Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Training 05-30 to 06-05

Wrap Up: 70.8 miles for the week.  1 very good race (a win at Pack Monadnock) and a nice spin afterwards.   Great to see CMS keep rolling, with a win down at Rhody by 6 seconds over Team RUN.  The lead now grows to 7 pts over Whirlaway, as CMS sits atop the USATF-NE Grand Prix Team Standings with 3 more events to go (including the marathon, which we have won the last 2 years).  Looking forward to Stowe next month for sure.  Over the next few weeks I have some of my favorite racing ahead... Market Square, Mount Washington, Cranmore (US Championships), Loon, and Ascutney all on the horizon... Looks like I'll be hitting Spicket Hill a few times between now and then :)... Currently I am 3 race writeups behind again!  Damn.

06-05 - Sunday: 17.5 miles (roads, mountain).  3.5 mile w/up over first part of Pack Monadnock Mountain Race - Wilton, NH with Tomahiro Brown, Pat Ard, and another gentleman (+ strides). Then race: Pack Monadnock 10 Mile Mountain Race - Wilton, Temple, Peterborough, NH.  1st OA - 1:02:46 + 2 mile (approx.) cooldown down the mountain + over to awards area, with large mountain goat contingent.

Then, some spinning w/ Dave Quintal over in N.Salem, Derry, NH.  HILLY 15 miles on the roads w/ the new road bike...

Then, 2 more easy running miles with Julian and Dave Quintal in N. Salem (shakeout) after the spin.

06-04 - Saturday: 8.1 miles (roads) - Salem, Methuen, Haverhill [54:06].  Easy solo run before heading over for a family party in N. Andover.

06-03 - Friday: 10.2 miles (roads) - Salem.  [1:05:15]  Found my new favorite loop in town by far.  Stayed in NH on this run (which is hard to do from my house, being on the border).  Figured I'd go wandering a bit, but after running here for the last 4 years, it's tough to truly wander around new loops from my house. I headed up to Spicket Hill to check out the very top (which I didn't really find the last time I ran over there).  This time, I found the right street and to my delight, found one of the best local climbs to do for a hill workout (it climbs just about 200 feet in a half mile).  Stanwood Rd. off of Bridge St. is a crazy steep neighborhood road that takes you all the way up to the top of Spicket Hill (which is the highest point in Salem, not counting Gordon's Hill, which is technically mostly in Windham). I blow past this road all the time and never once looked up it to see the climb before today.  There is a sign up there on the top of Spicket Hill indicating that it is the highest point in the town (367 feet).  There was also a ski area on this hill back in the 1960s. The entire top was cleared for development but was never finished, so all that remains is a sweet, quiet, open paved road up to the winding top and everything is starting to get grown in again.  There are a couple of water towers up there and a sign with a little history of the area.  The best thing about it though was the view.  I never knew such a view existed from Salem.  You can see the entire Wapack Mountain Range and Mount Monadnock, clear as day...From the top, the entire horizon is dotted with mountain peaks and in the foreground is not much more than trees, cell towers off in the distance, and water towers across town, in Windham, Derry, and surrounding towns.  From up there, it doesn't look like the Salem that I'm used to (crowded neighborhoods, stores, traffic, etc.). From up there it's just spectacular views...it's too bad I'm just finding this now...as I am desperately trying to get out of this area and up to higher grounds...

Below is a snippet about the topography (elevations) in Salem, NH (it is a bit old of course and incorrectly lists the summit of Spicket Hill as being 354 ft, not 367.  Also, it is funny that it states that Zion Hill is open and Spicket Hill is grown in (so no good views)...I think now, the opposites are true.  This is all small potatoes, considering this town is essentially flat...but I think it's neat to at least research the small 'climbs' that we do have here in town and figure out what the highest points actually are... even though most people who are reading this are probably sitting at their computers, at a higher elevation than the hill I ran up today :)


