Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another Day Another Road

Another day, another outing breaking trail in 12-15 inches of powder!
Another day, another use of the roads to add some fast distance to the outing!

"Yep - we found another trail with 12-15 inches of untouched powder - wheeee!" says
happy Max. "Let's do it, time to set the trail!" says determined Zorro.

Today was pretty much a repeat of yesterday's conditions but on a different network of trails. We fully expected to find a wide & set track on the trails we chose for the day. Instead, we found nothing more than a solo track at the trailhead which eventually ended as we found ourselves breaking trail in 12-15 inches of powder. As with yesterday, I rewarded my trail breaking partners with a fast & easy cool down jog on the empty streets near the trailhead.

Today's set track was clearly a solo skier that had been on the trails as it was not really
packed but just a parallel set of lines in the snow. Zorro really wanted to run shoulder to
shoulder with Max but they kept bumping shoulders when trying to fit in the single track. Each
time they bumped, Max would push Zorro back and he'd slide slightly behind...
"Come on bro, I want to run shoulder to shoulder!" says little Zorro continually trying to fit
next to Max but continually getting pushed back to jog a step back from Max.
"Finally - I can fit! I can fit!" rejoices Zorro as the snow wall between the two ski tracks enabled
them to be shoulder to shoulder without bumping shoulders - wheeee!

We followed this single set of ski tracks for about 1/3 of the outing. But, skiers do not go as far as Siberians, so eventually we found ourselves in an aerobic trail breaking trot for the next 1/3 of the outing.

Untouched terrain as far as the eye can see - time to really work!

As I mentioned, the reward for the trail breaking work was to spend the last 1/3 of the outing jogging on a fast packed road. Do not worry, we never go near "busy streets", we only do a road run when we are on extremely quiet & low traffic roads.

Trotting along with a nice glimpse of some of the ski runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort on the
mountains in the foreground.

A nice day combining trail breaking with road jogging covering 7.2 miles with 750 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 84 days on the trails covering 715.9 miles with 83,750 feet of elevation climbed.

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