skating (ice) 42:13  11.57 km (3:39 / km) +4m 3:39 / km
Long-Sought-For Pond. I wouldn't say that it was the best ice I've ever been on, but it's as good as I need. A world of difference from yesterday, black ice and in most places essentially glassy-smooth. Blue sky and temps just a hair above freezing again, with just a slightly noticeable wind, very enjoyable. Stopped briefly four times to chat with fishermen, and the smallest thickness reported was four inches. Very noisy ice, though: the sheet was clearly flexing slightly under my weight, resulting in frequent cracking sounds, and once in a while I could actually see the crack propagating away. Unnerving, but I'm pretty confident that it's a long way from thre to being able to break through. There was nobody fishing on the NE side, and when I went over that way there was more noise, so I stuck to the SW side, which had plenty of room for me, and I was able to get a better workout this time.
Skating is a neat thing, because (for me) it's completely noncompetitive, there's no need to keep my skills up for safety reasons, and the equipment requires virtually no maintenance (yeah, my skates could probably stand t be sharpened). So on the infrequent occasion when I get a chance to do it, I just go out, flail around clumsily until I get a little bit of my mojo back, and just have a good time.