Guest Post by Lewis (lowercase) Taylor
Editor’s note: This post is part of a series on the Michigan Bluff Training Camp. Check the blog each day to see lc’s report on how the Oregonians are doing at camp and how lc is doing in his efforts to simulate camp back home in Eugene, Ore.
The problem, I’m realizing, is that Eugene ain’t on a bluff. In fact it’s kind of the opposite of on a bluff (in a depression at about 500 feet above sea level).
There are no canyons right off the front porch for me to drop into, no screaming downhills that go for 16 miles, no 22-switchback climbs (or whatever Devil’s Thumb is) in my backyard. Each day, I think “How can I find some elevation, and fast?” I keep telling myself that the Willamette Valley is just one big stretched out canyon right? That if dudes in Florida can train for hills on 100-foot-high bridges then I can find a way to do this. Today I hopped in the car at 4:30 a.m. and drove to Patterson Mountain Road, which was to be my Dusty Corners for the day (sharp downhill followed by a steep up). It wasn’t even close. It was dark and rainy and cold and not nearly steep enough. It sucked. I wouldn’t recommend virtual training camp to anyone, but I’ll keep doing it since I’m on the hook for this blog. No Cougarbait, you can’t take over!
What They Ran: Today the boys conquered two major canyons, traveling from Dusty Corners to Michigan Bluff. They hopped in the car, stopped when the snow got too deep, then ran four miles to the trail. Bev and Alan Abbs joined the Oregonians for another chilly April run.
Nobody ran Devil’s Thumb as advertised on the schedule (wimps). The boys saw Paul from New Zealand, LB talked GM out of her USATF hat and Bili made a mess of his gel flask.I heard surprisingly few comments about his run, which offers some major climbing and descending through the heart of WS canyon country. This leads me to believe AJW’s theory that these guys are saving themselves for Saturday. Either that or they’re keeping their cards close to their chests.
What I Ran: Patterson Mountain Road to South Willamette Trail to Eula Ridge Trail and back (Down, UP, Down, Up), plus 1 mile to/from Sandpiper Auto, plus 6 miles from home to work via riverbank trail.
Their total distance/time: 21 miles/3:20 to 3:40.
My total distance/time: 13 + 1 + 6 = 20 miles/1:55+10ish minutes+51:21 = 2:56:21
What they saw: Pacific Slab mining area.
What I saw: Rain, darkness.
Camp Conditions: Today SLF tipped the scales at 126 pounds after the run (up one measly pound from yesterday). He also showed off the ridiculous roadmap of veins in his legs. SLF says he learned two valuable training camp lessons: 1. Never let Thornley borrow your hat. 2. Don’t bring anything you care about to camp. It will get ruined.
On the camp schedule for tomorrow: Cal Street Tempo, good for 18 miles.