Thursday, January 3, 2019

Hurdle, Dodge, Go

A nice "airborne hover husky" shot of the skijor trio on this morning's run!
It's not a "perfect" hover husky, but we are all airborne. Look closely and Zorro's back right
foot is off the ground, it is just hard to see given the shadows unless you look really closely.

Today's skijor took us on the Blue River Rec Path. This is a mostly flat to downhill path connecting Breckenridge to Frisco. A great trail for young, but growing & maturing, Rudy.

Today's video highlight is a comical start to the skijor. Watch closely as we start in Zorro/Jack/Rudy configuration but Rudy immediately decides he wants to be "in the middle" so he hurdles Jack, lands and off we go. But, then there is a large branch to avoid on the trail (well, I have to avoid it with skis), so it's a quick dodge on my part. Finally, we are through with hurdles and obstacles so off we go. Hurdle, Dodge, Go -- Zoom :)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

That video clip is "classic Rudy". The polite way to change positions skijoring is demonstrated by Jack in the Changing Lanes blog entry. That is, slow down a bit, cross behind your brother and then speed up into your new position. This is also the way Zorro always changes positions while running. Rudy, on the other hand, simply throws himself into and over Jack to change positions. Nothing polite from rude Rudy, haha :)

The rec path parallels Highway 9 connecting Breckenridge and Frisco. Occasionally it comes close enough to the highway to see in the cars going by. Every car I glanced at had one passenger pointing out the window at the cool sled dogs towing the crazy human along the path.
Zooming sled dogs as you see some of the cars on Highway 9.
The only downside to the rec path is that it crosses roads multiple times. So, it is "stop, take off skis, walk, reattach skis then GO." Everyone has a different opinion of the road crossings:
"Look both ways, I know what we are doing!" states veteran Zorro.
"This is so much fun!" declares happy Jack.
"Couldn't we just hurdle the road too?!?" asks 'never wants to stop' Rudy :)
End of the day and here's cute Rudy:
"Hi Mom!!!!!" says cute Rudy looking back at Nancy.
Meanwhile, the adults (Zorro & Jack) know to ignore Nancy and get their end of run
treats from me.
A comical start and then a fast run on the groomed rec path: 4.2 miles traveled with 100 feet of elevation gain and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 29 days on the trails covering 151.6 miles with 13,400 feet of elevation climbed.

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