10.4 km; 1:02:54; strava link
No falls today, but a couple near misses.
Most of my skiing tonight was “two skate-double polling” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmR5WXd_F8I] This is more relaxing without much difference is speed.
In the beginning I was limited to one-skate double-polling [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HksXxzH55pw] because I could not glide well enough on one ski – needed pole assistance on each foot every time. So, I am getting better, though I still revert to one-skate when I get tired.
One other thing. For about a week now, I have noticed an improvement in my breathing. I’m able to take deeper breaths. Seems to coincide with the new rubber ski tips. Don’t laugh. probably not related, but could be, since the tips have caused me to start polling with a fuller range of motion, following through to the rear. I don’t plant or push as hard, but that range of motion feels better. Pole tips are a sensitive issue, if you could not tell. Looking forward to using real pole tips on real snow.
8.7 km; 51:15; strava link
Yesterday was my first day off day of the month – and my first fall in at least a week. I am calling it my “rapid deceleration” PR. I was accelerating down a hill when I got caught out over an outer edge at about the 8 km mark. Was feeling pretty good up till then, a bit tired. Must remember about off days and how rapidly muscles can start to forget at this stage.
6.6 km; 30:32 strava link
Spent several hours parts shopping and working on making Susan’s seat more comfortable for her. Gave her more leg room and quite a bit less recline. She says it is working much better for her. Sometimes small adjustments can make a huge difference. Huge adjustments can, too. 🙂
12.6 km; 1:05:55; strava link
[German Shepherd Owner] He’s scared. He’s never seen one of those before.
[Dunedin woman who looked like the Vicar of Dibley] Whoa! Cool. I’ve never seen that before. I’ll come along with you! [starts jogging]
[Little Girl on Playground] Cool skiing shoes!
This was my longest ski so far, both in time and distance. I realized today that time is also a factor. Need to be on the skis for several hours, at some point.
6.9 km; 40:02; strava link
[Dunedin Bar Troll] Look at that! Look at that! Land skis!
[Dunedin Fan #1] Looking good, sweetie, Keep it up!
10.1 km; 55:14; strava link
[Biker 1] Incoming! Hey, I like that Florida skiing.
North wind is better than South wind.
8.3 km; 48:41; strava link
[Dunedin Onlooker 1] There you are! Awesome! That is so COOL!
I think I may have a fan out there!
8.3 km; 47:43 strava link
The new rubber pole tips were an improvement. Still slipped at extreme angles, but not in such an annoyingly sudden way as the steel tips. I felt that my polling was more stable and allowed my legs to do their job providing the majority of the power in a more stable way for them, too.
4.8 km; 30:43; strava link
The only soul on the trail, except for #Orion, #UrsaMajor, and #Polaris.
8.0 km; 46:14; strava link
[YorkieMix1] Arf! Arf! Arf!
[Bulldog2] [Skitters away to end of leash]
[Bulldogs’ owner] You’re scaring her.
[Biker1] Heads up!
Headwind and climbs are hard.