Yesterday, the better weather that spring is known for was finally felt throughout southern New England. While winter weather still grips the north country, Connecticut, has seen most of the snow melt in the past two weeks. Two important race series kicked off on Sunday with their first races of the year.
The Livingston’s had to split up in order to take part in the fun. Debbie headed to the Bimbler’s Bash 10Kish Trail Race in Guilford, Connecticut. It was the kickoff race for the 2015 Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. Both of us raced the Bash in 2014, but I’m on the slow road (rather trail) back to fitness, and am avoiding any technical trail running while my left foot slowly heals from the battering it took in early 2014. I’m also easing my way back from the fractured scapula and related injuries that pretty much shut down my 2014 season completely in late-August. Debbie had a fine race, one of her better Bash’s in recent years.
She said the trails were in good shape and that the runners were in good spirits. The bright sunshine and milder temperatures really helped.
I went to the Hop Brook Mountain Bike Race for the third time. I love the venue and again, it was the kickoff for the Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. I raced my rigid single-speed Seven Cycles Sola on the undulating course. There were several muddy sections, but largely, the trails were in better shape than I expected. The only difference from 2014 was that they cut our race from four laps (5.2 miles per lap) to three, which was OK with me considering that yesterday was my first mountain bike ride of the year. I just changed the tires on my bike last weekend and hadn’t even ridden it yet. A warmup lap plus three laps and a cool-down was enough for one day.
Both races have wonderful organizers and volunteers that make them possible. Next up for the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series is Traprock 50K on Saturday in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next up for the Root 66 Series is Fat Tire Classic in Farmington, Connecticut on 26 April. Join in the fun!