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.

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