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Training Log Archive: coach ld

In the 7 days ending Apr 3:

activity # timemileskm+m
  classic ski2 7:00:00 31.07(13:31) 50.0(8:24)
  cycling4 3:04:00 31.69(5:48) 51.0(3:36)
  canoeing1 2:10:00 7.46(17:26) 12.0(10:50)
  hiking1 1:30:00 4.35(20:41) 7.0(12:51)
  skate ski1 40:00 3.11(12:52) 5.0(8:00)
  Total9 14:24:00 77.67(11:07) 125.0(6:55)

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Saturday Apr 3 #

10 AM

canoeing (Beaver River) 2:10:00 [3] 12.0 km (10:50 / km)

Goose and I met Bash and Bent at the Epping bridge and canoed up river for an hour or so then back. Really nice paddle. Saw the adult bald eagle and an adolescent. It seemed enormous. We followed them up the river most of the way. Also saw trumpeter/tundra swans, an egret, a pair of Sandhill cranes and lots of geese and ducks but no beaver and oddly no muskrats. Then we had to test the buttertarts from the new Blackbird Bakery location. Necessary to test more than one actually, to be sure. Same gooey goodness as ever:)
3 PM

cycling (active transport) 20:00 [3] 5.0 km (4:00 / km)

Retired couple toodle to the grocery store and back to make our friend Dave O happy. He's trying to get people to cycle everyday in April.

Friday Apr 2 #

3 PM

cycling (Collingwood ) 1:10:00 [3] 18.0 km (3:53 / km)

Another clear but chilly day. Lots of sunshine but lots of icy wind of the water.
Goose and I did the Collingwood flat trails.

Thursday Apr 1 #

9 AM

hiking (Pretty River) 1:30:00 [3] 7.0 km (12:51 / km)

April fool's - snow is back! About 7-8 cm up on the escarpment in Pretty River Prov. park this morning. Did a nice hike in the woods out of the wind with Susie and JC. It was a bit squishy in spots but we didn't hit ice underfoot which was good:)
2 PM

cycling (Collingwood ) 34:00 [3] 8.0 km (4:15 / km)

Short "active transport" trip from our Collingwood house to Staples and a a bit of extra on the bike trails with Goose. It was bloody windy and bitter wind off the bay. Our feet were never that cold in Yellowknife!

Wednesday Mar 31 #

5 PM

cycling (rail trail) 1:00:00 [3] 20.0 km (3:00 / km)

No snow here! Hard to believe it's all gone. 21 degrees when we landed in TO yesterday afternoon. Not so warm today but after some chores and errands I met Susie for a flat chatty bike ride on the C'wood trails . The wind off the bay was pretty raw but balmy compared to Yellowknife!

Monday Mar 29 #

8 AM

skate ski (Frame Lake) 40:00 [3] 5.0 km (8:00 / km)

Last day in Yellowknife. One more chance to ski. I was the coldest I've been here yet. It was -24 but the there was a significant wind out of the east that was just brutal damp and biting. I almost turned back. Goose had given his skate pole straps to the Girl so he skated so I did too. There were drifts, it was squeaky and sandpapery and slow and I had miserably cold fingers and toes. I almost turned back. It got a bit better in spots out of the wind but I did cross the lake early with the wind at my back to get back closer to Goose. It was much easier in that direction.
And so ends the ski season:)
I skied every day from Boxing Day until March 3, And from then until March 29.
1.626.5 km since Jan.1
Plus a few more days in Dec. Damn good ski season!

Sunday Mar 28 #

12 AM

classic ski (Yellowknife) 2:30:00 [3] 20.0 km (7:30 / km)

We signed up for the Gold Loppet which was self-directed this year due to covid. The rules said you could start anywhere on the "course" and at anytime from midnight Sat. to midnight Sunday. So of course Goose wanted to start at midnight. We went to the Snowking Castle and headed north into Back Bay under an amazingly luminous full moon ringed with a gorgeous white halo under a light veil of overcast. It was so big and beautiful. We skied up the west side of Back Bay and on into Yellowknife Bay and found an extra loop that was groomed impeccably and no one had walked on it, or messed it up with skidoo tracks etc. It was the bomb! Such sweet skiing on perfect snow, first ones to go on it. Felt like we were flying. We stopped for a snack and that's when an amazing chorus of wolf howls started. Gave us goosebumps. Magic.
10 AM

classic ski (loppet) 4:30:00 [3] 30.0 km (9:00 / km)

A bit of a short sleep but we got up and headed out to do the other loops on the small lakes to the west. Goose had planned a route assuming there would be skidoo tracks between lakes to follow. That worked fairly well but we did have a couple of walking sections. It was a beautiful day., and we stopped several times to take pictures and have snacks. Despite strong winds
the temps were spring-like and the sun was out. We saw a few other loppeters but not many. The tracks were pretty good on most lakes but we did do a fair bit on skidoo tracks too. It was really fun.

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