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Training Log Archive: tomwcarr

In the 7 days ending Jan 19:

activity # timemileskm+m
  XC Sking4 8:18:20 44.13 71.01 1159
  Erg2 1:20:00
  Run1 33:00
  Lift1 10:00
  Total6 10:21:20 44.13 71.01 1159

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Friday Jan 19 #

Erg 30:00 [3]
shoes: RP3

Thursday Jan 18 #

XC Sking 1:21:00 [3]
shoes: Pursuit

Mostly easy playing with technique. However, inspired by the stage 5 of the Tour de Ski with it's mid race sprints I did 7 x TP Hill sprints of my own. I probably look like a spaz but one can't get good without going through spaz phase.

ps: I am having pizza for dinner two nights in a row because I wan t to.

Wednesday Jan 17 #

Erg 50:00 [3]
shoes: RP3

Erg = 25
TRX = 5
Run = 21
Erg = 25
TRX = 5
Run = 12

Run 33:00 [3]

Lift (TRX) 10:00 [3]

Monday Jan 15 #

9 AM

XC Sking 1:24:01 [3] 11.36 km (7:24 / km) +288m 6:34 / km

On the road at 0730 so we could be at Strafford Nordic at 0900. SN is a farm where they have put in a large 2 story shed (or small 2 story barn) as a lodge. Serviceable though. The trails were very very hard packed bordering on ice and the temp was still about 5F. The groomer left just before we started skiing and I should have followed him around. Instead I found myself climbing. Ugh. Not what I was interested in today. Going down wasn't much of a reward because the trail was so narrow, twisty and icy I had to keep the brakes on most of the time. Once down I did my best to put in some good strides. Mostly unsuccessful. Still, skiing is better than not skiing.

As we repacked all the gear before leaving we played catch with black lab Maple, who was very friendly and very enthusiastic about chasing down her squeaky hamburger. We also each got a small jar of organic chocolate milk sourced right from the moo cows on the farm.

Sunday Jan 14 #

11 AM

XC Sking 1:39:05 [3] 18.69 km (5:18 / km) +131m 5:07 / km

First, because it was so cold there was no rush to get on the skis, we drove to Morristown, home of Concept 2. It was of course closed but now I've seen where it is.

Got skiing around 1115, when it had warmed to 3F. Lisa and I both went down to Great Hosomer Pond and zipped around on 3-5cm of "ccoperative" snow covering the ice. When heading north my face got a little ouchy-cold but heading south into the sun was nice. I tried to get over to LIttle Hosmer Pond but they didn't have the the route groomed and while I got close I decided to bag it at a road crossing.

I spent a lot of time working on no-poles and V2 and the cooperative snow turned me made it seem I was an expert skier; I was zipping along at a very good pace. Coming back on the trail was a little annoying because it was all rutted up with classic tracks making it hard to skate; it was a nice little up-and-downy narrowy trail that was fun though.

A great ski on a beautiful day.

XC Sking 1:10:58 [3] 13.11 km (5:25 / km) +225m 4:59 / km

I figured with all the cold snow kms so far and that I had two more outings to go I'd use the break to wax my skis. Put on some Toko blue. I really need to pack my own iron. I thought if any place would have decent irons to borrow it would be Craftsbury but that was definitly not the case. Luckily there was another guy there to borrow from.

The place was super busy, at least compared to yesterday, which was fun to see. Lisa said that it seemed that the main topic of conversation was parents yelling at their kids to wear a face mask so they didn't get frostbite; the kids were typically not happy about it.

We got going about around 1445 when it had warmed to 4F. My heavy wt gloves were wet from the morning so I wore my mids and my hands were just fine. Otherwise, usual outfit with a buff pulled up over my head.

The first 40 min the snow was super duper zippy fast. I'm not sure if it was due to the snow, my fresh wax, or the fact that it was so well groomed/packed/skied upon.

At about 8km I thought about heading back to avoid the climbing but decided what the heck -- just go. Up and up, then fun down and down. At the flooded creek there was standing water that there was no way to avoid. The climb back up to the Nordic Center I could have done without. Then, as I feared migfht happen I my bindings were frozen shut and there was about 30cm of a film of ice on the bottoms of each ski. The later is not fast and the former required and extra 5 min of picking and scraping ice.

We zipped up to Newport for dinner, which was a fun drive.

I'm a littel overtired from the long day in the cold. I might be a dehydrated. Tonight's movie is "The Ghost and Mrs Muir."

To my list from yesterday I add another:
* Weight on the front of the foot.
* Lift my knees and feet.
* Get low on the climbs.
* When climbing focus my eyes about a half a meter in front of the ski tips. Where the eyes go the body will go and so it helps force my hips to turn, get my weight over the ski, and commit to the glide.

Saturday Jan 13 #

11 AM

XC Sking 1:30:44 [3] 15.08 km (6:01 / km) +288m 5:30 / km

Craftsbury, VT

When we left Dallas it was 23F and when we arrived in Boston is was 56F. Rained on our trip north to Lyndonville, where we are staying at the Collonade Inn, which is a very non-fancy but certainly will do motor inn type hotel. Overnight the rain turned to ice and it took a little while to clear the car windows. The nornally 45 min trip took an extra 40 min due to somewhat hazardous road conditions but luckily I keep my winter driving skills honed sharp in TX.

The snowing eased up quite a bit and it was a toasty 13F by the time we got on our skis at 1100. Zing! Wonderful conditions! The snow was easy to ski on and relative to the dry CO snow we are used to very fast. As Lisa said, the snow was "cooperative." The fact that we weren't at 9k feet and gasping for air was helpful too.

Very nice trails -- some through the woods and some along he edges of fields. Between about 6k and 10k the trail hadn't been freshly groomed but there was only about 2 in of easy so on top and it was fun skiing. The downhill trip back was great. Finished up at 90 min as agreed with Lisa but could have easily stayed out longer.

XC Sking 1:12:32 [3] 12.77 km (5:41 / km) +227m 5:13 / km

Nice lunch at the Nordic Center and then back out at 1430. Sunny skies with scattered clouds and 9F. Snow still good and another great outing.

We ate at Pizza Man in Lyndonville, which was good but not as good as Elevation Pizza in Fraser, CO.

Even with these temps my only change from usual was wearing a buff. Used my med-weight gloves (Swix). I still finished sweaty.

Things to work on:
Weight on the front of the foot.
Lift my knees and feet.
Get low on the climbs

Spent a lot of time skiing no poles. I have a feeling that I'm not the picture of elegance.

Now watching Steve McQueen in Bullet.

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