Value of the workout log

The workout log has again proven its value.

After finishing the 1:20 towing session, I loaded in my pedometer data to see

Average tire tow speed
Average tire tow speed

where I am in terms of performance.  It looks like I’m reaching a plateau in travel speed.  Once I add the hill from El Camino Real to Skyline Dr on Tamarack in Carlsbad, my speed drops a full 0.5 mph.

That’s huge!

But the hill is huge, too. Continue reading “Value of the workout log”

Finding Windpro fleece for ski pogies

Finding outdoor raw fabrics by the yard is a challenge!  When you search for fabrics and


materials, all you initially come up with are products made out of the material but not the raw material itself.  Thus it’s very difficult to get started making ski pogies.

What are pogies you ask?  Here’s a site on pogies:

Wizard’s Sleeve Ski Pogies

In the instructions, the author lists that outdoor fabrics are easily found at specialty stores.  Finding the specialty stores is the killer.  The website Specialty Outdoors has a wonderful source list for most any outdoor fabric you might need:

Specialty Outdoors Fabric Sources

This pages saved me hours of stumbling around, trying to find just the right thing.

I’ll be ordering some Windpro fleece to make those pogies.  If I don’t have to wear my mega-mittens skiing, I’ll be much happier.

A week off and still good

After a week off of towing due to Thanksgiving travel, I’m still doing well with tire towing times. My short morning route was still 27 minutes for 1.4 miles. It’s t minus 2 weeks until I ship up to Wyoming to give my basic rig the full run.
With the new harness that arrived from, I was able to pull the tire with less pressure in my midsection. When the drag on the road got intense, the shoulder straps helped me take the load off the waist.
I did do two runs in Lewiston, ID of about 10 miles. It wasn’t as challenging as the local neighborhood with hills but testing the body in a new location adds additional mental challenge.

Posted even better time

Slogging up the side of San Jacinto did have an immediate impact. I was able to get my standard tire towing route under 28 minutes. That’s a first! I was able to push much harder and feel my muscles strain to pull but I didn’t flame out like I would have last month.
There’s still the balance to be had of keeping injury-free while improving in performance every time.

Achieved overtraining

Finally! I’ve achieved overtraining. It’s not really a positive accomplishment in the regimen but it tells me where the absolute limit is.
My foot is hurting a bit after doing a 3 hour tow on Saturday and then a 9 mile run on Sunday. About 1/3 of the way through the run, my foot started hurting a little bit. It wasn’t incapacitating but it was noticeable. I can still feel it today.
A little visit to the doctor confirmed that nothing was broken – a far greater worry!
This experience tells me that when my muscles are very sore from a tough training session, I’m going to have to lay off for a day or two until things calm down a bit. As it is, another muscle that’s never bothered me before is still quite sore.
Ramping up for the run to Yellowstone is going to be quite a challenge. Staying injury-free is the most important thing, as if I’m hurt, nothing happens and another year passes.

Getting the right capture equipment

Finding the right video camera to capture this year’s training trip has been a production. As much as I like running around with my Nikon D300s, it’s just not practical for expedition filming. It’s great for dual-capture for video when you have time to set things up but definitely not when you have to run-and-gun as the saying goes.
Right now the two main contenders are:
Canon Vixia G10
Canon XA10
Both are based on the same body but the XA10 has additional microphone abilities.