Friday, March 16, 2018

Heading to China but ...

missing the best snowstorm of the winter. However, looks like we will have great spring skiing when I return.

Spectacular picture of the super moon rising over half dome

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Heavy snow and rain in the northern sierras and foothills

On Tuesday I left Tahoe a day early, to make sure I made it over the pass and not get stuck like the Donner Party. On Wednesday as I headed to the Bay Area, I took advantage of a break in the pouring rain to do an easy run off of Lagoon Valley Regional Park.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Peaking and Tapering

So, El Presidente and I have been joking about an article we read in Master Skier while we were sniffing gear at Alpenglow Sports. The question we are debating: If your training base is zero - like some fossils who shall remain nameless - does that mean you have done a successful taper, or does it mean that joining the gym is the start of your peaking?

A huge existential question ... however we had a good day at the gym (notice Mark hefting the three pound dumb bell), followed by a sauna, and then a hike into Blackwood Canyon.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Beautiful day skiing in Tahoe

It has been a grim winter out here but they have great snow now! A couple more days and I am off to China to see alumni.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lucy's last races of the season ... Super Tour Finals!

From March 23-28 all the big dogs will be there.  The entire US Nordic Team is already signed up (listed below by local club), including our two gold medalists from the Olympics. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sick as a dog ...

A week after my college ski mountaineering buddies left, I was sick as a dog.  I took infinite grief from the two physicians in the group who could not believe I had not gotten a flu shot.  Indeed, they counseled that it made sense to still get the shot ... I was incredulous.  A week without training, a week feeling like I was going to die, and the only thing that was as miserable as last week, was the week after my prostate cancer surgery a decade ago. 

For the nordic aficionado ... a must read

Published two days before the Olympics opened in South Korea, this is a detailed chronological study of the rise of US Women's Ski Team.  The writing is modest at best, but the stories and anecdotes are memorable. Amazing that the Olympic Gold, came in the same event, with the same team, five years later!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kikkan's moment of truth

 Everyone has heard about how Jessie slingshot by Falla on the last downhill, and how she powered by Stina Nilsson in the final 100 meters.  But, a couple of minutes before that (1:53:15 on the video) Kikkan heads out on her third lap knowing that they were going to get a medal, the big question was: What color medal?  The only way it can be gold, is if she can hop skate up the big climb with Marit and Charlotte. 

Gold medal lunge!

I replayed the race tonight; it doesn't get any better than this. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Climate Change Impact On The Economy

This article summarizes a new research study.  But the report does not include all the impacts of climate change (weather disasters and rising sea levels), the report simply tries to quantify the impact of climate change on the winter sports industry.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Glorious Sunset ...

But where is the snow!

These guys are studs ... the Olympic 50k

Thirty-one miles and over 6000 feet of climbing in 2:08!  The Finn, Niskanen, broke away at 17k and kept on going. It was an exciting race to watch as the gold/silver medals were not decided until the 49k mark, and a pack of four skiers two minutes later, fought it out for bronze. American Scott Patterson, has had a great Olympics,  but his showing yesterday was something of a breakout performance.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

NCAA Nordic Regional Championships

Once again Lucy is on the bubble looking in at those going to the big dance. A few more seconds would have put her in seventh place today, punching her ticket to Steamboat. Here she is a half kilometer out from the finish in the 15K skate, powering by Lina Sutro the #6 ranked Eastern collegian.  Lucy finished ninth today, and is looking forward to the Super Tour finals at Craftsbury ... Jessie Diggins better watch out :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gold medalist Jessie Diggins ... and Lucy

Four years ago, in Lucy's first rollerski race (she was a 10th grader) up the Whiteface Toll Road, while Jessie is upfront wearing bib #2.
A couple of years later, at the end of a great season - New England Prep School Champ and All America at Junior Nationals - Lucy toed the line again with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins in the national championship distance race. Jessie Diggins is in bib #201.

For American nordic skiers it has been a long wait ...

It doesn't get much better than this though, Kikkan the aging star teamed with Diggins, the rising prodigy. A nice wrap up from the Times:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Where were you when Odvaar Bra broke his pole?

If you were a Norwegian you would know the answer to this, just like if you are an American you know where you were when JFK was shot, or where you were when the twin towers came down on 9/11.  Great New York Times article ...

Unseasonably warm but the ice is nice!

We have had a couple of warm days, probably going up to the low 50s today. However, Gary and John were up climbing in Cascade Pass, as were our students.  So thankfully, winter is not over. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A good skiing weekend

Six college buddies spent the weekend reconnecting at our house. Much wine, beer, and single malt was consumed but also much CO2 was blown off. Early morning skinning up Whiteface was followed by a hearty breakfast at a diner, and then a few hours and many kilometers skied on the Olympic nordic trails.

Jim Bridwell obituary

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ueli Steck: brilliant and a terrific guy, but always remember, even experts get the chop

Jessie Diggins ... so close!

Two days ago Jessie raced into the sprint finals, and in the two distance races totaling 25k of racing, she missed a couple of bronze medals by a total of 7.9 seconds.

Still, assuming everyone stays healthy and has a good race I think we have a shot at a medal in both relays.

My guess is in the 4x5k we go with Sadie, then Sophie, Kikkan, and Jessie ... my prediction is that they will be placing 3rd-4th-or fifth.

In the sprint relay we should have two teams:
Sadie and Diggins, as well as Sophie and Kikkan ... I think one of those teams will place 2nd-3rd-or 4th.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The endurance athlete nemesis

An important short essay to read for high school athletes as well as fossil mountaineers trying to stay in the game. 

Are there limits to human performance?

A great multimedia presentation from the Sunday New York Times. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Revolutionary, superlight binding coming from Dynafit

Next year in Europe? The year after in North America?  Nobody knows, but at 49 grams and more user friendly it could be a game changer. No doubt it will be expensive so start saving your pennies. (Thanks to Skintrack our favorite skimo blog.)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Walking the dog ...

I use my AT gear as the track setter for the 1k loop in the back pasture. Seems like the recent fracture line on the Fossil Cabin suggests that steep Adirondack slides may not be settled yet.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Olympic 15k skiathlon

Brilliant skiing by Kalla for the gold. Mario obviously has not lost it at 37.  Jessie Diggins had a gutsy performance in fifth. Just as an aside, there was no group of Norwegian gals dominating this field. In the picture below, the first seven finishers included two Swedes, one Norwegian, a Finn, an Austrian, one from Switzerland, and one from America.  (Despite the fact that I could have watched the replay, I got up at 2:00 am because I was so excited for this first race.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Winter Olympics Are Starting ...

It is easy to imagine that the US nordic women will come home with several medals. Keep your fingers crossed. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Senor Boom-Boom ... the first snow ranger

A nice article about Montgomery Atwater the founding father of avalanche safety and forecasting as we know it in North America.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ski conditions are good ...

but we could use some more snow ... and I believe 7-10 inches are coming tomorrow.