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Training Log Archive: bensmith

In the 7 days ending Feb 7:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Downhill skiing2 5:27:05 23.8(13:44) 38.31(8:32) 5071
  Cross-country skiing2 1:58:54 12.48(9:32) 20.08(5:55) 578
  Orienteering1 1:16:31 4.22(18:08) 6.79(11:16) 269
  Total5 8:42:30 40.5(12:54) 65.18(8:01) 5918

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Sunday Feb 7 #

9 AM

Downhill skiing 3:37:08 [1] 20.34 km (10:41 / km) +2621m 6:30 / km

Cypress with Carla. My pass doesn't let me do downhill on weekends in Jan/Feb, but Carla had a spare corporate pass so I got to ski for free :)

Beautiful blue sky day, and the snow was better than expected. Did a few laps of Eagle while the lineups were still short, then over to Raven, then Sky Chair. An excellent outing.
6 PM

Orienteering 1:16:31 [3] 6.79 km (11:16 / km) +269m 9:24 / km
ahr:146 max:168 shoes: inov8 Arctic Talon Blue

Fun Darkside at Burke Mountain.

There are some lovely pockets of forest on this map, and I appreciate Joanne pre-running the course to make sure she used as much nice stuff as possible. Adam's winning time of 57 minutes for 5.1km straight line will clarify that "lovely" and "nice" are very much relative terms.

Very reflective pinflags tonight, so was able to take some riskier route choices. Compass-work was mostly okay, but I found myself drifting a few times - need to remember to check the compass more often at night.

Bonus points to Joanne for supplying cookies at the finish line!

Saturday Feb 6 #

11 AM

Cross-country skiing 1:00:00 [3] 8.91 km (6:44 / km) +252m 5:54 / km
ahr:152 max:172

Easy cruise at Hollyburn. The snow was very sticky, and the eastern trails were quite deep. Did a couple of trails for the first time this season (full West Lake loop, up Mobraten, and Zig Zag). Had to herringbone walk up a few of the steep bits as the conditions were not letting be glide uphill at all. Very quiet for a Saturday.

Thursday Feb 4 #

2 PM

Downhill skiing 1:49:57 [2] 17.97 km (6:07 / km) +2450m 3:38 / km
ahr:106 max:158

Downhill at Cypress. The snow on the ground was really saturated with water, and the snow in the air was turning to rain as a I left. Very quiet (by downhill standards).

Wednesday Feb 3 #

3 PM

Cross-country skiing 58:54 [4] 11.17 km (5:16 / km) +326m 4:36 / km
ahr:166 max:179

Ski-O at Cypress. Lots of fun, though I definitely had a huge advantage doing it today on hardpack rather than in a foot of powder over the weekend. Generally good conditions, and nice to be out in the sunshine.

Looks like JRance found the optimal route, but I was only a little bit off. I also ended up doing a full loop of the Unknown Lake meadow area, as the 2020 version of the map is very bad and I couldn't figure out where the control was supposed to be. I've put a 2021 update on the website in case somebody is planning another event this year.

I need to find a better way to hold my map, as I dropped it a couple of times. Tying it to my wrist with elastic seems like a good option.

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