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Training Log Archive: danfoster

In the 7 days ending Apr 10:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Mountain Biking w/ Jess1 8:00:00 28.0(17:09) 45.06(10:39)
  Paddling2 1:30:00 2.66(33:54) 4.27(21:04)
  Total3 9:30:00 30.66(18:36) 49.33(11:33)

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Saturday Apr 10 #

Paddling 30:00 [3] 0.25 km (2:00:00 / km)

"Bozo the Packrafting Clown" made an unsolicited appearance in our shared pond during my neighbor's kids party. First up - packrafting with a fat bike strapped to the bow. Wanted to test out the bikerafting configuration with the fatbike rack attached. Worked great, and the weight up front made the boat track much better than it did for the rest of the session.

Fatbike came off, to the amusement of another neighbor who wanted to know how to ride a bike in the water, and then it was time for stroke practice, and messing with seat height and position. It's kind of silly to practice sculling draws to move the boat sideways when a quick flick with the paddle turns the entire boat that direction, but at least the boat cooperates. Let some air out of the seat, dug in my toes, and practiced leaning and edging the boat. Got up on the back tube and threw braces while partially swamping the stern. Which quickly led to...

Re-entry practice! Pretty easy to flip the boat upright and scramble back in, but with nothing to hold on to when falling out, and high, slippery tubes, it's easy to see how boats and boaters get separated.

During all this Jess managed to lose her replacement dog feeding toy in the pond. The replacement replaced the same toy she lost earlier in the week into the pond. I managed to find both, and she happily rolled them around and in and out of the muck while I bobbed around in the same just a few feet offshore.

Thursday Apr 8 #

Mountain Biking w/ Jess 8:00:00 [3] 28.0 mi (17:09 / mi)

Took Jess on her first bikepacking trip. Scouting trails at Douglas State Forest for our AMC bikepacking trip next month. Rode 14 miles of trails each day, a mix of cinder rail beds, forest roads, and rock-studded hiking trails. It was mid-sixties and sunny both days, and seemed hotter with no leaf cover. Luckily there were plenty of CCC-era stone-lined water holes for Jess to splash around in.
Jess wasn't sure what to think when we set up camp at the shelter, ate dinner, and then hung out around a fire instead of heading for the car. She sat and pointed herself down the trail home, sending a not-so-subtle message. But when I opened up the tent and unveiled her sleeping mat and bed, she got the idea and was soon fast asleep, nestled under my down puffy and various parts of her own bed.
The trip went off without a hitch, until the final miles when I must have hit a pointy protrusion on a stick in the middle of Stud Finder, and punched a v-shaped incision right down the centerline of my fatbike's front tire. Sealant went everywhere. Stans and tire bacon wasn't doing the job, but super glue came to the rescue. Gingerly made my way down the rest of the singletrack, and then rode the old rail line straight back to the car. Except the road passed over the rail line on a 20' stone bridge, so the final feet of the ride were near-vertical. Jess was dog-tired by the end of the trip - a rare accomplishment.

Tuesday Apr 6 #

Paddling 1:00:00 [3] 2.5 mi (24:00 / mi)

Another circuit of Delaney in the tandem kayak with Jess. Added a deck pad and dog perch to the poop deck, and some non-slip SUP traction pad where Jess' hind feet should be when in goose-spotting mode. Apparently I put the pad too far forward, as she stands just behind it. Oh, well. The boat trimmed out nicely with my seat far back and Jess perched up front, as evidenced by the water pouring in through the now open mounting holes for the kayak foot pegs that I moved back. Added incentive to paddle faster in rough seas.

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