Many years ago I used the tracking feature so my wife would know when I was going to be home from a long run (3-4hrs) or long ride, but then I learned she never used the links because they either didn’t work or she didn’t care (well, generally because I was pretty accurate with my time estimates and would text if there was a delay, but writing “she didn’t care” sounds more dramatic).
Yesterday’s local run had a hill and slightly warmer (±2C, so around 52F) weather.
The main climb is only 2.14 miles. I used to do it in 30-32 minutes, with a PR of 29:37. Yesterday, I did it in 48 minutes, but I did it so that’s good. On the plus side, most of the climbing for the day was done early.
The view from the top of the climb isn’t bad. Note: this is from the first peak. My typical return is not to descend what I came up but to continue along the ridge, which drops a bit and then rises again, hence the double peak in the elevation chart.
First pic is looking down the lake toward Rapperswil, while the second looks up toward Zurich, though the city isn’t visible because it’s out of frame to the left and because there’s nothing to see because of the clouds. Below is the small river valley that I spend a lot of time in running and on the gravel bike.
For a view of the city from this point with clearer skies, here’s a pic from Dec 31, 2017 with my dog (and we likely ran the climb closer to 32min even with the snow) to give me 1000 running miles that year.
The road in the river valley where I’d drive daily to take the kids to school (they’d take the train home) and to do TR workouts as this is a good road, though not flat, for timed intervals. It’s common to see triathletes doing laps here. There’s a roundabout at the far end, one way is about 9km / 5.3mi, with only 259’ of ascent in this direction (according to Strava), making the return mostly downhill.
It’s a good place to run and ride. I’ve ridden up to this peak before (there’s a restaurant behind me, my wife and I and friends have hiked up here for good food and views), but it’s a one and done as there are far better routes to spend the time pedaling.
The weather today is looking better, with more glare (sort of sun) and a temp that should get up to the low 70s. Alas, I’m slacking and resting today to catch up from the four-day weekend and maybe shoot with the son this afternoon.