Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jack 22

Young Jack's first skijor topping 22 MPH. Go Jack Go!
Speed/Distance summary from the GPS on top.
Sprinting Siberians on the bottom. Zoom!
We skijored the upper terrain at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. We always get some nice views from these trails:
Snow covered Rocky Mountains to the right. Sprint stretched Zorro & sprint tucked Jack on
the trail with a beautiful groomed track in front of us.
As we were flying around the trails this morning, I noticed Jack really getting into a nice speed form. The key to speed is really stretching long in your strides. Veteran Zorro is perfect at the "speed stride" but young Jack is just starting to learn. I said to myself, "We are going to be well over 20 MPH with the stride Jack is getting!" Well, I was right: 22 MPH! Come along for a short video segment. We surpassed 22 MPH somewhere in this clip. Zoom - go Jack go!
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We did take one short break, so you know what that means....
"Rub a dub dub!" demonstrates silly snow angel rolling Jack.
"He's a goof; but he really coming along nicely when we are moving!" adds happy Zorro.
Nearing the end of the day's fast run - how's everybody doing?
"FANTASTIC!!!!" say the happy, happy duo!
A fast & fun run as young Jack is starting to get the "speed stride" to match Zorro: 9.1 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 20 days on the trails covering 105.3 miles with 9900 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bluebird

All smiles on today's beautiful "bluebird morning" skijor!
"Fun, fun, fun!" declares happy Zorro coming back to me at one of our short breaks.
"I'm a giddy puppy!!!!!' states ecstatic Rudy.
"I'm smiling, I'm smiling - but I'm rolling snow angels too!" adds silly Jack.
We started the day in shade and trees. Last time Zorro & Jack did this trail with me, we passed a car "dead in the backcountry" that will be there until at least April and maybe May before it can get out. Time to show Rudy the dead vehicle...
"Haha, we are still going!!!" says Rudy as Zorro & Jack show him how sled dogs are the
most reliable form of winter transportation :)
We quickly popped out of the trees and into a gorgeous sunny morning with fresh snow all around us.
All three sled dogs airborne as we sprint along in the fresh snow.
I love today's short video highlight. It is a little longer than our typical clip at 1:15 long; but it is so much fun I had to keep it all. We start gliding along this beautiful morning. Then, partway you get to see some skill from the trio. We are approaching a hard right and all three auto-magically slow down when they feel my tension so that we can safely move the human through the turn - perfect! Then, near the end we get to crossroads - the trail goes left but I only need to utter a single "forward" for everyone to abandon trail and continue forward into the fresh powder - perfect again! I'd say my trio really gets it!!!
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I directed everyone off trail at another break point to get a nice shot of Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley.
"You said 'left' and I'm breaking trail!" demonstrates power Jack.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!" adds Rudy.
"You just said left to get a photo, I'll wait here!" declares Zorro the smart veteran.
Finally, to close today's blog... Look, we can stop without Jack rolling a snow angel :)
"Look, I can take a break upright!" says happy Jack.
"Cooling my jets!" adds little Rudy basking in the deep snow.
A beautiful bluebird morning with the skijor trio: 3.1 miles traveled with 350 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 19 days on the trails covering 96.2 miles with 8900 feet of elevation climbed.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Groomie Zoomie

Topping 20 MPH skijoring the newly groomed trails atop Rabbit Ears Pass. Wheeee!
Great shot of the trio: sprinting Zorro, airborne Rudy and flying Jack. Zoom.
Since young Rudy was with, lots of breaks. Since Jack was with, lots of snow angels. Since we were at Rabbit Ears, lots of visits to the official "Rabbit Ears Pass Marker":
"Stopped again? Hmmmm." says all-business Zorro.
"Stopped = rolling!" demonstrates silly Jack.
"I'm having a blast, can we keep going?" asks happy Rudy.
Upper right of this photo is the official Rabbit Ears Pass Marker.
Back to the excitement of the day - being first on the newly groomed trail:
Beautiful, just beautiful (the trail and the sled dogs :)
Here we go - topping 20 MPH skijoring a fast & fun trail. Zoom, zoom, zoom....
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End of a fast & fun day, time for end of run pork treats:
"Ready - me first!" says Zorro.
"Great time - me next!" adds happy Jack.
"Look at me happily waiting my turn!!!!!" demonstrates patient puppy Rudy ;)

