Gore JNQ 10 km

On Saturday, I drove to North Creek, NY for Sunday’s Gore JNQ 10 km skate race. It’s been a while since I’ve driven 260 miles in a snowstorm, and the first time in my new / used diesel Jetta.  What’s generally a four-hour ride turned into a six hour slog, […]

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North Creek Nordic Fest at Gore

At the eleventh hour, I signed up for the 10 km classic race at the North Creek Nordic Fest last Saturday. In October, I’d torn a hamstring during a hard interval workout and limped back to my car.  It’s been a long road with careful, and dare I say, banal […]

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Return to Craftsbury

On Saturday 2 February, it was a balmy four degrees above zero as we started the Craftsbury Marathon.  Dry, cold snow and bomber tracks meant that almost any colder kick wax would work.  Whether my body would work for the whole distance was a question. In November 2014, I had […]

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Lake Placid Loppet: Return to Forever

In repose, the goddess awaited. Cresting the height of land on Mount van Hoevenberg’s Porter Mountain trail, I led a train of skiers past the abandoned timing hut left over from the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Swathed in snow, the graven image of the Goddess of Anaerobic Threshold, a deity sacred […]

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Lake Placid Loppet: Big Changes for 2015

Last year, following another weather-related postponement to March, the Lake Placid Loppet organizers signaled their intention to move the race to March permanently.  OK.  But like many, I was surprised to find the early registration fee for the Loppet also jumped to $99.00 this year.  For those keeping score at […]

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Dewey Mountain: Cookie Clash of the Titans

The crash, right after the start.  Until Peru Nordic’s Cookie Clash on Saturday, I’ve managed to avoid mass collisions at the start of mass start races. It’s a no-frills, all business race on a technically demanding loop.  Four 2.5 km laps, straight up, then straight down, followed by a twisty bit […]

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