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Training Log Archive: coach ld

In the 7 days ending Jan 27:

activity # timemileskm+m
  skate ski7 6:05:33 50.75(7:12) 81.68(4:29)
  classic ski2 1:15:00 8.39(8:56) 13.5(5:33)
  Total9 7:20:33 59.14(7:27) 95.18(4:38)

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Friday Jan 26 #

1 PM

classic ski (Walden trails) 25:00 [3] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)

Mrs. Huet and I continued our journey home today and broke up another long drive with a ski stop. We did a sweet ski on the Walden Nordic Club/Naughton trails just outside Sudbury in Lively. I had never been there before and loved it. They got a bit of new snow earlier this week on top of icy stuff and we got there shortly after they groomed so it was tilled and rolled and lovely. Classic skied the 5km rolling trail and then switched to skate for another loop plus their flat 3km loop. Again, did not want to get back in the car. It was totally worth stopping for - especially as we continued down the highway and watched the snow gradually thin out and then disappear near Barrie :(
Great trip with Mrs. Huet, with lots of visits to new, nice trails:)
2 PM

skate ski (Walden trails) 35:00 [3] 8.0 km (4:23 / km)

Such perfect freshly groomed skate trails. Magical.
I love skiing.

Thursday Jan 25 #

12 PM

classic ski (Birkie trails) 50:00 [3] 8.5 km (5:53 / km)

We decided to try to take a northerly route back home to take advantage of snow and get a ski in to break up the long drive. It was still a long drive. But we did go to Hayward Wisconsin to the revered American Birkbeiner site. It's tiny town but they are all about nordic skiing and the Birkie is huge for them. There's a really nice little museum/gift shop and super nice ski-types working there. We were directed to the "OO" access pont which is about 1/2 way along the 56km course. It's all rolling wooded ravines with big deciduous trees in that part of the world and it was all covered with a gorgeous silver coating of hoar frost. So pretty.
We skied from the warming hut there on the freshly groomed trail :). So sweet. And it's massive! So wide. Widest I've ever been on.Twice the width of the Gatineau Parkway. Probably the width of a 4 lane highway. Seriously. When they have the race everyone goes at once; classic, skaters, all ages, and then there's another start at the 1/2 way point for the 1/2 Birkie.
We had a lovely rolling classic ski down and back for about 8-9km. and then did the same on our skate skis. So sorry we didn't have more time to just keep gliding along with basically the place to ourselves on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. It was hard to get back in the car for 8 more hours.
1 PM

skate ski (Birkie trails) 40:00 [3] 8.5 mi (4:42 / mi)

Wednesday Jan 24 #

9 AM

skate ski warm up/down (Minneapolis) 40:00 [3] 8.0 km (5:00 / km)

Ski testing and warm-up/cool down on the beautifully grroomed fresh, real snow.

skate ski race (Minneapolis) 15:33 [3] 5.0 km (3:07 / km)

Relays today in great conditions. It was cold overnight and squeaky this morning, then it started warming. Again our long-distance wax tech was right and even though we had to do it ourselves the magic fairy dust worked again:). Mrs. Huet and I both had fast skis on pretty fast snow. It was a blast. Our teammates, one from Saskatoon and one from Prince George, did the first 2 legs of classic and we were in rd when I got tagged. Mrs. Huet was tired of bronze medals so I was told I had to catch someone so she could get a different colour The Americans were untouchable, but the French were in sight. So I set out to take down their 3rd skier. I felt great and caught her inside the first km. But I thought I could hear her beg=hind me for a quite a while. It was a ghost skier because when I got the tight turn there was no one there:). It was a course without the monster "W" down-up-down-up so it was rolling and fast and super fun! We ended up in silver and very happy with 4 strong skis by the Canadian girls!
12 PM

skate ski long (Minneapolis) 1:40:00 [3] 20.0 km (5:00 / km)

Snow and trail conditions were just too good not to ski more today - especially given the conditions we are going home to :(
So I went exploring on the park trails that weren't open when we got here due to lack of snow. They are lovely now. There are plenty of trails and lots that were flat or gently rolling - perfect for after a race. It was so nice. I ended up crossing a lake and skiing alone in the woods and then returning to the park where there were skiers everywhere making the most of the conditions. Gotta love xc skiers - race and then go ski for a couple of hours:)

Tuesday Jan 23 #

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Nothing but blue skies, sunshine and fresh snow today, at -6. No wind. Great day for a ski race, except that it was the rest day:(. We were tourists for the day with my friend who drove us all over Minnepaolis -St. Paul to see all the sights: the new Vikings Football Stadium (ready for the superbowl) shaped like a viking ship, the new Guthrie Theatre with amazing panoramic views, the beautiful bridges, the re-vitalized downtown core etc.

Monday Jan 22 #

12 PM

skate ski warm up/down 35:00 [3] 6.0 km (5:50 / km)

Crazy, crazy weather day! Full on blizzard conditions all day but very wet snow. Challenging race conditions for sure. The very wet snow came down steadily at about 1-2 cm an hour. And there was significant wind. Our wax was excellent again (thank you Goose for the long distance advice) but visibility and the ability to keep glasses clear was the big issue. They shortened the course from 10 to 7.5 because they didn't get the natural snow in time to groom for that long a course. In some places it was complete whiteouts and many of us went off the trail which was almost imperceptible even if you could see. It was coming down so fast there was little sign of grooming and unless you were right on someone's tail there were no tracks visible. In the middle of the race I was trying to imagine how the Inuit survived in blowing snow. I was in park in a large city with several hundred other skiers and volunteers and I couldn't see anything - not a person, not a tree, not the trail. I could sort of feel where it wasn't quite as soft and just hoped I didn't fly off the trail again. But my skis were fast. I clung to 4 for 5km and then a German woman who made the most remarkable noises finally muscled her way by me. She sounded like Godzilla about to puke. So I was 5th and felt good except for not having de-iced goggles. Chris was 3rd again, behind the same lady who passed her near the end yesterday.
The trip back into town from the course was hell. Minneapolis is a huge city with only a few plows apparently and they only get storms rarely. So not everyone gets snow tires. They just go to work, school etc. hoping they'll get there and then fly into snownbanks and each other. Compared to home the snow plowing is brutal. So we never made it to our place, finally managed to get off the freeway after an hour and got to the race hotel for the awards presentation just in time. No shower. No supper. But pretty happy still:)

Sunday Jan 21 #

10 AM

skate ski warm up/down (Minneapolis) 50:00 [3] 6.0 km (8:20 / km)

Warm up on crust outside the stadium area. Kind of fun to cruise around the rolling parkland. Skis felt good and they were just the warm up skis. Cool down on the race course
12 PM

skate ski race (Minneapolis) 50:00 [5] 15.0 km (3:20 / km)

We hit the wax right today! Thanks Goose. The skis felt so good. So fast I was surprised and double poled my self right onto my ass at the stat! My tailbone hurts now.
Mrs. Huet was flying. I managed to get back up with the fast half of our group - but I only have enough at that pace for about 5-6 km. Two strong ladies finally passed me on the second lap after sitting on my tail for quite a while. Mrs. Huet fought to stay in front of an American woman for 14+km and got passed near the finish but managed a bronze!! Very cool. I finished 6th. Humbled once again by the much older, and apparently faster age groups. The next age group up winner blew by me making up 5 min. in about 7km.
The medal ceremony tonight was very nice and inspiring. Watching the 90 year-old guy who (despite being alone in his category) won his race, jump up onto the podium was quite a sight.

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