December 1st, 2013
West Yellowstone woke up not to cold and dry but warm and humid. Waxers had a job to do keeping the course full of wax tester while the racers raced 15km, 10km, or 5km for the expanding Master’s and Junior’s “Ernie’s” race.
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November 29th, 2013
Another day of brilliant sunshine and cold snow in West Yellowstone, Watch five video highlights from out on the course of a day of SuperTour sprint racing in West Yellowstone.
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November 27th, 2013
Biathlon started the racing at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival. Outrageous early season snow and sun allowed the races to move back to the Rendezvous courses after a few years on the South Plateau. If you are not, you should be here. TUNA Jr Comp. skiers fielded a team of novice biathloners to try their eye at marksmanship. Check them out:
Sorry if you are not here at West Yellowstone as I can’t imagine anywhere else where you could be skiing this cold snow and sunshine. But I hope you are. Enjoy this tour of a select few Rendezvous Trails:No comments
November 16th, 2013
Out the back door, around the block, and down the oneway road to the City Creek Nature Preserve. One TUNA skier casually rolls the canyon road on an on-your-own workout day at bit ago. Sorry missed posting this more timely, but running there today in an inch of slush returned the memory of leaves on the trees and rain that evaporated soon after it fell. Happy to be on winter’s doorstep.
November 7th, 2013
Drizzle and fall colors set the stage for The Utah Nordic Alliance’s Mountain Challenge Duathlon held annually at Soldier Hollow. Always a welcome test of summer fitness and a welcome return of the Nordic community of Utah. Bikes and faces and butts collected mud from the route which began with a 1km run, followed by two loops of the 5km bike trail, lastly repeated as a 5km run. The rain dropped off along with a few chains but both are part of trail racing. Teams and solos, mixed ages and distances, made for no one knowing who won, you just kind-of knew your order. The times and places will be posted eventually at utahnordic.com. All who were not here this year were missed.1 comment
June 23rd, 2013
TUNA comp skiers, Park City Nordic, and the visiting REG Nordic skiers ran an early morning time trial up 1200 feet of the 0.9 mile Agony Hill. One runner broke 15 minutes a few more broke into the 16 minute range as a great start for the western REG (Regional Elite Group) and the Utah Combined Teams’ early-summer camp.
May 21st, 2013
Between City Creek and the City, lies a ridge that is home to the Wasatch Steeple Chase. The week started in the 90s so when Friday’s clouds and the temps in the 50s rolled in, the time seemed right to head back to the open ridge. As the morning moved along the clouds lowered onto the higher peaks to the south and by evening the rain brought out the green.
Skied an early sunrise accompanied by a few clouds, crunchy snow, and a grand old lightning scorched Limber Pine. Wasatch Mountains.
Grand views and sun-cupped snow skiing along the moraine and among glacial polished bedrock and eratics.
May 13th, 2013
Okay, so the skiers slept in a little. One stayed asleep in the car, never touching the snow. The sun-cupped snow would swallow your skinny race baskets when used for forward propulsion, and still, not a day to miss out in the mountains. The record breaking heat in the valley and no freeze over night didn’t change the always stunning scenery and the ski was followed with ebelskivers at the cabin.
April 17th, 2013
Running. Running the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Simple. A tribute…
…A tribute to all involved and specially to Rosie who had started home when she recieved a text from a blast injured friend. Her story through another:
April 18, 2013; “Rosie spent the night here last night and I got to hear the story.
When Rosie got to Copley Sq, she willfully ignored the commands of the police to leave the scene, and went into the center of the fray where she found her competitor friend sitting in a pool of blood with a large piece of shrapnel protruding from her leg. Rosie was shocked and angered to find that no one helping her. The EMTs were dealing with the most severely wounded, and everyone else who could help had fled when the bombs went off, or was ordered away. There were numerous other injured people on the ground, also without help. Rosie sized up the situation and, supporting her friend, walked/limped away from the scene, hailed a cab, and went to Mass General Hospital. She gave the driver a $40 tip to cover the cost of cleaning his cab (blood). They are both (Rosie and friend) doing better. Friend is still hospitalized.
Rosie has nerves of steel, but she smiled sweetly when I told her about the T-shirt idea.” (to say, “Everyone needs a friend like Rosie”)
March 18th, 2013
The Fairbanks, Birch Hill Junior National Championships continued with skate sprint racing on Thursday and classic distance racing on Saturday. Mornings were well below zero but warming to the mid-tens on Thursday and low twentys on Saturday making for cold slow snow in the morning and faster afternoons. Thursday’s sprint racing continued into the early evening. Watch some hot junior skiing with photo finishes, crashes, and beautiful cold sunshine.
Saturday’s Classic Distance races: