Sunday, January 20, 2019

Polite Jack

It was a FAST day on the trails in French Gulch this morning. Zoom!
Flying Jack on the right with airborne Zorro & Rudy to his left.
Pretty shot of some fast & fun sled dogs!
Today's trail conditions: a hard packed base with 1/2 to 1 inch of snow on top. That makes for a fast trail with just enough powder on top that I was comfortable uncorking the skijoring engine. The result? A top speed of 22 MPH this morning - that matches the fastest we've done as a skijor trio. Of course, as Jack & Rudy continue to grow and mature, we'll be in the 24+ MPH range soon enough!

Love this shot of "Flying Zorro" with his young brothers working to keep pace on each side of him:
Flying Z - Wheeee!
Today's fun video highlight: polite Jack. Watch as we are flying along the fast trail with Jack on the right shoulder. At one point the shoulder gets a little choppy so that it is too hard for him to keep pace with Zorro & Rudy on smooth terrain. Jack has two options: (1) try and push his brothers left to get out of the choppiness; or (2) back off, slide a bit left to get out of the choppiness and then launch right to rejoin everyone once the trail smooths out. I knew Jack would opt for the more polite option #2. If it was Rudy, I guarantee he would have done option #1 with much force :)
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Back to the fast day:
Hovering huskies in a fast & synchronized "sprint tuck".
One quick midpoint break and it is the usual antics:
"You have my attention!" says veteran Zorro.
"We stop, I roll!" demonstrates silly snow angel rolling Jack.
"We stop, I eat snowcones!" adds cute little Rudy.
End of a fast & fun day, how about some "end of run" pork treats?
"YES!!!!" says the very focused trio.
Zipping along in French Gulch this morning: 4.6 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 37 days on the trails covering 197.6 miles with 17,500 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Another perfect "on by" from Zorro & young Jack upon encountering a dog sled team on the trail this morning. Nice job!
You can see 3 of the 8 dogs from the paused team looking back at us as Zorro & young Jack
execute a textbook "on by". Perfect!
If you recall from a couple of weeks ago, Jack got the opportunity for his first "on by" and was perfect. In that pass, though, I shortened the gangline "just in case" as it was Jack's first attempt at an "on by". Well, since Jack was perfect with the shortened gangline, today I left it full length and, once again, we executed a perfect "on by" when we encountered a team paused on the trail. Zorro, of course, is also providing excellent leadership for Jack; but it is still impressive how good he is at going on by this early in his skijoring career!

Come along for the video counterpart of our perfect "on by". You'll note that I am poling as we approach the paused team. This is to keep a good speed and make sure everyone maintains focus on executing a perfect "on by".
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Along with passing teams on the trail, it is also so much fun to just get a glimpse of teams on nearby trails:
Zorro & Jack hopped off the set trail and into the deep snow to flirt with the team on the
nearby trail. Follow their ears and look really close and you can make out 6 sled dogs
paused on the trail next to us.
The most fun, though, is dropping behind a team running the trails and getting in a good game of "sled dog chase" :)
Zorro & Jack flying along playing chase with the 8 dog team in front of us.
You can make out the musher in the bright coat down the center of this photo even
though it is hard to see the dog team. Zooming fun!
Chasing, passing and flirting with the dog sled teams on the trails from Good Times Adventures, a good time had by all:
"Yes, I love these trails!" states happy Zorro.
"So much fun! So much fun!" adds happy Jack.
And, no, we did not obey the 'SLOW' sign in front of us once we started going again :)

So proud of Jack (and Zorro's leadership) executing perfect "on by's" so early in his skijor career: 9.2 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 36 days on the trails covering 193.0 miles with 17,100 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Let it Snow

Laying fresh tracks amidst active snowfall all morning long. Fun!
Laying freshies in 3-5 inches of new snow.
Active snowfall all around us! Note all the white "snowflake dots" you can see against Zorro and
Jack's black fur. You can also see some "snow dots" agains the green of the trees.
Today had a lot of fun "first time milestones" for young Jack and Rudy. Let's see if I can name them all... (1) First skijor laying fresh tracks in 3+ inches of new snow for the ENTIRE outing! (2) First skijor amidst heavy active snowfall. (3) First skijor where most of the GoPro footage was blurred by snow spots on the camera. (4) First time (for Jack) discovering how deep the snow is "out of track" and realizing you need to stay in track to keep pace with everyone :)

Come along for one of the few extended stretches where the GoPro was clear of snow spots. Love watching these three laying fresh tracks in the snow. Love the active snowfall you see all around us. Funny moment near the end of this clip as Jack wants to try running in the deep shoulder snow but immediately realizes he cannot keep up out there and he hops back in the shallow trail and rejoins his brothers. If you can take your eyes of the fun sled dogs, it is cool to watch my left ski gliding in the deep side powder (I have my right leg 'in track' for speed and my left leg 'out of track' for control).
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One more fun shot after I had wiped the camera clear of snow spots:
Out-stretched sprinting trio laying freshies all day long!
Happily, most of the day's footage was blurred by snow on the camera. That's a good thing, right guys?
"Love blurry footage!" declares happy Zorro.
"This was FUN!" adds happy Jack (yes, that is a 'snow angel' print behind/left of Jack :)
"Break over, I'm rested & ready for more!" states all-business Rudy.
Note the 'snow blur' covering more of the camera, note the snowflake spots you can
see against both the black and red fur! 
A fun day of "fresh tracks" and "let it snow": 4.4 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 35 days on the trails covering 183.8 miles with 16,200 feet of elevation climbed.