GOBBLE GALLOP 5k
I flew into DLH on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning, my family was planning to participate in the Gobble Gallop 5k (me) and Gobble Gait 2mi walk (Mom, Dad, and Beve). Since the start/finish line was only a few miles from my house, I decided to jog there. It was an easy run and the weather was fantastic - warm enough for capri tights and a t-shirt with arm warmers. Duluth doesn't always get this lucky in November and I was happy to experience it.
|BRR Summer Speedwork 2010.|
|Gobble Gallop 2011. Competition is cutthroat. (Bad pun?)|
I was equally excited to visit Minnesota for Thanksgiving because my buddies at the Gnome Hunters AR team/MNOC have a Friday tradition: The Turkey Burner. It's a social run/bike event intended to bring people together outside of stores and malls for a fun longish workout. I was offered a really nice 26" full suspension mtb to borrow from my friend Peter, all I had to do was bring pedals, a helmet, and running shoes! Score! So my Mom and I hit the road EARLY Friday morning for the drive down to the Cities. Oh, I should mention, it had started snowing on Thanksgiving night so the roads were in not-so-good shape. We were driving 40mph on the interstate. Eeek! I was really nervous that we wouldn't make it in time, but things cleared up by about Hinckley, so we were able to make the start at House of Coates just before 9am. Relief!
|Turkey Burner 2012 crew at the start. I was at the Wal Marts.|
|Me and Dana cruisin. This was her longest ride ever and she crushed it in tough conditions! Way to go!|
|All I did to the bike was lower the seatpost a tad. But it was comfortable all day!|
|History stop at Chimney Rock. Yes, that is a Chimney.|
|Fave spot at Hartley, pre-instagram.|
|That's my brother's hand, but I share the sentiment.|
|Northern Minnesota at its finest!|
Sunday morning I took a quick run out to the barn to visit Flyer. I had grabbed an apple off of our backyard tree, but when I gave it to her, I realized it was still frozen. Ooops. She ate it anyway and I got to give her a good scratching. She's very fat and fuzzy, both good things for the winter! I also saw some mtb tracks at the trail system nearby. Any guesses what they're from?
|Should be pretty obvious.|