Idea: a "12 Hours of Vasa" Spring Ski-Fest?
[Got this idea during a great all day ski tour up north.]
Another thing I thought of---while skiing along admiring the elk tracks in our wilderness trail---was that it would be neat to put on an ultramarathon here in Michigan. At the Birkie trail they do the "24 Hours of Telemark," and 24-hour races are popular in mt-biking. We Michigan skiers wouldn't have to be so crazy. We could do a 12-hour race on the Vasa trail. It's a famous, groomed trail with a campground on it. 27km per big loop. Dawn to dusk. How far could someone go? We might be surprised who would do well in such a race. It might bring a different crew to the front. It would mostly be a chance for folks to plain old see how far they can ski in a day. Without going too overboard. I think a top skier could go 100 miles. That would be 6 laps. Right on the nose. My imaginary plan for doing this in 12 hours would be to try to do a lap every 1hr:45min. Then for each lap you could stop at your campsite (with bonfire, etc.) and change clothes, then get a massage for 5 minutes, then take 5 minutes to sit down at a picnic table and eat, then get rolling again. Fun! : ) Maybe. That's a 15.5km/hr pace to go 100 miles. Not superfast. But not slow. Seems a TAD too brisk. Like 13km/hr would make a world of difference in being a pace one could do all day, methinks. But what do I know! Nothing! It's just an idea...