Sunday, February 3, 2013

Marathon Form

Think of when you are watching a long distance race - you always see volunteers holding water for the runners to grab as they jog by. Well, here is Max's version of the same concept:
Jogging along the trail and Max notices the nice shelf of snow cones to his left. "I certainly could use a
little drink!" says Max as he opens his mouth in the left frame and then chomps down on a bite of snow
in the right frame. Notice by Zorro's movement, that he did not even break stride while Max paused ever
so slightly to grab a snow cone before speeding back up. A marathon runner would be proud :-)
The trail was wide & packed near the Indiana Creek trailhead. Here we are passing 20 MPH as we sprint along the fast trail:

Zoom we go sprinting along the wide trail near the Indiana Creek trailhead
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Yet, as usual, we always "out ski" the packed trail as it gets narrower and narrower as we skijor much further than the typical cross country skier travels. Until, eventually:
No more "human tracks" - just us Huskies breaking trail as we follow a set of fox tracks in the snow.
When we took our usual "5 minute midpoint break", Zorro declared it a "snow digging break" and Max agreed:
"Hey Max - there's some lovely rodents under the snow over here!" exclaims Zorro with
Max (originally) unimpressed.
"Whoa - did you say 'rodents in the snow'?" declares Max as he realizes what Zorro is up to
and launches himself into the deep snow rodent hunt!
Total fun for the day: 8.3 miles, 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

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