Tuesday, January 21, 2020

26 MPH

Look what we did today - topping 26 MPH skijoring!!!
Flying Zorro, Rudy and Jack as we top 26 MPH on the beautiful
groomed trail at Gold Run Nordic Center! Zoom!
Today was young Jack & Rudy's fastest ever skijor. Their first time topping 26 MPH! Their previous top speed was 24.8 MPH. I thought the kids might hit 26 MPH this season now that they are full grown and in their prime. Well, today was the day!

But, look at that photo above. Here's what really surprised me - Zorro was with!!!!! Yes, 11.5 year old Zorro topped 26 MPH this morning - wow! I expected Jack & Rudy's record speed to happen when Zorro was not with this season. Boy was I happily wrong! Zorro has topped 26 MPH 12 times before in his skijor career (and even topped 27 MPH once). But the last time Zorro hit 26 MPH was with Max in February 2017. Since then, Zorro & I skijored solo (hitting 24 MPH) and then we were training young & growing Jack & Rudy. I knew by the time Jack & Rudy were mature enough to top 26 MPH that Zorro would be over 11.5 years old and I figured he would not have that speed burst still in his engine. I am thrilled to be WRONG and Zorro still has an incredible burst when he's feeling it! Woo Hoo Zorro!

What is funny is that we took the day off yesterday. I think my partners were determined to show me today that a "day off" is a silly thing to do :)  Anyway, we went to the fast trails at Gold Run Nordic Center and were thrilled to be first tracks on the freshly groomed trail!
Freshly groomed for us to lay first tracks! Perfect for topping 26 MPH!
My pals were zipping around the trails all morning long - all that saved up energy from a silly day off yesterday. Our route took us out & back on the Peabody and Preston trails at Gold Run. Even though all three were juiced to run all morning, the kids HAD to get in one comedy act at our turnaround. The 2 year olds cannot go an entire outing without at least one comical interlude:
"Kids - it's FRESHLY groomed - get up and let's ZOOM!" says excited to go Zorro.
"But we are turning around - that means roll snow angels first!" responds Rudy.
"Ah, rub a dub dub!" adds silly Jack.
What does 26 MPH skijoring look like from behind? Well, come along and watch :)
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All smiles as we complete the fast & fun day on the groomie zoomie trails:
"Whee - that was FUN!" says the happy trio towing me to the finish.
I would say today's 'end of run' treats were VERY well earned by my speedy trio:
"Ye of little faith - I still got it!' says focused Zorro.
"That was FAST and FUN!" adds happy Jack & Rudy.
I thought the highlight of this morning's outing was going to be that we surpassed 500 miles for the season, putting Jack & Rudy well on track for their first 1000+ mile season.

Well, I was wrong, the highlight was Jack & Rudy's first 26 MPH skijor and Zorro's first 26 MPH since we were with Max back in February 2017 - wow! 6.4 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 26 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 73 days on the trails covering 503.4 miles with 47,600 feet of elevation climbed.

Sunday, January 19, 2020


Getting some well-earned 'end of run' treats after a fast & fun day on the trails!
"You have our complete attention! Hand them out!" says the focused & happy trio.
We had a blast skijoring around the trails in Swan Valley with the dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures this morning. We saw and ran behind many teams but never got close enough for today's photos to really show the flirting fun. All the teams were very clear to Zorro, Jack, Rudy and I but they were just a tad too far away to come out clear in our snapshots. Oh well, we'll show the day's fun as best we can.

Here's a ridiculously camouflaged team just over the snowbank in front of us. If you draw a line from Rudy's back right hindquarter, the line would intersect one of the sled dogs with the dog sled a smidget behind that. Oh well, we saw & watched them closely!
"Too camouflaged for the camera but not for our eyes!" says the sled
dog watching trio.
Here we go again with an 8 dog team clear to us on the trail ahead but barely visible in the clip.
Draw a line up from Rudy's left cheek and that line would intersect the musher behind
his 8 dog team on the trail ahead. Again, we all saw them CLEARLY!!!
One more time and still too far for a good photo... Start in between Jack & Rudy and draw a line up the trail and it would intersect the musher and team in front of us.
Perfectly clear to me and my partners but just a bit too far to come
out clear in a shrunk down photo :(
Today's video clip is us having fun playing "dog sled chase". Watch closely for the following. The team ahead of us on the trail is visible for about the first 5 seconds (watch for the movement in front of us). Then, after a few curves in the trail, you can see the musher ahead of us about 22 seconds in before he disappears around another bend. Then at about 42 seconds in and the team appears ahead of us again for a short straightaway. Note that we are closer to the team at 42 seconds than at the start - we are gaining on them :) But, after about 15 seconds of gaining, the team turns off the trail onto one of the side trails. I know this side trail is too narrow to follow them and pass, so I gently slow us to a stop at the point where the team disappeared.
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Ok, so the dog teams did not come out too clear in today's photos; but the silly signage did :)
"Got it - CAUTION, you better HANG ON back there!" that is the sled
dog interpretation of a CAUTION sign.
Once you are past the sign, it does not exist any more, right?
Maybe we went slow before the sign, maybe we didn't. But we are past
it now so FLOOR IT!
A fun day chasing and flirting with the dog sled teams on the trails but not the best footage. But, some great footage of unnecessary (and ignored) signage: 6.5 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 72 days on the trails covering 497.0 miles with 46,900 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


All smiles from the happy kids enjoying a skijor in the morning's new snow!
"What a fun workout!" declares the happy pair.
Today was a real workout for young & energetic Jack and Rudy as we found ourselves breaking trail in up to 12 inches of powder! It was not 12 inches for the entire outing, just roughly 12 in the deepest stretches; but it was laying fresh tracks to breaking trail in 4-12 inches the entire "out direction" of our outing! Today was the type of day where we left 11.5 year old Zorro out for the majority of the run while 2.5 and 2 year old Jack & Rudy got an aerobic trail breaking workout.
Plowing up Prospect Hill with a beautiful layer of fresh powder on the trail!
I just love the following shot of the powder twins flying through deep snow as we round a corner in the trail.
Kicking up powder as we run & plow through 10 or so inches of powder. POW!
Today's video highlight goes along with the prior photo. We start out in a gentle trot in 4-5 inches of powder. But, as we go along the snow gets deeper and, amazingly, as the snow gets deeper, Jack & Rudy go faster! By the end of the clip you see the sprinting kids really kicking up the powder around them!
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We did an "out & back" skijor this morning. That means we were breaking trail the entire first 1/2 of the outing and then running in our own set tracks on the way back. While running in the track you set is a little easier than breaking trail, it is by no means "easy" - just take a look for yourself:
Still kicking up powder even though we are in the track we set on the way out.
What a fun workout for the kids this morning!
Oh, and nice view of the ski runs of Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley too.
We did, of course, add Zorro into the team for a short sprint to the finish. Look how nicely all three fit tightly into the track we set on the way out!
All smiles as we add Zorro for a short powder sprint to the finish.
Finally, no day is complete without at least one comedic interlude from at least one of the kids (we had snow angels from both of them too, but the rodent dive was even better :)
"Incoming!" demonstrates rodent diving Rudy.
"Nice form little bro!" says impressed Jack watching Rudy's form.
An aerobic trail breaking day for Jack & Rudy with a short finish with elder Zorro: 7.4 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 71 days on the trails covering 490.5 miles with 46,400 feet of elevation climbed.