Wanted to try my old Rossis for the potential Mt. Ashwabay to Valhalla ski tomorrow. Stripped the old wax and put on Swix Blue Extra, thinking that the cold from this morning would still linger in the snow. Not so, kick was there but marginal. I'm just spoiled by using grip tape. Did a fartlek-type workout, hitting the hills at L4 and skied easy for recovery. Ran into friend Jeff, chatted while waiting for his wife Tracey and friend Caroline to catch up. Nice little workout, not as intense as prescribed by EU, but then, tomorrow there may be a 40k on rough trails.
XC Skiing Classic1:36:00 21.04 km (4:34 / km) +263m4:18 / km ahr:141 max:160 shoes: Atomic Worldcup Classic '13
Mt. Ashwabay Classic LSD
-3.9° Cloudy 0 Feels like -3.9° 0 kph N wind 80% humidity Source: K4R5
Long Slow Distance today. Decided classic, taken a gamble not changing my now well worn grip tape. The start felt quite icy, but with an emphatic kick, I could get decent grip. Found the classic-only stretches less icy than the combined trails but it worked well. The steeper downhills on the frozen corduroy were not comfortable but I survived. A highlight was the classic only climb on Seagull. Gorgeous winter landscape while following this not too steep ravine. Jolly Long tracks weren't that great but workable. Only had to use herring boning on a couple very short stretches, one on Lower Sugar Bush South. Encountered a frazzled looking family of three while entering that trail section from Jolly. Sure enough, there were multiple dimples along the steep downhill where they had wiped out.
XC Skiing Skate42:14 10.34 km (4:05 / km) +57m3:58 / km ahr:144 max:186 shoes: Fischer RCS CarbonLite Skate
Mt. Ashwabay Skate Easy Ski
-2.8° Cloudy 0 Feels like -2.8° 0 kph N wind 74% humidity Source: K4R5
Wanted to check out the dog trail on skate ski in anticipation of my next outing with Roux. Skat deck to the Anchor-Jolly Long intersection was a little soft, beyond that, it was very firm and almost icy. At the sugar shack, I saw my friend Matt E, with his friend Mark. He shared his ski project with me, connecting Mt. Ashwabay with Valhalla on Cty C. He did an exploratory snow mobile ride yesterday and is planning to groom for classic, soon. Matt estimates it to be about 21 km to Valhalla from Ashwabay parking lot, so it should be possible to do an out and back. He was super excited, which is contagious! Also saw Liz on the trail and then again at the parking.