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Training Log: CleverSky

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  alpine skiing2 5:09:53 35.85(8:39) 57.69(5:22) 6292
  skating2 1:47:26 19.2(5:36) 30.9(3:29)
  running3 1:14:14 6.54(11:21) 10.53(7:03) 119
  Total7 8:11:33 61.59(7:59) 99.13(4:58) 6411
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Monday Feb 24 #

11 PM

running (pavement) 24:14 [2] 3.69 km (6:34 / km) +43m 6:13 / km
shoes: Saucony Guide 8 Powergrid

Gilchrest T, In The Dark. Got out there before the witching hour. Edges of the road were getting a little slippery from refrozen meltwater.

Sunday Feb 23 #

9 AM

alpine skiing 3:11:46 [0] 33.03 km (5:48 / km) +3873m 3:40 / km

Sunday River, with Nancy. 13 lift rides before a lunch break.
2 PM

alpine skiing 1:58:07 [0] 24.67 km (4:47 / km) +2419m 3:13 / km

And 10 more lift rides afterwards, including the three magic carpets. I think Nancy said we hit all of the lifts except the T-bar (which may have been available only to racers.

One highlight of the day was when we were recruited to take a couple of three year olds (out of a large bunch) up a chairlift. They came equipped with big handles on their backs, which were very useful in several regards. The little boy sitting next to me wasn't too bad, but the little girl on Nancy's side was like a bag of overcooked spaghetti

Another highlight was when a guy on the lift with us looked at my equipent as and asked, "So, how long have you had those skis?". And my reply was, "Oh, these are my new skis!".

Saturday Feb 22 #

12 AM

Note

The last remaining rock radio station, the one I listened to as a teenager, just went off the air, the frequency having been bought by a Christian network. So long, 107.3 FM.
10 AM

skating (ice/kitewing) 1:18:03 intensity: (1:00:00 @0) + (18:03 @2) 21.77 km (3:35 / km)

Fort Pond. First I headed toward Monomonac, but I could see from the conditions on a pond in Ashby that it was going to be snow-covered. So I headed back home and went to Hickory Hills, but that was snow-covered as well. I knew that Bare Hill Pond was ice, so I started going in that direction, but then it occurred to me that Fort Pond was closer (and on the way). I didn't know if there was any public access, so I googled it, and found out that in all the years I've been driving past this spot, including nearly every day on my way home from my current job, I had never noticed the public boat ramp that was right in front of me. (Maybe it wasn't always there?)

First a lap around the lake without the sail to see what the ice was like and to chat with the fishermen (I think I saw four out there), then I sailed for a while, then skated a little more when there was a lull, then sailed some more. Parts of the lake had scattered shell ice (no problem to skate over), but the north section was absolutely perfect, with the skates able to move over it almost noiselessly. The breeze was erratic and gusty, but never too strong. I experimented with jibing, and worked out a way to do that much more smoothly than I can tack. Near the end I was moving toward shore at high speed, and in the process of coming about I had a spectacular wipeout. No big deal, I just slid on the ice, but it was a little breezy just then and I had to chase the sail a few meters.

First time skating on this pond, but I'm glad that I know about the access now. It's not that large, but it's deep, and tends to freeze a little later than other lakes, so sometimes it will have good ice when other ones that froze sooner are covered with snow.

Beautiful day, bright and sunny, temp in the mid 30s F. Looks like I got up to a new PR for speed, reaching almost 22 mph (35 km/h) at one point.

Friday Feb 21 #

5 PM

skating (ice) 29:23 [2] 9.13 km (3:13 / km)

Delaney, In The Dim. I arrived just as the sun was going down behind the trees, and chopped a hole with a screwdriver that showed that the ice was 3"-4" thick. Not too worried, because I think this pond is only about shin deep anyway, as evidenced by the fact there there are weeds and stumps sticking through the ice in a lot of places. Although, shallow water is where the ice tends to be thin. Anyway, a bunch of laps, with not enough breeze to pull out the sail. AP correctly guessed this to be skating.

I orienteered here (SuAsCo Watershed) a number of times back in my early days, but not since 1990. The terrain is largely intact, except for the hill in the SE corner which is now all houses. But there wasn't much terrain to begin with, it was mostly private property, marshes, and the pond.

Thursday Feb 20 #

5 PM

running (trails) 24:37 [2] 2.87 km (8:36 / km) +64m 7:44 / km
shoes: GoLite Blaze Lite

Rattlesnake Hill, In The Dim. Nice to be able to run after work without turning on the headlamp (though if I had gone much longer, I would have needed to). Mostly trails, but with a little detour through the nice woods up top to get to a different trail.

Wednesday Feb 19 #

9 PM

running (pavement) 25:23 [2] 3.98 km (6:23 / km) +13m 6:17 / km
shoes: Saucony Guide 8 Powergrid

Over to the schools and back, In The Dark. Using the first of my new headlamps for the first time. A little below freezing, I was dressed okay for it, but it will be nice to run with less clothing as the seasons change.

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