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Sep 08 2016
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
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Hiking21.37 Miles 4,761 AEG
Hiking21.37 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.72 mph
4,761 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I started at exactly 7:30 with a cloudy sky that was supposed to last most of the day. Ahead of me was fog, which was supposed to burn off around 8:00 or 9:00. No matter, I entered the fog at around 8:15 and was in it until noon. By the 3 mile mark, I was completely soaked, and my feet stayed that way until I finished. I wish I could say I enjoyed my hike, but frankly, my feet were in agony 90% of the way. It was nice to get out, it was just too soon after yesterday's rain. Sabino is flowing more heavily than I've ever seen in the upper part of the West Fork. It was actually really tough to cross without getting all wet, and I eventually did give up on staying dry and just plowed through thigh deep :? .

Well that one is done and over, but somehow I feel the need for a do over. I haven't crossed it off the list yet.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Box Camp Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Fork Sabino Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Esperero Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hutch's Pool 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Sabino Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 West Fork Sabino Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
Tough to cross
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Sep 07 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2016
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Hiking9.08 Miles 2,306 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   3.41 mph
2,306 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Call me stubborn, but if it's gonna rain on my hike day, then I'm gonna hike in the rain.

Based on historical weather data, I had some big plans on the books for this week, and then it started to rain. After assessing several resources. My best guess panned out as a 14:00ish T time, so I spent the morning in waiting. When the time came, I jumped in the truckster and headed out into the dwindling storm. The drive to the TH was pretty mild, hitting the wipers only a few times, but upon arrival at the parking lot it started to rain.

Sure that this was the tail end of it all, I decided to get started and enjoy the drizzle. The first mile was great. I was really charged up and making good time, and wouldn't you know, it really started to rain.

Well now it was cooling down quite a bit, so I decided turn next couple of miles into a run to keep warm till the storm passed. This plan worked right up to mile 2 when it really started raining. It was at this point I could no longer trust my water logged vision and had to slow it up drastically.

I carried this slow pace all the way to the King Canyon junction. From there, it just got worse as the trail was also now a stream. In spite of it all, I had made excellent time so far and had plans to conquer the final push (~1.3 miles) in record time, and I was well on the way to doing so until it started raining, I mean for real this time.

I think I was starting to loose it in the last 1/2 mile as I entered the fog. I caught myself vocalizing "MWah Ha Ha" as I day dreamed of some cheesy old horror movie with the fog monsters. Then with the last 50 yards to the peak, it was all but in the bag, and guess what? Yep, the sky opened up. As I tagged the peak, I thought, 'huh, it's really raining'.

I figured I should probably get a move on before I got wet :? , so I stopped real quick to leave my smudge in the register, and headed back out into the cloud bank.

On the return trip, conditions seemed to progressively improve just as they had decayed on the way up. I was able to get a decent amount of running in, which cut my time down by quite a bit.

I learned some things today:
1) Polyester, rain and friction make for a really uncomfortable afternoon.
2) Just when you think the rain is as bad as it can get, it gets worse.
3) At some point the rain has to quit and things will get better.

4th, and most importantly, all of my life people have called me stubborn; my mother, my father my brothers and sisters, my aunts, uncles, cousins and all of the children of the aforementioned, my teachers, my guidance counselor, every woman I've ever dated, everyone who's ever known me and pretty much anyone who's ever known any of those people, not to mention some really old guy in the Philippines. Well, today I realized that they were all wrong. I'm not at all stubborn, I'm simply determined.

So, I finished 15 minutes ahead of my prior best, and as I drove away, it REEEally started to rain.
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Sep 06 2016
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2016
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Hiking4.00 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   1.01 mph
2,676 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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As I had 3 weeks ago, I again took a client with. 3 weeks ago was his first real hike, and he was hooked. Since, he has done a number of milder hikes and knocked Pusch off on his own last week. He's UBER Proud and in love with his new hobby. His time today was 20 minutes faster than 3 weeks ago, so a notable improvement. Being only 40, he'll be kickin my butt all over the Catalinas soon.

