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Friday, November 25, 2011

Vapor Barriers

I've experimented with vapor barriers (VB) in the past but haven't really been a big fan.  Back in the 90's when I didn't have two nickels to rub together, plastic garbage bags in my sleeping bag worked well in the winter temps but I simply hated the feel of VB's-- well maybe just plastic.  I like it better when moisture evaporates from the body as it's designed and layered clothing (softshells, etc...) do the breathing. Except I'm inevitably soaked, especially during the ITI. No way around it.

Recently, though I thought I would give VB's another chance. A week ago the weather had been in the single digits but windy (20-30 mph) especially in channeled areas.  Last Friday I went for a 10 mile run with just Hoka's and a plastic bag over my foot with sock on top. My feet were !!hot!! I'm used to sort of a numbed cool foot and the hot sweaty foot was a bit uncomfortable.  The moisture in the bag, whew, what would 12 hours of riding do in an enclosed bag?? 

The next day, which would be Saturday, I went out for a 2 hr ride in similar conditions and a similar experience.  Lately, my feet (clipped in) have been on the verge of too numb and whole clipless thing came into question again.... not only for the cold but for the continued crashes in snow which I now have a bent derailleur... but I digress.  The plastic bag on the foot is really quite incredible as far as heat.  My foot, again, was super duper hot.

Today I ditched the bike and went for a 20 mile 3 1/2 hr run. I've been experiencing pain on the Tuberosity of Fifth Metatarsal of my left foot.... according to my new Nova Skeletal Pro App (which my daughter loves).  Therefore I was a little slower than I would have liked.

It was a good loop that I included about 5 miles of tundra running with some hills before I hit the road back to town.  It was -5 "over the hill" and I just plugged along with my VB's and HR monitor.  The VB on the feet were almost too hot, again.  I was pleasantly surprised that moisture build up was not really an issue in the VB.  While I was fairly laden with layers, pack and hydration I couldn't get over how folks routinely whip out running 100 milers.  After 20 I was plumb tuckered, as a friend used to say.  

tundra running
What's with all the skulls I find on these outings? 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Ride

A good ride today, 44 miles and 4 1/2 hrs.  I decided to get off the icy roads and take the beach.  It's flat but I wanted to check out any changes the storm brought.  I also checked on a couple of friends cabins.  Surprisingly little cabin damage fortunately.  The beach, however, looked super clean, wide and hard packed frozen from the high water surge.  The only problem was the ever increasing headwind going down the coast.

Beach riding
Darn headwind.

Storm left a really clean wide beach to ride
Muskox head revealed after storm.  Some people bury the head and let sand fleas do the cleaning work.  Wonder if someone forgot about this one. 

At my turnaround it was blowing 30 according to my little kestrel wx station.  Cold and hard going but maintained my HR.  Didn't even have to take a drink till 3hrs in, completely forgot.  The turn around was awesome- fueled up and a tailwind. I was cruising at 18-21 mph at times to keep the HR up.  That was fun! Some good pictures too, if only I had a better camera.

Washed up crab, already frozen, was tempted to bring home for dinner. 

Looks like these guys didn't fair so well in the storm. 

  The last 5 miles I got my feet wet fell crossing a stream, the wind was a brutal crosswind and the ice on the road coming off the beach was super slick.  I was glad to make it home.

Ice chunks broken up and deposited during storm

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November Storm

This storm was sort of bad, I suppose, and it certainly got a lot of media hype.  My wife's shop is across the street from the ocean so we boarded it up and got most of the inventory out of there.  The wind was fierce on the ocean, topping out over 60+mph last night.  Luckily it was more of an east wind. Today the winds died down to the 20's but the south wind and high water surged up a fair amount. I'll let the images and videos speak for themselves.

Thank you Tyler and Bob for your help!

Video before and during storm:

Video of today high water surge:

High waves over Front St., edge of town
Waves crashing between houses
Wave crashing while looking down Front St.

Debris over the road