Monday, January 28, 2008

More Skiing - Little Biking

Well Sunday I made yet another attempt at the double (24k of xc skiing and 24k of mtb on the snowshoe trails), but for the sake of not digging up the trails cause of the soft base again I went down red bud for an out and back after I was done with the 24 kilometers of skiing. I can definitely notice the improvement in my stride and my climbing stride seems to be above average or at least I feel that way while climbing the alps of nine mile. Tonight I did another 24k of classic xc skiing but in the form of 6k time trials on the iced up classic tracks. Felt good and am really looking forward to competing in my first xc ski race and the quadrathon this weekend.

I had a chance to test out a lot of the Nuun hydration products and what i've found was the Kona Cola is almost identical to flat coke this being my favorite. I also like the lemon lime and the fruit punch.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

2 bowls of cheerios

2 bowls of honey nut cheerios early in the morning and no lunch was not a good idea if I wanted to follow up my 2 hour xc ski friday with a 3 hour today... It's been a while since I bonked this bad. What was I thinking? Well I was thinking I needed to get out and do something since it has been the warmest day at 23 degrees for over a week. I mean roughly a full week or more of negative temperatures sometimes with the wind chill hitting -40, needless to say I watched a few movies on the trainer. I am going to try to sneek out on the snowshoe trails if they properly freeze after the 30 plus degrees tomorrow, I'll be sure to ski again tommorow as well but I'll try this great thing called lunch before I go.

On another note, I will soon have my snowshoes and Garmin. I love the fact that I have yet another method of cross training during the winter plus I got my own equipment to use at bsg quadrathon...5k run to 5k bike to 5k snowshoe and wrapping it up with the 5k xc ski. my drawbacks in this race will be the fact that the xc ski portion i've decided to go classic and rockin the single speed in addition to never being on a pair of snowshoes.....this will be interesting. Wait I'll be doing the classical xc ski race on saturday as well. I'll keep you posted on the results.

keep on keepin on

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday Motivation - Frustration

6-8 inches of fresh powder and single digit temperatures. I wasn't sure what I was thinking but I was already in the parking lot. I strectched and put my newly arrived bottle of NUUN in my pocket of the citrus variety (almost a grapefruit like taste in my oppinion and pretty good) Anyway, I got to the trailhead looked for the burried classic trails and began my expedition in the middle of the snow storm. During the 30k adventure the wind would blow sheets of snow right in front you. The beard grows icecicles and sticks to the fabric in your jacket and your eyelashes freezing to each other.

Speed and effort were the products of powertripping managers that like to step on your toes and take your ideas as if they are their own and interupts you while speaking...I need to move on and do something else. Remember it's not who you know it's who you blo...I think you get it. The joint draws so many parallels to the movie officespace. What's so hard about treating co-workers with respect?

Snekkevik for me is cancelled as I am not skiing with -23 windchills and risk getting sick for the Quadrathon. Can't wait to get out on the bike again.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Can't Stay Away From It

So I decided to not go to the swap and do some xc skiing and some singletrack riding later last night. As long as the temps stay in the 20's or lower the snowshoe trails are a great way to get some fun riding in during the winter. 4 hours of riding and skiing on saturday and about an hour on the hockey skates today before watching the cowboys get whipped. If you guys want to go for a night ride let me know and we'll set it up heck maybe even make a small event out of sounds like a fun way to break up the winter months.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Here's whats up

Wednesday was my 27th birthday and celebration was inevitable yet fun. The food and drinks were great and I enjoyed the company.

I didn't really didn't ride much this week an hour here an there but nothing really exciting. I did attempt my weekly ride at nine mile but the light wasn't as charged as I would have liked so I had to cut my workout short at 2 1/2 hours. Today I plan on taking the wife out on her first xc ski expedition on the classic skis while I go along side on the skate skis and later tongiht it's another double except probably an hour on skis and 2 hours on the bike so total workout today is roughly 4 hours.

I ordered my first 6 tubes of Nuun hydration tablets. This is going to be the greatest thing during the long races or rides. Just drop one in your bottle and it dissolves on it's own. Definitely cool stuff. You can get some at

Also i've once again joined forces with sixsixone protection. They have great gloves, shoes, and other protective items to keep you comfortable and safe on the trails.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Singletrack in January

I've been able to get my trail pass some time back and felt the need to do something other than skiing so after doing that for an hour. I unloaded the bike and took to the snowshoe trails. The toughest thing about riding at this time of the year is how you can't ride off the side cause you will go over your bars, but at least it's not painful. Anyway, base training has begun and am looking forward to 2008. All I need is my EVOMO kit and some flashy green Ergon grips.