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In the 1 days ending Jan 6:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Snowshoeing1 1:07:06 2.72(24:39) 4.38(15:19) 198
  XC Skiing - Classic1 1:04:43 4.73(4.4/h) 7.61(7.1/h) 113
  Running1 1:00:40 4.68(12:58) 7.53(8:03) 124
  Total3 3:12:29 12.13(15:52) 19.53(9:51) 435
averages - sleep:8.3

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Saturday Jan 6 #

1 PM

Snowshoeing (Off-trail) 1:07:06 intensity: (30:00 @2) + (37:06 @3) 4.38 km (15:19 / km) +198m 12:29 / km
slept:8.25 shoes: Salomon XR Crossmax CS pink/gr

It was a glorious, frigid winter day and there were too many good options. But why make a decision? So I planned a winter triathlon consisting of at least 1 hour each of snowshoeing, XC skiing and running from our house. I set up an indoor transition area where I could change footwear, drink water (which I didn't have to carry) and adjust layers.

The first discipline was snowshoeing. I stayed in Palgrave West and for the most part, I bushwhacked off-trail and it was beautiful. There's a fair bit of fluffy snow so it was a good effort in spite of my slow pace.

3 PM

XC Skiing - Classic 1:04:43 [3] 7.61 km (7.1 kph) +113m

The 2nd stage of my triathlon was XC skiing. I stayed on trails in Palgrave East and West, many of which had been well-used by non-skiers so the tracks were virtually non-existent.

While snowshoeing earlier, I kept using my hands to warm up my cheeks to prevent frostbite so I took drastic measures for this round. "Luke, I am your father."

Wildlife highlight: I surprised a hawk who attempted to take off from the snow carrying an eviscerated bunny (I think). It didn't work. Perhaps the dangling piece of intestine threw off his flight path. He landed quickly and casually watched me pass by, hoping I wouldn't get hungry and steal his dinner.

My phone rang near the end. I answered it and it was a research company wanting to discuss "issues that are important in Ontario". I said, "The biggest issue in Ontario is that it feels colder than -30C with windchill and I'm in the middle of the forest with my mitten off because I thought this was a real phone call." He let me go without protest.
4 PM

Running (Trail) 1:00:40 [3] 7.53 km (8:03 / km) +124m 7:27 / km
shoes: Salomon Snowcross1 2nd pair

Stage 3 was the run. It's not possible to run into the forest from our place right now without trampling ski or snowshoe tracks, so I ran a short distance along our road to get to Palgrave East, where the fat bikers have packed down a lot of trails. The toughest section was the part of Duffy's Lane that is closed in winter; it would be fine for skiing or snowshoeing but it wasn't packed down enough to make running pleasant.

It got dark while I was out there but the coyotes stayed quiet so I managed to stay brave enough to finish the hour instead of dashing for home. This was a fun way to deal with my indecision!

7 PM


The Glen Haffy lost puppy I searched for on Tuesday was found this morning in apparent good health after 5 nights out in this frigid weather!

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