Monday, February 15, 2021

26 MPH

Our annual tradition: topping 26 MPH skijoring! Zoom!

Zooming Jack & Rudy as the GPS clocked us at 26.3 MPH. Wow!

As I said, it has become an annual tradition. We typically top 26 MPH skijoring once or at most twice a season. Today was the day Jack & Rudy topped 26 MPH for the 2020/2021 skijor season. We had hit 25 MPH once before this season and had hit 23 and 24 MPH regularly. I kept waiting for the 26 MPH BOOM to happen and this morning was it. Look at that beautiful trail in the photo above. We were first on the freshly groomed trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center and temperatures were just under 10 F. What happens with a perfect trail and wonderful temperatures for Jack and Rudy? Well, 26 MPH!!!

When we got to the trailhead, I was thrilled and astonished to see we were first on the groomed trail especially given that it is a holiday Monday! Jack & Rudy saw the fresh groomie zoomie and decided to do some serious pre-workout stretches to get ready to zoom! Of course, their stretches are, as with everything they do, quite comical:

"Rolling snow angels gets all your muscles and joints ready to go!"
demonstrates the pre-run rolling goofballs.

How about a video clip of our 26 MPH sprint. Here we go flying along the highest elevation trail at Breckenridge Nordic Center. Great high elevation views and astonishingly fast Jack & Rudy :) If your volume is up high, you'll hear a boom at about 35-36 seconds into the video and see Jack & Rudy glance right. It was just one of the "avalanche booms" from the nearby ski resort (they use dynamite for avalanche mitigation). You'll note that Jack & Rudy are quite used to the avalanche booms as it only gets a quick glance in the boom direction from them and they do not even break stride.

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

It wasn't just the high elevation trail, we were first on the freshly groomed trail at mid-elevation too:

The hover huskies laying first tracks at mid-mountain.

In fact, it wasn't just high and mid mountain, we were first tracks on all the low elevation trails we traversed too! What an incredible way to spend what we expected to be a busy holiday Monday on the trails!

Whipping around the corners at low-mountain as we are still
first tracks on the groomie zoomie! Wheeee!

Zorro isn't going to believe we were first tracks low, mid and high on a holiday Monday!

"Really? Cool! You three sure hit the jackpot today!" surmises elder Zorro.
"We did, we did hit the jackpot!" declares the happy kids.

A fast, first tracks day all over Breckenridge Nordic Center: 10.2 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 26 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 85 days on the trails covering 688.2 miles with 60,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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