–105 days [Sat] 23.1 km; 2:26:11; 173 m elevation; 09.5 km/h; SatSki bridge climb 4x
–106 days [Fri] 13.0 km; 1:17:23; 087 m elevation; 10.1 km/h; FriSki bridge climb 2x
–107 days [Thu] 10.3 km; 1:03:31; 098 m elevation; 09.8 km/h; ThuSki bluff climb 6x
Today’s ski was 1/2 the ski marathon distance With moderate elevation gain [173 m is a PR for me!]; challenging, but not de·bil·i·tat·ing. It has been cooler out this week and I got out early enough to avoid the heating of the day. Slowly gaining confidence.
Do not plant your pole tip into the sidewalk cracks. Just onto the Clearwater Beach “board walk” at Pier 60 [no boards, just concrete sidewalk, with cracks], I “did a Toula”. Remember that scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when Ian walks into Toula’s travel agency office and Toula’s head gets held back by her headset cable while her body continues forward until she is flat on her back? [twit·ter·pat·ed]
Just so with me today. [ #NotTwitterpated ] The woman seated nearby, after the standard, “Are you OK?” said, “Just when I was about to say that looks like so much fun!” Yep. After a brief moment at near horizontal with my right arm stretched out behind and my skis (up where my poles should be), I went down on my right hip, mostly on the gluteus maximus. So, No Damage!
Sand Key Bridge.
Older than the Memorial Causeway Bridge and way less ski-friendly. Mind the expansion joints, nearly as wide and deep as a roller ski wheel. Prepare to stop and step over or jump completely over at speed. I did the slow step over method for all but one, which I did not see in time to jump completely over. Nearly. Got the front wheels over, but the rear whells took a good “thud.” Fortunately, I was also holding on to the rail, so No Fall, No Damage!
Also, the pedestrian pathways on the bridge are too narrow for climbing. Better to step over into the bike lane for climbing, then hop over the barrier and ski down on the pedestrian path. The sidewalk is Ok for descending while sliding a hand down the hand rail for stability and braking. #MindTheJoints Not sure I am ready for descending in the bike lane with the expansion joints and no rails, especially with No Brakes!
Sand Key Park.
Don’t bother skiing, pavement too rough for small wheels.
2018/01/27 -091 days Noquemanon Ski Marathon
2018/02/03 -098 days White Pine
2018/02/10 -105 days North American Vasa
2018/02/24 -119 days Birkebeiner
Am I about to enter a third ski marathon, the Birke?! It will be a long drive across the Upper Peninsula, but it looks like a Great Event, even part of WorldLoppet, whatever that is. Hey, will that help me qualify for the 2020 VasaLoppet?