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)
AHR/MHR - N/A
Groomed trails, well packed and groomed, some icy patches.
Lower 30s, overcast, snowing.
Long pants, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt, beanie, gloves.