Swim, Bike, Run, Read Weekend

Horseshoe Pond, Concord NH

What a great weekend! Swim – Bike – Run – Read.

Saturday:
Swim – I started Saturday with a 3,100 yard swim.

Bike – Then immediately went for a bike ride and decided to take a more scenic, never-been-on-this-road route. Hopkinton is just the next town over but I rode past an Army Corp of Engineer damRowell's Bridge Hopkinton NH and a covered bridge.

Run – Then once back at HQ I immediately ran; in pretty decent temperatures and cloud cover.

Then I finished reading Desperate Steps as part of my recovery.

Sunday:
I woke up sore! Sore! I knew I needed to run but I was completely enthralled reading Critical Hours.

It’s such a great book about recent Search and Rescues in the White Mountains. The author, Sandy Stott will be in Concord this week for an event. I can’t wait to see his talk.

Critical Hours

But eventually I knew I need to run, so I ran. This weekend was about new routes so I ran towards NHTI and took a few pictures along the way so I could rest from fatigue, sweat and just overall tiredness; it was hot and muggy as well.
Here is Horseshoe Pond. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a lily pad.

Horseshoe Pond, Concord NH

And a random tree with interesting things growing on them near the Heritage Trail by the NHTI boat launch. (no clue what the tree or thing was, I’m no botanist that’s for sure).

Foliage in Concord NH

Now as evening approaches on Sunday evening I chill out and read more Critical Hours.

And hang out with this pup:

Winnie Dog

Kearsarge South

I ran/hiked the Winslow & Barlow Loop this morning. I chose the reportedly steeper, Winslow Trail to ascend and the supposedly mellower and longer Barlow trail down. They were both tough with rocks, roots and rock slabs.

It was gorgeous at the top:

Kearsarge South Summit

South Kearsarge Hike

Next weekend I plan to hike Ragged Mountain and will go longer on the SRK Greenway (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) trail. I bought the trail guide last year and now I will finally use it.

Daily Stats:
Hike: 2.8M
Run: 0M
Swim: 0
Bike: 13.88

Black Bear: Mama and cub

Today while hiking in Winant Park in Concord I stumbled upon a big, black bear and her cub. Actually, I just saw a big, black furry blob and a small, cute cub – stopped, called Winnie and started running back to the car.

I know you’re not suppose to run but I did. I’ve never – in all my years of hiking – seen a bear on the trail; much less a mama and her cub.

Winnie was so great – she came to me and we ran back to the car. So scary.

This was us just the day before on a more calm, no-wildlife hike:

 

Running Five Days in a Row

As a test, I decided this week that I would run five days in a row. My friend Mark out in Houston is also testing himself, also running five days in a row. However, he is running 10 miles each day; I didn’t have a set number each day.

Saturday, today, I woke up a little sore but not much. Mark is glad the test is over.

The idea is to set my mind on little goals I could tackle each day to prove I could do it. Next week I will try to run five miles every day for five days.

To stay motivated I incorporate a strategy called Baby Steps, stolen from the acclaimed movie, What About Bob:

Such a great movie and a great principle;  remember to look at what is right in front of you instead of tomorrow or a week from now. It really helps to settle the mind. Just run the five miles each day. 

With that thought I’m off to walk the dogs on this beautiful Saturday morning in Concord. The sun is trying to break through the clouds; this day is a gift.