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Training Log: Ari-o

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Ski5 8:57:29 80.1(6:43) 128.91(4:10) 1643
  November Project1 32:00 1.4(22:51) 2.25(14:12)
  Run1 16:12 1.6(10:07) 2.58(6:17)
  Total7 9:45:41 83.1(7:03) 133.74(4:23) 1643
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Monday Jan 16 #

12 PM

Ski long 2:00:13 [1] 18.0 mi (6:41 / mi) +350m 6:18 / mi

Long ski on the Birkie Trail. Did five mile-long (5-6 min) intervals, logged separately (mostly on uphill miles). Also recorded a bunch of "Trail Moments" for my blog, because I'm that much of a nerd. New start are looks great, trail is pretty benign up from there but then there are hills. I forget how goddamn nice the Birkie Trail is. Not too busy, packed and groomed, getting a bit faster as the day went on. Out to Boedecker, and then back with a couple of repeated hills, and some no poles work.

Also didn't die when someone ran a red in Duluth and nearly T-boned me. So, success?

Ski 28:00 [3] 5.0 mi (5:36 / mi) +125m 5:12 / mi

And the interval-y part of the session. Tried to push hard, arbitrary 5x5 (or so) when my watch buzzed. Most happened to be overall uphill. No long hills here.
3 PM

Ski 53:50 [1] 8.0 mi (6:44 / mi) +193m 6:16 / mi

Went down to Hayward to see the Birkie folks and buy some beer and cheese curds, then went for an easy ski for an hour out of Fish Hatchery. See you in a few weeks, Hayward!

Sunday Jan 15 #

10 AM

Ski 1:07:01 [1] 9.1 mi (7:22 / mi) +133m 7:03 / mi

Back to Hidden Valley. Not as early as I would have liked, it turns out that when you drink a couple glasses of 13.5% beer, it does not make for an early morning. Also, it was -15 overnight. In the teens by 10, though, so I did an hour of classic on some beautiful fun old school narrow classic tracks. Kick was something blue (but not borrowed, the one stick of wax I'd packed).
2 PM

Ski 1:28:53 [1] 13.0 mi (6:50 / mi) +311m 6:22 / mi

Then down to Duluth to ski with Jakob. We skied the Magney-Snively trails near the area I ran (most of) the 50 miler last year. Most of the trails in the Midwest are pretty tame, but these have some real hills. The kind where you can actually learn to ski down a hill well. Beautiful, beautiful woods, 20k of trails you could ski forever. Perfect snow (oh, well, two rocks). If you like trails of all sorts, Duluth is not a bad place.

Saturday Jan 14 #

2 PM

Ski long 2:59:32 [1] 27.0 mi (6:39 / mi) +531m 6:16 / mi

Left the house at 7 a.m., caught the 77 to the Blue Line to O'Hare; plenty of time there to wander before seat 1A for the flight to Duluth, right over the Birkie Trail.

Rental car at the too-cute Duluth Airport, (15 minutes gate to car, including bags) and then a drive to Ely to visit Collin, who is doing a year of med school here. Chilly (but not -15 like yesterday) but gorgeous blue sky; haven't seen that all week in Chicago. We both wanted to do a three hour skate. And we did, successfully.

Best ski of the year. Perfect packed powder conditions, fun trails, beautiful woods, spectacular pink-red-orange sky along the horizon as we finished. I had left my drink belt at home so we had to duck in to the chalet a couple times to guzzle water, but that was fine. Finished right around 0, my jacket frozen on the outside, with just a thin wool underneath. Just a perfect ski.

Friday Jan 13 #

Note

Forgot to mention …

At breakfast I realized I'd brought everything I needed for clothing except … underpants. I had several options, the least bad of which was to wash out my wind briefs in the shower, wring them out, dry them as best I could, and, uh, put them back on. (Patting dry with paper towels worked particularly well, sorry rainforest. Unfortunately there's no hand dryer in the men's shower room.) This actually worked okay, better than sitting at work in gross wind briefs all day or killing half an hour going up and back to get underpants. Also, lesson was learned.
6 AM

November Project 32:00 [1] 1.4 mi (22:51 / mi)

All sorts of NP leg stuff. Included speed skaters (which become skate lunges) and then sprints around the bean with some squats in between, which I did totally OCD: started on the outside row of concrete and worked my way in towards the end. Made 8 loops and by the 8th loop I could touch the bean! A couple people caught on.
8 AM

Run 16:12 [1] 1.6 mi (10:07 / mi)

Ran from NP breakfast to work. Discovered a few key things:

1. The showers here are quite nice and barely used.
2. I really should bring underpants to work, but in a pinch wind briefs and be washed out and wringed out and patted dry with paper towels and be dry-enough to wear.
3. The run to/from work would be 1 mile on a road, 5 miles along the lake, and 1 mile along the river. Basically other than the first mile, no stop lights. This is going to happen, maybe a couple of three days per week. A little flat, but that's okay.

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