Saturday, January 23, 2010

Double loop of Towsley Canyon, again.

An extremely icy and then muddy day today. The week's rains left, with snow in the upper elevations around our valley. Had I been ambitious I could have run to the snow this morning but instead ran a double loop of my favorite, Towsley Canyon. The stream was running through the gorge and I had to wade through knee-high water for a hundred yards or so.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Double Loop of Towsley Canyon

Conditions were perfect today for an 11 mile double loop (plus five mile to and fro round trip) of Towsley Canyon. Although I was still trying to shake bronchitis afflicting me for ten days, I made a go of it in perfect weather -- about 55 degrees with threatening rain. This is the time of year when Southern California is beginning to turn green in anticipation of spring. Almost but not quite a 50 mile week.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Bob Takes Third in 21K

In a desperately miserable day, January 9, 2010, with the flu and bronchitis challenging me at every step of the way ("Are you OK, Sir?"), I eked out a third-place victory in my new age class (the only joy in life now is advancing into higher age groups) in a 21K trail run at Boney Mountain, near Newbury Park, California, in the Santa Monica Mountains. Wife Deb placed first in her age group 6K trail run. Son-in-law Casey beat me by 2 minutes. I made the mistake of yelling out to Casey with one mile to go that I was gaining on him.

It was a perfect day; slightly overcast and about 65 degrees. The course was fiercely steep for a 21K.

Sunday, January 3, 2010