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Training Log Archive: CleverSky

In the 7 days ending Feb 6:

activity # timemileskm+m
  snowshoeing2 2:13:38 5.0(26:42) 8.05(16:36) 127
  skating2 2:00:06 19.36(6:12) 31.15(3:51)
  hiking3 1:44:01 6.47(16:05) 10.41(10:00) 102
  nordic skiing1 1:42:55 5.84(17:38) 9.39(10:58) 131
  pedaling1 26:15 3.2(8:12) 5.15(5:06) 3
  running1 18:02 1.25(14:25) 2.01(8:57)
  Total7 8:24:57 41.11(12:17) 66.17(7:38) 363

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Saturday Feb 6 #

12 PM

nordic skiing (woods) 1:42:55 [3] 9.39 km (10:58 / km) +131m 10:15 / km

WBW. This worked out better than I had feared. Sunny day, almost 40F, windy, but not in the woods. I had it in my mind that I had no Nordic ski gear at all, but I looked in the garage and found that I still had some stuff that's 75% unsuitable for any purpose (my poles are completely legit). So I bolstered one broken binding with some heavy duty double-sided tape, and headed out. I figured I might be limited to an out and back on the unpaved part of Vinton Pond Road, but then I tried a snowshoed-in trail, and kept on going. This was a mixture of ski tracks, snowshoe tracks, breaking trail in undisturbed snow, and snowmobile tracks. The skis had no kick wax, but that wasn't too terrible. Much of the climb was too twisty to be able to slide at all, I was more or less walking on skis. I only saw two snowmobiles, and those were at a distance. I chatted with an old guy ("old" maybe meaning not much older than me) getting back in his car at Fort Hill Road, who proudly annnounced that he had hiked all the way to Pearl Hill and back, including "around the circle" (which I'm guessing means the campground loop) in 4 hours 45 minutes. Roughly my start and end points, but presumably via a more direct route. No falls on the high-speed descent (though I did fall a few times other places), and I was able to do some improbable skating on the snowmobile trails (no glide wax, either). I did notice fairly far into this that a foot or more of the base on one of the skis is delaminating at the tail (flap flap). I may glue it back on in case I want to go out again before winter is over, but at the end of the season I really should cut the skis up into small enough pieces and put them and the awful ebay boots in the trash can.

Friday Feb 5 #

6 PM

hiking (pavement) 46:41 [1] 4.84 km (9:39 / km) +38m 9:17 / km
shoes: Oboz Sawtooth II

Mass Ave., etc., and home, In The Dark, the first part with Nancy.

Thursday Feb 4 #

6 PM

snowshoeing 57:58 [3] 4.28 km (13:33 / km) +94m 12:13 / km
shoes: GoLite Blaze Lite

WBSW again, In The Dark, by myself this time, small snowshoes. Partially the same route that we did yesterday, in the opposite direction, but I added a loop up over the hill, breaking trail for most of that part. I encountered a young guy getting out of his car on Old City Road where we had thought about parking last night but it didn't look like there was enough room. He had what looked like carbon fiber snowshoes, reasonably large. I chatted with him for a minute or two about where we went yesterday and where I was thinking of going tonight. He said he had the same loop in mind but hadn't decided which direction to go. I didn't see him after that, and didn't see any indication of his tracks, either, so maybe he went the same way I did and just didn't catch up.

Wednesday Feb 3 #

6 PM

snowshoeing 1:15:40 [2] 3.77 km (20:03 / km) +33m 19:12 / km
shoes: GoLite Blaze Lite

WBSW, In The Dark, with Nancy. The bigger snowshoes, breaking trail most of the way around, in "pretty deep" snow.

Tuesday Feb 2 #

12 PM


Snow dealings, round 5. Snowblowed the driveway and the mailbox, took about an hour including an unexpected hiatus when I ran out of gas (I had more in the garage). Used a shovel for a little cleanup at the end. NWS says we got 18" here, depth outside hard to measure because of the drifting, but somewhere between 9" and 14". Not too dense, and it remained snow the whole way through, no sleet or rain.
6 PM

hiking (pavement) 36:31 [1] 3.55 km (10:17 / km) +15m 10:04 / km
shoes: Oboz Sawtooth II

Around the block, In The Dark, with Nancy.

Monday Feb 1 #

7 AM

running (pavement) 18:02 [2] 2.01 km (8:57 / km)
shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 350

Down the hill to the lake, carrying skates and sail and a cushion, then out onto the lake to the point where the ice was good.

skating (kitewing) 40:34 [1] 10.2 km (3:59 / km)

Sailing in a light NE breeze, most of the time just enough to work, occasionally a bit fresher. Hands and feet were all getting cold, but I was wearing ski gloves so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

skating (kitewing) 9:12 [1] 1.97 km (4:40 / km)

As I was taking off my skates, Michael Coulomb came along (the guy I talked to yesterday who had drilled test holes). He asked if I could sail a little more so he could take a picture. At that point I wass back to shoes and was swinging my arms around to warm up my fingers, but I decided to give it another brief go. While I was putting my skates back on, a little wind vortex came along and picked up the sail and the bag and started scooting them across the lake. He chased them down for me, and I was ready to go when he brought them back. That little dust devil was thefirst taste of some brisker wind, and I was able to get moving quite a bit faster. I didn't have the watch on for the first run, which I think may have been the fastest, but the next one heading SE appears to have hit 22+ mph. Zoooom!

hiking (pavement) 20:49 [2] 2.02 km (10:20 / km) +49m 9:13 / km

And back to the house. We'll see what happens, but that's the end of the local ice for at least a while, big snow coming tonight.

Sunday Jan 31 #

1 PM

pedaling (ice bike!) 19:48 [2] 4.4 km (4:30 / km)

Hickory Hills, scoping out the situation. After a couple of quite cold nights, what had been frozen was now mostly snow-covered, and what had been open water was now pretty fine ice. There were a bunch of ice fishermen out having a get-together, a few snowmobiles and ATVs, and a bunch of people on skates, so it was clear that the situation was favorable. After a reconaissance tour, I headed back to the car for more gear, then rode back out to the main part where the good ice was.

The spiky tires again worked great. It quickly became clear that I was best off to stick to the narrow strips of ice where the snow had drifted away, and to stay off the places that had a couple of inches of snow. The former was like riding on pavement, whereas on the latter I slid around a little and it was a lot more effort. There was one small area where the ice was unexpectedly slushy. No danger, because it's a very shallow spot, but it was very unclear why it wasn't frozen.

skating (ice) 51:55 [3] 14.53 km (3:34 / km)

Excellent ice, dead calm, I was not feeling rusty, and my ankles did not hurt. I chatted for a bit with a guy named Michael Columb, which said he had drilled test holes yesterday and found 5"-6" everywhere he looked.

skating (kitewing) 9:15 [1] 1.33 km (6:58 / km)

I thought I felt a puff of wind, so I set up the sail and skated around with it, but that's really all I was doing, there wasn't enough wind to matter. This is the only section that AP guessed wrong, putting it as "running"

skating (ice) 9:10 [3] 3.13 km (2:56 / km)

One more lap of the nice ice, feeling like my form was pretty good the whole way around.

pedaling (ice bike!) 6:27 [2] 0.75 km (8:39 / km) +3m 8:29 / km

And back to the car. This includes the time spent loading the bike and other gear into the car, but it was enough effort with frozen fingers that I'm going to leave it.

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