Winter Adventure Update

No, I did not fall off the face of the Earth! I’ve neglected this space for the past month because I’ve been busy with my clinical rotation of my Dietetic Internship! On January 16th I started this 13 week rotation at a hospital in Western Massachusetts, so I’ve been living in the Berkshires during the week and returning back to the Capital Region on the weekends. It has been going pretty well so far! I plan on doing a Day in the Life of Clinical Dietetic Intern pretty soon! But here’s what I’ve been up to.

+Fat biking! Last weekend Jordan and I drove with a few of his friends to Northfield Mountain Bike Park in New Hampshire for Winter Woolly, a downhill fat biking festival! The park opened up the lifts for one day so we could ride our fat bikes downhill in the SNOW! We haven’t had this much snow in about two years so it took some getting used to. The first time I ever rode a fat bike was during Winter Bike Fest in Vermont 2 years ago…and that was the last time until now. I got my own fat bike for Christmas and love love love it! Next weekend we are doing our annual trip to Vermont to fat bike at Kingdom Trails and Ski at Jay Peak. Cannot wait!

+Skiing! Jordan and I bought value passes for Jiminy Peak so we could meet there and go skiing after work. The hospital is only about 20 min from Jiminy so I can drive straight from work and meet Jordan to go skiing. We’ve done this a few times and I’ve also met some other friends there for a Ski date. Twilight skiing is so fun! I learned to ski a year ago and I’m slowly getting a little better each time I do it.

+Training for Seneca 7. Nothing much is happening on the running front. After taking a break this fall from training and racing, I’m slowly upping my mileage for the Senenca 7 Relay in April! We have our team from last year together again because we had such a blast. I’m looking forward to running 77.7 miles with them around Senenca Lake in April.

+Snowshoeing. We finally got enough snow to strap on snowshoes. Last Sunday during the big snow storm Jenna and I met some friends at the Pine Bush in Albany for a short three mile snowshoe. This was the longest hike I’ve been on since January 2nd and I’m really missing the mountains! I have plans to get up to the Adirondacks tomorrow to do some exploring.

+46r # 10,007. After waiting patiently for MONTHS, I was finally assigned my 46r number! It’s official, I’m 46r #10,007! I promptly ordered a few pieces of gear with that logo on it!

I’ll be back soon with a trip report for my hike tomorrow!


50 Mi Tour de Habitat

Saturday morning I rode in the Tour de Habitat, a local bike ride to benefit the Habitat for Humanity. I rode this ride a few years ago and was happy to see that it was happening again after a few years off. The Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes and brings neglected neighborhoods back to life.


There ride began at Druthers Brewing Company in Downtown, Albany. I was doing the 50 mile ride! I was a little nervous because I haven’t been road biking in a while and the last time I rode that far was back in July. Oops.

Thankfully, I felt great all day! I brought along two 25 oz water bottles, snacks such as Gu, Honey Stinger Waffles and a cliff bar. There were three aid stations on the route that provided water, electrolytes, and pb&j sandwiches! There were about 25 riders doing the 50 miles. The route took us south of Albany all the way to Alcove, NY. I’m really familiar with area since I grew up south of Albany so it was nice to ride some familiar roads. The scenery was gorgeous!



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3 hours, 46 minutes of riding later I was riding back into Druthers! They were serving pizza and beer at the post-ride party.


Very delicious after such a long ride!


Mountain Biking at Luther Forest

So Jordan is really into mountain biking and he even has a fat bike! The other night I joined him and his friend on a ride after work at Luther Forest in Malta. There are some nice trails here! They are single track and friendly to newbies like myself.


{These photos are from early May, notice the lack of leaves on the trees!}



I am borrowing a friend’s old mountain bike (a Specialized) to see if I actually enjoy mountain biking.


Its official: we are running out of room in our tiny apartment because bikes are taking over.

Anyway, I really liked riding the trails at Luther Forest! There is one loop that was really nice and easy, which was great for a beginner like myself.¬† But there were also some steep hills and obstacles to ride over. The hardest part about mountain biking for me isn’t physical, but mental. Its hard to get over the fact that your bike will roll over obstacles and not crash into them! I still have a problem with big downhills because I’m afraid of going too fast and crashing or falling down a ravine.


Overall it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go mountain biking again!


Riding to Thacher Park

Saturday I took my road bike out and rode up to Thacher from Schoolhouse Road in Guilderland. I haven’t done that ride in two years! The climb is always a bit intimidating but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting! Love the feeling of seeing that sign when I get to the top.

Made a quick stop at the Overlook and grabbed a Gatorade from the snack stand.


I was going to take the same route back down, but after riding out past Thompson’s Lake I was pressed for time. I rode down to Altamont and took Route 20 (Western Ave) back to my car and rode a giant loop.


There was the longest hill I’ve ever rode down, and quite possibly the scariest, from Old Stage Road to Altamont. I’ll never try that again.


Total distance 36.5 mi
Time 2 hours, 52 min
Elevation gain 2,015 ft


Hoosic 50 River Ride

Yesterday I rode a half-century!! I had been signed up for the Hoosic River Ride 50 miler for a while, but I actually had been kind of dreading it…my training wasn’t really happening the past few weeks and I was really worried about transporting my bike, going alone to a ride in Massachusetts and possibly getting lost during the ride, etc. But thankfully my parents were around yesterday and went with me! They borrowed their neighbor’s bike rack and my dad helped me put my bike on and off we went to Williamstown, MA.

The Hoosic Rive Ride had a bunch of distances to choose from, the 100 mile, 75 mile, 50 mile (mine), 30 mile and 7 mile. I choose the 50 because A) I knew I could do it since I’ve done 50 on the bike a few times and B) The course went through three states.


The elevation was also something I knew I could handle since I regularly bike on on similar hills.


Williamstown is a really cute town about an hour away from Albany. The drive was pretty! I got there, checked in, got my bike looked at by the bike tech, and put some air in my tires . At 9AM the 50 miler group set off!


I managed to stay with a group for the beginning. I was really worried that I’d be at the back of the group and then ultimately get lost, but thankfully there was always someone nearby!

The first part of the ride was gorgeous! It went past Mount Greylock and the surrounding mountains, so pretty. I didn’t stop for many pictures since I didn’t want to get too behind, but this one was taken after going into NY.


The first aid station was at about the 20 mile mark. I couldn’t believe how quick the ride was going by! The aid station was great, lots of food, drinks, and flush bathrooms! I ate an oreo and grabbed a mini clif bar for later.

The middle of the ride was pretty uneventful, we went through Stephentown and Petesburg, NY, places I’ve always heard of but never been to. It was a lot of pretty farm country.


The second aid station was at the 42 mile mark, and when I got there I couldn’t believe the ride was almost over.



I was starting to feel the effects of being on a bike for nearly 4 hours…my wrists and back were hurting the most! BTW…is there a way to prevent such sore wrists??

After taking off from the station, we entered Vermont!


We weren’t in VT for long, soon enough we were riding back into MA. My bike computer clocked the end of the ride at ~54 miles, which is awesome but I was so ready to get off the bike at that point!

After checking in, I changed and then got some lunch! They had some delicious home made salads, cookies, wraps, hummus, pretzels, etc. What a fantastic event! I can’t say enough good things about this ride. It was organized well, the course was marked really well, so I knew I wouldn’t get lost. I definitely want to do this ride again.

And my parents were great! They drove along the course and stopped every once in awhile to cheer on the riders and made sure I had enough food and water. Thanks, mom and dad!

I finished 54 miles in 4 hours and 8 minutes, averaging about 13MPH, which is really good for me. I’ll take it.