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Happy Thanksgiving – W Yellowstone Vid

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I personally think it is so good any time we can take a second to think about all of the incredible things in our lives that we are thankful for. Everyone has their own things that they wish were maybe a little different, but in the grand scheme of it all, we have things very good. It’s a little bit too bad that it takes a very commercialized certain Thursday to make us acknowledge the people and things that we are glad to have in our lives, but maybe we can take that attitude to the quieter parts of the year too.

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I am personally extremely thankful for my family, friends, teammates, coaches, sponsors, and for the countless people who have served this country so that we can enjoy and live life with all of those things.

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I am also thankful for really good skiing… like its been in West Yellowstone. I made this short vid of my team-mates and I training here.

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I am also very, very thankful to the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska for helping me with transportation down here to these races. They have been a huge help, and I appreciate their tremendous support of my ski racing career. They are an absolutely incredible medical resource, and have been a positive influence in our community for a while.

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I will be putting up a much longer photo-based blog soon. Thanks for reading! Happy Thanksgiving!

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November Ski Training

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Since returning from our last altitude dryland training camp in Park City, we have been getting to work here in Anchorage. The weather in town has actually been pretty warm and dry for this time of year, which allowed APU to host a fundraiser run for the National Nordic Foundation.

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If you follow U.S. cross country skiing even a teensy weensy bit, you probably heard of this organization. Basically, the U.S. Ski Team can’t fund hardly anything besides the very top couple of athletes; so athletes like myself, and lot of my teammates, and the next wave of incredibly promising junior skiers, have to fund our own way to World Cup, World Championship, and other international events that we get asked to represent this country at. Long story short, the NNF has stepped up majorly to actually do something about it, and to get some measurable funding to the areas that need it. For example; in 2012, 13 athletes declined to go to U23/World Juniors (which has been known for its high costs); only 1 athlete declined in 2013. This is huge.

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However, the NNF is supported entirely by grassroots donations from people like you, like me, like us. If you’d like to contribute, I’d ask that maybe you contribute to my brother Logan’s page, since he is included in a matching grant challenge for the younger skiers, and your donation would go further that way. I also have my own page here.

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The APU Nordic Ski Center’s Elite Team hosting the NNF costume fundraiser run. From left to right: Sadie Bjornsen (frog), Zuzana Rogers and her daughter (Kikkan Randall), Pete Kling (freaky hairdresser), myself (Alaskan Sourdough), Lauren Fritz (Kapow!), Jack Novak (creep), Lex Treinen (farmer with live chicken), Erik Bjornsen (warthog), Rosie Brennan (piggy), Kate Fitzgerald (viking), Kikkan Randall (mariachi), Thomas O’Harra (nordork):

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We have been lucky here because the skiing at Hatcher Pass has been really, really good. It has been great to get a lot of time in on snow, and we have been trying to take advantage of it, putting in as many hours up there as we can. Winter means cold, and that means it time to bust out my favorite gloves, the Toko Classics. They have made them even better this year, and they are incredibly warm while still being thin enough that the pole strap can stay tight. Not to mention affordable and tough as nails; I have a pair of these gloves that probably have 500 hrs of pole strap chafe on them, not to mention an un-countable number of frozen nose wipes, and they still look like they just came out of the wrapper. I hate it when gloves get holes in them. These are my go-to glove for everything.

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The trails at Hatcher Pass, while not specifically designed for skiing, end up being very much like a homologated FIS course. It’s hard to believe how good they are until you see them. There’s even a pretty big climb in the loop, which is essential for training. Kikkan on “Sochi Hill”.

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We had a post training team brunch at the Cresap’s house, which wasn’t the first but was equally as mind blowing as the others. Linda Cresap goes all out, and there is always a bottomless supply of gourmet everything! Thanks Linda!

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As the winter comes down from the mountains and creeps into town, the last of the easily accessible foraging is about to be buried. Better get it while you can! Always moose in the yard:

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Catching the sunrise in the Matanuska valley on an early morning drive to Hatcher:

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We have had a couple distance time trials up there this past week. It can take a little bit to get into race mode after a long summer and fall of training, so they are good intros into those feelings. The conditions have been literally perfect, which is nice.

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Here I am, classic 7.5k time trial.

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photo – Nat Herz

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Time trials also mean you have to start worrying about skis, and making them fast. But I’m not really interested in stressing out about stuff like wax, so I just used some of that new Toko HF blue, and wow. One layer, blistering fast.

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And when youre putting it on Fischer Carbonlites, you really can’t do much better:

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It has been fun to feel the vibe of the group start to shift towards the excitement of racing. We have a big group, who are all looking to improve upon past performance. The stoke is high! Wonder-coach Erik Flora handing out homade post time trial awards:

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Its been fun to have PK here training with us. He is one of the infamous Aussie trio, and is always up for a good time and hard training. We took a picture, and I told him Id do something Australian and he should do something American. I tried to impersonate a kangaroo; he threw up gang signs. Because everyone knows Australia is overrun with ‘roos and America is overrun with gangs…

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Nothing like some home smoked, wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon for post workout recovery. Andre deliverin big time:

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Now is just more training, and honing the edge. We have about another 2 weeks in town before heading to Montana for the first SuperTours of the year.

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Also, I made this video of a training session at Hatcher Pass earlier this week. I posted it already, but if you haven’t seen it, here it is again:

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And, as always, for more frequent photos, find me on Instagram (username:   reesehanneman )  http://instagram.com/reesehanneman

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Thanks for reading!!

 

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Skiin’ Hatcher Vid

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Heres a little vid I threw together from training yesterday at Hatcher Pass. The conditions were absolutely unreal, thanks to great snow and Ed Strabel and the Mat Su Ski Club for their incredible grooming.

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Also, big thanks to my friend and fellow ski racer Russell Kennedy for the sweet track. He makes some really rad music, you can check more of it out here under his Z3X name.