Saturday, February 4th: 6 miles paved, Fayetteville Lake, 56:47
Sunday, February 5th: 16 miles trail, Hobbs, 3:12:00
First lap of race course, just above freezing. Hands got puffy the last half hour. Extremely reliable internet sources say that's a symptom of low electrolyte level. I always thought that was a circulation problem from carrying a pack.
Saturday, February 11th: 16 miles trail, Hobbs, 3:32:00
Second lap of race course. Time includes about ten minutes for taking photo at lake. Temp was about 12 degrees with wind chill near zero. Hydration pack hose would get slushy in five minutes and freeze solid in about ten minutes! Hands got puffy again and I immediately took two Endurolytes. Took one more at the first twinge of a calf cramp. Symptoms went away instantly. Ah-hah!
My camera battery has pretty much given up the fight but I did manage to get this shot after several tries. I improvised a tripod with some rocks, set the shutter timer, and scrambled to this spot where I assumed a resting pose. The first several times the camera shut off because of the battery before even taking the picture, but it eventually woke up long enough to take the shot.
I think I've overpaid my taxes sufficiently to be able to replace the camera in the next few weeks. If I do, I'll try to add a few pictures to my training log entries so you can share the trail with me. This race is going to be epic!