Monday, March 24, 2008
Every year Minnesota winters battle with March, but this year the battle came later than usual, and with less fervor. The accumulation was only a couple inches compared to last year’s and 2006’s foot of snow.
In true skier style, we rallied the troops and headed out for one last (?) day on the boards.
The trails close to home have been closed and unmaintained for a couple of weeks now, a few stretches of 50-degree days saw to that. Good trail reports were still coming out of the Rice Lake area in Wisconsin from two days ago, however. We took the gamble and hit the road for a couple hours.
The trails were soft. What was left of Thursday’s grooming groaned under our weight and an inch of new, wet snow pulled at our skis. What were typically screaming downhills became slow glides that allowed us to rest, stand straighter, and adjust our grips while maintaining some semblance of forward progress.
In 90 minutes, we only accomplished 10K, but between the conditions and a couple of us either coming out of, or being in the midst of, some illness (post-flu-mid-strep for me; snorting-hawking-cold for my friend), we got our workout in.
All-in-all it was a nice outing. A good, sloppy ski always preps me for the cycling season. I’m ready. It’s time.
- TOB and it was a nice sloppy mtb ride on Sunday