Not much to report trailwise, but that the weather was perfect, oh and we did run into a gaggle of bees just where you cross canyon, but not a single aggressive one among the hundreds buzzing the bushes either side of the trail.
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Sep 06 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 06 2016
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Run/Jog2.63 Miles 200 AEG
Run/Jog2.63 Miles      32 Mns   31 Secs4.85 mph
200 ft AEG
 
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The clouds came in, so I decided to go try out my new shoes on a shorty. Very nice to have the trail to myself at 14:30. It hovered around the 90 deg mark the whole time. I took it pretty light getting used to the new feel. Thought about another lap, but not in new shoes.
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Sep 04 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 04 2016
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Run/Jog7.22 Miles 450 AEG
Run/Jog7.22 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   30 Secs5.01 mph
450 ft AEG
 
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Really didn't have time to do this one, but with temps in the mid 60s, I couldn't help myself. Went clockwise this time to minimize the sunrise-blindness (and corresponding face plants). I did biff it once at the usual 4ish mile mark, which I'm happy with, cuz I got to test out my new knee support/pads and hand protection. Yes, they worked wonderfully. No blood today, though I came close to cracking my big, empty head. Gonna miss this one during the short winter days, but I plan to get a couple more in. Tune in next week for my report on my new Saucony Exodus ISOs, oh and possibly a review on a full faced football helmet.
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Sep 01 2016
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Baby Jesus Trail from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2016
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Hiking12.03 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.97 mph
2,070 ft AEG9 LBS Pack
 
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Probably should have stayed in bed :/

I arrived at the Catalina State Park entry at 7 sharp. "Huh, no host" I thought to myself. This was not good in that I had only a $20 & $5 bill with me. Either I would go fighting rush hour traffic, or root around in the seat for change, then in a worst case, wait 5 or 10 minutes for the shack to open up. By 20 after, I had found, scraped and deglazed enough change to round out the 7 bucks I needed to enter and on I went. Upon arrival at the trailhead, I saw the host (with hubby and dog) finishing up their morning stroll. I politely pointed out her tardiness and was informed that she is retired and doesn't really adhere to a schedule, to which I replied :?

Well, now that she had my attention, she wanted to know where I planned to go today. I told her that I planned to do the Baby Jesus as an out and back. Her opinion was that I couldn't possibly accomplish such a feat in a single day in this heat, and that she would be calling SARA for sure. She went on to tell me that she once hiked from Mt Lemmon back down to the park and it nearly killed her. Now fully engaged in this, I came back with my intent to make my annual out and back of the same. She assured me of the impossibility of said trek, and I assured her that I had done so before. Her response was, and this is no shit, 'well you must be really tall then'(and yes, she was dead serious), to which I responded :lol: and I just had to walk away.

So anyway, I went on to do my hike, but after my 3rd 'invisible' rattler encounter (the grass is unreal out there), I called off the mission about 1-1/2 mile short of the end. The bulk of the Baby Jesus is grassed over right now, so it was quite a nail biter heading back. I did see one rattler and got a pic to post. Real pretty snake. Not sure what kind. Good to be out :)
Flora
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Aug 31 2016
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail #8Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
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Hiking9.80 Miles 2,394 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
2,394 ft AEG      10 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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I reluctantly took another newbie out today, and was actually impressed with her ability to keep up. It seems that when I do these charity type hikes, I average around 1 mph if I'm lucky. This one came in at 2.5 mph (Alone, I would probably come in around 2.8 or 2.9). Unfortunately, I was so focused on the pace that Letica wore down more quickly. The ultimate goal would have been Romero Pass, but we turned it around at Old Trail Camp. It was a great time anyway.

Thanks Letica!!! Hope you get your account set up ok. Let me know when you do...

Just a note; Beyond the lower pools area, Romero is in pretty rough shape, mostly due to lack of use and overgrowth. I know the trail well, yet had to look for it several times today. A first timer would have great difficulty finding the way up the second half of the canyon right now. Use a GPS if you can.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Montrose Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Romero Pools Medium flow Medium flow
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Aug 30 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 30 2016
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Run/Jog4.80 Miles 320 AEG
Run/Jog4.80 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   50 Secs4.58 mph
320 ft AEG
 
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Got a late start home this morning, so I thought a 7+ mile trail run might serve as a substitute for a hike. Pulling into the Sweetwater TH just before 7, I had great ambition, but every joint (and several muscles) below my shoulders seemed to have some issue, whether minimal or notable (perhaps aggravated by the drive in from Willcox). To a lesser degree, this would be pretty standard, but was a bit of a struggle today.

Biffed it at the 2.8 mile mark and almost gave up and finished this one as a hike, but was saved by a passing cutie at the 3.8 mile mark (she said 'Hi" to me :GB: ). She gave me the needed motivation to get back in the race :wlift: , but I failed to catch up and lost her :(

With injuries both old and new barking at me, I decided on the shorter finish and headed up from Redtail to The Spine to finish out. The weather was great; from 83 to 89 in the hour I was out. Can't wait to get out tomorrow.
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Aug 21 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 21 2016
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Run/Jog7.22 Miles 450 AEG
Run/Jog7.22 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   12 Secs5.27 mph
450 ft AEG
 
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:y:

!!! THE BUG HAS BIT !!!

