The GPS clocked us at 26 MPH on today's skijor outing!
|Ok, so it was really "25.8 MPH" - that's 26 to us!|
Our plan was to get to the 2.5 mile "groomed sprint loop" tucked away in the forest. The complicated part of this plan is getting in & out of the loop. It is a backcountry climb & drop to get to the loop and then another backcountry climb & drop to get out of the track. So, a lot of complex skijoring in & out with the reward being a 2.5 mile ZOOOOM in the middle!
The "in route" is a wind-exposed section of trail that found us laying fresh tracks over tons of wind blown drifts:
|Climbing over one of the many, many drifts we needed to navigate today.|
|Zorro trying the high part of a drift wall while Max & I are hiding from the wind below the wall.|
Zorro hopped down from his perch as soon as the next wind gust came blasting through.
The reward for navigating the heavy drifts - hitting 26MPH on the "groomed sprint loop". We were flying the entire 2.5 mile loop; but I believe we hit 26MPH during this short clip...
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Done with the sprint loop, so it is time to lay fresh tracks & break trail back to civilization:
|Laying fresh tracks as we trot back into the forest.|
|A little further and now breaking trail in 6-8 inches as we continue the climb out of|
the sprint loop and back to the trailheads.
Hard work to get in, fast sprint once there and hard work to get out. What is worth it?
|"YES! We love the 'hard work' and we love the 'sprint loop' - fun day!" say the happy|
Siberians when I asked "who is having a good time?"
A "work, sprint, work" day covering 7.2 miles with 1300 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 26 MPH.
2013/2014 Season to Date: 91 days on the trails covering 773.2 miles with 89,850 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 26 MPH.