Feeling flat this morning. Lots of climbing today so no rush. After the first climb the downhill helped me loosen up but still slow. Hiking up Roan Mountain took a long time but I had a new friend. I picked up a lost dog and he ran along behind me for 6 miles. However; he found a female and left me for her. Over the top I could see the balds that were up next. They didn't look bad. I was excited for the long downhill after the final climb. But my legs were just getting slower and heavier. The balds took me forever and I just felt like I was dying. Getting on the decent it was covered in roots and big sharp rocks. I struggled through and had the last 3 miles of smooth trail to open up. Then I got on the last 8 miles of rolling up terrain. Every uphill seemed like I was hitting a wall. I couldn't wait to be done for the day. I ate as I walked to camp and was ready for bed when I got there. There were a group of fun guys my age already set up. I chatted them up for a bit and then hit the hay. I had already forgotten about my awful day. I am glad it is behind me. I got a bunch of climbing and rough trail behind me. I guess it is better to get that over with when I am not feeling good and save the nice trails for when I am feeling good.