Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wind Sprints

Max & Zorro had a great time on the trails today - see for yourself:
"We are having the BEST time! So Happy!!!!!" exclaim my happy partners at one of our
turnarounds on the trail today.

We were skijoring the trails at Swan Valley this morning. These trails are also used by Good Times Adventures to run dog sled tours. Max & Zorro love running the trails with the dog teams...
Paused on the trail as we let two dog sled teams go by.
You can see the sled and last two dogs of one team in front of Zorro and
the first 6 dogs of the next team in front of Max.
Running behind one of the teams we encountered today.
Flying along the trails keeping pace with an 8 dog team - wheeee!

The people on the dog sleds are all novices (or first timers), so we are often able to skijor faster than the novice musher is willing to go with an 8 dog team. So, when we encounter the tours it is a fun game of "wind sprints" as we will give the team a head start and then fly along the trail until we catch them (and then I'll slow us down to give the team another head start and then fly again - and repeat this again and again :-)  Here's a fun video clip of one of our wind sprints today as we zoom along the trail until we catch the sled team.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Of course, most of the day is spent doing long-distance skijoring; but Max & Zorro sure love the "dog sled chase wind sprints" part of the outing too!
Nothing/nobody in front of us - endless zoooom!

A fun day with lots of "long distance skijoring" with a great set of "dog sled wind sprints" added to the mix: 10.4 miles with 1050 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 41 days on the trails covering 339.7 miles with 36,650 feet of elevation climbed.