Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Grand Mesa Thanksgiving Camp!

We may have found the best ever Thanksgiving Camp venue! Grand Mesa has tons of km's of trails, plenty of snow, good grooming, rolling terrain and Powderhorn was a fantastic place to stay!

On the whole it was the best Thanksgiving Camp I have ever been to in 20 years of Thanksgiving Camps! It just doesn't bet any better than this!

We skied tons of hours during the week and on the last day we had a fun relay with Mesa State, thanks for the fun and sharing your area!

Skate Technique Videos:

Classic Technique Videos:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What kind of Dancer are your skis?

I was talking to my sister Holly last week and she gave me her view of skis. Can you add to her list?

Fischers are like a large german woman dancing the tango,  she moves well but not a lot of springyness but good and solid.

The madsus is like an argentinian woman doing the tango, lots of action and tons of springyness.

The atomics are an italian woman, a little less springy but plenty of action.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lots of news!

Well, it's been an extremely busy few weeks, we really need to update this more often...

First and foremost is the invitation for UW Nordic to represent the USA at the World University Games! Truly incredible! Instead of writing a huge post here's the link to our news page where you'll find a bunch of articles about it, We'll be doing tons of fundraising for this event and soliciting donations so please consider sending some money for this once-in-a-lifetime honor!

We also just had our first ever Nordic day for UW Ski Week. It was awesome fun with a rollerski race around Prexy's Pasture at Noon! We had full support of the University and bunches of spectators, even though it was raining and cold. It was wonderful! We also had a strongest double-pole competition with a Ski Erg and did waxing of skis for $20/pair. It was awesome fun, awesome exposure AND we actually made $426! Crazy! Check the Photo Album and YouTube site soon for pictures and videos.

Who Needs Snow? Freshman Kai Sharp of Houghton, Mich., leads members of the UW Nordic ski team in the Nordic Rollerski Sprint Race around Prexy's Pasture Monday. The race is among several activities scheduled during UW Ski Week through Thursday, Oct. 21. (UW Photo)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Vests and Headbands too!

You've got to have new vests and headbands to match the new suits!


This year the UW Ski Team will not only have a sweet now logo but new suits !
A little bit cowboy, a bit racing and all Wyoming!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Logo!

Visual Literacy Journal#1
Rachel Watson

I began reading the two texts for this course early in the spring and slowly, at an enjoyable pace, made my way through both. I found this a very fulfilling experience as my mind began to knit together the concepts and to create visual works with, as Freud might say, my id, ego and superego (Berger, 2008, p. 4). In fact, I found myself awake at 2:30 am one morning contemplating a new logo for the University of Wyoming (UW) Ski team. Thoughts regarding shape, balance and direction floated through my head (Berger, 2008, ch. 3).
Thus, in a state that was half waking, half sleep I imagined an image, that with asymmetrical balance, would create excitement and energy (Berger, 2008, p. 78). I hoped to use lines and shapes to direct the viewer’s eyes and to allow the viewer to see, in the image, both a skier and the letters “U” and “W” (Berger, 2008, pp. 80-81). It was when I realized that I could use psychological closure to “complete” the body of the skier that the image began to truly take form (Berger, 2008, p. 83). As I worked, I found that I was able to complete the entire logo using derivations of only one shape, a circle. In retrospect, this seems fitting as a circle is said to represent endlessness, warmth and protection (Berger, 2008, p. 75). These are all emotions that I associate with skiing, as I will be a skier forever and as a coach, I hope I represent warmth and protection to my athletes. Although I journal about this logo here for the first time and show it for the first time (below), I have not yet described all aspects of visual literacy that informed my creation. I hope to do this in future journal entries. I also hope that the logo will continue to evolve throughout the summer as I incorporate additional principles of visual literacy. 

Visual Literacy Journal #2
Rachel Watson

In this entry, I return to the logo for the University of Wyoming (UW) Ski team about which I wrote in entry 1. With continued insights from the course, I have considered not only elements of shape, balance and direction but I have also begun to consider color. Lynell Burmark (2002) writes that color can increase engagement and recall. She further notes that the color yellow can be very stimulating. For my design, this is serendipitous happenchance because the only appropriate colors for the logo are those incorporating the University’s colors of brown and gold (yellow). Burmark further goes on to remind us that text (or logo in this case) should contrast with the background (p. 73). Again, a fortunate consequence of school colors in brown and gold is their natural contrast. However, when suggesting effective design for presentations, Burmark notes that a darker background is preferable. She notes that these dark colors are calming and tend to recede whereas warm colors, such as yellow, are better for the foreground text and graphical elements (p. 73). I thus have attempted a logo in which the skier / letters are in yellow against a brown background. The darker color then theoretically recedes, leaving the yellow to “jump out” and excite (fig. 1).
            Upon completing this design, I was pleased with the way in which the UW now seems more evident. It does seem that the background recedes leaving the logo to be the “eye grabber”. I still felt some concern about the head of the skier, which in effect is the only portion of the logo that is not both a part of the skier and the UW. Thus, I further incorporated Burmark’s design principles and attempted to make the head a slightly darker color with the hope that it would recede with respect to the remainder of the skier. Also, in order to further detract attention from the skier’s head, I noted that Berger (2008) states that, “We can use focus to emphasize certain things and deemphasize others…” (p. 135). I thus attempted to deemphasize the head by making it appear less focused.
This leaves me now to ponder the appropriateness of a brown background for a skier who, of course, always skis on snow and a radiant, light background. Perhaps my design of this logo will be ever evolving but it is unarguably made better with the application of each new design principle and with each rendering. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Watch for the double-pole hints or watch for the quotes. It's all good!

"This is for sure the gear that gives you the girls. At least that's what I think. But it separates the boys from the men I guess you can say. Beause you know what, real men they don't spread their thighs, they doublepole."

Couldn't say it better myself... Despite this cryptic and entertaining quote from this video it's actually really great and talks about double-poling. It also has a catchy song...


Thursday, September 02, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More PR on Johnny Klister!

Check it out, on August 30 Johnny Klister posted the  Cynthia Lummis video!

You know you've made it when you are noticed by Johnny Klister!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here's a good summary of Training Zone by SkiPost

Training Zones

Optimal performance is reached by subjecting the body to specific types of stress in order to elicit specific types of adaptations. Using the Lactate Threshold lactate level or heart-rate, as we have done here, is the most precise way to determine training zones.

Intensity: Level 1. Easy, 2-3mmol/L below LT; 30-50 bpm below LT.
Duration: 30 mins. - 1.5 hours.
Objective: This zone is used for warm-up and cool-down periods. Training at this intensity will promote recovery following glycogen-depleting workouts or high intensity intervals and maintain cardiovascular and muscular adaptations. The primary goal of recovery is to deliver O2 and CHO (carbohydrates) back to the muscles.

Intensity: Level 2. Moderate, 1-2 mmol/L below LT; 10-30 bpm below LT. Level 1. Easy, 2-3 mmol/L below LT; 25-50 bpm below LT.
Duration: 30 mins. - 3 hours.
Objective: A moderate intensity is the optimum zone for improving endurance adaptations. An easy intensity delivers the same benefits, but more slowly. Unlike many athletes in bipedal and less-weight bearing sports, most skiers do most of their endurance training at the easier of these two intensities (around 35 bpm below LT). Training in both of the endurance zones improves the ability to deliver more oxygen to the muscle cell and process more energy from aerobic sources. Specific training adaptations include an increase in the size and number of mitochondria, an increase in myoglobin, increased capillarization, and an increased number of aerobic enzymes. Skiers tend to lower the intensity the longer the session. Over two hours = level 1. Under an hour = level 2.

Lactate Threshold
Intensity: Level 3. Moderately high, below LT by 5 bpm, or above LT by 5 bpm.
· Tempo: 15 to 60 minute continuous effort at 5 bpm below LT.
· Interval: 5 to 15 minutes at LT and up to 5 bpm over LT.
Objective: Training at this intensity will raise LT as a percentage of Vo2 max as well as increase Vo2 max.

