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FIRST FALL SNOW SKI!!!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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Bang. There it is… first fall-time, on-snow, on-ski workout of the year. I know it always seems good, because c’mon, you’re skiing on snow right? But this morning was pretty ridiculous; as in ridiculously sweet.

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Not to ruin it with words, that is all I’m going to say about it. Just check the pics and super short video to see how crazy nice it was!!

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It went from this...

...to this...

...to this...

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TO THIS:

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It was great skiing. I’ll bet I did about 30k. We are going back on Saturday!

(last 2 photos – Erik Flora)

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Good Skiing in Fairbanks!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Thats right… sounds like there is some great skiing at Birch Hill! The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks has has rolled most of the trails a few times, and drug the corduroy yesterday. My brother says that it is really, really good skating. The APU crew is heading up there next week for a volume, on-snow training camp, so that will be awesome!! Gotta love October skiing in Fairbanks!

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photos – Logan Hanneman

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Awwk-ward

Friday, October 14th, 2011

That’s what time of year it is… the awkward time. It looks and feels like it should be winter outside, but we haven’t been dusted yet. Oh-so-cold in the morning, making that pavement nearly impenetrable by our carbide tips, and covered with frozen leaves.

It has been snowing up high, which has been quite a tease for all the skiers living down in Anchorage. The mountains that surround us in nearly every direction are very white, which has been looking really cool and serving as a reminder of what is to come:

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Despite the surface consitions, Anchorage has just been killing it on the weather. It’s been bluebird for almost a week straight up until last night. Erika and I did an awesome mountain run yesterday that got us way up into the snow. It was cold up there and wasn’t melting at all, and the crust skiing would have been surprisingly good (providing we had actually brought skis). It looked really, really awesome up there, and it was dang good running too:

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Speaking of good views, I just got my new Suunto t6d watch, which has got to be the sweetest heart-rate-monitor ever… Besides its trick black screen, probably my favorite part is how you can tell it exactly what kind of data you want to look at in each mode. That, and Suunto watches have got to be the toughest, most durable wrist-pieces out there:

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As people come back from Park City, we are getting back to our huge training groups again, which is always really fun and so, so helpful for training. You cant really help but improve, when every time you do a speed its like being in a double Nationals A-Final:

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From here, we are all just training hard and keeping it going until we can start skiing. I guess that means I should put my bikes away… wait, no!!

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Awesome Upcoming Ski Camp!!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

As we get closer and closer to ski season, and the snow comes down the mountains and gets closer and closer to us, it is super fun to see all the skiers start licking their chops. Of course, there are varying levels of “stoke” (wait, is that one of those Johnny Klister “dead” words?), ranging from the “meh” people to the psycho’s that post on Facebook every 7 minutes about how they “CANNNOT WAIT FOR SNOWWWWW!!!!”.

And while I would like to think that I fall somewhere in the nice, healthy middle of that spectrum, the truth is that I am pretty amped for snow and skiing. How could you not be when you spend the only months of the year without it, preparing for it?

If you are a high school skier in Alaska, or the parent of one (or more), or somehow related to one… CHECK THIS OUT!!

This season is going to have the sweetest winter kickoff on a long time. Challenge Life, this non-profit that I have worked with before, is putting on huge season-opening ski camp for high-schoolers in Fairbanks. There should be great, groomed skiing at Birch Hill by then, and there is going to be some awesome training and coaching opportunities, not to mention some fun social stuff. Most of the major clubs will have coaches there; Erik from APU, Jan from Alaska Winter Stars, and Pete from FXC, as well as other club coaches from around the state. Kikkan and Holly are going to be there coaching, as well as myself and the rest of the mens Elite Team.

If you are a high-school athlete, or a coach, it would be awesome to have you at this camp!

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I think this is going to be a sweet way for junior skiers from all over the state to get together and have a good time and train hard. I wish they had this kind of thing when I was in high school!

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Here We Go

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Wow, this is bad… It has been too long since my last blog post. Its kinda funny actually, I’ve found blogging to be extremely analogous to training; it can be going so well for so long, and then all of a sudden there will be a dry spell, maybe a sickness or injury, or in this case, lack of any good material to post online.

Training has been going well for me for the most part. There were a few of those hiccups, one bad cold and then last week I crashed my mountain bike hard and rallied my shoulder pretty good.

I don’t know if any of you guys have trouble with this, but often when I have a setback like that, even if it’s fairly small, I end up making it so much worse in my head. I start thinking like “oh, I’m missing all of this training” and “I’m going to be so far behind everyone when I come back” and “this is going to mess up my season” kind of stuff. Which sounds totally silly when I sit here and write it down, but I definitely do it to myself. In the long run, I think the mandatory breaks from training often end up making little-to-no difference, as long as you recover correctly and train hard when you are ready again.

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I’m just going to put up a couple pics from that last month or so, and also a short video I made of myself and Jack Novak riding the new Kincaid singletrack… which is ironically where I crashed like two days after I filmed the vid.

First some pics:

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If you havent seen the video that shows you what was happening with this tomato, you should check it out here.

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Part of the crew on the last glacier descent of the year…

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…where the Sun Valley boys had and um… interesting… method to sliding down the steep grassy slopes; the TRASH-BAG-WHITEY-TIGHTIES-OVER-YOUR-PANTS method. They were definitely standing out stylistically:

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Heres a shot from a run a week-and-a-half ago… this was kinda the first snow of the year. Theres more now, I will get some better ones soon.

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And then, the mtb video… these new trails are s-s-sick! If you are in the Anchorage area, it is definitely worth your time to go ride them. Not too often that you find trails this smooth, with all of the roots we have up here. Pretty fun!

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I will definitely be getting back on the blog game here, so there should be more frequent and timrely posts coming as we go through the fall and start skiing.

The snowline is coming down the mountains and is getting close to skiable, so maybe we will get to do that pretty soon!

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