I decided to give Marcy Beard’s Bay to Ridge addition a fairly aggressive (for me) go of it…let me tell you how that turned out.
~37 mile out and back, just 3600ft of gain/loss…sure, sign me up.
Ashly and I drove together out to the start. 3 hrs 19min of intermittent interesting conversation interwoven with silence or listening to podcasts, ideal.
Ashly started first at 9:27 AM on Sunday, January 20, 2019
and I followed after, in the hope I would be faster by about the same margin and we would get back to the car at relatively the same time.
I started at 10:15 AM.
I was rolling out the miles (9:04, 7:57, 8:13, 8:22…) just enjoying how good I felt and attempting to not take *all* the wrong turns, as I will not lie the start of this FKT route by Marcy…it keeps you on your toes!
at about mile, 16-17 is when it started going south, I should have been able to run 8-9s here and all I could muster was a 10:19…I knew trouble was coming.
I managed to wrangle out a sub 3hr ascent time (2:53:39)
but then I rode the struggle bus all the way down…(this means I ran but it hurt…ok, more like walked)
some 4hr and minutes I don’t want to think about I made it back down after two major and one minor wrong turns.
All in All, I think the route is an acceptable challenge for someone nearby looking for an unusual FKT that offers you the stresses of urban navigation paired with the usual trail “wrong turn” opportunities in a pleasant balance.
I will update as I try some of the other established routes in the area.