VO2 Max
Intensity: Level 4. High, 1-2 mmol/L above LT or at a heart rate associated with 95% of Vo2 max.
Duration: 3-5 minute intervals with half-time to equal recovery.
Objective: This is the optimum zone for improving Vo2 max. Training adaptations include an increase in stroke volume, an increase in maximal aerobic capacity and improved lactate buffering capacity - go fast, hurt less = go faster.

Intensive Repetitions
Intensity: Level 5. Very high, 2-6 mmol/L above LT.
Duration: Short: 30-60 seconds with complete recovery.
Long: 1-2 minutes with complete recovery.
Objective: Training at this zone generally only occurs for a few weeks prior to a major competitive event and increases anaerobic capacity and buffering ability.

Intensity: Depends on amount of rest taken between and number of repetitions.
Duration: Short. 10-20 seconds generally with full recovery.
Objective: Develops technique and use of dynamic, powerful motions.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

UW Nordic Coach Christi is named to Leadville - Lake County Sports Hall of Fame!

UW Nordic Coach Christi Boggs is named to Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame!

Acceptance Speech

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Wear Your Helmets!

From Fitz:

I promised that if my little brother lived through his wreck that i would do my part to raise awareness about helmets.  I'm glad to report that he made it in relatively good shape.  Without his helmet, he never would have walked out of that ditch.  I want to take this chance to remind everyone to wear their helmets every time no matter what.  Even if you are just going for a ride across town, a rollerski on the greenbelt or a 45 M.P.H. descent down Rogder's Canyon, wear your brain buckets.  Without a helmet, i would no longer have my brother.  Please remember to wear your helmets next time you get on rollerskis or a bike.  Its not a choice, just do it.

With love,

P.S. Aside from some pretty bad road rash and a few cracked ribs my brother will live to see another day.  Please please please wear your helmets

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pre-Workout/Pre-Race Eating

Good, short, easy article on what is good to eat before that tough workout or a race.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Yet another reason to sleep!

Want To Get Faster, Smarter? Sleep 10 Hours:

You can add an actual improvement in performance to the long list of reasons to get sleep that we go over in the fall!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Gotta Love Laramie!

We went crust skiing this weekend and it was amazing! Better snow than I have ever seen up there and it was really quite smooth. It looks to be there awhile since the temperatures aren't too warm yet!

Training for Summer online!

The training schedule for the summer, with strength definitions and interval descriptions, is online. Enjoy!

If you have any questions or want to customize to fit your job/summer schedule be sure to let us know!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Congrats to Marie and Cara for being names to the University of Wyoming President's Honor Roll: Resident and to Kyle and Binny for the Non-Resident.

This is a 4.0 grade for the semester. You Rock Our World!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Casper Update (we're still workin' on a catchy name)

Well, to start off, we really haven't done much training wise. According to the all powerful Facebook, it sounds like this is the last week for seniors, so something should start cookin' soon.

Weather wise, it is a typically spring in Wyoming. This is one of the reasons I love this state! It does make it a little hard to train outdoors, but we can get into that later on, when the weather gods start decidin' it's time to bake the place. We've had rain/snow since yesterday mornin'. It's nice, wet stuff and the rancher part of me is dancin'. As of now, this is all that is stickin'.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Coach Rachel Wins National Teaching Award!

Rachel has won yet another teaching award! This time it's a National award, it won't be long until she's asked to be the Secretary of Education!

Be sure to congratulate her, she's shy and is trying to slip below the radar!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Breakfast! You need it!

It's been awhile since we've posted to the blog. We've all be trying to catch up from Nationals, have fun on Spring Break and finish the semester. We'll try to post to the blog a little more often as we start ramping up for summer.

The first blog post is actually just a link to a great article by US Olympic Team member Abigail Larson about the importance of Breakfast. Abigail knows her stuff so be sure to check this out!


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Latest press on the team!

For the latest press on the team go to:

Including news articles and two radio interviews of Gracey and Rachel!

