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Training Log Archive: Bash

In the 7 days ending Nov 25, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  XC Skiing - Classic1 1:50:00 9.01(4.9/h) 14.5(7.9/h) 236
  Snowshoeing1 1:24:56 3.31(25:40) 5.32(15:57) 370
  Strength & Mobility2 55:00
  Total4 4:09:56 12.32 19.82 606
averages - sleep:6.4

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Sunday Nov 25, 2018 #


Remembering Sharon Adams-Dean, one of my oldest friends, who died a year ago today. Her Ontario memorial was held this afternoon. This picture is from the last time we saw each other.

Saturday Nov 24, 2018 #

12 PM

Snowshoeing (Ungroomed) 1:24:56 [2] 5.32 km (15:57 / km) +370m 11:50 / km
slept:5.5 shoes: Salomon XA Pro GTX - Black

'Bent and I decided to combine our workout with BazingaDog's and AdventureDog's workouts today. We all snowshoed up and around Blue Mountain, doing things we normally can't do when the resort is open for downhill skiing. We followed downhill mountain bike trails and walked up ski slopes. We got to some new places and had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, my foot hurts. :(

We'd been looking forward to meeting Mr. and Mrs. Veinbuster at the Collective Arts beer tasting/pairing event at the Crow Bar but there were freezing rain warnings from Collingwood all the way down to their place so we'll get together another time. We tasted one extra beer in their honour. ;)

'Bent and I got a lot of things done around Tree Hugger ABC during our last few visits. It's starting to feel more homey now that the fireplace is built and some things are hanging on the walls.

Friday Nov 23, 2018 #

XC Skiing - Classic (Groomed Trail) 1:50:00 [3] 14.5 km (7.9 kph) +236m

Scenic Caves opened for XC skiing today, and 'Bent and I were there before lunch to buy season passes. It's important to use as much of the season as possible! Conditions were surprisingly good for November - a few rough patches and a little ice but mostly nice, soft snow.

It was groomed for skating with no tracks set for classic so we made our own tracks at the side of the trail. The groomer went by us several times. When we started, the staff said they had 8 km of trail open but as we skied, more and more trails were groomed and we didn't miss much of the network.

We said "hi" to Martin Rydlo as he flew by on skate skis, and we saw his wife Stacie Smith arriving as we were leaving. Most of the time, we had the trails to ourselves - magical!

Thursday Nov 22, 2018 #


Some people have written me about Salomon's Friends and Family VIP sales. The store manager discontinued them for 2018 but Salomon Store Toronto does have a pretty good Black Friday sale continuing through Monday. They have some really nice winter tights and pants this year; I stocked up.

While we're talking Black Friday, if you enter the discount code BLACK when you check out at, there are even better discounts than usual. They always have great prices on Atlas Race snowshoes but you can get them for $217 Canadian including tax and shipping. I'm not sure how long the BF sale lasts but that's an excellent deal. The Atlas site sells them for $349.99 + tax.

Wednesday Nov 21, 2018 #

Strength & Mobility (Weights) 30:00 [3]

Still some pain in my ankle but I started back with heavier weights today, and it didn't feel worse. It's going to be a long road to CCC next year but I'm looking forward to building up to it.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 #


Monday Nov 19, 2018 #


A few people have written to ask about the Salomon Toronto Store's VIP Friends and Family Sale, which used to happen in November. It has been replaced with a new Black Friday Week, which started today. They have running apparel and shoes, nordic and downhill ski clothing, hiking boots, winter jackets, running/hiking packs, Suunto watches, etc. See details at the link. I stocked up on winter tights and pants this year and they've come in handy already!
6 PM

Strength & Mobility 25:00 [1]

Foothab and balance. This highlighted some weaknesses and painful places in my left foot - a good reminder to get back to Dr. Thumbs-of-Death soon. But really, it wasn't that bad considering that I did two orienteering races on the weekend with only Leukotape bracing my ankle.

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