Month: February 2010

IT’S ON: BIRKIE DAY ONE: CITIZEN SPRINTS; OR BRING ON THE HEAT

Hot and Fast at Telemark Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin. The snow was a bit warm: 25 F. The trail was very firm: you can use your tiny baskets. The crowd was amped: and who wouldn’t be? Brian and I took a 5 km spin…

Birkie Time!

Well folks, it is now time for the Birkie. Or, in my case, the Korte. If I can’t win–and I can’t–then I will try to score style points this weekend. I might go for Tord’s low-rider-skier look: Or, I might just go for the…

Raw Rib Report #5: A Skier’s Lyric, Plus Some Press-Citizen OPINION Page Love

A Cross-Country Skier’s Lyric My ribs took a beating at Ashton last night, And now they really ain’t right So, give me buckets of ice and beer: ah, true delight. My back is broken and bruised, but don’t worry about me, Lookie here, I…

Back Recover Report #4: Olympics, Yourlympics, and Mylympics

Sidebar #1: My friend and teammate on GRC–Goosetown Racing Club–has asked me to commit to racing a bike race series in March. That’s crazy:  I have only been on my bike once in 2010 (in the garage on my Elite Fluid Trainer…I know it…

RIB UPDATE #3: KORTE READY

SORRY BIRKIE BUDDIES. I have decided to downgrade my attempt this year to the Korte (25 km). The rib is better, but not better enough to take my sweet revenge upon the whole chimichanga. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t whip up a…

Birkie/Back Update

TRUE, MY BACK IS NOT BROKEN, and I won’t die from the pain. But, and this is an important but, it is MY PAIN. And sometimes owning your pain means that you have to complain. It has been 19 days since my fall. My…

OH CRUD, I BROKE MY BACK JUST BEFORE THE BIRKIE!

News Flash: I fell on the ice exactly two weeks ago and I have been to shame-ridden to admit it.  I didn’t just kinda fall. I really fell. I did a Charlie Chaplin fall. Walking to my car and right where the driveway is…

I do not recommend cross-country skiing.

I do not recommend cross-country skiing. But, if you are already a nordic-junky freak, then you are past saving. And in that case, dear reader, read on! If you have only learned to use the classic skiing technique (see above), then I suggest that…