Taking as our base of calculations the land at the townhouse, 
we begin at an altitude of one hundred feet above the sea level. 
The central part of the town may be considered a rolling plain, 
approximately enclosed by the Turnpike, Bluff Street and the 
Spicket. From all sides the land slopes gently upward, here 
and there rising to a considerable height. The highest point 
within the town is the summit of Spicket Hill, which is three 
hundred and fifty-four feet above the sea. The outlook from 
this point is charming, revealing the surrounding villages and 
towns hiding among the wooded hills, which rise one above the 
other until they fade, indistinguishable in the dim distance. The 
river can be clearly traced, twisting its crooked way like a huge 
serpent through the broad meadows, now swirling along the foot 
of the great hill, now by a broad bend carrying its murmured 
message to the silent dwellers in the graveyard yonder. 

The second highest land is along the Salem-Windham bound- 
ary, between Hitty Titty Pond and Crank Corner. It is away 
from the road, therefore not very familiar to many residents of 
the town. It is about three hundred and twenty-five feet high, 
and covered with woods. 

About equal in height to this is the hill on the Cross farm near 
Canobie Lake, where the highway is in one part more than three 
hundred feet above the sea. 

The crest of Zion's Hill, toward the north part of the town, 
rises to a height of two hundred and forty-eight feet. Unlike 
Spicket Hill, this elevation has very little timber growth to ob- 
struct the view, a fact which renders it one of the most sightly 
spots in the town. As the road leads directly over the summit 
the view from here is more easily accessible than that from the 
higher eminence to the south. 

The highest part of Policy Street, near the residence of Mr. 
Arthur Hall at the Depot village, is almost exactly on a level 
with the top of Zion's Hill, or nearly, two hundred and fifty 
feet high. We have already spoken of the scenery in this locality 
as being particularly charming. 

Two hills in North Salem should be mentioned here, one near 
King's Corner being twenty feet higher than either Zion's Hill 
or Policy Street, the other known as Pattee's Hill, the same 
height as Zion's Hill, southeast of Cowbell Corner. Toward the 
foot of Providence Hill on the east, and also in the southwest 
part of the town, the land rises slightly above two hundred feet 
in several places. Many of the roads are very conveniently ( ? ) 
laid out directly over these steep hills, a condition, however, by 
no means peculiar to Salem. The early settlers, as a safeguard 
against Indian surprises, built their homes upon the hills. To 
these homes the roads were gradually trodden until they became 

06-02 - Thursday: 10.5 miles (roads) - Salem, Methuen, Haverhill loop... solo.  VERY windy most of the way.  Had stomach issues for last half and tried to get home as fast as I could... other than that, no complaints.

06-01 - Wednesday: 9 miles (rail trail) - Salem, Windham, Derry - out and back on Windham Rail Trail w/ Sully. [62:53].  Looked like the skies were going to open up but never did...nice breezy, dry, and quiet run.  Nobody else in there the entire time.

05-31 - Tuesday: 10 miles (trails) - River trail from hotel with Chris Searles-Mahoney and Mike Quintal. [1:12:34].

05-30 - Monday: 5.5 miles easy with my sister up in E.Wakefield, NH (roads). Very hot out.  Nice easy shake out with her...recovering from the weekend of racing. [48:00]  I really like running on the roads up there.  Very little traffic, nice wide shoulders to run on, wide open stretches of road, and some nice ups and downs through some quiet woods and farmlands... much different than the streets around here for sure.

Later on, I caught 8 delicious bass on Lake Ivanhoe, E.Wakefield, NH in about an hour's time...  Using Texas rigged lizards close to shore.  The black flies and mosquitoes (NH State Bird) were brutal.  I had to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a net (seen to the left)... I hate bugs....but bass are tasty.

Race reports from Redhook and Wachusett still to come...


  1. Big mouth you got there. And a nice looking fish too.

  2. Nice! On Saturday I got to talk with Dick Beardsley for about half an hour and we talked mostly about walleye fishing and the charter fishing business he used to run. Must be some connection to running and fishing. We agreed that both take patience and consistency in order to be rewarded.

  3. I love texas rigged lizards. Nice fish!