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End of our season!

Postby JeffOYB » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:53 pm

So last Sunday I gave a record attempt on our most difficult local trail. And now it's been 60degF for a few days and it's a week later and winter seems to be over for us downstaters!

I think i'll miss out on the corn snow season. Rats. But I'm visiting relatives in LA in a week or so, so that's it for my ski season, it seems.

The story of last Sunday is cute... The record for the technical, hilly 18-mile Potowatomi mtbike/hiking trail is 2:58. A nice number. I'd skied it in the past in a rally-type event with neutral first half-hour at 3:04. I thought if I gave it a good start to finish try in good conditions that I could cream the old record. We were skiing it last week as a casual party outing. --Our only chance on this trail of the whole season! We've had a thin season. ...But I did get 40 outings in! As we got rolling along I realized that my skis were rockets and the conditions were quite good. I realized that it would be hard for me to go slow enough to stay with the touring group so I just rolled off the front and thought Hmmm, maybe today is the day! I'd been feeling a bit over-skied earlier that week so took a couple days off during thankfully nasty conditions. The thought lurked in my mind that Tour de France riders are very tired after 2 wks but they still kick out massive efforts. I was feeling really good, actually. And I'm probably not getting faster each year so, hey, let's try this.

Now, a HUGE issue comes up: Fatbikes are becoming HUGE around here. A couple dozen fatty riders had used the trail in the day or so before we started. We just got 3" fresh inches of snow the night before, but a group of 4 fast riders passed us. In short: the fatties quickly give a trail a U-profile that is hard to ski or to walk or even to ride. Fatties really seem to need grooming. They need a firm, set-up FLAT singletrack trail-tread about 30" wide (say) or else they'll wreck the trail for themselves and everyone else.

So the limiting factor for my record attempt turned out to be whether I could ski the transformed U-profile trail well enough to keep a fast pace going. More U would mean slower speeds. At first the trail had been run/hiked on enough to keep the tread somewhat square. But in the remote portion of the trail only the fatties had gotten out and the U was dominating. I tried to figure out how to ski the U but couldn't. My boots were hitting together. It was like surf-skiing or something. In my striding and kick doublepoling the lead ski would slide down into the center of the U and I had to balance on it in a goofy way. I was thrown off balance and wobbled dozens of times. My conclusion is that a fattie-wrecked U trail cannot be well skied. I couldn't figure out a way to do it. Maybe someone has come up with something?

I figured the U slowed me by 20 minutes.

Then I didn't bring the proper food, either -- not planning a record. My food was ridiculously slow to eat. Lost another 5 mins clowning around with fuel.

Wax wasn't dialed in, actually, tho the speed was good. Another 5 mins. ...Ironed fluoro would've rocketed even better.

I crashed hard twice. A couple mins.

On the 2nd crash at a remote halfway point I slammed into a log. I heard a "pop." One ski broke under the binding. It started hinging there. No camber. When I lifted it the screws would come out of their holes and I'd have to keep the ski "nice" to have them settle back into the holes on the glide portion. Ha! I thought about bailing out since a friend's car was nearby. But... the ski was still working! It wasn't actually sheared away. The base hadn't torn. I kept going. Let's see how it behaves on downhills, corners and striding, etc. ...I could still keep gliding fast! Hilarious how it didn't seem to hold me up that much. I'd say 10 mins lost due to broken ski.

One corny thing is that since I ski the trail so seldom I didn't know what were good splits at various waypoints so I couldn't tell if I was on a good schedule or not. I just had to finish and find out!

I finished in 3:06. Oh well!

My last ski of the season.

I might still watch a couple ski vids. I've enjoyed the ski vids a LOT this winter!

Have a good summer everybody!
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Re: End of our season!

Postby Neuro » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:32 pm

Didn't you break your arm recently? Skiing already?

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Magnus Johansson » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:44 am

Neuro wrote:Didn't you break your arm recently? Skiing already?

Jeff wrote this post last year.

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Neuro » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:58 am

oh.. :oops:

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Re: End of our season!

Postby bmullin » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:01 am

Thanks to the porn spam bot for the bump eh?

I did end my season though. Last race was on Saturday and yesterday I storage waxed all my skis and converted the wax bench into the bike workbench.

Fat Bike Birkie this weekend (actually looking kinda cold, but snowless) and then lots of 50's in the forecast. Not too worried I would need to get the skis out again before next November (hopefully).

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Neuro » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:26 pm

Seasons are so short now, it's sad. It's like it just started.. :?

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:34 am

Neuro wrote:Seasons are so short now, it's sad. It's like it just started.. :?

How is the situation in Oslo now? Don't you have enough snow in Nordmarka?

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Neuro » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:55 am

Yes, finally came a batch of snow at the end here so the Ski Festival this weekend will have good track conditions. Before that it was skiable on the highest areas on flat roads only. (except the artifical snow around the Holmenkollen stadium area) But overall a horrible season snow-wise, one of the worst ever.

Same around Sweden I guess? Malaren your area, right?

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:51 am

Neuro wrote:But overall a horrible season snow-wise, one of the worst ever.

Same around Sweden I guess? Malaren your area, right?

Yes, one of the worst. Being a cross-country skier around lake Mälaren is very difficult this season, but today we have wonderful winter weather and snow left after the latest batch.

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Re: End of our season!

Postby skiffrace » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:37 am

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Re: End of our season!

Postby MN Hoser » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:23 pm

Our season was pretty crappy around here too.

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Back to rollerskis.

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Re: End of our season!

Postby jt10000 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:10 pm

Our season - NY lower Hudson Valley - is about to start over again, with a big snowstorm that probably will mean a week or two of skiing.

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Re: End of our season!

Postby TooHeavy » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:01 pm

Yes we are getting a dump of about 10 inches of white gold also. After a month of next to no snow with a weekly roller ski I am looking forward to the skiing. I just have to wait for someone else to groom it for a change. I will bushwack until that happens.

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Re: End of our season!

Postby Neuro » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:38 pm

Cool pic MN Hoser, wow. I would get the jitters with those around. Did you have dreams of taking a spill next to one? :shock:

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Re: End of our season!

Postby MN Hoser » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:08 am

No dreams. I was out for a 1:45 double with my wife on the bike. We came across a gator, and figured a photo of "gator and rollerskis" would bring a smile. Also, this photo got posted in another forum where it was very much on topic for an off topic thread.

Waxed up the skate skis last night to put them to bed. One pair needs grinding (to sell the skis).

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