7 Sisters Training & The Holyoke Range

Cheryl Jackson and Debbie pulled together a 7 Sisters Training run for today. Several Shenipsit Striders were joined by other members of the New England Trail Running Community for a preview of the 7 Sisters course. I had a good run at 7 Sisters in 2009, and I’ll be lacing up the sneakers for another go at it on 2 May. This is one of Debbie’s favorite races, so she was really excited to get out on the Monadnock-Mattabesett Trail today. Tom Schieffer joined me and our kids for a hike on the M-M Trail. It was the first time since receiving National Scenic Trail designation that we were on it. No question, it is one of the most rugged routes in Southern New England.

It was great to be on the trail today with a bunch of friends, including Todd and Kim Brown, John Agosto, Clint Morse, Emily Trespas, Dom and Elaine Romano, and Curt Pandiscio. After the hike, Debbie headed to Northampton with Tommy and the kids. I got a chance to ride for three hours before meeting up with them. I went over to the Rt. 47 side of Mount Holyoke and did five repeats up the Mountain Road to the Summit House.

The road was closed to traffic, which was a blessing. It was still littered with debris from last week’s storms, but it was rideable. There were a lot of folks walking on the road, but they were courteous. They must have thought I was nuts for going up and down so many times. One older gentleman stopped me to ask if I was training for the Mount Washington Hill Climb. I told him that I wasn’t, but that I had done it four times in the past. He was proud of his two finishes, so we had a nice chat.

It was great to see so many families outside enjoying the mild weather. Getting kids outdoors is critical to their well-being. Our two children enjoyed the morning hike. After the final descent of Mountain Road, I went back around to 116, through the notch, and then over to Northampton via Bay Road and the Rail Trail. It was a good ride. Debbie and I are looking forward to the race in May.

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