Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bridle Trails 50K and the move back to the Westside


January Lead Up
Rainier from Union Bay Loop
Apryle and I rang in the new year unpacking our moving truck at our new home in Newcastle, WA. Newcastle is a small town situated between Bellevue to the north and Renton to the south and is bookended by Lake Washington to the west and Cougar Mountain Regional Park to the east. Shortly after hauling all of our belongings up the stairs a snow storm blanketed the ground. This made us feel right at home after leaving Tonasket’s stark winter landscape.

American Wigeon 
The first two weeks of the 2017 have been quite productive on the trail running side of life. With Cougar Mountain less than a kilometer from my back door; I have been taking full advantage of our new location. Most of my training has consisted of out and backs to Wilderness Peak. This offers between 1600-2000 vertical feet over about 10 miles. However, because of the snow storm and cool temperatures, I had to continue utilizing the yactracks on the ice; inevitably slowing my pace.

Sycamore from the Window
In order to combat the slow paces on the icy/undulating trails, I have continued running at the University District. This offers a fast mix of cinder trails around Union Bay and the Arboretum, as well as sidewalks and a series of floating boardwalks between Marsh and Foster Islands.






Barrows Goldeneye
In addition to the increased mileage, I have also been raising the bar in my birding exploits. With the frequent runs around Union Bay I have added 13 new birds to my life list. I hope to continue the ambitious pace throughout the year.







The Race
Ring-tailed Duck
Last year I signed up for the Bridle Trails 50K rather last minute, mainly because I had run at the state park a few days earlier and knew it was close to our residence in Shoreline. This year was similar, I was reluctant to sign up for the race because I did not think my fitness level was quite on par with last years 3:25 effort. But on the final day before registration closed Apryle convinced me to give it a shot, and if nothing else get in a quick long run.

Horned Grebe
So I tapered down slightly, taking Thursday off and going short on Friday to save the legs for the long effort. I calculated my splits and decided that I would once again aim for the stout course record of 3:19:40. Because the race consists of 6 laps of 5.2 miles, it was quite easy to strategize. Additionally, because there are 5 and 10 mile races at the start, I knew I would have some built in pacers for the first two laps.

Barrows Goldeneye
My goal was to run the first two laps as quickly as possible (within reason for 50 kilometers), trying to use adrenaline and my competitive nature to bank away some time early. Then run three and four quickly enough to beat the setting sun. Then try my best to hold an even tempo in the dark for the final two laps.





Common Goldeneye
Apryle set up in the same position she had the previous year to crew (last hill before start/finish), which was invaluable to my strategy. This allowed me to grab a swig of water and a gel pack without stopping. I knew based on my experience last year that I would not need the headlamp until lap 5 and that it was cool enough that I did not need to carry water. Both of these predictions held true and the race went off without a hitch.


Yessler Swamp
I was very happy with my first three or four laps, but once again, along with the setting sun, went my motivation. At the start of the race I am full of adrenaline, trying my best to keep up with the 5/10 mile racers, then in the next two laps I am just excited to be in one of the most beautiful urban forests in the Puget Sound area, doing what I love – trail running. But once the sun sets, I am ready to get in the car, head home and relax in the hot tub – not stumble around a cold, dark, lonely corridor in the woods.

Coal Creek
Coming through the start/finish into my final lap, I knew it would be faster than my time from the previous year, but probably not a course record. I told Apryle I would see her when the clock turned over 3:23 and disappeared into back into the abyss. I tried my best to push it but just could not find it in me to pick up the pace. I grunted up the final uphill and sprinted the last downhill and crossed the line in a time of 3:22:30; good enough for a win but not a course record.

Evans Creek Park in Sammanish
Overall I was quite happy, the time was faster than last year and it also felt a little easier. The race was a great confidence boost going into an ambitious 2017 consisting of Chuckanut 50K in March, Lake Sonoma 50 miler in April, and the Rut 50K in September. Additionally, I may also add in a few others such as Smith Rock Ascent 50K and White River 50 miler as well as the Wonderland Trail and a Mount Rainier ascent.

