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A Long Time Coming, Update Part #1

June 3, 2011 2 comments

Well, it certainly has been a long time since I have done one of these “update” things.

It has been a busy spring so far, so I’m going to do a little rundown (in a few posts) of what has happened in the past three months or so.

Races and Exercise
In the beginning of April, I ran the Martian Marathon 5k in Dearborn, MI. Sad that I still had to wear my long underwear because of the cold but GREAT because I met my goal of under thirty minutes! It was 29:51 overall. Also, the shirt was awesome.

The rest of April and May were filled with not much running and a lot more mountain biking and road biking, that is, when we weren’t getting constantly rained on.


my valiant steed

The weekend of May 21st brought our first ride in the Zoo-de-Mack, a 51 mile bicycle ride from Boyne Highlands Resort near Petoskey, MI to Mackinaw City, MI. It took us 3 hours and 15 minutes of ride time, with an hour in the middle for lunch.


spandex ftw


still lots of energy

Crazy enough, the next day I ran the Back to the Beaches 5k at Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Twp, MI. I was also under 30 minutes this time, at 29:53 overall. I was really surprised that I was able to run that quickly after such a long ride the night before… and once I saw that I was only two seconds slower than my record, I wished I could’ve just pushed a little bit more to beat it. Oh well. Next 5k isn’t until the Warrior Dash in July and I have no time goals for that one.

A week from tomorrow is the Tour de Cure Century Ride and you should donate to me, it’d be lovely of you 🙂

After that, I’m trying to figure out which running races I want to sign up for next. I’m thinking about the Romeo to Richmond 5k and the CRIM 8k. I need to start amping up a little bit after the Century in preparation for the half marathon.

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Exploring Ann Arbor’s B2B Trail

I’ve rode my bike on the B2B trail–a paved trail that weaves its way through Ann Arbor and into Ypsi, mostly following the Huron River. I went out for my first ride of the season on it this past Sunday. Luckily it was still a bit early in the morning and it wasn’t packed yet, lots of people at church still probably.

I started at my apartment at Green and Nixon and took Nixon down to Plymouth, to Huron Pkwy and cut into the trail at Gallup park and followed the trail west to Bandemere Park (under US-14 near Barton Road). I had to battle with some slow moving (and angry) geese after the Maiden Lane bridge and also had to make myself not stop every ten feet to try and eat what looked like wild raspberries.

The best part: trail maintenance! There is part of the trail, right before you get to the Argo Dam is you’re heading west, that is hard-packed dirt through a little wooded area (looks a bit like single track). A lot of the overhanging trees have been cut back and trail is (seems?) a lot wider now. I didn’t have to get off my bike when encountered with a couple and their giant poodle coming in the other direction.

Also, Argo Dam is one of my favorite parts of the trail, and because of the “walk your bike” signs I actually get to cross and take a good look at my surroundings. There were a good number of kayakers out today and some people fishing on the other side of the dam.

Right now it ends at Bandemere Park and then at the Wayne County border near Belleville. It would be really awesome if they could extend through Belleville (along Belleville Lake, perhaps?) and then follow the chain of three MetroParks that are there.

Arbor Wiki: http://arborwiki.org/city/Border_to_Border_Trail

20.5 miles

Yesterday since the weather was nice out (read: not hot) I decided to grab my road bike off the stand and go for a ride. I haven’t used it very much at all this year so far (this was only the second time that I have ridden it not on the trainer this year.

I took Nixon north to Pontiac Trail and then that up to 8 mile. Stretched in the parking lot of the Kroger there for a few minutes and headed back home. Took about 1.5 hours. Average speed was 14.5 mph (not too fast…). My heart rate monitor said that is was ~855 calories burned. Pretty good.