Friday, January 9, 2015

Max Gone Loco

A beautiful 10 mile run up/down Boreas Pass today. Only one minor issue during the outing:
silly Max turned into a goofy red puppy for part of the outing!
The majority of the day found us trotting & running on fast trails with beautiful views.
The majority, though, not all day....
We have a saying for one of Max or Zorro "losing it" on the trail and acting like a silly puppy - Planet Z. This phrase comes from our first year of skijoring when Zorro was only 1 year old and his puppiness would pop up on the trails completely unexpectedly. We started saying, "Hey, Zorro made a visit to Planet Z today." Well, the phrase has stuck ever since, although it is rarely used nowadays. But, today Max took a visit to Planet Z...

I saw the foreshadow to the Max antics of the day; I just did not believe that normally cool, calm & collected Max would really flip to Planet Z on the trails today! But, as we were sitting around the house this morning (before our run), Max walked up behind sleeping Zorro and poked him 3 times in the butt with his paw.... "Poke, poke, poke - why are you sleeping? I'm bored!" is clearly what halfway to Planet Z Max was saying.

Okay, so here we go witnessing the "Planet Z Max" on the trails today...
"Psssst - I'm gonna TAG you! Hee hee hee!!!" whispers puppy acting Max to innocent Zorro
as we are flying along the trails.

Today's video clip shows "Max from Planet Z" in action. If one of them is about to flip to another planet, they always give me a forewarning with the goofy "I'm about to TAG you" look one gives the other. It is my job to see the look and talk the alien-transforming Siberian off the full transformation. Normally I have 10-15 seconds to see "the look", call out a correction and interrupt the alien transformation. Well, watch today as at about 11 seconds Max gives the goofy forewarning look to Zorro and then proceeds to turn into Max from Planet Z only 4 seconds later. "Hey, I warned you what was happening and you didn't seem to mind!" says Max...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Anyway, back to the day... Max was his perfect skijoring self for almost the entire outing (as you can see in the beginning and end of the video before & after his Planet Z episode); but we had 3 unexpected visits from Planet Z Max during the day - what a silly 7 year old puppy! :-)
Trotting along nicely as Breckenridge Ski Resort comes into view on the mountains across
the valley from us.

A great day with only 3 quick "Max blips" to interrupt the otherwise perfect outing...
"Having a great time!" say the happy pair at our turnaround point on Boreas Pass.

10.1 miles up/down Boreas Pass with 1000 feet of elevation climbed, a top speed of 18 MPH and 3 brief visits from Planet Z Max as we ran along the trails...

2014/2015 Season to Date: 56 days on the trails covering 471.3 miles with 50,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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