Race Splits:
Lap 1 31:04
Lap 2 31:48
Lap 3 32:49
Lap 4 34:52
Lap 5 35:45
Lap 6 36:10

Lead Up Running Log:

Day
Date
Miles
Time
Vertical Gain
Sunday
01/01/17
10.11
1:10:25
459
Monday
01/02/17
14.3
2:27:25
2795
Tuesday
01/03/17
13.16
2:00:19
2625
Wednesday
01/04/17
10.1
1:13:10
413
Thursday
01/05/17
10.11
1:07:58
568
Thursday
01/05/17
4.05
38:53:00
131
Friday
01/06/17
10.61
1:31:30
1755
Saturday
01/07/17
10.53
1:27:33
1677

Week 1
7 Days
82.97
49:51:20
10423
Sunday
01/08/17
4.57
0:49:32
410
Sunday
01/08/17
10.2
1:45:22
1683
Monday
01/09/17
10.11
1:30:02
1749
Monday
01/09/17
6.01
1:03:08
436
Tuesday
01/10/17
10.01
1:11:57
515
Wednesday
01/11/17
5.8
0:59:39
295
Wednesday
01/11/17
4.31
0:28:01
125
Thursday
01/12/17
1.25
0:27:25
404
Friday
01/13/17
6.01
0:41:17
200
Friday
01/13/17
0.38
0:07:23
7
Saturday
01/14/17
31.25
3:22:30
2323

Week 2
6 Days
89.9
112:08:56
8147


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016 Review

Illaca Lake, Peru
This post highlights the statistics of 2016; not necessarily the most riveting read, but if you are into numbers you might find it interesting. I have included my main areas of record keeping – running mileage, time, and vertical gain. Furthermore these stats are compared to my previous 11 years of record keeping. Additionally, I added race statistics, peak bagging numbers, and my (little) Big Year birding total. Enjoy…

Miles = A total of 3662.72 miles running
This year ranks number 5 out of 12 for most miles in a year; the highest year remains 2013 with 4,409.37 miles.

The longest individual run of the year was the Idaho Mountain Ultra Trail Festival 100 miler which was actually more like 103 miles.

Time = 772 hours 07 minutes and 04 seconds spent running.
I believe that my time spent running/hiking equates to 9% of the year.

Vertical Feet = 448,044 feet.
Considering this is the first year I have kept track of this metric, I will assume it is the highest of my lifetime.

My cross training was lacking with about 104.9 miles of biking, 1000 meters of swimming and 5 miles of kayaking.

Monthly Stats

Month          Miles     Time           Vertical Gain        Rank All Time
January        400.16    57:35:45       46,664ft                  1
February       305.81    42:31:02       29,669ft                  4
March          300.72    41:49:58       29,192ft                  6
April          253.45    42:39:28       34,162ft                  6
May            315.78    45:10:59       31,713ft                  2
June           305.93    54:04:46       35,704ft                  5
July           359.71    63:50:45       57,703ft                  5
August         332.75    64:40:49       55,476ft                  6
September      283.43    60:29:23       47,925ft                  8
October        267.21    42:12:21       30,547ft                  7
November       277.11    48:54:05       25,357ft                  4
December       260.66    36:54:33       24,022ft                  7

Race Stats

Race
Bridle Trails
Distance
50,000m
Time
3:25:00
Place
1
Fort Ebey
26.25 miles
3:28:31
1
Gorge Waterfalls
100,000m
10:14:11
7
Cougar Mountain
26.25 miles
3:52:36
1
IMTUF
100 miles
27:15:01
20
Bill's Badass
50,000m
4:28:14
1

A total of 6 races for 278 miles. Two trail marathons, two trail 50Ks, one 100K, and 100 mile race. Four wins in the shorter trail races and two blow ups in the longer distance races.

