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Training Log Archive: Bash

In the 7 days ending Feb 7:

activity # timemileskm+m
  XC Skiing - Classic3 5:03:00 16.04(3.2/h) 25.81(5.1/h) 587
  Snowshoeing4 3:40:06 7.02(31:22) 11.29(19:30) 486
  Total6 8:43:06 23.06(22:41) 37.1(14:06) 1073

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Sunday Feb 7 #

10 AM

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 2:30:00 [3] 15.0 km (6.0 kph) +407m

Spectacular, chilly day with perfect fluffy snow and a mix of sunshine and snow squalls. 'Bent and I went for a long ski to a high viewpoint where I got out the buttertart that I'd carried along for the occasion. It was so cold that I had to scarf it down quickly so we could start skiing down. We met Bruce and Val King skiing with Richard Ellen; they're all old friends of 'Bent's. We also met and chatted with a skier, John Fallis, and a couple of snowmobilers - Cavan (also a mountain biker) and his friend. It's been ages since I've spoken with so many humans in real life in a 2-hour period. Thank goodness for the great outdoors!
3 PM

Snowshoeing (Ungroomed) 1:00:00 [1] 3.32 km (18:05 / km) +206m 13:48 / km
shoes: Salomon XA Pro GTX - Black

Snowshoe outing with 'Bent, our neighbours Darcie and Marla, and 5 dogs. Shortly after we started, we saw a dog crossing a snowy field without an owner. Then we ran into neighbours we hadn't met before - Tom and Lisa - and they had met the owner looking for their dog. So we did some detective work as we hiked. We found tracks in a few places but didn't find the dog again. We learned tonight that the dog made her way home after dark. She'd been off-trail a couple of kilometres from home on a very cold day so that was great news.

Saturday Feb 6 #

9 AM

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 1:23:20 [3] 6.33 km (4.6 kph) +80m

Mrs. Gally just got classic skis so we went out for an easy ski on a very chilly morning.
7 PM

Snowshoeing (Ungroomed) 1:38:02 [2] 5.0 km (19:36 / km) +120m 17:30 / km
shoes: Salomon Snowcross 2 Unspiked

Night snowshoe in kilts with Goose, Coach LD and 'Bent to make up for our pandemic-missed Robbie Burns Dinner. Wonderful to catch up. The stars eventually came out so we could turn our headlamps off some of the time.

Friday Feb 5 #

1 PM

Snowshoeing (Ungroomed) 22:00 [1] 1.23 km (17:50 / km) +72m 13:47 / km
shoes: Salomon XA Pro GTX - Black

Short snowshoe around the front part of the property with the pooches. The wind was too gusty to go into the forest. BazingaDog kept sneaking back onto the driveway to avoid the deep snow but AdventureDog was a rock star, leading the way with his ears plastered straight back for some reason. Maybe that's what the dogs do when they break trail in the northern Qu├ębec community he lived in until six years ago this week.

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 1:09:40 [2] 4.48 km (3.9 kph) +100m

Deep snow ski with 'Bent and our neighbour Darcie. I described the conditions as "Antarctic" because the snow squalls were blowing so hard that we wanted to stay on fields or in areas with short, young trees, i.e. away from older trees with dead branches. I flirted with frostbite but it was all worth it when Darcie gave us fresh-baked challah to ski home with.

Thursday Feb 4 #

5 PM

Snowshoeing (Ungroomed) 40:04 [1] 1.74 km (23:05 / km) +88m 18:26 / km
shoes: Salomon XA Pro GTX - Black

Mostly deep snow including one long section with fallen trees, rocks and woody debris beneath the snow. At one point, I plunged into a deep hole and got my foot stuck between tree branches. 'Bent and the pooches would have helped me but I wanted to figure out how to extricate myself in case this happens when I'm alone some time. I had to reach way down into the hole and manipulate my snowshoe until it came out the same way it slipped in. By that point, I was snowy up to my neck. Fun...?! :)

Tuesday Feb 2 #


Canadian Running Magazine featured Gary Robbins' successful attempt at the Egg Nog Jog challenge in the CMTR Winter Scavenger Hunt. Given that he came up with this evil challenge idea, I'm kinda glad it kicked his butt, lol!

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