Monday, March 08, 2010

UW Nordic Wins Double Championship!

I didn't do the best job of keeping the blog updated during Nationals but here is the final result!

UW Men's, Women's Nordic Ski Teams Repeat as National Champions!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Nationals Day 1:

I will try to keep up on the blog but if you want up to date info be sure to watch twitter,

We got here with the easiest trip ever, in fact we actually spent less time traveling to Rumford than we sometimes do for weekend races!

Thanks to Ev and Dick everything was amazingly easy. We also love Enterprise rental cars, they are always so helpful, nice and dependable.

We got to the Farm, had dinner, a meeting and a good night's sleep.

We then got up and skied the trails, the sprint course is great and the grooming and organization is wonderful as always. The Chilsom Ski Club is amazing!

Tomorrow is the first race 1.4km sprint. Women start at 9am and men at 9:30. We're hoping for great results and fun tomorrow!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skiers of the Week - Catch up!

It's been a busy season and we have gotten hopelessly behind on the skiers of the week! I'm going to try to get them all in this posting, it will be a little shorter but they've all been amazing!

January 30 & 31 - Mesa State
It was our fist trip to the Mesa State Invite and to Grand Mesa. All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful and beautiful place! If you are reading this and don't want to come to Wyoming for school you should seriously consider Mesa, it's fantastic!

Anyway, the races were a freestyle sprint and a 10km Classic.

For our Men's Skier of the Week we have to go with Dan. Although we think it's likely we'll want to have him as a skier of the day for Nationals you can't ignore the weekend he put together by dominating a tough sprint with rounds that were extremely close together and then following it with an extremely tactically intelligent race to take the 10km classic from 2 Western State boys who wanted to show him what was up. It was an impressive set of races that showed his ski skill as well as his tactical ability. YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

The Women's Skier of the week will be shared by two great performances in two separate races, both complete surprizes!

First came the sprint and Sarah! Who knew she can sprint, she's never done a sprint before but I think I see a great future for her. For a little context here... We are redshirting Sarah as a freshman because we think she's got a lot more to give with an extra year of nordic training and skiing. So far this season her best points have not gone below 604 and she hasn't broken into the top 10 this year. It was clear after the first round that the sprint was something different. After the qualifying round Sarah sat in 7th place with 320 points! Wow, that alone was a great finish but she continued on, just squeaking through each round until she found herself in the finals! By then she was exhausted but still managed a 5th place! Wow, way to rock the sprint Sarah! YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

The next day came another surprise, well actually not so much of a surprise, we knew this was coming. Anyway, after a glorious day on Saturday Sunday was snowy, windy and foggy, a little rough for a race. This didn't slow Cara down a bit! In fact she skied like a maniac and had her best points, best place, best race ever! She had already bettered her best race from last season earlier in the year but this Classic race was an announcement that she wants to be taken seriously on her skis! She skied an amazing race and at the end had taken 12o off her best race ever, was only 10ish seconds away from qualifying for Nationals, was the 4th UW woman AND placed 8th in the race! Wow! YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

February 5 & 6 - New Mexico Invitational
Our Men's Skier of the Week has become our most dependable athlete this year. Both on and off the snow John is a joy. He's skied well and consistently throughout the season and he's been the most helpful and wonderful person off the snow. Whenever I look around to find someone to help, John is not only there but is already helping!

The weekend of New Mexico turned out to be the best season weekend for John in the last two years, possibly the last 4! He not only finished both races with flying colors he had his lowest points for a two race weekend for the last two years. He rocked the classic race, despite not getting his split as his coach crashed and slid beside him. He then came out and despite feeling extremely tired, had a solid skate race. Throughout the weekend he was helpful, cheerful and a great example of a class act. YOU ROCK OUR WORLD - for so many reasons!

