Month: April 2009

A Windy Bike Ride and Some Lite Philosophy on Fitness

I love my bike. It is a 2002 Lemond Victoire. Here’s a pic:     (Actually this is a pic from fordphoto.blogspot.com so technically, it is not ‘my’ Victoire. Cut me some slack on my pic skills.) A friend of mine who races bikes…

What Did We Learn? A Birkebeiner Coda

      I learned that it takes a lot of people to really make me hurt. And I learned that we learn through hurt.   Thanks go out to Dorothy for allowing me to spend precious money on this adventure. Thanks to Bart,…

Part IV: The Final Sprint of Sean’s 2009 American Birkebeiner

[note: to read parts 1-3, go to Archives and click on April 2009]   I am not perfect. And I am not dead. I am still skiing.   A sweeping left hand bend and I can finally see the lake. And Lake Hayward is…

Part III: Or, the Man in Yellow

Third Installment of My Birkebeiner Experience

Birkie Fever Part II: Or, Why Am I Still Alive?

        The Birkebeiner is the largest cross country ski race in the U.S., and one of the largest races in the world. Over 7,000 skiers from all over the world converge in northwest Wisconsin for a 50 kilometer race (Actually there…

My 2009 Birkebeiner Experience and Sporting Nostalgia

Cross country skiing in Wisconsin can teach us lessons about memory and pain.