Met up with Bill and we shot up to just north of the notch and a little place called Lafayette Trails. Small little out and back type network with a few mini offshoot loops. We met up with what turned out to be a pretty sizable group that consisted mostly of people who consider Nordic a second or third sport so everyone was fairly well matched.
There were 4 others behind the camera. It was a tour de force.
Trails at first were pretty chewed up and hard packed. Tumble mentioned that during holiday week a bunch of yahoos came in and post holed the whole place and kind of ruined things, its just now slowly starting to recover. I was having a hard time getting going initially. Had to figure out where to put my weight and get into that classic rhythm. Took me a bit to figure out how to get the waxless pattern to really bite and grip for the kick but I found out I was having issues more due to the conditions than my form per se. Once we got a bit higher and there was some light snow that had been softened up by the sun a tad I really got going well and felt good.
looked good too....
Going down slope was a tad sketchy but really fun. Its nice to be able to turn seemingly boring terrain into something interesting and challenging just by getting out of your comfort zone a bit. I stayed upright all day, Bill had a few crashes. It was a lot of stop and go and regrouping but I definitely felt like I was working. And it is definitely full body. Upper, core, lower and cardio...felt great.
I was ready for more but we had carpooled and we were running a bit low on daylight due to a later start. I'm excited to get a bunch more mileage in this winter and be able to check out areas of the state previously unreachable to me. I botched my garmin data by accidentally stopping the recording of data right after I started it, but Bill got a new device for xmas and recorded the track and I was able to upload it to my Garmin account.