Traditionally this would have been my peak training week for the Glass City Marathon. But instead, it was Spring Break! I don’t believe in trying to make up workouts, and I don’t think a week off will make your training plan suffer. I did run a few miles, but not much. This was our first year of having only one kid at home. My daughter is in college, so it was my son’s choice on where to go for spring break. He wanted to go mountain biking! Originally we had reservations to camp in the Smoky Mountains, but after looking at the location of the trails he wanted to ride, we needed to change our base camp. So it was off to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina instead! We had a fun week. Stats this week: biking 22 miles, running 31 miles, and hiking 15 miles.
Fun camping stuff… you can’t take your trailer through the drive thru so sometimes you have to be creative when the lobby is closed 😂
Our campsite at Davidson River was really nice! It did not have electricity or water, but we have a generator to provide enough power for all of the luxuries like a hair dryer, microwave, etc. One unknown problem though… our camper battery was failing.
Mon – 4 miles running. I woke up before the guys, so I went out for a little exploration run. I love to see my surroundings on a morning run to get the lay of the land! I found a really nice flat trail along the river. I also realized I had dropped my sunglasses. Luckily they were waiting for me!
Biking – Our riding adventures started at a park named “Ride Kanuga”. It was a pretty cool place which had trails designed like a ski resort. Green (easy) trails, blue (medium) trails and black (expert trails). The trails even all started at the same place and ended near the same area just like a ski resort. Only thing was… there was no chairlift to get you to the top. Therefore, it was a 1.5 mile bike ride uphill to get to the trails! If you’ve never biked even a mile uphill I can tell you, as a fit adult, it was exhausting!!! Our first ride down was a green trail which was fast and flowed downhill. A bit speedy for me, but I controlled my speed and really enjoyed it!
The next trail was rated “blue”. OMG, it was hard! There is no shame in admitting I walked a lot of turns and rocky spots of this trail! After that, it was time to call it a day. I didn’t have the energy to bike back up that hill again!
Later in the day we hiked to a waterfall. Look at the rainbow!
Tues – Run, 5 miles. Another run around the park. This time it was to warm up! The battery in our camper died to the furnace didn’t work last night. NO joke, it was 46 degrees inside our camper. Even though it was 36 degrees outside, running for sure warmed me up. And, I saw the coolest thing… a white squirrel! Nope, not an albino. They are white and their existence is a big thing in this area.
It was a do-your-own-thing day. Our son went to a bike park for the afternoon, and we went to tour the Biltmore Estate! I have wanted to tour the Biltmore for a long time now. I almost didn’t do it because it was crazy expensive ($80 at ticket, really??) but I’m glad we went. It was amazing.
The bike park was really good and Zach was exhausted from riding.
Weds – Run, 1 mile. I was going to run longer, but we had things to do! Had to buy a new camper battery because it was 51 degrees this morning. It was also late. I don’t think I have ever slept so much in my life! Going to bed at 10:30 and waking up at 9am. And, we had a full morning of hiking planned. We hiked to the top of Looking Glass Rock. The 6.2 mile hike took almost 3 hours round trip (snack break at the top included). The top was just a big slab of rock which tilted. It freaked me out a bit but for the most part it wasn’t slippery (but still, what if?…). Incredible views of the mountains.
At one point the trail was just a bunch of rocks!
Afternoon ride – First Zach took us on a “black” rated trail in DuPont forest. Not sure what he was thinking because I ended up walking my bike up a bit of the terrain here (and down too!). We got to ride on slick rock, which is actually quite grippy. I felt quite accomplished to have survived this trail with no falls!
Our second trail was one much more in our comfort zone. A bit of an uphill climb, but some fast speedy parts on the way down.
Thurs – Lots of rain last night, so we drove around first thing. Got to see Looking Glass Rock from afar and marvel at the clear area that we stood on top of! It is the section facing us in this picture.
Then we hiked a trail (Graveyard Fields) which led us to the top of a waterfall. The actually trail was a bit of an adventure trying to figure out which way it went, and how to keep our shoes mostly dry.
Afternoon ride – back over to the “easier” trail and made it a bit longer. There are miles and miles of MTB trails so you can come up with an unlimited amount of combinations. We were biking as the sun was starting to set and it was really peaceful in the woods. A perfect ride to end on.
For dinner we hit the town and celebrated our fun (and safe!) trip. Listened to a band, enjoyed a beer, and had dinner. Good times!
Fri – 12 hours in the truck driving home… rest day? Road travels are tiring, especially for the driver! [kudos to Alan for keeping mostly sane hauling a trailer through the traffic!]
Sat – 21 miles, long run! I debated running this today, but if I didn’t it would throw off my schedule next week. And, I’d have to do it on Sunday! As I dreaded running this a bit I talked myself into just two 10 milers! Easy peasy. I ran a route close to home and was very familiar with. I wouldn’t say this was my fastest or strongest run, but it was “time on my feet” and I didn’t need to walk, so it’s a winner! Funny story – I passed a lady walking on the trail and she told me I looked cute! 😊 That’s always a nice compliment. There were also a TON of fisherman at the river despite the 30 degree weather. I have no idea what the river temperature is but I’m sure it’s too cold for me!
Sun – Rest day!! It’s taper time. Time to make sure I don’t get hurt before race day!!
Q: Have you ever seen a white squirrel?? How about a black one?
Grey squirrels are common here, but there are some areas with black ones.
Q: Have you ever been on mountain bike trails?
This was a great area with a ton of bike trails. I’d go again!