It was as good as it gets this morning. The average temp was right at 70. Didn't check the humidity because it felt like there was none. The Creosote was wafting after last nights storm, and cottontails were everywhere. Had a great run through mile 7, when the mountain bike hoard came screaming out of the gates. I timed it pretty well knowing that they take over at 7 sharp on the weekends. Almost got attacked by an unleashed boxer as I jogged into the parking lot. Then was scolded by its owner because I was running and that agitates her dog. Oh, and on a related note, there were no fewer that 6 dog poop bags left along the trail (I don't get it).

Fall has come to Tucson. :)

Note to Frick; I used your track. You beat me by 5 minutes and some change, but when it comes to blood letting, I bet I got you hands down today (pun not intended, but applicable) :?
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Aug 18 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2016
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Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.94 mph
4,050 ft AEG      3 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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I met up with JJ, and we hit the trail at 08:40. The car thermometer said 71, which I would say was about right. We cruised up the Super Trail at a brisk pace, at least for the first 6 miles when I started fading a bit. From the trail behind, I saw JJ make the turn at Baldy Saddle and head up. I arrived at the saddle 4 minutes later and put my feet up. After my 3 minute break, I started the upward trudge. Just as I was rounding the final switchback to the summit, JJ was starting down. I might add that he looked well rested at this point. At mile 6, I was averaging 3.1 mph. By the time I tagged Wrightson, I was down to 2.8. That was quite a hit for a 2 mile stretch. Anywho, The cool of the elevation and this one Glorious cloud, which ran interference for us the entire second half, made for a good recovery on time. 4:12 or better would have been my target for today, but 4:24 it was. Not to bad.

It was unbelievably beautiful in the Ritas today, yet we saw only 7 people in 3 groups on the trail. Even when we had finished at 13:00, The weather was pleasant enough to have started this hike, but tacos at BK's sounded better, so that's where we went.

Good times JJ. Thanks for lunch :)

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry
A bit of water in the trough (an inch or so), but it looks like leftover from recent rain.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bellows Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Sprung Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Spring running ok. Stream running well
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Aug 17 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2016
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.08 mph
2,133 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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After yesterday's debacle, I needed some reassurance. This is a nice, close by, shorty for me. With a 06:30 start, I was home before it hit 90 deg. I made decent time and didn't break anything.
:y:

Didn't see the the usual wildlife, or humans that would normally startle me at every turn. Kinda strange given how nice it was out (72 deg to start, 88 deg at finish). All I saw was a single Blacktail. In fact, the register had no signatures from yesterday and only one from the day before. :?
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Aug 16 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2016
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Hiking4.00 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   0.99 mph
2,676 ft AEG      17 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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I've had this client bugging me for some time to take him on a hike, so today I did. I figured if he survived this one, he would never again ask. I think it all may have backfired though, as he seemed to have caught the bug. Now he wants me to brief him on gear and trails... :?
It was nice to punch out a little AEG, but it took 4-1/2 hours to do, so I never even ended up in my high aerobic zone. I'm not sure that I got a workout, but I did sweat like a pig. Good to see Ol' Man Pusch again. :)
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Aug 14 2016
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Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 14 2016
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Run/Jog7.24 Miles 510 AEG
Run/Jog7.24 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   21 Secs4.81 mph
510 ft AEG
 
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Another decent run today. Temp averaged around 77. The aroma was incredible again today. It was like an hour and a half at the florist shop. Coyotes were very active before sunrise, so the rabbits were under foot. I think I could have done much better had the sunrise not been centered on The Spine, bringing me to a walking pace for a notable stretch. It was a great day to run the hills.
... and then I went home. :)
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Aug 13 2016
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Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 13 2016
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Run/Jog4.80 Miles 320 AEG
Run/Jog4.80 Miles      58 Mns   4 Secs4.96 mph
320 ft AEG
 
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First trail run since may. Had planned to take it easy, but that dissolved at the 3 mile mark. I pushed it out against my better judgement, and came in 2:25 under my prior best. A couple more days of trail run, then out for some good ol' AEG. :y:
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Aug 04 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2016
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Hiking5.66 Miles 2,123 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.76 mph
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Thought I would try for another 2,100', but this time on a tougher trail. I did pretty well considering the slippery conditions. Could have made it to Linda Vista if I had another 1/2 hour to spare, but I didn't today. Oh well, shouldn't push it anyway.

