Snow, Rain, Cold & Wind = Seneca 7

For the past several years now I have been wondering when we would get stuck with some tough weather conditions for the annual Seneca 7 relay event. I’m here to tell you that Mother Nature did not dissapoint. Teams were subjected to hours of snow, rain, cold and wind for their 77.7 journey around Seneca lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Looking back over the past five years since I have been running in the Seneca 7, I think this year had to be the most epic. We knew we would have it tough as the super fast and talented women of Red Newt Racing would put us through our paces. This all day battle where we traded the lead back and forth was nothing short of awesome. Red Newt Racing would beat us by 64 seconds according to official results. They ran around the lake in 7:54:28 for a pace of 6:06 and our team “Liar Liar feet on Fire” completed it in 7:55:42 for a pace 6:07. Can you say nail biter!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors Bottomless Brewing and Zenolink Human Performance Center for their friendship, generosity and support as well as all the amazing race volunteers who stood with us in those conditions, cheers to you all.

L-R: Adrian Milisavljevich, Joe Geronimo, Ben Snodgrass, aaron Perry, Ryan Heinlein, Jeff Fahery & Jordan Varano. 1st place male, 2nd place overall.
Red Newt Racing 1st place overall and Liar Liar Feet on Fire 2nd place overall Seneca 7.
L-R: Adrian Milisavljevich, Ryan Heinlein, Ben Snodgrass, Jordan Varano, Jeff Faherty, Aaron Perry, Chris Welch owner (Zenolink Human Performance Center) Joe Geronimo and Tom & Carrie Thompson owners of Bottomless Brewing.

Our Winter Landscape

This afternoon I was able to get out for a short hike with my fine fury friend. Ruff loves the cold weather and snow. Heck he’d just assume sit in a snow bank all day.

Under sunny skies, a 4 degree temperature and a wind making it feel sub zero we headed to Nanticoke lake for our little adventure. Once we arrived I noticed there was more snow out there than here at home. But a lot of it seemed to be drifting. We made our way to the lake and met two guys ice fishing. I asked if they knew how thick the ice was and they said about 10-12 inches. It felt weird walking on a lake that I routinely paddle. Ruff was in dog heaven! It was cold, there was snow, other humans and the sniffs were abundant.

Our winter landscape can be beautiful if not stunning, I was in my glory as well.

 

Cheers!

Ruff taking in all there is to sniff at Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ice fishing on Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ruff loving Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ruff & I Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo

Day Trip: The Finger Lakes

Our day started early with a trip to the car dealership in Horseheads. I wasn’t happy with the tires that came on our new car so I had them changed. Since we were so close to the Finger Lakes we decided to make an afternoon of it. After leaving the dealership we made our way through Watkins Glen driving route 14 along the west shore of Seneca Lake. We had our stomachs set on lunch at Fox Run Vineyards only to be disappointed when we arrived to find the cafe was closed until April 1st. Starving we decided to hit up Eddie O’Brien’s in Geneva. Once seated I ordered a pint of Climbing Bines pale ale which is located in Penn Yan. For lunch I went with my favorite the “Bacon, Egg & Cheese” burger and Julie had the french dip. The food was wonderful, the company even better and peering out the window a snow squall had enveloped the city of Geneva.

Bacon, Egg & Cheese burger at Eddie O'Brien's in Geneva, NY.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese burger at Eddie O’Brien’s in Geneva, NY.

After lunch we left Geneva and made the short trip to Vintosa Vineyards where we tasted some pretty darn good wine. Departing Vintosa with a bottle of their 2013 Riesling and now driving south on the east side of Seneca Lake we opted to head towards Ithaca. As we got closer to Ithaca a quick stop was made at Taughannock Falls for a glimpse of the 215 foot splendor. https://youtu.be/PY4BeH6b1n8

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Our Ithaca destination was the amazingly awesome Purity Ice Cream.

Brownie Sundae with chocolate peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. Yeah I know awesome!
Brownie Sundae with chocolate peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. Yeah I know awesome!

After ice cream we made our way home where our two teenage boys didn’t disappoint. The house was a mess when we returned.

Here is to our next adventure!

 

Postcard of the Week:

Vintage "Ski Vermont" 1970's postcard. © collection of Joe Geronimo
Vintage “Ski Vermont” 1970’s postcard. © collection of Joe Geronimo

This week’s “postcard of the Week” happens to be one of my most favorite. It took me a while to acquire this one as I just love the graphics on this!

1. Barre Skyline, 2. Bromley, 3. Birdseye Mt., 4. Black Mt., 5. Burke Mt., 6. Burrington Hill, 7. Carinthia. 8. Cold Hollow Mt., 9. Dutch Hill. 10. Glendale, 11. Glen Ellen. 12. High Pond, 13. Hogback, 14. Jay Peak, 15. Judgement Ridge, 16. Killington, 17. Living Memorial, 18. Lyndon Outing Club, 19. Mad River Glen, 20. Magic Mt., 21. Middlebury Snow Bowl, 22. Mt. Ascutney, 23. Mt. Mansfield, 24. Mt. Snow, 25. Mt. Tom, 26. Northeast Slopes, 27. Northfield, 28. Okemo Mt., 29. Peacham Community, 30. Pico Peak, 31. Pine Top, 32. Prospect Mt., 33. Smugglers Notch, 34. Snow Valley, 35. Springfield, 36. Stratton Mt., 37. Sugarbush, 38. Suicide Six, 39. Underhill Ski Bowl.

Photo of the Week:

Steamtown's "Ice Harvest" train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009.
Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009 by Brian Plant.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes from Brian Plant of Syracuse, NY. On January 19th 2009 Brian captured the essence of American history as Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton Pennsylvania taking its passengers to Tobyhanna, PA where the Ice Harvest Festival was taking place at Mill Pond #2.

Stop on over to see Brian’s Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/98250884@N06

Winter Running:

Here we are the last day in January with no significant snowfall so far this winter and none in sight for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed this weather so much and as a matter of fact I’ve even run several days this month in shorts and a long sleeve shirt. I can proudly say I’ve only used the treadmill a handful of times due to my schedule and the wind. I hate the wind!

It has been a good month for me running and with no real races planned for the next 90 days I’m enjoying it even more. I call it stress free running. One thing I have noticed over the past two months is a tiny bit of speed improvement but by far I’ve seen my aerobic fitness increase. Last year my mileage was reduced quite drastically and I saw my fitness drop. However I have a long way to go in that department but the progress is promising.

This month the boys brought home the plague from school and kindly distributed it throughout the house. Ok not the plague but a cold to us guys is like the plague. I managed to get through it and have one of my biggest running mileage months. With a scheduled long run this morning I thought it would be best to get started early. Waking at 0545 in order to get myself together and get out there I hit the pavement by 0645. With winter still on the fence today was one of those shorts and long sleeve shirt days. I finished a strong month today with a total of 209.57 miles.

I’m hoping this weather pattern continues for February.

Cheers!

Photo of the Week:

Chad Smith and his Wife Emily paddle their canoe along Minerva stream in the Adirondacks on January 1st 2016.
Chad Smith and his Wife Emily paddle their canoe along Minerva stream in the Adirondacks on January 1st 2016.

This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Chad Smith of the Adirondack Canoe Company in Minerva, NY. On January 1st 2016 Chad and his wife Emily paddle into the New Year along Minerva Stream. Their canoe is a light weight 16′ long 32″ wide kevlar tandem canoe called the “Tamarac”.