Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jack 22

Young Jack's first skijor topping 22 MPH. Go Jack Go!
Speed/Distance summary from the GPS on top.
Sprinting Siberians on the bottom. Zoom!
We skijored the upper terrain at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. We always get some nice views from these trails:
Snow covered Rocky Mountains to the right. Sprint stretched Zorro & sprint tucked Jack on
the trail with a beautiful groomed track in front of us.
As we were flying around the trails this morning, I noticed Jack really getting into a nice speed form. The key to speed is really stretching long in your strides. Veteran Zorro is perfect at the "speed stride" but young Jack is just starting to learn. I said to myself, "We are going to be well over 20 MPH with the stride Jack is getting!" Well, I was right: 22 MPH! Come along for a short video segment. We surpassed 22 MPH somewhere in this clip. Zoom - go Jack go!
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We did take one short break, so you know what that means....
"Rub a dub dub!" demonstrates silly snow angel rolling Jack.
"He's a goof; but he really coming along nicely when we are moving!" adds happy Zorro.
Nearing the end of the day's fast run - how's everybody doing?
"FANTASTIC!!!!" say the happy, happy duo!
A fast & fun run as young Jack is starting to get the "speed stride" to match Zorro: 9.1 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 20 days on the trails covering 105.3 miles with 9900 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bluebird

All smiles on today's beautiful "bluebird morning" skijor!
"Fun, fun, fun!" declares happy Zorro coming back to me at one of our short breaks.
"I'm a giddy puppy!!!!!' states ecstatic Rudy.
"I'm smiling, I'm smiling - but I'm rolling snow angels too!" adds silly Jack.
We started the day in shade and trees. Last time Zorro & Jack did this trail with me, we passed a car "dead in the backcountry" that will be there until at least April and maybe May before it can get out. Time to show Rudy the dead vehicle...
"Haha, we are still going!!!" says Rudy as Zorro & Jack show him how sled dogs are the
most reliable form of winter transportation :)
We quickly popped out of the trees and into a gorgeous sunny morning with fresh snow all around us.
All three sled dogs airborne as we sprint along in the fresh snow.
I love today's short video highlight. It is a little longer than our typical clip at 1:15 long; but it is so much fun I had to keep it all. We start gliding along this beautiful morning. Then, partway you get to see some skill from the trio. We are approaching a hard right and all three auto-magically slow down when they feel my tension so that we can safely move the human through the turn - perfect! Then, near the end we get to crossroads - the trail goes left but I only need to utter a single "forward" for everyone to abandon trail and continue forward into the fresh powder - perfect again! I'd say my trio really gets it!!!
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I directed everyone off trail at another break point to get a nice shot of Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley.
"You said 'left' and I'm breaking trail!" demonstrates power Jack.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!" adds Rudy.
"You just said left to get a photo, I'll wait here!" declares Zorro the smart veteran.
Finally, to close today's blog... Look, we can stop without Jack rolling a snow angel :)
"Look, I can take a break upright!" says happy Jack.
"Cooling my jets!" adds little Rudy basking in the deep snow.
A beautiful bluebird morning with the skijor trio: 3.1 miles traveled with 350 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 19 days on the trails covering 96.2 miles with 8900 feet of elevation climbed.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Groomie Zoomie

Topping 20 MPH skijoring the newly groomed trails atop Rabbit Ears Pass. Wheeee!
Great shot of the trio: sprinting Zorro, airborne Rudy and flying Jack. Zoom.
Since young Rudy was with, lots of breaks. Since Jack was with, lots of snow angels. Since we were at Rabbit Ears, lots of visits to the official "Rabbit Ears Pass Marker":
"Stopped again? Hmmmm." says all-business Zorro.
"Stopped = rolling!" demonstrates silly Jack.
"I'm having a blast, can we keep going?" asks happy Rudy.
Upper right of this photo is the official Rabbit Ears Pass Marker.
Back to the excitement of the day - being first on the newly groomed trail:
Beautiful, just beautiful (the trail and the sled dogs :)
Here we go - topping 20 MPH skijoring a fast & fun trail. Zoom, zoom, zoom....
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End of a fast & fun day, time for end of run pork treats:
"Ready - me first!" says Zorro.
"Great time - me next!" adds happy Jack.
"Look at me happily waiting my turn!!!!!" demonstrates patient puppy Rudy ;)

A short, fast & fun run with the trio on newly groomed trails: 3.6 miles traveled with 200 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 18 days on the trails covering 93.1 miles with 8550 feet of elevation climbed.