Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Skate Skiing at Harris Farms

I just confirmed how lucky I am. I live just ten minutes away from Harris Farm, a full fledged working farm that grooms trails through it's woods and farmlands for cross country skiing in the winter.

I hit it after school for the first time, able to get in 7.3km. I'm still learning, and continued to make very good progress today. I made it up the uphills much more efficiently, which I was stoked about. And on leveler terrain and the downhills, I was able to pick up the pace with confidence.

The only thing that went wrong was today was I got a little lost. This was due to me not really paying attention to where I was going as well as I should have.

It all ended well, but it did stress me out a little when I thought I was close to the finishing point and realized I was actually a mile and a half away and the snow was picking up and the darkness was approaching. Ouch. However, because of this I opted to take a shortcut using some of the blue intermediate trails, a step up from the easy greens I was on, and I handled the hills fine. Great confidence builder, and I was quite pleased to finally reach the true finishing point.

Very pleased with how I did today. Pace would have been faster had I not have gotten a little lost there towards the end and slowed and stopped often to make sure I was getting back okay. But good day, and next time I'll know where I'm going.

This farm also produces their own milk. I picked up a quart of their chocolate milk afterwards, a well earned treat that was quite delicious!

Skate skied 7.3 kilometers @ 8.4 km/hour (5.2 mph)
Groomed trails, well packed and groomed, some icy patches.
Moderately hilly.
Lower 30s, overcast, snowing.
Long pants, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt, beanie, gloves.


Ryan said...

Sounds like a great way to cross-train through the Maine winter. I'm hoping to try some backcountry ski touring this winter but that's only if I can fork over $ for gear.

Laurel said...

Do they still have the returnable milk bottles when you buy milk there?

Good job on the skate skiing. It's fun and fast, but I'm hooked on Classic style. I like the forward parallel movement of the legs with Classic, feels more like running!

Sparkplug said...

Nice job Jamie!

sn0m8n said...

I haven't skied at Harris Farm in years. We'll have to get together for a ski there. I recall them having some groovy terrain.