Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Another Day Another Foot

Another day, another outing breaking trail in over a foot of untouched snow!

"Breaking trail and road sprinting - what a fun day!" say the happy Siberians at the
end of the outing.

Our plan was to skijor the trails in Indiana Creek today and we fully expected to find a well-tracked and wide trail since it has been a few days since the last snow. Wow, were the expectations wrong! We arrived to the trailhead to find a single set narrow track leading up the trail:

Heading up the single set narrow track. Notice the weaving back & forth nature of the track.
I was laughing imagining a drunk snowshoer or skier setting the strange zig-zag track up
the trail. Oh well, it was "set", so we followed it :-)

What could be more amazing that finding only a single set narrow track at Indiana Creek? Well, how about having the set track end in under 1/2 a mile. Amazing - we were breaking trail the rest of the day in Indiana Creek after the first 1/2 mile!

Within about a 1/2 mile and we are breaking trail in a foot or more of snow!
Breaking trail for long distances always causes Max & Zorro to get in a single file configuration
and take turns being the harder working husky in the front.
Do you see the trail? I bet not, but Max is dead accurate in following the true trail in what
looks like a trail-less field of snow - impressive lead dog!
Endless trail breaking, so it is Zorro's turn to run lead. A nice set of wildlife tracks
to help mark the route on this section of trail.

After getting a very aerobic trail breaking working in Indiana Creek, we decided to add a cool down sprint along Indiana Creek Road to close out the day. Here's a portion of our cool down run along the road before stopping for the day.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Another day with the mileage cut short by extreme trail breaking, as has been the norm for the past week or so: 6.3 miles with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 83 days on the trails covering 708.7 miles with 83,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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