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
Upper canyon is roaring, but the lower 2 miles had nothing. It's rained for about 5 days straight now.

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
Damp, but nothing above the surface.
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Aug 03 2016
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Wasson Peak via Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2016
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Hiking9.16 Miles 2,138 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   2.75 mph
2,138 ft AEG      12 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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For the last 2 months, I've been sidelined with first a knee injury, then later a minor ankle twist, not to mention the fire storm of personal stuff going on. I opted for full recovery, plus a couple of weeks before trying to push out a mentionable hike. In that time, my best was 2-1/2 hrs, round trip to the Finger Rock Cave. Other than a few of those, I was getting in 15 miles on flat land as a daily minimum. Today was the day to try for some AEG. This is a moderate one, but a good challenge for me right now. I did much better than I had anticipated, coming in about 20 minutes short of my best time here. Now at home, 2 hours later, I feel like I could go again. I think I may be all healed up :y:
Now I need to get my speed back ](*,)
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Jun 22 2016
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Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2016
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Hiking4.00 Miles 657 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.82 mph
657 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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May was a block buster month for me this year. It started out with me being pretty out of shape and ended with me in my best shape in years. My last hike of the month was Old Baldy / Super Loop against Virtual JJ, coming in only 8 minutes behind him. I was at peak and had plans to further raise the bar, but 2 days later, I twisted my knee out pretty bad, bringing my progress to a screaming halt.

This morning I realized that I need to get back on the treadmill again and get the knee back in shape before Monsoon. I picked this as it's a very mild trail, but even it was a bit rough on the knee. I found a pretty good balance between quick and careful, and was able to punch out 4 miles (twice what I had planned) without any known issue. We'll see how it feels in the morning.

Be it only a little nature walk, it was really good to get out.
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May 27 2016
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 27 2016
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Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   3.10 mph
4,050 ft AEG      4 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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Today I would again race Virtual JJ, but this time it was intentional. I downloaded his last track, which came in at 4:04. Considering That my previous go at this one came in just short of 5 hours, I really hadn't planed to get close to JJs time. I had the low bar set at 4:30 and the high bar at 4:15. Anything in that window would be fine with me

I hit the go button at 0722 and the race was on. I kept a pretty good speed up, averaging a flat 3 mph through the 6th mile, then came the dead fall and the climb toward Baldy Saddle. By the time I made the saddle I was down to 2.9 mph, and by the peak, 2.8. I took 4 minutes at the saddle before the climb to the peak, or I would probably fallen further behind. I tagged Wrightson in 2:48 and Immediately began my trail run down.

I ran into Roy Carter and his gang as the were climbing Old Baldy. I hope your hike went well and your GPS was still in place. With his group, I had seen 16 hikers. By the end of the trail I would see a total of 41 hikers. This is a busy place.

Anywho, back to it. I was able to run most of Old Baldy and managed to get my average back up. I might have even trimmed another minute or two off my time had I not snagged that tree root with my right foot :? I hit the ground like a bag of bricks. That put a big dent in my confidence and I slowed it up a touch after that. I hit the stop button at 1134. Total down time 1:24.

I didn't beat Virtual JJ, I came in 8 minutes behind him, but I did manage to beat my own expectations by a couple of minutes. It's been a good week :)

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Dripping Dripping
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May 26 2016
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 26 2016
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Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.19 mph
4,400 ft AEG      6 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Beat my best time up by 16 minutes arriving in 2:38.
Though I was 4 minutes over my best down, as a whole, this trip smashed my previous best by 12 minutes.

Beauty morning to be out on the trail. 58 deg when I started, 56 at the top and 84 when I finished. :y:
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May 24 2016
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Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
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Run/Jog avatar May 24 2016
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Run/Jog4.60 Miles 311 AEG
Run/Jog4.60 Miles      52 Mns   44 Secs5.23 mph
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Changed the loop a little just to check out the southern end.

I'm using a sprint type method where I push my heart rate until it stalls, somewhere between 155 & 160, hold that rate for about 30 seconds to a minute, then walk until it drops down to 135. Repeat until final the mile, and then push it out. Some studies show that most of the benefit is in the accelerating of the heart rate as opposed to sustaining an elevated heart rate for an extended period.

Started just after 0900, clear skies and a healthy breeze.
Avg Temp ~ 80
Avg HR - 150
Max HR - 162
LT HR - 156
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Matt
average hiking speed 2.27 mph
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