Week 15: O is for…OO!

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  After a bunch of travel the past couple days, some holiday preparations and family arrivals, Wednesday really snuck up on me.  As I was going to bed last night I remembered that yesterday was, in fact, Wednesday, and I had missed my weekly Wednesday Birkie countdown!  My […]

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Week 14: N is for Names

When I sat down for this week’s Birkie countdown, I drew a blank.  I know what I’m doing for next week, but for some reason “N” was cramping my mental game.  In my pursuit of an “N,” I started wondering what exactly about N was giving me difficulty, if for no other reason than to procrastinate my […]

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Week 13: M is for Money

As much as professional skiers enjoy skiing for the people they meet, the places they travel, and the experiences they have, there is usually one facet of skiing lurking in the shadows.  Money is an incentive to race fast, as well as an impediment to racing fast.  This unfortunate catch-22 can be stressful, but is […]

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Special Edition: Why I Birkie

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is a day filled with delicious food, but also a day to reflect and contemplate what we are thankful for.  Recently I wrote a piece for the Birkie magazine entitled, “Why I Birkie.”  To sum it up, I Birkie because skiing allows me the opportunity to continuously pursue a set of infinitely expanding […]

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Week 12: L is for Loppet Nordic Racing

In West Yellowstone it is easy to remember why cross country skiing is awesome.  People flock from all around the country (although perhaps disproportionally so from the Midwest) for early season skiing and socializing.  There are all ages and abilities, and it is a great reminder that the cross country community is unlike any other.  I’ve […]

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Week 11: K is for Dennis Kruse

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the more avid adventurists and true lovers of the outdoors earlier this week.  Up for week 11 in the countdown is Birkie lover, supporter, skier and foundation Vice President Dennis Kruse.  After buying a cabin in the Cable area in 1979, Kruse has been […]

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Week 10: J is for Jennie Bender

Getting into the double digits of the countdown (10 weeks, woohoo!), I thought I’d head back to some question and answer.  After a successful collegiate career at the University of Vermont, Jennie Bender spent some years skiing for CXC before making the move west to the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) Elite Team based out of […]

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Week 9: I is for Intensity

As you all know, Holly Brooks is a fellow Birkie Ambassador.  She is taking on the Marathon circuit, and I have no doubt she will do amazing things and make it look easy.  Recently on Fasterskier, Brooks gave a rundown of a Marathon prep interval session she does.  Click on the link for a more detailed overview, […]

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Week 8: H is for Highs and Lows

Highs and lows are a big thing for ski racers.  To keep myself sane, I often find myself trying to match a “high” to every “low” in a day.  I look at course profiles, figuring out how many pole plants to get to the high point, and more importantly how many seconds in a tuck […]

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Week 7: G is for Gus Kaeding

This week I got the chance to interview Gus Kaeding, an old coach of mine as well as a past classic Birkie winner (the same year he beat Norweigan champion Bjorn Daehlie in a sprint to the finish).  In addition to skiing in college at Northern Michigan University, Gus both skied for and coached the […]

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