fitness-building routine. I'm really really excited about 2014. Having said that, I'm almost always pleasantly surprised by the running options I'm offered when I'm on the road, and this past week I enjoyed getting a small taste of what the northeast has to offer. After this trip, my interest in the Mt. Washington Road Race and a Presidential Range Traverse in New Hampshire is certainly piqued.

Before I can really get into a consistent routine, however, there are two more stops I need to make: Tuesday evening at the Symphony Space in Manhattan, and next Saturday and Sunday at Fleet Feet in Seattle. Should be good.

Finally, I need to mention a congratulations to Dan Kraft for a break-out 4th-place run on a big stage at the TNF50 Championships last weekend. Dan is the latest promising MUT runner to come out of Colorado College (my alma mater) in the last few years, following on the heels of Alex Nichols and Stevie Kremer. Alex and Dan have both paced/crewed for me at the Leadville 100, and Stevie was the same year as me at CC. Dan had previously had impressive runs at the Imogene Pass Run (17mi) and Bridger Ridge Run (20mi) in both 2012 and 2013, so it was super cool to see him flawlessly step up to the 50mi distance. It looks like XC Coach Ted Castaneda's Monday mountain runs have had a lasting impact on more than one runner.

Descending Green Mt on Monday with Joe. Photo: Joe Grant.
Boston jaunt in the Blue Hills Friday morning. Photo: Sam Jurek. 
Top of the run with the full crew: Mike, Josh, Eric, and Sam (and Seamus behind the camera).
Headed back to the car. Photo: Sam Jurek.


brownie said...

In other CC running news, I have yet to be physically threatened by the janitor for running on the new track!

EmersonFuller said...

The presi traverse is so much fun!!! FKT on it is pretty ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your battery is finally recharged both physically and mentally.

The winter has its own special way of slowing down things to allow you to catch your breath on a fast and wild 2013. While at the same time relighting ones vision on the future and his passions and goals....

Digging your exciting vibes for what lays ahead!

Barry Bliss said...

Looking forward to seeing the film tonight in NYC.
If there is a group run, please email me at barrynowbliss at gmail dot com.
Either way, see you tonight.

R. Logan Brooks said...

I see that you are still experiencing some of the lingering effects of your UTMB injuries. Remember as you know and as it seems you have done, to give proper time. Great to hear your enthusiasm on the coming year. It psyches me up to hear people who are ready to push. On a lighter side check out Polica's new album, its a must. And the Jessie Ware song "Wildest Moments". Promise you will not be sorry. Stay upright Tony.

Evan said...

I'm bummed that I missed you in Boston, but psyched to hear that you're thinking about the Presidential Traverse!

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I say go see anton in person, if you get the chance.
I saw him last night.
(I even got to ask a question.)

He's an impressive dude on every level.

Ignacio said...

que bien se te ve Kupricka! sigue adelante con todo loco! suerte!

Andy said...

Well, I clearly haven't been following your blog closely enough or I might have known you were in my backyard. Ran a loop from Res 6 on Sat and Sunday but obviously missed you. Too bad. Hope you enjoyed our terrain here in central CT!

Speedgoat Karl said...

You will love the presi traverse, and if that one isn't challenging enough, head a bit further north on the AT from Grafton Notch to Gorham over the Mahoosucs, it'll give you a real definition of what technical trail is. It puts Zane Grey to shame....:-)

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Love the shout out to Castaneda!! That man had a big impact on me despite my few years with him.

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