Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 10.26.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

I don’t often use photos of other people for my Friday Foto post, but this one was too good to pass up.  This couple was making the delicate shuffle down the hill to an aid station to pick up their drop bags after racing for 31 miles at the Lake Perry Rocks! 50K north of Topeka, KS.  No mylar wrap and shuttle buses here!  I couldn’t resist taking this shot as I stood waiting for my son to finish the race.

From a technical standpoint, what stood out to me were the colors and the lighting.  You can see how the trees cast many shadows on the road behind and in front of the couple.  I waited for them to hit a patch of light between the shadows before clicking the shutter.  I like the result!

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A Couple of Runners
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Birthday Sunset

Thought I would post a few shots from the drive home through Kansas Saturday night.  It was the perfect ending to a great day.  These were all taken through a dirty windshield while traveling at 80mph.  I wished I could have stopped and set up some compositions, but we still had hours of driving ahead of us (got home after 1:00).  The upside was that we made the sunset last much longer than normal.  A good 30 minutes, at least.  It was awesome!

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This one is a 4 shot panorama with the camera held vertically.  Not bad for being done without a tripod.

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This is my current Facebook cover:

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The patches of sky were an amazing shade of blue.

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This is one I really wished I could have stopped and composed better.  Had to just snag it on the fly.  I love the old windmill mixed in with the new turbines.

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2012 Training Log – Week 43

After a terrible week of training last week, things started coming back around.  I still think I’m only at 70-80%, but I was feeling encouraged enough to scrap together a last minute road trip with the family for my birthday weekend.  It turned out to be a great call.


Monday
11 miles

Rallied somewhat after a dismal week and ran this hilly route at a medium tempo averaging 7:45. Still not feeling great, but getting better.


Tuesday
6.2 miles

Easy-moderate effort at the Boneyard. Signed up for a 50K this weekend. Did 4 laps at what felt like a comfortable pace for the opening miles of the race.


Wednesday
7 miles

A little better today. The perceived effort was lower than it has been for a while, nice to just get out and have a normal run.

As a long-time cyclist, I’m used to taking some abuse while out on the roads. I haven’t had to deal with that much as a runner (thankfully), but I heard a new one today.

I was cruising through a nice neighborhood, just running out in the street. The place is super quiet and probably sees a car every 10-15 minutes, if that. A larger, older, and apparently grumpier guy was standing in front of his house watering the lawn with a garden hose.  It looked sort of like this:

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As I passed, he (in his most condescending and gruff tone) said loudly, “Nobody’s ever heard of a sidewalk or a track…”. It took me a second to replay and process what I just heard. At first I thought he was trying to make some sort of joke, then I realized he was bitching at me for running out in the road. ?? Without changing my arm swing or anything else, I let my left middle finger drift ever so slightly higher than the rest. That triggered a “THANKS FOR THE FINGER, ASSHOLE!!” shouted at my back.

Wow. That dude has some issues.

I shook my head and wondered to myself why I couldn’t just let something slide for once. That finger is going to get me in trouble one of these days. I suppose the smart play would be to start looking into elective surgery to get it removed. Then I would have to move on to a zipper implant for my lips.

I wondered if he was ticked off enough to come after me in a car, and considered altering my route since I was headed down a long and straight road now and would be easy to spot. Then I reflected back on the profile he presented standing out in the yard and thought that by the looks of it, taking action on things wasn’t something that happened too often.

Kinda ruined my vibe. Made me angry at him, yet sad for him at the same time.


Thursday
0 miles

Took our time driving to Leadville to pick up Malcolm after his last class of the day.  Did lots of shopping at the Silverthorne outlet stores, and spotted license plates from 34 states along the way.  Flipped a U-turn in Leadville and headed back down the mountain, through Denver, and out across the plains.  Stopped for the night in Burlington, CO – near the KS border.  Long day.

The dog would rather not go shopping:

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LJ in the Leadville sunshine sporting the hat she crocheted herself:

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Friday
0 miles

Finished off the drive to Topeka.  Hung out while the kids went swimming at the hotel.  Took the dog for a walk.  Nice, mellow evening.


Saturday
31 miles

Fantastic birthday run at the Lake Perry Rocks! 50K north of Topeka, KS.

4:47, 6th overall, 1st place over 40.

Ended up wearing a good bit of the trail on my shirt (credit: Kevin Gray):

Will have a good report for this one.  Might take me a while to get it all together with everything else going on right now.

The icing on the cake was seeing Malcolm finish his first ultra.  His longest run of the year was 13 miles one week ago.  I certainly wasn’t running any 50K races when I was 18…

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Long drive home that night.  Kansas, as it turns out, knows how to put on a dandy light show.

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Sunday
3 miles

Drove back up to Leadville to drop Malcolm off.  Took advantage of the late evening light and got out for a little hiking in the snow.  Good thing I packed a headlamp…

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Total: 54 miles / 8:06