Saturday, August 1, 2015
it's strange posting an august race schedule when i'm heading back to kuala lumpur and will basically miss the first two weekends of the month as i fly there and back! plus, the only race i've actually registered for is the nyrr france run 8k on the last weekend of the month. that essentially leaves two weekends to plan for.
each of those weekends is an opportunity for a summer series race, first in westport and then in norwalk. i'm inclined to do the 6.85 miler and 11 miler, respectively, since i haven't done one in either town all summer! the norwalk 11 miler should be interesting because i want to run the "all out for autism" 5k in new canaan the night before (a running way to celebrate my birthday) :D
and, in keeping with the notion of summer favorites that i haven't done yet, once my summer session class ends on august 13, will try and run a waveny xc and van cortlandt park series race over the following tuesday and thursday nights.
don't know if i'll get them all in, but here's how shapes up so far:
8/15 - westport summer series, 6.85 miles
8/18 - waveny xc summer series
8/20 - van cortlant park xc summer series
8/21 - "all out for autism" 5k
8/22 - norwalk summer series 11 miler
8/29 - nyrr france run 8k
as always, if you're at any of them - say hello!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Two months ago, almost to the day, I posted my first pirate radio eQSL - from, none other, the Shortwave Ghost! That eQSL was from their third show in (what I would come to learn) is a series of broadcasts. This eQSL is from the 12th show.
For those interested, the "Ghost" posted a link to the entire show (#12) on hf underground forum!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
not only did Hitmix Radio send this eQSL today, but included were some great pictures of the station setup (antenna and consoles) as well! i heard Hitmix Radio, broadcasting from Germany on 6380 khz, via the SDR at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
as i write this on tuesday, delayed onset muscle soreness has arrived in a big way - and my aching quads are making me relive all the downhills at escarpment - probably a direct consequence of going in undertrained. while i got thru the race just fine, the low mileage base caught up with me post-race, in the much tougher than normal recovery. but if walking down the stairs like a ninety year old is the price, i'm happy to pay it :D
this year, in stark contrast to the 2014 edition, when it rained all morning long, this year was dry. that's not say there wasn't a little rain on the drive up, but compared to standing in the pouring rain waiting for the wave to start, this was a sunny affair! i was in the very last wave (18) set for a 10:25 start. that was actually a wave later than 2014 (17)! however, like last year, mainly because of no-shows we essentially went off 3 waves sooner at 10:10 (instead of 10:25).
as for the race itself, after my pre-race jitters dissipated (within the first 15 minutes or so), i had a blast out there! once we set off on the ascent to windham peak (roughly 1700+ feet in 3.5 miles) i pretty much focused on the trail to the exclusion of everything else. i reached windham in 57 minutes - same as last year's split. but last year, because of all the pre-race rain, it was a real slog up the water-logged trail. given the dry conditions, matching last year's split wasn't that meaningful.
likewise, the descent off of windham peak last year was pretty rough. by the time i got to the base of blackhead last year (2:23) i was pretty muddied and somewhat battered! this year the descent wasn't bad - because the trail was dry! - and i reached the base of blackhead in 2:19 (4 minutes ahead of 2014). but again, given the very different trail conditions, that 4 minutes edge was more a reflection of my conservatism on the trail, than any serious effort to push the pace.
my climb up to blackhead mirrored 2014, and took the same 30 minutes. the big difference, however, was it was the first time i ever encountered an aid station that had run out of water - any fluids, in fact, except a thermos of coffee! that really shook me up because i had a small amount of heed-like replacement drink in my water bottle! this was a by-product of starting in the last wave - aid stations running out of stuff! luckily, i was able to get more water at dutcher's notch.
but then, we still had to get to dutcher's notch first! this downhill stretch trail is my least favorite part of the course - basically a rockly1500 feet descent in 2 miles! it's tricky because there are some gnarly descents right up front - then things level off for a nice stretch (letting you forget there is still more descent to come) - and even more gnarly descent at the tail end! i lost two minutes getting down off blackhead (49 versus 47) this time around.
at this point, facing the climb up to stoppel point, i still felt pretty good (although i was starting to feel the effects of dehydration). i had kept pace with last year. it took 48 minutes to reach stopple point (47 in 2014). but here is where i started to lose focus. with only one more aid station, at north point, before the finish - the next 4.4 miles turned into a mixed bag. i lost a full 5 minutes getting to north point (30 versus 25 minutes). a lot of that time was spent walking a stretch of the rocky trail. my form had given out and found myself repeatedly tripped up because i couldn't lift my legs fast enough to avoid the rocks - argh!
then again, there is nothing like the threat of an approaching thunderstorm to suddenly reenergize seemingly dead legs! on the rock ledge that is the north point aid station, the sky got dark and the wind picked up (with a nice backdrop of the occasional thunderclap). the last leg - to the finish at the lake - is a lot of boulder hopping. it's a tough 1.7 miles to finish with. somehow i managed to pick up 4 minutes (47 versus 51) and finished just as the heavens opened up!
even more remarkable, with less than half a mile to go, i missed a turn and found myself on a huge boulder - not where is was supposed to be. i retraced my footsteps and found the trail leading around the boulder, and continued on my way! so, instead of equaling or bettering last year's time, i was a minute off (5:46:58) last year's result!
still i was all good! and it was good enough to requalify for the 2016 edition!!
here are my race photos and link to the official results.
Monday, July 27, 2015
escarpment trail run #6 is in the books! of them all so far, it's easily the most gratifying because it didn't seem as if i'd get to run it in the wake of last month's cataract surgery! but i healed up enough to get it done - and, surprisingly, only a minute slower than last year's finish!
here is my 2015 race report.
here are the official results from the Albany running exchange.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
this eQSL from relmus radio, broadcasting on 1655 kHz from the Netherlands is my first medium wave pirate station. it arrived this morning, on the drive up to the escarpment trail run! not sure if the grim reaper was an omen of things to come (but luckily, did not come to pass - haha)!
i heard the relmus radio broadcast on the SDR in Twente. my very first pirate logged, and pirate QSL for that matter, was way way back in 1977 - from WCPR, also a medium wave (AM) pirate! i've heard a few more European medium wave pirate stations, hopefully they will reply in the near future.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
In addition to the "Mustang Radio" eQSL, I also received this great eQSL card from Sluwe Vos Radio this afternoon! I believe "Sluwe Vos" roughly translate to "sly fox" - hence the little fox peeking out of the corner. The rest of the card is a photo of the Soviet-era Duga-3 radar antenna array! That structure has a very interesting history (in terms of the broadcast effects go), as the Wikipedia entry points out. Thanks Jelmer!