Today: 13 miles. This year: 1074 miles.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I found a discussion of the Middlesex & Boston Street Railway on railroad.net and asked if the Lexington-Woburn line ran along Woburn Street. One of the participants provided the perfect confirmation shown below. Not only did the line run that way, there was a stop at the Boston & Maine crossing, now the bikeway crossing, exactly where I saw the rails dug up earlier this week.
Yesterday: 13 miles. This year: 1014.8 miles.
Update: The trench on Woburn Street is filled and partially patched. Large-diameter concrete drain sections are still standing along the street, so you can be sure more excavation is coming.
Today: 6.2 miles. This year: 1021 miles.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The continuing excavation of Woburn Street in Lexington reveals some old tracks running along the street there. These could have been a siding, spur, or branch of the railroad that later became the Minuteman Bikeway, but their orientation along the street makes me think of streetcars. I've written to the Lexington Historical Society to ask if they know something about this.
Yesterday: 16.5 miles. This year: 1001.8 miles.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Today's weather is perfect: sunny, dry, and 50°F at 8:00 this morning; still only 70°F at midafternoon. You'd never know it's August.
The bad news is that Woburn Street in Lexington is being excavated again, right through the trail crossing. You can go out to Mass. Ave. and rejoin the trail at Fletcher Avenue.
Today: 13 miles. This year: 985.3 miles.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Near Arlington's Great Meadow this morning, I passed a woman who doesn't use her arms at all for balance but keeps them both behind her back. And not just loosely behind her back, but with each hand grasping the other elbow. It's a pose I'll never adopt first because it would dislocate my shoulders, second because I'd break my nose on the pavement, and third because I passed her effortlessly -- it doesn't lead to a quick pace.
Today: 13 miles. This year: 947.8 miles.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Swaying my arms from side to side is a better style than I imagined. The expected result is that I go a little faster with the same effort or faster still with more effort. The corollary is that it'll take some conditioning to see the full advantage of this: my knees, hips, and thighs aren't instantly up to the increased load. The unexpected part is that this motion is easier on my arms and shoulders than what I'd been doing. Swinging my arms forward and back meant straining to resist the side-to-side motion. I should have changed over long since.
Today: 16.5 miles. This year: 934.8
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I learned to skate by skating and by reading the rec.skate FAQ. You can imagine that my technique is not what it might be. Today I saw an oncoming speed skater vigorously swinging his arms from side to side, a great contrast to the casual fore-and-aft style I use or the more serious hand-behind-the-back. I tried the new motion and found that swinging my arms side to side counters the swaying of my body and lets me push off harder. Maybe I'll keep it up.
Today: 16.5 miles. This year: 918.3 miles.