Author: Peter

Personal trainer specializing in functional strength and weight loss, serving northern NJ. Husband, father, cross-country ski racer, trail runner, road rider, writer, gardener.

New Trails At Wildcat Ridge

The last couple of weekends, I’ve hiked a couple of new trails in the Wildcat Ridge wildlife management area in Rockaway. Days when 50 mph wind gusts said, “no riding for you.” Both the Righter Mine and Beach Glen trails have…

Tongue Mountain Hike

Last Sunday, I drove to Queensbury, NY, to collect my freshly stoneground skis. It’s a long way to drive for a 10-minute errand, so I drove a few miles north to hike on the Tongue Mountain peninsula. Seventeen years ago,…

Adirondack Summer

Adirondack summer vacation.  If there are no black flies, does it still count as summer?  In August, my family returned to Lake Placid. A different kind of vacation, where I went out on dawn patrol most mornings so we could do…

Wapack Trail Out and Back

Back before the Internet was common currency, I’d heard about the Wapack Trail.  Two different outfits organize races there. There’s an 18-mile out-and-back race in September, and an ultra in May.  For some reason I’d never made it to either…

Product Review: The Feed Zone Cookbook

Disclaimer: Your editor is a regular customer for Skratch Labs’s hydration products.  The Feed Zone was purchased, it was not a promotional copy. For a couple of years, I’ve used Skratch Labs’s hydration products.  With one order a few months ago, they…

Friend 2 Friend Summer Solstice: Race Report

After the Morris Mauler 5k, I became curious about what I can get away with running with my knee.  Marathons and longer may not be possible any more, but I’m curious to see where my upper limit is for trail…

Morris Mauler: Spring Fling for Masochists

Dominic Grillo was the male winner of last Sunday’s Morris Mauler 5 km race, while Courtney Stanton was the first female.  Winning time of 19:50, he was the only sub-20 minute finisher.  Stanton finished in 25:11.  With 59 finishers, the…

Lake Placid Loppet: Return to Forever

In repose, the goddess awaited. Cresting the height of land on Mount van Hoevenberg’s Porter Mountain trail, I led a train of skiers past the abandoned timing hut left over from the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Swathed in snow, the graven…