Saturday, December 14, 2013

Another Max Lecture

It was a fast day sprinting all over the trails in the Swan Valley Recreation Area.

"What 'slow sign'? We speak Siberian!" say sprinting Max & Zorro as Max is kicking up
"sprint dust" behind him while Zorro is airborne as we fly by the SLOW sign...

What happens when the musher takes too long to get the team hooked up and going? Well, you get a lecture from lead dog Max:

Turn up your volume and listen to Max give me a talking to about how long we are
taking to get hooked up and hit the trails!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

As usual, taking too long to get started gets you both a lecture and a very fast run as the Siberians are storing up exponential energy waiting to go...

Full shoulders, airborne Siberians launching the slow human up the trail once we
FINALLY got started...

A great video of us gliding through the forest on a somewhat narrow trail - whee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Taking too long to start also means nobody wants to stop all day!

Stopped to let a group of snowmobiles come down the trail.
"If we are stopped, I might as well roll a snow angel so we don't need to stop again!" performs
Max as intense Zorro watches the group go by.
"But we already stopped once, why would we stop again? We never stop twice!" asks puzzled
Zorro. "Yeah, let's go!" says happy Max.
Nobody understood the need for this quick 2-3 minute break; but I needed to add
some layers to keep me warm for the final stretch to the trailhead.

A fast day on 4 different trails we connected in the Swan Valley Recreation Area: 12 miles with 1600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

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