A short, fast & fun run with the trio on newly groomed trails: 3.6 miles traveled with 200 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 18 days on the trails covering 93.1 miles with 8550 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Reliable

Sled Dogs: The most reliable form of winter transportation!
Great views of the ski runs of Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley from us.
Great views of the pretty sled dogs in front of me.
Ok, that was a pretty shot to open this blog entry. Now back to the theme of the day: reliable.

Some think that 4WD SUVs are the most reliable form of winter transportation. Hmmm...
Dead SUV, running sled dogs...
What is really funny about the previous photo is that the forest service has built a 3 foot snow berm at the trailhead so that SUVs do not try to access the backcountry during winter. This berm will continue to grow as it snows. This car above must have broken down before the berm was built and it is now stuck in the backcountry until Spring. Dead SUV, running sled dogs...

Some think that snowmobiles are the most reliable form of winter transportation. Hmmm...
Dead snowmobile, running sled dogs...
You can tell by the dusting of snow on the snowmobile that it has been dead right here for at least a day or two. Plus, we did not encounter any people on the trail to attach to this vehicle. Dead snowmobile, running sled dogs...

Some think the most reliable form of winter transportation is the Sled Dog. Bingo - correct! Come along as the sled dogs are running while the SUVs and snowmobiles are dead :)
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The only thing a sled dog needs - an occasional break to roll & dunk in the snow.
"Dunking for rodents!" declares Zorro.
"Rolling, rolling!" demonstrates silly Jack.

A great outing this morning behind the most reliable form of winter transportation: 9.1 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 17 days on the trails covering 89.5 miles with 8350 feet of elevation climbed.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hover

Our first "hover husky trio" shot. Impressive guys!  :)
The airborne "hover husky trio" flying along the fast trail. Impressive synchronization!!!
We started the day on a well traveled side trail that had a dusting of new snow for us to lay fresh tracks. Rudy's first time on this fast & fun trail.
A tight 3-pack of sprinting sled dogs laying fresh tracks. Wheeee!
The day's goal was to eventually connect onto the groomed trails at Gold Run Nordic Center. I have been waiting for these trails to be open for the season as they are PERFECT training trails for young Rudy. It is pretty much flat or downhill the entire time with only 2 little uphill lifts. The trails have lots of sun exposure and are lower in elevation than our typical trails; thus the reason it took until December for them to be ready to run.

It was worth the wait, as I was right that these are perfect trails to train Rudy (and even Jack) how to really uncork the skijoring engine. Proof? Well, we hit a top speed of 20 MPH today on these trails. This was both Jack & Rudy's first 20 MPH skijor. Wow. I knew it would come to Jack soon, but 20 MPH already for Rudy? This kid is a sled dog machine!

Back when Rudy was only 6 months old, I took him for a short jog/run by himself. When I was done, I told Nancy, "My goodness, this kid has a stride like I've never seen before. He is beyond impressive and will be a monster on the trails!" Well, I was right, Rudy is impressively smooth at his young age. Imagine as he continues to mature!

