Annie Hart’s New Go-To Morning Oatmeal Recipe! Turmeric Oats!

2,500 years ago Hippocrates (the father of Western medicine) coined the term “food is medicine.” While there is no doubt that advances in medicine have significantly improved the quality (and length) of life, the notion that food can play just as an important role in maintaining and augmenting health is making its comeback. And in […]

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The End of the Alphabet

As I sit here in Austria writing the final installment of the countdown, I can barely believe that it is already March, the 2015 Birkie has come to a close, and that I only have three more race series this season.  For the “X,Y,Z” edition of the countdown, I decided to talk to fellow Birkie […]

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Week 23: W is for Women of the Birkie

  Way back at week “L” in November I was ski racing in West Yellowstone, Montana. My mom was out on the trails and ran into 27 time Birkie finisher Lori Steinbach who hoped to see Jacque Lindskoog as the feature. I had already committed to the Loppet Nordic Foundation, but promised Lori I’d be […]

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Week 22: V is for Volunteers!

It’s been busy here in Kazakhstan with racing every day, but it didn’t prevent me from catching up with Birkie Volunteer Coordinator Patti Rumler.  The thought of the Birkie- or any big racing event-without volunteers is essentially unthinkable.  Volunteers do so much to make a race run smoothly, safely, efficiently, and enjoyably.  If you aren’t […]

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Week 21: U is for USA in Kazakhstan

After 30 hours of traveling I finally arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the U23 and Junior World Ski Championships.  The races start on Monday, and up until then we will all be prepping and adjusting to the new time zone, course, and smoke!  There is a pretty intense inversion in Almaty, and that combined with […]

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Week 20: T is for the Birkie Tour

This past Sunday I skied my first ever Birkie Tour.  Due to a series of fortunate events (namely Nationals being in Michigan and snow arriving for much of the Midwest) I spent a good chunk of December and January at home.  Not only did this mean a lot of time with my family, pets, and […]

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Week 19: Ski like a Cane

I had the awesome opportunity to talk to Superintendent of the Hayward school District Craig Olson about his initiative in the Hayward community to do all activities Like a Cane.  Specifically Olson has been working with the Birkebeiner Foundation on Skiing like a Cane.  This campaign has the goal of raising money to go towards […]

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Week 18: R is for Rest day and Rivers Eatery

After a long day of sprinting yesterday, I’m excited to have this rest day between race days to recuperate, and also write about my favorite pizza place around, the Rivers Eatery.  Mick and Beth Endersbe graciously fed the SMS T2 team en route to nationals in Houghton, and I’m fairly confident their pizza had something […]

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Week 17: Q is for Quotes

I’d like to pretend that my Thursday post on quotes was intentionally coincided with “throw back Thursday.”  Yet the reality of the situation is yesterday was a very busy day of skiing, driving, and settling into snowy Houghton, Michigan with the rest of my SMS T2 team, and I simply didn’t get the post up […]

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Week 16: P is for Ben Popp and the Permanent Start

Merry Christmas Eve Birkie skiers!  I’m writing this snuggled up next to our cat and Christmas tree, and even though there isn’t any real snow on the ground at my house, the lack of white fluffy stuff can’t stop my Christmas spirit.  Last night we had our annual fondue dinner (because cheese and bread definitely […]

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