Peak Bagging
Mountains/Passes
Location
Elevation
Total Summits
Rondoy Punta
Pocpa, Ancash, Peru
15,584ft
1
Sambuya Punta
Pocpa, Ancash, Peru
15,551ft
1
Pampa Llamac
Llamac, Ancash, Peru
14,108ft
1
Macrash Punta
Pocpa, Ancash, Peru
14,016ft
1
Bear Pete Ridge
McCall, ID
08,280ft
1
Diamond Ridge
McCall, ID
08,000ft
1
Wallaby Peak
Mazama, WA
07,995ft
1
Mount Frosty
Manning, BC, Canada
07,949ft
1
Crestline Pass
McCall, ID
07,890ft
1
Snowslide Summit
McCall, ID
07,875ft
1
North Crestline
McCall, ID
07,440ft
1
Slate Peak
Mazama, WA
07,440ft
1
Fall Creek Summit
McCall, ID
07,350ft
1
Mount Bonaparte
Tonasket, WA
07,257ft
2
Duck Lake Pass
McCall, ID
07,100ft
1
Rock Mountain
Leavenworth, WA
06,852ft
1
Lick Creek Summit
McCall, ID
06,850ft
1
Mount Kobau
Oliver, BC, Canada
06,117ft
1
Thorpe Mountain
Salmon La Sac, WA
05,854ft
1
Fir Mountain
Wauconda, WA
05,674ft
1
Mount Bannon
Tonasket, WA
05,017ft
1
Strawberry Mountain
Oroville, WA
04,743ft
1
Mount Si
North Bend, WA
04,167ft
1
Whitemore Mountain
Nespelem, WA
03,920ft
1
Rattlesnake Mountain
North Bend, WA
03,527ft
1
Ka'au Crater
Honolulu, HI
02,375ft
1
Steamboat Rock
Electric City, WA
02,250ft
2
Cactus Mountain
Oroville, WA
02,000ft
20
Ninemile Mounain
Oroville, WA
01,884ft
1
Wilderness Peak
Issaquah, WA
01,600ft
1
Mount Erie
Anacortes, WA
01,273ft
1
Koko Head Crater
Honolulu, HI
01,208ft
1
Little Round Top
Anacortes, WA
00,926ft
1
Sugar Loaf
Anacortes, WA
00,890ft
1
Diamond Head Crater
Honolulu, HI
00,571ft
1
Goose Rock
Deception Pass, WA
00,484ft
1

Descending Snowy Peak, British Columbia
There are a total of 36 peaks, passes, summits, and prominences that I remembered. The list represents three states and two provinces spanning three countries. The vantage points range from buttes to craters to summits to mountain passes. This list of peaks adds to my lifetime list of 92 and includes some one time hikes and also some daily hill repeats.



