Running1:15:00  shoes: La Sportiva Crossover GTX
Run in with BZdog in rain on crusty ice. Much slipperier for the return- running on hard lumpy ice in the rain by headlamp- lovely.
At least the big boy was amused sniffing things that are thawing out under the snow.
Orienteering race 53:14 7.61 km (7:00 / km) +69m6:42 / km ahr:171 max:209 shoes: Saucony Razor
TOC O-cup Claireville.
Icy conditions on trails but not much snow in the bush.
I did some extra distance in the first box as I thought the river crossing was forbidden, but came out in 3rd place behind Hans and Andre.
I was with them to the second box, but decided to do my own thing, and promptly wasted 6 minutes not finding b and having to run to a farther control and back, but at least it was *my* error, not due to following a crowd.
The rest went fine, and I enjoyed navigating myself at a speed where I can read the map.
I did give my bad hamstring a painful yank on a misstep.
Decent course, good venue.
Nice brewpub lunch after.
Albion Hills Fat Bike Festival.
Bash and I tried the rental fat bikes for a bit of tootling around. The real fat bikes ride the breakable crust off-trail that stymied my 'bent, but the trails were mostly hardpacked.
I switched to my 'bent. I hadn't wanted to ask if I could do the race as I had no idea how I'd compare to the fat bikes, or whether I'd be allowed. The RD let me chase after the mid-pack riders on the 20K race once the hardcore riders had done lap 1 and the pack spread out. I was surprised to be passing them fairly easily on the doubletrack. I managed to hold my own on the singletrack sections, but on 2 corners I had to take a wider line and got stuck in soft snow, so I had to get off and push for a few seconds. One guy passed me there, and another passed me in a softer section, but on the whole I'd say I would have had no problem doing the 20k race in these conditions. Things may have been different if I hit a traffic jam at the first single track, but it seems the fat bike riders are content to chug along sanely and I'd be fine.
Next I got to demo an all-carbon fatty, which was very nice. It cruised the trails very easily. I got it bogged down off-trail, but when I got off I was up to my knees in crusty swamp, so that's fair enough.
Fun day out! Didn't really keep track of the time.
Ride around Palgrave E and W with Adventuredog. Pretty tough ride at first, but the doubletrack frozen snowshoe tracks were not bad at all on the plus tires. Some spots were a grind, others felt like hard dirt. A few glare ice bits.