|Mito-Canada Skiers at PLPP - photo Bryon Howard|
Fresh snow was coming down and expected to fall most of the day. The early morning freshly groomed tracks already had snow in them. It was going to be a longer day and harder ski than the previous day's fast crisp trails Jeff mentioned he skied on.
At our first break, I grabbed my new Atomic Skintecs. My effort was now twice as it should be! I decided to turn back for my waxable skis.
The magnetic skin strip was dragging at the front a few mm. Too snowy to adjust the strip. My goof!
Next loop of classic got us to 68-km. Another break, and switch to skate gear.
Had warm turkey stock from my thermos, cacao coconut drink, bananas, egg salad... a few dates, Vega gel, and raw energy bars. Good fuel!
Jeff and I were happy with the new motion of skate-skiing. Soon, I was unhappy with the gritty slow glide on Fern Creek trail. Much happier as skis glided faster on Telemark loop.
We skied in the dark the last 19-km. It was surreal and beautiful with a red sunset glow on the horizon. Did a couple 5-km out & backs on Telemark with a last few km to top up the mileage.
My headlamp fizzled towards the end. I had faith following Jeff closely, dimly lit by the teeniest Petzl beam, to ski two loops on easier trails. One last look at the GPS, I exclaimed "100-km"!
|Happy skiers Jeff & Marg - 100 km completed! - photo Nancy Krar|
Jeff was an awesome ski-mate and I appreciated his support to the end. It was cool to be part of the MitoCanada x-c group ski even though we were a couple mountain ranges apart.
Final stats: 100 km, 8 hr 44 min, 8134' elevation gain!
Gotta mention, in the 7-day period ending with this 100 km day, I put in 240 km of skiing! Awesome
|Kool Raw Snowman under the Okanagan Christmas Tree|