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Training Log Archive: coach ld

In the 7 days ending Jan 20, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+m
  classic ski6 12:25:00 31.07 50.0
  skate ski6 7:25:00 38.53 62.0
  strength1 2:45:00
  Total12 22:35:00 69.59 112.0

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Monday Jan 20, 2020 #

strength (tree/snow removal) 2:45:00 [3]

A brilliantly beautiful day. Bright blue sky and sunshine sparkling off the glassy ice that is still coating the trees up on the escarpment. It's just dazzling.
Goose and I helped Chanse on the trail this morning pruning overhanging, drooping trees and branches and then moving the branches and raking. Manual labour - I even wore big quilted winter overalls for the first time. Looked like areal local.
When I got home our driveway was knee deep with snow and had a chunky crusty ridge the snow plough left at the end of the driveway. And Tman was arriving later. So I shovelled for 45 minutes. Enough to make my forearms, wrist sand thumbs really sore.

Sunday Jan 19, 2020 #

8 AM

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

Holy snow! There was a lot out there first thing and branches hanging and broken so Chanse was having a helluva time crashing through the overhanging ice-snow heavy stuff. He had to do everything twice so he didn't even finish grooming till 11!!
I was trying to get up to the back orange with goodies for a World Snow Day event and could barely move in the knee deep snow since it still wasn't groomed. That was a workout.

classic ski (lessons) 4:00:00 [3]

4 lessons in a row. Of course Classic, skate, classic, skate so I had to keep switching boots. Could hardly tell if the trails had been groomed because the snow just kept coming. But it was fun and beautiful in snow globe out there again today. Perfect for World Snow Day:)
1 PM

classic ski (Highlands) 45:00 [3] 7.0 km (6:26 / km)

Had enough energy for a short classic loop with Connie and Dave O. It was spectacular. So much gorgeous snow.

Saturday Jan 18, 2020 #

9 AM

classic ski (lessons) 3:00:00 [3]

Tons. Of. Snow! All stuck onto the trees - so beautiful. It snowed a fine sandy snow all day. Awesome.
3 Classic lessons.
2 PM

skate ski (Highlands) 1:40:00 [3] 15.0 km (6:40 / km)

It was a bit deep, slow and hard to see but the skating was actually really nice. Like skiing on a cloud, in a cloud.:) Amazing snow drift formations from a strange southeast wind but despite the gusts the snow did not blow off the trees and the weight of it did bring down more branches.

Friday Jan 17, 2020 #

2 PM

classic ski (Highlands) 2:10:00 [3] 22.0 km (5:55 / km)

Such a gorgeous winter day. They don't get better than this. Clear, bright blue sky, no wind and spectacular snowscapes:). Goose and I drove by silvery trees shimmering in the sunshine on the tops of the hills all the way up Airport Rd. and it just got more stunning as we climbed the escarpment to Highlands with the Bay big and blue off in the distance. Breathtakingly beautiful. The ice from last weekend still hasn't melted off which is hard on the trees especially when squalls of sticky snow came yesterday. The snow stuck and isn't falling off which makes for exquisite formations of pouffy clumps, and delicate filigrees that you just couldn't sculpt or paint - Nature's art. Absolutely magical.
Never seen anything quite like the way it was today. And the ski conditions were great. We had a lovely classic tour on what seemed like unfamiliar trails because the trees looked so different all bowed over making tunnels. Truly a winter wonderland.

Thursday Jan 16, 2020 #

2 PM

skate ski (Island Lake) 1:00:00 [3] 12.0 km (5:00 / km)

Bright day with some purpley-grey scudding clouds which made fro some gorgeous light this afternoon, and absolutely breathtaking scenes with all the ice on the trees up on the escarpment. The trees were coated and so sparkly silver when the sun shone through them. Magic. Wish I had a camera to do it all justice. It was exquisite. And there was a very musical tinkling in the background whenever a wind gust caused small twigs to drop. I wasn't out in heavy wind and stayed mostly on open trails. Skied around the lake not on it, even though there were ice fishers out on it. It was relatively flat and easy skating - perfect since I was a bit tired and had a sore hip flexor from yesterday's long ski.

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 #

9 AM

classic ski (Highlands) 1:20:00 [3] 11.0 km (7:16 / km)

It was beautiful up on the escarpment with the trees all coated with silvery ice, but not great for the trails because it meant there were a lot of branches and sticks. Mrs. Huet and I skied a couple of loops on skins and stopped often to pick up sticks. A crew had been up on Sunday but as the ice melts more branches pop off and fall, plus some branches are heavily weighted and are so bowed over they will break eventually if the ice doesn't melt off. Bit sad. But the snow is beautiful.
11 AM

skate ski (Highlands) 1:45:00 [3] 16.0 km (6:34 / km)

We switched over to skate skis and went up and did some more loops. The back red and Hawberry aren't cleared of trees and so are ungroomed and not open. It meant repeating the same loops but it was more fun to do that with a ski buddy than alone and we did a legs only section and some balance work, as well as continuing to pick up sticks.

Tuesday Jan 14, 2020 #

10 AM

classic ski (Albion Hills) 1:10:00 [3] 10.0 km (7:00 / km)

Kind of a damp dreary morning but there seemed to be a bit of an undercrust with some softer snow on top. I didn't want to drive far so I tried Albion Hills and it was just lovely. Not because they groomed - it's rarely lovely if they groom because they're terrible. It was because they hadn't and there was a nice hard ice base with a good snow layer on top. I skied the wide trails up in the northeast section. The parking lot was closed off and there were very few signs of use. It hadn't been rolled. There was only one set of bike tire tracks, and a few footprints. I had an excellent ski, did about 2 loops of the system and it was easy skiing.
11 AM

skate ski (Albion Hills) 1:20:00 [3] 14.0 km (5:43 / km)

Traded in my classic skis for skate and did the northeast loop again, then crossed over and just cruised wherever I wanted on the west side. Unfortunately a park worker had driven on many of the trails with a Gator and kind of ruined my crust but in some places it was a blank slate and sweet skating:)
3 PM

skate ski (school field) 1:00:00 [3]

We were able to just crust cruise all over the school fields - it was awesome. WE did some intervals on the track actually without poles since it's a brand new rubberized track. It was very even! Fun.

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