Come along for today's fast & fun video clip as we are flying along the groomed trails at Gold Run Nordic Center. Zorro has topped 24 MPH by himself on this trail before and Max & Zorro had topped 27 MPH. So, I expect us to keep setting speed records for Jack & Rudy on this terrain as the 2 continue to grow and mature. Zoom!
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We are still taking lots of breaks when young Rudy is with. You know what that means?
"Stopped.... Rolling..." demonstrates silly Jack.
"He's a goof! Are you sure I am the young one?" asks Rudy.
"Why stopped, look at the fresh snow in front of us!" declares Zorro.
Done with the day's short & easy run - how's everyone feeling?
"We are VERY proud of ourselves!" say the fast & furious trio :)

Our first "hover husky trio" and, impressively, our first 20+ MPH outing with the youngsters: 3.1 miles traveled and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 16 days on the trails covering 80.4 miles with 7350 feet of elevation climbed.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Side Trails

Uncorking the skijoring trio atop Rabbit Ears Pass this morning. Wheeee!
Zorro sprinting point down the center as Jack & Rudy are in sprint tucks hanging off Zorro's sides.
Today was a first for little Rudy skijoring. To date, all of his training runs had been on trails that are roads in the summer. As a result, the trails had been wide, flat under the snow and well established. Well, today Rudy got his first side trail experience. We started skijoring Rabbit Ears Pass on the established wide trail when we found a solo snowmobile track going off into the forest. I directed the trio to the right and we proceeded to run this side trail winding through the trees. Rudy was perfect, he dropped right into the snowmobile track and ran alongside Zorro & Jack!
Following a solo snowmobile track just wide enough for the trio to run side by side.
As I mentioned, we started the day on the wide & established trails. There was just enough new snow (only a 1/2 inch or so) to allow us to uncork the skijoring engine and go, go, go. Come along and watch the fun:
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One of two breaks at the Rabbit Ears Pass marker...
"Listening... I'm such a lead dog!" declares Zorro with all attention on me.
"We stopped, I'm rolling!" demonstrates silly, albeit consistent, Jack.
"I don't think we need so many breaks anymore!" announces yawning Rudy trying to
let me know we can stop taking so many training breaks on our runs :)
End of the outing, time for the end of run pork treats:
"Still focused on you!" declares Zorro.
"<smack> I can taste them already!" demonstrates Jack.
"Hehe, I had a blast today!!!!" says happy Rudy.
Another fun short & easy training run with Rudy but adding "narrow side trails" to his growing bag of tricks: 3.2 miles traveled with 250 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 15 days on the trails covering 77.3 miles with 7250 feet of elevation climbed.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fresh and First

Taking a break in deep powder as we scan the forest for moose.
Come out, come out wherever you are!!!
The meadow in front of us is a known moose habitat and Zorro & Jack KNOW it!!!
"We smell you, where are you?!?!?!" ask the moose scanning pair.
It was a great day of skijoring as we were laying fresh tracks in 2-4 inches of snow on backcountry trails and setting first tracks on perfect terrain in the groomed country. Beautiful mix of perfect conditions all day long!

We had 2-4 inches of new snow overnight, so we started the day laying fresh tracks in the new snow:
Zorro kicking up powder all around him while Jack is gliding through too! Fun!
After laying fresh tracks in the backcountry, we connected with the groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center. We were first tracks on the newly groomed trail - zoom!
Flying Siberians along the freshly groomed trail!
Back to the start of the day - come along and watch as Zorro & Jack are galloping through 2-4 inches of new snow as I glide behind. Love laying fresh tracks!
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Of course Jack rolled snow angels during our quick midpoint break.
"You are silly, silly, silly!" comments Zorro.
"But... You LOVE skijoring with meeeeeee!" adds Jack mid snow angel.
"Ok, I do, but you are still SILLY!" replies Zorro :)
Finally, a rare "puppy moment" from wily old Zorro. Jack dove off trail to hunt for rodents in the deep snow. Typically Zorro will simply roll his eyes at such "puppy behavior"; but today the rodents must have been 'fresh' as Zorro quickly leapt over Jack to dunk for rodents too!
Headless rodent hunters :)

Fresh tracks, first tracks and comedy in between: 9.2 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 14 days on the trails covering 74.1 miles with 7000 feet of elevation climbed.