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Training Log Archive: Ari-o

In the 7 days ending Mar 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Ski4 5:38:34 41.6(8:08) 66.95(5:03) 1277
  Run3 2:23:47 17.2(8:22) 27.68(5:12) 248
  Total7 8:02:21 58.8(8:12) 94.63(5:06) 1525

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Sunday Mar 24 #

10 AM

Ski 3:35:47 [1] 22.5 mi (9:35 / mi) +947m 8:29 / mi

Got a late-ish start in the morning, so it was warming up, but still winter wonderland. I went to get Hill Farmstead at the local general store (since we missed the brewery yesterday) and saw the Pisten Bully at Highland Lodge. So, uh, yeah, I was skiing that. I got dropped off at East Craftsbury Road and skied up to the lodge, and back.

The first hour up to the lodge was slow, but wonderful. Great kick, but soft tracks. First one out, but a busload of people (well, maybe a dozen) were coming down the trail at me towards the lodge. Nothing groomed past the lodge, but the Pisten Bully had gone up another trail so, so did I.

Turns out, the PB went around the long way. So did I. Now it was getting warm in the sun. 40˚, but late March and it was sucky and soft and then sometimes my wax would ice up, and there's a lot of climbing around that way. Rossa went on, which sort of helped the climbing (but not so much the icing) and finally I got back on the main trail down towards the village.

The down was kind of slow, oh well, but at least pretty fun. The shade was still reasonable. The last bit up to the Center was a slog. I skated quite a bit of it because there was no kick and it was real slow. 22.5 miles, felt like about 40.
2 PM

Run 52:38 [1] 6.1 mi (8:38 / mi) +157m 7:59 / mi

Sister had a 6 mile recovery run programmed, so, yeah, run. The dirt roads were a mucking fess, so we drove to the Common and ran from there. I knew going south was a big downhill, so I figured let's try going north. Which was a big downhill. That was fun, and the up wasn't too bad (150m climb) and we did a bit more on the flat for the even 6.
4 PM

Ski 13:35 [1] 1.6 mi (8:29 / mi) +30m 8:01 / mi

I thought maybe the trails would freeze up from below later in the day, so tried a ski out around Duck Pond. It was slow. Not going to suffer through gloppy snow after 4h.

Hey, can't complain. Classic skiing in the spring is not something to complain about.

Saturday Mar 23 #

6 PM

Ski 41:33 [1] 5.3 mi (7:50 / mi) +145m 7:14 / mi

Well … EVERYONE else is up in Quebec, skiing and cheering, or cheering and skiing. I couldn't have gone up until Friday afternoon, probably with Jess, and it would have been a lot of travel, and I have a thesis to write in all.

Also, the family wanted to do a ski weekend, and today is the parents' anniversary. And Craftsbury was calling, and is about 4 hours closer. And the snow here is … amazing. Left a lot later than planned, since my sister ran 22 this morning. So we didn't get to hit the trails until 6:30, and it was amazing. Short town loop, snow dripping off the trees, blue kick, you'd think it was January except that it was light until 7:30.

Tomorrow should be amazing. Then we're going gravity skiing at Jay on Monday.

Happy spring!

Thursday Mar 21 #

6 PM

Run 46:33 [1] 5.6 mi (8:19 / mi) +36m 8:09 / mi

I want to hold a secret race across the Longfellow on the downstream side from Boston to Cambridge, looping under, back across it on the upstream side and then across the Appleton Bridge to the Community Boating boathouse.

So I ran it today. 1 mile even. Would be fun.

Rest of the run was nice.

Tuesday Mar 19 #

6 PM

Ski 14:46 [1] 2.4 mi (6:09 / mi) +32m 5:55 / mi

Out with John in very little traffic. Skiing was pretty okay all things considered. Fresh grooming, which of course froze in to ruts.

Ski 27:01 [3] 6.1 mi (4:26 / mi) +76m 4:16 / mi

Out with John and John in the lead, and we pretty quickly got ahead of the field. Which was nice, because conditions were sketchy enough that no one wanted to push the pace too much. Fell off the back a couple of times on Mount Weston, but came in to the transition with the Johns.

And then … I couldn't get my skis back on. They skied away as I cursed, and I never closed the gap. John S gapped John S (wait, damnit. Sakolowsky gapped Swain) and I kept pace with Swain, but 10s behind. No one near me, and I went from high L3 to low L3 it turns out. A couple herring bone strokes on the top of Mount Weston, because I was concerned with breaking poles, too.

It was fast, at least.

Ski 25:52 [1] 3.7 mi (6:59 / mi) +47m 6:44 / mi

There were beers for the winners (well, the finishers) and I figured what a better way to close out Weston than ski around drinking a beer.

This was a good idea.

John was driving home, too.

Monday Mar 18 #

10 AM

Run 44:36 [1] 5.5 mi (8:07 / mi) +55m 7:52 / mi

I gave a paper copy of my very in-progress thesis to my advisor to read while he is away this week. I got a call on Sunday morning: he had read and commented on it and left it in his mailbox in Brighton and would I go pick it up before the mail came Monday and his neighbor took it in.

So that was fine, and I headed over to Brighton figuring it would be a 4 mile run. Well, it wound up being more, and when I got there, there was no mail to be seen. Not sure if the mail was delivered early and taken in, or if the neighbor had taken it in yesterday.

So, at least I got a nice run in.

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