Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sporting a new look...

Kyly was kind enough to bring me to Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge this Sunday. It was a beautiful day. Sunny and warm. I don't mind hot days. I rather like them as apposed to running in the cold, a pet peave of mine. I just hate being cold.

Well, my job was to compare it to Rooster Rock Trail outside of Sweet Home Oregon. I have to say that the trails are very similar with close to the same elevation gain in the same amout of distance. Yes, Dog is a longer trail and has a little more gain but it is about equal to Rooster if the trails were the same distance. Dog has some pretty decent climbs. I was working pretty hard to even stay close to Kyly. She is such a great hill climber.

We finally got to the top of the 3.7 mile climb in about an hour I believe. Great views and many hikers finishing their lunch were there.

It was just a great day. We had fun as we always do.

Kyly did really well on the downs. There was quite a bit of scree to go through but I was watching her and she scooted through it with some recklass abandand. That is what you have to do in the technical sections. Have trust in your body. Have trust in your ankles. Have trust in your proprioception abilities. Have trust in yourself. Just friggen hammer it... She did it and was looking very comfortable doing it. She already is one of the best climbers that I know but now with this ability to jam down the technical sections of the trail she will have fun at most any trail. O.K., she might not like the technical section up at Mt. Jefferson quite yet but I hope to get her there soon.

Trial on the way to Mt.Jefferson below.

Well, Kyly did something that she wanted to do for a long time... Get a tattoo. She wanted something that represented who she was and what she was about. I just thought she got the greatest tattoo ever. So much so I wanted one just like it after seeing it. We will see. I have never wanted a tattoo before but after seeing her's I might just have to follow suit...

It was a great day on Dog Mountain. Just a great place to have a good run and have fun. I hope to do it again soon. But first, I have to bring Kyly to Mt. Jefferson for some great other epic trails. That is next on the agenda for me. Invite friends to a great time on great trails. (Mt. Jefferson below.)


stephruns said...

ahhh..i love the way you and kyly are into running...i'm still so far away from really running. but just reading about your races and seeing these great pics makes me want to give 180% now at my next race on sunday. kyly does look like a machine (you, too;-)).

angie's pink fuzzy said...


that rocky section reminded me of Zane Grey - wicked rocks :) I went to the gym last night with a personal trainer friend who showed me some cool "dyno discs" that will help me build ankle strength so I can run down rocky trails with abandon!

and that tatoo is pretty freakin awesome.