The Women's Skier of the Week had to be Morgan. In the classic race she rocked, giving nothing to the NCAA girls that wanted to dominate her. She had her first sub 300 point race ever and skied like a goddess! The second day was a little different, she still struggles with skate and this course was unforgiving. At 3.5km she was in obvious pain and I asked if she needed to stop. She shook me off and kept skiing. On the second loop I watched the other girls ski by and thought that I would have along wait for Morgan and her disfunctional legs when I looked up and there she was! Less than 2 minutes behind Marie! She was skiing well and appeared to actually be gaining ground on Marie and Shanna! Not only did she manage to finish the race she controlled her legs to the point where she could ski well and relatively well. She had one of her best skate points ever and could walk after the race! As I always say, Morgan's too tough for her own good but she really ROCKS OUR WORLD!

February 13 & 14 - Owl Creek Chase
Down to last weekend and the Owl Creek Chase.

For the Men's Skier of the Week we had to go with Zheyna. He had been sick for the last few weeks so none of us were sure how he would feel but he came out with a vengeance on Saturday only 8% and 2.5 minutes out of the top guys and skiing strong and well. He had a great race and felt good, we were extremely pleased. He followed that race with a great effort in the 21km, over the mountain, punishment otherwise known as the Owl Creek Chase. He skied hard and well and his points for the race were only bettered by one race in the last 2 years. It was an extremely great effort and with the inspiration that's bond to come from his brother's Silver we expect great things at Nationals. YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

We thought long and hard about who to choose for the women, there were several standout finishes but we finally had to give it to the women's elite team on Saturday. As coaches you never have a purely good day and although Saturday was no exception the women's team did their best to give us a great day. All 5 women skied that 5km course better than we have ever seen! Skiing hard, well, fast and just generally looking and skiing amazing! 4 of the 5 women were in the top 25% of the race and most of them tying or bettering their best classic race of the year. It was a truly inspire performance and we appreciate your effort and dedication. YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Owl Creek Chase

It was a great weekend! The Elite team competed on Saturday in the Supertour Classic race and did extremely well. Then the Competitive team joined us, after a terrible, snowy drive, for dinner and the Owl Creek Chase on Sunday morning.

The Owl Creek Chase is a 21km point-t0-point race that climbs over a mountain from Snow Mass to Aspen High School. It's a crazy, hard, fun, exciting, exhausting race. The first time out it's usually just an accomplishment, the first hill seems to go on forever. It gets better after the first time you expect the first hill to go on forever and suddenly it actually ends!

We had a great showing from our team at this race. 5 men and 5 women did the elite race with an additional 4 men and 2 women doing the citizen class.

There were only 2 race casualties and 14 athletes finished one of the most grueling nordic races!

College results can be found on the Rocky Mountain Conference Site, and full results can be found at:

Great job everyone!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

WYO Pride!

Hey! Great job this weekend in NM! You definitely had the altitude on your side! I had to post and let you all know that tonight at my OIA (we call ourselves Only In Alaska...yeah, we are dorks) circuits group my friend Tor (he recently joined the UAA team) came up to me to tell me that Wyoming has more spunk than any other team he has ever seen, and that you guys made the race rock because of it last weekend! We then started to talk about the WY team a little more and he and another UAA alum skier were shocked to find out that UW is a club team that isn't fully funded! It just made me very proud of the team and being a product of it since you guys are doing such a great job keeping up an awesome reputation! Good job!

Friday, February 05, 2010

UNM Day 1!

It was a beautiful day for a classic race! Cold, fast snow, easy kick and beautifully groomed tracks.

The UW skiers took full advantage.

The rest of the teams only brought their top few racers so the field was extremely small AND extremely fast (they only brought their top racers). Despite this we managed to have some great races with some of the best % back and points of the year!

It was a good day!

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Skiers of the Week - Utah Invite

We totally forgot to get this up last week but better late than never!

As you know, if you've been reading this blog, the Utah race was very difficult. Retrospect and an analysis of times and % points shows that it actually went fairly well for an early season race, despite the feelings of the day. Both men & women were about where they have been in the past and Gwynn tied her best race of last year so things went better than we thought. The only downside was the fact that only two men finished the race on Saturday, John & Dan.

