Long cold solo run this morning along a new route named "country club" because it passes through both Butternut (or nutterbutt if you are my childish brother) on the way out and Stow
Acres on the way back. It was fricken cold and windy today and I was not too happy about it. My legs were feeling very tired from last nights tempo effort so I kept the pace to 6:50 to 7:00 the whole way. The old rail bed was covered with snow as well as some of the refuge roads.
Here is the route I ran in 1:51:26
The Gped put it at 16 but that is if the earth is flat. I was worried when we moved from Clinton to Hudson my legs would get soft because the area is so flat. I was wrong. Most of my runs have gone south towards Marlborough and Sudbury which is pretty flat. Stow is a very hilly area and I was pleased to get in about six significant climbs with the rest of the run on rolling terrain.
A tradgedy happened here on lake boon. When the first significant snow falls and the lake is frozen, snow mobilers come from all over to drive around on the snow covered ice. They haul around as well. I would not be surprised if the hit 70-80 mph. I can hear them screaming around right now as I am typing. The other night a young guy was cruising around on his sled and he must have gotten confused. He probably thought he was heading into the cove but he was actually heading into shore. He must have known he was in trouble because he bailed off his sled just before it slammed in a concrete wall. He unfortunately bailed shoreside instead of lakeside and was killed when he clipped a dock and hit the shore. They have powerful lights on their equipment but at the speeds they travel, when an obstacle is finally illuminated, it is just enough time to say "Oh Crap" because there is not enough reaction time to do anything but jump off. When you are traveling at 70 mph is jumping on snow covered ice really a good option? They rely on their knowledge of the lake. There is a speed limit on the lake of 40 mph but it is kind of like those no tresspassing signs you see on trail runs in the middle of no where. If no one is out there to enforce them, are they really relevent?
That's all I got.