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Training Log Archive: ernst

In the 7 days ending Feb 3:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Skate Skiing2 4:34:03 35.63(7:41) 57.34(4:47) 1300
  Road Running3 1:04:55 7.64(8:30) 12.3(5:17) 70
  Classic Skiing2 43:43 4.75(9:12) 7.64(5:43) 25
  Total7 6:22:41 48.02(7:58) 77.28(4:57) 1395

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Saturday Feb 3 #

10 AM

Skate Skiing warm up/down 8:00 [1] 0.5 mi (16:00 / mi)
shoes: Rossi Xium Skate

Skate Skiing race 3:33:45 [4] 30.5 mi (7:00 / mi) +1250m 6:13 / mi
shoes: Rossi Xium Skate

The Rumford, ME John Roderick 50k Ski Marathon: 9 loops on a 5.5 km race course, up down up down etc -flat sections non - existent. Some of my skiing friends warned me that this is the toughest marathon in NE, which made me nervous - being only the 3rd time on skate skis this winter. (not counting crust cruising intermezzis).

It was cold and the start was postponed by an hour. Temps were from ~ 3 F rising to about 13 F at the finish. Sunny, with a light breeze. Not bad actually for racing. The course was granular hard packed. In the first 2 loops the downhills were challenging, had to push down hard to keep the feet in line without sliding to a full split! But it got better as the course was softened by the sun and the skiers going over it. Thank goodness. My quads were getting heavy from all the pushing, and I was getting nervous about inducing cramps.

But over time my balance improved, my pace got a bit slower, I avoided jerky movements, fully concentrated on form and balancing effort with push, and it worked. The beauty of skiing (as opposed to running). And as I was getting more tired, even though the hills were getting tougher with each loop, the loops seem to go by faster. I also stopped for about a minute squeezing out a goo and getting water at the end of each loop starting after loop 4.

So I made it - not too far behind R Falthus, ahead of P King, whom I traveled with to the event from Jackson - he has beaten me many times.
So I was pleased with the effort and the result.

My splits:
21:28 22:10 22:17 22:58 25:18 25:09 24:44
24:48 24:48

Thursday Feb 1 #

10 AM

Skate Skiing 52:18 [2] 4.63 mi (11:18 / mi) +50m 10:56 / mi
shoes: Fisher Revolutions

Ahh! The thrill of crust cruising with the added bonus of 1 inch of fresh fluff! Really fantastic in the woods where no living beings have corrupted the smooth blanket of drifted snow from early January. So much fun, so easy, forgot about time and was slightly late for my student meeting. But I did have an excuse. Around Spruce Hole of course, looping along the classic tracks and also revamping connectors and trail sections that I have not used for a while.

Wednesday Jan 31 #

7 AM

Road Running 19:30 [3] 2.4 mi (8:08 / mi) +15m 7:58 / mi
shoes: New Balance Road

Running to work via OR dam. Some ice on the shortcut. Cold (15) - good for RTW
5 PM

Road Running 21:00 [3] 2.4 mi (8:45 / mi) +30m 8:25 / mi
shoes: New Balance Road

Running home, just before dark. Running starts to feel like normal again. See if I can up the mileage.

Tuesday Jan 30 #

Classic Skiing 14:43 [2] 1.33 mi (11:04 / mi)
shoes: Atomic Waxless

I had just about 15 minutes before rushing to a dept meeting. I had an itching of testing whatever was left over of the snow. Big surprise: Where there was snow, it was fabulous crust skiing. So I did a few quick loops half skating half classic. Wished I had more time. Calls for a repeat soon.

Monday Jan 29 #

5 PM

Road Running 24:25 [3] 2.84 mi (8:36 / mi) +25m 8:22 / mi
shoes: New Balance Road

Same as yesterday. It started getting dark and I was hungry. Would have liked to run farther, but decided to quit - time for cooking dinner.

Sunday Jan 28 #

3 PM

Classic Skiing 29:00 [3] 3.42 mi (8:29 / mi) +25m 8:17 / mi
shoes: New Balance Road

Out for a run around the block. Snow has faded considerably, so there would be limited skiing. Slow going at first - not used to carry my own weight non-stop. Skiing is easier.

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