Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hallockville Orchard Snowshoe Race


Race #12 of the calendar year, snowshoe race # 11 of the 2009-2010 winter season, and 2nd race of the weekend brought me 120 mile out west once again to West Hawley, MA.  Hallockville Orchard (results) would be my 7th WMAC race this year (out of the 12 they have had so far in the series).  The usual points series has been decided by a 'Best 6' format and I

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Horse Hill 7k Snowshoe


Saturday was race # 6 (officially) in the Granite State Snowshoe Series for 2010.  Originally slated for last week, but postponed because of a lack of snow, the Horse Hill 7k Snowshoe Race (results) in Merrimack, NH went

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Frosty's Dash


Sunday was day 2 of the weekend double and brought me a short 10 minutes down the road to Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, NH for the 6th race in the (believe it or not) Granite State Snowshoe Series.  Frosty's Dash (results), as you can see from the photos of the course, was re-tooled to be a road race this year, and believe it or not, it wasn't half bad.

The

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bradford Valentine 5 Miler

Saturday I threw it back down in Bradford, MA (Haverhill) at the 19th Annual Bradford Valentine 5 Miler (results) and settled for a ho-hum performance yet again.  I'm just in a general funk with all the snowshoe races being cancelled/postponed/turned into trail/road races due to lack of snow in the area.  I'm lacking some motivation and I haven't done any 'speed' work to speak of (which is typical for the snowshoe season).  I really don't have any turnover at all in my legs right now.  The wheels are a little rusty, and it felt like it today.  I felt strong cardio-wise (as the snowshoe racing I have done, makes me a bit stronger), but as far as the turnover to react to any moves, or maintain a decent clip, just isn't there.  A week off due to getting my wisdom teeth out didn't help either.  I may be well rested right now, but I'm just not sharp. I guess now is as good a time as any to be strong but not necessarily fast.  This happened last year, and by late May, I as alright.

There's not too much to say about this one today... It was a day-of decision to go 6 miles over to the race, and try to at least run as fast as I did 2 years ago (26:22).  That of course, didn't happen.  I was 24 seconds slower today that I was 2 years ago, which I don't think means much considering back in 2008, I was racing a lot of indoor track in the winter and I had some good turnover during the months of Jan-March.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sidehiller


Sorry for the delay in this post due to some intense wisdom tooth pain and all 4 being extracted on Tuesday, I have been unable to post on this race until now...This past Saturday was race # 7 in the WMAC/Dion Series AND race # 4 in the GSSS series.  Sidehiller (results) is the only race that is part of both major New England snowshoe series' and it is also the