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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White Mountain Marathon

It annoys me to no end to post this five days after the event, but that’s the new reality of OXF.  Life is a little crazy as I transition into the life of not only freelance writer and athlete, but also personal trainer. The way this winter is shaking out, […]

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Vince O’Connell Wins Mountain State Marathon at Whitegrass

 [On 25 January, Andrey Revyakin raced the Mountain State Marathon at Whitegrass, West Virginia’s premier cross-country ski center.  Northeastern skiers may remember Vince O’Connell, the founder of VOMax and a fearsome skier with multiple age group wins at the Lake Placid Loppet and elsewhere.  Below is Andrey’s account of the race.  – Ed.] – […]

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