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Training Log Archive: danfoster

In the 7 days ending Feb 8:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride1 2:08:00 21.3(6:01) 34.28(3:44)
  Bike Joring with Jess2 1:30:00 11.9(7:34) 19.15(4:42)
  Mountain Biking w/ Jess1 1:20:00 7.77(10:18) 12.5(6:24)
  Trail Running w/ Jess1 57:00 3.26(17:28) 5.25(10:51)
  Total4 5:55:00 44.23(8:02) 71.18(4:59)

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Saturday Feb 8 #

Mountain Biking w/ Jess 1:20:00 [3] 12.5 km (6:24 / km)

First fatbiking in a week or two, since there hasn't been any snow. Unfortunately the snow was quickly followed by rain, and everything is icy ruts and frozen footprints. Trails will be lousy until this completely melts, or gets buried under something better.

Skipped my pre-ride check and ended up having to immediately go back to the house with a half-flat rear tire.

Wednesday Feb 5 #

Trail Running w/ Jess 57:00 [3] 5.25 km (10:51 / km)

Overnight rain left the trails muddy, so Jess and I ventured out on foot to try this whole "running" fad that seems to have gained so much traction in the last 100 years. After some initial confusion getting me strapped into the canicross/skijoring harness, we headed out to the trails.

Jess seemed a bit confused by this whole "faster than a walk, slower than a bike run" jogging pace, and alternated between a fast walk that kept the line loose and a "squirrel" run, that had me gasping for breath and hoping each footfall would find solid ground. Strangely enough, the tighter the trails, the faster she wants to go (both on bike and on foot). I'm beginning to realize she doesn't run for the joy of running (despite her husky DNA) but rather runs in hopes of surprising a squirrel around the next corner.

Got lots of compliments on my "ugly Christmas sweater, holiday dog edition" jersey, and someone in the parking lot actually asked us if we were training for ski joring. I think we're still a long way off from tackling this nonsense on skis, especially given this dry winter.

Tuesday Feb 4 #

Bike Joring with Jess 45:00 [3] 6.4 mi (7:02 / mi)

Made some changes to our setup to get some extra length on the leash, and headed out for a second day of practice. Jess really took off once we hit the first mile of singletrack, and it was quite a thrill ride! We had one disagreement about which side of a small tree we should take (I was in favor of the side that had the trail on it). Got ambushed by some squirrels right before the mud crossing, and I let Jess run free for the north loop to revel in the distractions.

Hooked back up again on the return, which was at a much more moderate pace. As it was yesterday, convincing her to head for the exit and home was the hardest part of all.

Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride 2:08:00 [3] 21.3 mi (6:01 / mi)

Exploring some more new trails in the state forest. Met a friendly lab, who left his owner to head my way, and then nearly got hit by a car on the only road crossing on the entire ride.

Monday Feb 3 #

Bike Joring with Jess 45:00 [3] 5.5 mi (8:11 / mi)

Read an article in the Boston Globe a week or two ago about the rise in dog-powered sports like bike joring, skijoring, and canicross. Since Jess' DNA test claims she's 1/8th Husky (yeah, right) and she already pulls me down the street by the leash whenever we go biking, I figured that land-based dog-sledding would be right up our alley. (Plus, I might enjoy trail running more if I had a puppy-power assist)

All the gear showed up today, and within an hour I had the bike antenna hooked onto the stem, and we harnessed up and headed off to Delaney. Jess seemed fine with things on the access road in, so we ground our way up the hill and into the woods. It's definitely a challenge riding singletrack while tethered to a running dog just a few feet in front of the wheel, trying to modulate the brakes to keep the leash taut while following her line. We made it through, walked the icy stream crossing, and then took a shortcut back, skipping the harder stuff on the north side.

We ran into Jess' good friend Millie four different times on the way back, so the leash came off and the two of them romped around and much begging ensued.

All in all, a good first time out!

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