Sunday, January 31, 2010
Well, its in the books, Noquemanon 2010. At age 44 I have arrived at the "middle of the pack" skier times. My 83rd place out of 166 male classic marathoners was right in the middle. Four years ago i wax 39th with a solid 3:08, this year 3:30 in slightly slower conditions. Why the drop in performance? Little speedwork and no racing in two years. What's the quote? Speed kills (those who dont have it). Oh well, it was a great day to be outsideinmi so onwards and upwards.
Friday - arrive, head straight to the dome to pick up our race packets some new socks and Gu. Check in to hotel and head to Vango's to eat.
Saturday 645am wake up, at the race by 8am, check skis and decide which to use. My klister skis were not gripping at all and an attempt at adding Rex Power grip to them didnt work. So, i went with my green/VR40 skis and they were great. Lined up in about row 8 and the gun went off. First 400 meters was a relaxed start with a sharp turn and big downhill. I tucked and got moving fast then noticed a huge pileup of 4-5 skiers at the bottom of the hill, i had no chance to avoide them and couldnt stop so i just braced for crashing into them. Suddenly a gap opened and I shot past them all unscathed!! Lucky. The same thing happened again on the next hill and I felt even luckier. Pretty uneventful race from there on out. Lost my wax pretty much at the high point of the course and enjoyed some serious double poling to the finish. Saturday night we went to the awards and it was great to see all the old NMU crowd and MI Cup skiers hanging out.
Sunday - a quick breakfast at Coachlight and home!
Pics are the Noque Finish and the inside of the Superior Dome.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
well, yesterday was my last big long ski - 45k in about 3:10 or so. good fast conditions at Hanson Hills with solid tracks and 29-32 degrees. It was a bit icy in some spots and then fine powder in others, no worries though when you've got VR65 on your side. It provides monster kick no matter what. It will be interesting to see how i stack up this year at the race. Last time i went in 2006 i was four years younger and had two races under my belt. This year I've had about the same training with no races and more age. so, we'll see.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Well today it was back to the good old Sturgeon River. Took 21 high school students of mine out for some fun. I've done 15+ canoe trips down this section but this is only my 3rd winter raft trip. Kids had fun - they need to do more stuff like this in high school to make it fun. 35 degrees helped keep everyone comfy. Good stuff. (plus got in a good 1 hour xc ski after!!)
Monday, January 4, 2010
as i was ironing in some wax i glanced at my grandfathers handmade wooden skis and then set my fischer race skis up next to them to cool. the times have changed. pine tar and wood to plastic, carbon fiber and fluorocarbons.
this bottom pic is just me after my ski at 0 degrees F !!! ice beard.