Thursday, February 1, 2024

Nordic Zooming

Happy kids towing me to the finish of this morning's awesome skijor!

Smiles all around! Wheeee!

Today's outing can be summarized with two words: Nordic Zooming! We planned our outing to get on the trails soon after the morning groomer had been out. Did it work? YES! We were first tracks on the freshly groomed terrain almost all morning long. When we were not first tracks (near the end of the outing), we were second tracks on the fresh groom. With such great conditions, Jack & Rudy were flying all over the place this morning. Zooming!

Can you just feel the power in this shot as Jack & Rudy are putting their
shoulders into their harnesses as they lift me up along a slight rise
in the trail. Impressive kids!

There were a lot of fun "gentle corners" throughout today's nordic zooming. I align myself behind the guy on the inside as we glide through any gentle corner:

Lined up behind Rudy to cruise through a gentle left in the trail as
Jack swings along the outside while still keeping pace!

Speaking of sides, Jack & Rudy tend to run as Jack on the right and Rudy on the left. I do not enforce this, it is just their preferred configuration. But, occasionally the kids will swap to see what it is like on the other side :)

About 80% of the time we skijor as Jack on right and Rudy on left.
But, here's one of the rare "20% moments" where the kids have switched it up.
Different sides, same results as the fast kids are catching air zooming along.

Now let's put it all together in a "first tracks, nordic zooming" video clip. Come along as the GPS clocked us topping 23 MPH along the way. Zooming!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

With such great conditions, did we ever stop? Well, fresh moose tracks prevail over perfect conditions!

"Oh, these smell FRESH!" states Rudy dunking his head in the moose
tracks off trail.
"Yes, yes! Fresh enough to ROLL in!" declares goofy Jack.

Finally, back to the trailhead and the kids found a mini snow wall to climb for end of run treats. It is not as tall a wall as they prefer; but still high enough that I could hand out treats while standing...

"Ready!" states the happy, happy kids.

Nordic zooming today: 7.1 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2023/2024 Season to Date: 74 days on the trails covering 621.1 miles with 60,300 feet of elevation climbed.

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