Monday, December 9, 2013

Short, Fast & Cool

Today's skijor outing was "short, fast & cool".
And, no, I am not referring to Zorro (short, fast and cool).
It was a frigid (cool) day leading to a short outing and a frigid day leads to fast Siberians!

"But I am short, fast & cool, aren't I?" ask happy little Zorro as he glances back for
approval as we head up French Gulch.

It was around 4 below zero when we started our outing with a steady wind bringing the wind chills to under 15 below with gusts dropping it to near 30 below. Add a 20 MPH skijor sprint to this (e.g., another 20 MPH of "wind") and it was a cold day for the guy on the skis! The cold lead to a short outing for the human; the cold lead to a fast outing for the Siberians as the cooler it gets, the faster they seem to go!

Hitting 20 MPH on a straightaway on the trail. Brrrr :-)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

The sun came out momentarily; but it had little impact on the cold temps and frigid wind chill.
And the occasional wind gust! Notice the burst of wind-driven snow coming across the
trail ahead of us and to the right. It's "wind chill of 30 below" as we enter into this gust!

A short day (timewise) covering a very fast 6.7 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

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