Birds = 130 new species bringing the life list to 204.
Bufflehead
Union Bay Seattle, WA
January
2016
Wood Duck
Union Bay Seattle, WA
January
2016
Double Crested Cormorant
Union Bay Seattle, WA
January
2016
Mew Gull
Richmond Beach WA
April
2016
California Quail
Nespelem Bunkhouse WA
May 13th
2016
Rock Pigeon
Richmond Beach WA
April
2016
Downy Woodpecker
Whitmore Lookout Nespelem
May
2016
Black Capped Chickadee
Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA
April
2016
Brewer's Blackbird
Neseplem Bunkhouse
May
2016
Dark-Eyed Junco
Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA
April
2016
American Coot
Sun Lakes Dry Falls SP
May 14th
2016
Western Kingbird
Neseplem Bunkhouse
May 13th
2016
Eastern Kingbird
Neseplem Bunkhouse
May 13th
2016
Bullock's Oriole
Neseplem Bunkhouse
May 13th
2016
White-Crowned Sparrow
Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA
April
2016
Song Sparrow
Edmonds Marsh WA
April
2016
European Starling
Edmonds Marsh WA
April
2016
Anna's Hummingbird
Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA
April
2016
Spotted Sandpiper
Edmonds Marsh WA
April
2016
Caspian Tern
Sun Lakes Dry Falls SP
May 14th
2016
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Edmonds Marsh WA
April
2016
Hooded Merganser
Union Bay Seattle, WA
May 20th
2016
Pie-Billed Grebe
Union Bay Seattle, WA
May 20th
2016
Cinnamon Teal
Union Bay Seattle, WA
May 20th
2016
Gadwall
Union Bay Seattle, WA
May 20th
2016
Savannah Sparrow
Union Bay Seattle, WA
May 20th
2016
California Gull
Cape Falcon Oregon
May 26th
2016
Bewick's Wren
Cape Falcon Oregon
May 26th
2016
Brandt's Cormorant
Cape Falcon Oregon
May 26th
2016
Pigeon Guillemot
Cape Falcon Oregon
May 26th
2016
Yellow Warbler
Cape Arago Oregon
May 26th
2016
House Wren
826 House Yard
May 29th
2016
Pacific Loon
Cape Arago Oregon
May 27th
2016
Tree Swallow
Tiffin, Ohio
May 29th
2016
Violet-Green Swallow
Cape Falcon Oregon
May 26th
2016
Eastern Bluebird
826 House Yard
May 29th
2016
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Garlo Nature Preserve
May 31st
2016
Baltimore Oriole
826 House Yard
May 29th
2016
Purple Martin
Hedges Boyer Park Tiffin, Ohio
June 1st
2016
Mountain Caracara
Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru
June
2016
Ruddy Duck
Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru
June
2016
Andean Goose
Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru
June
2016
Andean Ibis
Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru
June
2016
Puna Ibis
Nazca Peru
June
2016
Lessor Goldfinch
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Cuzco Brush Finch
Machu Picchu Peru
June
2016
Ochre-naped Finch
Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru
June
2016
Fawn-Breasted Tanager
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Rufous-Collared Sparrow
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Tawny-Crowned Greenlet
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Vermillion Flycatcher
Nazca Peru
June
2016
Stripe-Faced Wood Quail
Machu Picchu Peru
June
2016
Great Grebe
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Neotropic Cormorant
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Snowy Egret
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Andean Condor
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Common Moorhen
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Giant Hummingbird
The Hoff Peru
June
2016
Long-Tailed Hermit
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
White-Bellied Hummingbird
Machu Picchu Peru
June
2016
Torrent Duck
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Striated Heron
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Inca Tern
Miraflores Lima Peru
June
2016
Long-Tailed Mockingbird
Nazca Peru
June
2016
Hooded Siskin
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Grayish Saltator
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Many-Striped Canastero
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Tit-Like Dacnis
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Many-Colored Rush Tyrant
Villa Marshes Lima Peru
June
2016
Bright-Rumped Yellow Finch
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Ash-Breasted Sierra Finch
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
White -Browned Ground Tyrant
Cordillera Blanca Peru
June
2016
Plain-Tailed Warbling Finch
Ollantaytambo Peru
June
2016
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Creek Road Tonasket, WA
July 4th
2016
Cassin's Finch
Tonasket, WA
July 5th
2016
Mountain Chickadee
Tonasket, WA
July 5th
2016
Varied Thrush
Salmo-Priest Wilderness WA
July 9th
2016
Common Loon
Beaver Lake WA
August 5th
2016
Western Tanager
Fish Lake WA
July 16th
2016
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Lost Lake WA
August 5th
2016
American Dipper
Sinlahekin WA
September 5th
2016
Common Merganser
Salmon River WA
September 16th
2016
Yellow-Headed Blackbird
Sidley Lake
July
2016
Lazuli Bunting
Sinlahekin WA
July
2016
Western Bluebird
Sinlahekin WA
July
2016
Spruce Grouse
Pasayten Seven Pass Loop WA
August
2016
Northern Harrier
Sinlahekin WA
July
2016
Say's Phoebe
McClauglin Canyon WA
July
2016
Cooper's Hawk
Tonasket Airport Road WA
September
2016
Hairy Woodpecker
Lost Lake WA
August 5th
2016
Northern Shoveler
Union Bay Seattle, WA
October 8th
2016
Pileated Woodpecker
Whistler Canyon Trail
October 14th
2016
Western Wood-Pewee
Whistler Canyon Trail
July 19th
2016
Chukar
McClauglin Canyon WA
August 7th
2016
Hawaiian Duck
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Pacific Golden-Plover
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Red Junglefowl
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Cattle Egret
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Spotted Dove
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Zebra Dove
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Red-Vented Bulbul
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Common Myna
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Red-Crested Cardinal
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Common Waxbill
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Java Sparrow
Honolulu, HI
November 2nd
2016
Gray Francolin
Hawaii
November 5th
2016
Great Frigatebird
Hanauma Bay, HI
November 4th
2016
Hawiian Coot
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Hawiian Moorhen
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Black-Necked Stilt
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Bristle-Thighed Curlew
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Long-Billed Dowitcher
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Ruddy Turnstone
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Sanderling
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Wandering Tattler
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Northern Pintail
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
Cackling Goose
James Campbell WLR, HI
November 5th
2016
White Tern
Waikiki Beach, HI
November 7th
2016
Western Grebe
Wenatchee, WA
November 12th
2016
Tufted Titmouse
Pokagon SP, IN
November 20th
2016
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Pokagon SP, IN
November 20th
2016
Common Redpoll
Pokagon SP, IN
November 20th
2016
Barn Owl
Ohio Bird Sanctuary, OH
November 27th
2016
Rough-Legged Hawk
Ohio Bird Sanctuary, OH
November 27th
2016
Eastern Screech Owl
Ohio Bird Sanctuary, OH
November 27th
2016
American Black Duck
Toledo, Ohio
November
2016



Jimi Hendrix/Led Zeppelin
Cover Band Concert
The year 2016 was quite a year, and though I chose to summarize the year in stats in this post, they fall short of capturing all the life changing memories. The highlights are included among the 33 posts that I dispensed this year. If you have some time to kill and would like to get some ideas for trips and adventures for 2017, feel free to give them a look. Thanks for reading and I wish you a fun and productive 2017!