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Training Log Archive: O Steve!

In the 7 days ending Feb 11, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  xc classic skiing4 8:27:20
  xc skate skiing1 1:01:37
  uphill treadmill hike1 30:29
  Run1 30:00
  Total6 10:29:26

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Sunday Feb 11, 2018 #

xc classic skiing 1:50:07 [3]

Decided to ski shorter distance than planned after a rough day on Saturday so Kari and I skied together the entire way....what difference a day makes!. My energy level was much improved as I hope my Bronchitis is on the way out (fingers crossed)

A fantastic fun ski as Kari and whipped through a trail that had a little bit of everything....mild twisty turny down hills....skied a swamp....wooded park trails...on the shoulder of roads....on a golf course trail....onto a River...and into a ball field finish as we skied point to point.....its was rain/sleeting the last 40 minutes but the snow was fluffy and just became a bit quicker with the sleet topping .

Despite some horrendous logistic problems that had on on a shuttle but for almost 3 hours to take us to our start that should not have taken more than 40 minutes we had a great fun ski....totally the reverse of yesterday.......There is not enough time to discuss all the screw ups they made with logistics and buses but if anyone wants to ski it I could certainly give the benefit of what we learned.....

This is a unique event (its a tour and not a race) in its 52nd year that I have always anted to ski. I regret I did not ski it when I might have been able to do the full distance but was very happy to experiencing this uniquely Canadian event......old school event all the way that we had a blast skiing today....

Saturday Feb 10, 2018 #

xc classic skiing 4:52:45 [3]

!st Day of Canadian ski marathon......great unique event that is not a race but a tour with over 1500 participants skiing different lengths and sections (served by a multitude of shuttle buses) .....I skied a section and then joined Kari for the last one........Bronchitis caught up with me and I struggled with note: the course had big uphills and windy sketchy downhillls that a former president of the CSM (that I met on the shuttle bus)told me "its not a race course its a wilderness track" kidding, even the section marked "intermediate" had sketchy downhills in a narrow twisting track.....

planning to ski a shorter course tomorrow than I originally planned due to my flagging reseves due to Bronchitis so Kari and I will ski together the entire way tomorrow....

Thursday Feb 8, 2018 #

Run 30:00 [3]

2 x 15:00 @12:30 pace w/ 5 min walk break recovery in between.

felt hard at first then eased a bit....running is just never going to be the same....

uphill treadmill hike 30:29 [3]

warm up/cool down...and break

Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 #

xc classic skiing 1:11:24 [3]

feeling better and hopeful I will be near 100% for the Canadian Ski Marathon this weekend....with Kari at Hyland on all the natural snow trails....skied with good technique.

Tuesday Feb 6, 2018 #


problems with direction arrows at the loppet skate event that caused some participants to short the course is likely a symptom of what I was talking about yesterday in my post.......and the drop in numbers of ski racers that no one discusses is concerning...not good trends for the Loppet ski races but hey..they got all there other stuff..... the luminary loppet (or forget the skis and just walk around luminary loppet) dwarfs the ski races in numbers and revenue so despite my concerns I dont see anything changing.....

xc skate skiing 1:01:37 [3]

Wirth south....I skated because I didn.t trust the classic grooming.....running on 80% likely due to bronchitis......and skiing on rock skis with no wax on slowinh hour was all I wanted...pretty tired after 60 minutes.......I wish I felt better but it is what it is and I am skiing on vacation regardless.....

Monday Feb 5, 2018 #


I would never post this in a public forum but it seems that the nordic ski races that started the Loppet Foundation have become less and less of the focus. The numbers that entered the races weren't all that impressive.....not bad but with the big races on two separate weekends I would have expected more........alas, all their other events and programs have increasingly garnered more attention.

xc classic skiing 33:04 [3]

back home....skied the lakes easy. No grooming after the loppet ( I guess they are tired) so it was not as much fun to stride...needed to test my replacement skis to make sure they will stay on this time.....cut it short and truth be told by knee hurt and my upper respiratory infection had me lacking a z pack antibiotics today to try and turn it around for the Canadian trip coming up...

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