The Men's Skier of the Week is John

John had a really solid weekend with his skate race besting all but one of last year's points! He skied well and smart. With just one slight bobble when Zhenya quit with one lap to go. He pulled it back together though and caught a CU racer in the last 5km!

He struggled a little with rough wax and new skis in the classic race but still pulled off a respectable 254 points, which puts him just about where he started in the first Div-I race last year.

Most importantly, on a weekend of difficult conditions, tough waxing and emotionally difficult trails John was positive, realistic and gave his all to the race.

Great job John!
You'll see John on the first lap at about 1:10

The Women's Skier of the Week is Gwynn.

Gwynn is always a great skier to have on the team, she always works hard, doesn't complain, tries her best and even when she's skiing on too stiff, slow, waxless skis she has a smile on her face.

For the women's race we ended up throwing Gwynn on a pair of waxless skis that were too stiff for her. Despite this she worked hard and managed a decent race under horrific conditions. When asked how it went she said, "Alright." Not a glowing recommendation but considering the skis, wind, lack of track, etc. it is truly amazing!

The skate race went much better with Gwynn fighting from the start and spending most of the race picking people off. She skied the last 2 laps with two racers from CU and MSU. No matter what she tried, they wouldn't take the lead, they just hung on her butt hoping to beat her in the end. That's what they did, just at the finish, but Gwynn made a valiant effort to break them before then and skied hard to hold them off. The % points for that race were better than any of the Elite Team Skate races from last year, not a bad start!

Great job Gwynn, your attitude and toughness is an inspiration!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Greetings from the North!

Hey! You guys are kicking butt! Congratulations on the great season so far and the newest addition to the team, the trailer! This is truly the end of an era, nationals won't be the same again!

So, I just realized a lot of people on the team don't know me anymore, but I am going to post anyway. Today I completed my first competitive 30k classic... and all I have to say is OUCH! hahaha. It was a beautiful race day, 25 degrees and sunny, we waxed with purple (I think?) klister, then 4 layers of extra blue and a bit of purple from the top of the kick zone to the just under the toe. Some people hate klister, but those who know me, know that klister is definitely my friend (I LOVE to stick!)...the race went well (under 2 hours!) and my wax actually was there the whole time, despite the presence of several hairpin corners, haha. I have started this year to choose the longer race option because something I never realized is that the older you get, the longer the race options are! The Anchorage race series offers a 15k skate, 30k classic, and a 30k skate! yikes! Making the transition from 5-15k races has not been easy, it pretty much translates into hours and hours on skis, and in AK that also means a ton of time in the dark! Moose have a tendency to blend in, that makes for interesting training! Enough about my boring racing and training though!

The biggest excitement around here lately is Holly Brooks making the Olympics! This is especially exciting since I am lucky enough to be a part of the circuits group that she and her husband run. Go OIA! I think Holly has a really interesting story, she was never an all star in college, she never made NCAA nationals, and here she is, 5 years later, going to the Olympics. Not only that, she is a coach who is beating her athletes! She has a blog that might be of interest to someone, it is cool to read about her reaction to racing in the world cup for the first time and her Olympic prep, check it out!

I hope everyone is healthy (The Gangl can flare up at any time!) and keep rocking!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Getting it done in the classroom!

Not only do they ski fast - they are awesome in the classroom.

Here is the list of UW Nordic Athletes who have been named to honor rolls for the fall semester!

President's Honor Roll (gpa 4.0)
  • Willie
  • Sarah
  • Kyle
  • Marie
  • Binny
  • Kara

Vice President's Honor Roll (3.5)
  • Jill

Dean's (gpa 3.4) and Freshman Honor Rolls (gpa 3.25)
  • John
  • Jacob
  • Fitz
  • Catherine


Monday, January 25, 2010

The Magazine of College SnowSports Rankings!

Check out the pre-season rankings for the CSS Magazine!

It seems that the UW Men's and Women's Teams are ranked well, we only hope we can live up to the hype!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Utah Invitational... Tough

We knew it was going to be a tough classic waxing when we read the forecast for 30's and tons of snow. Sounded like hairy's to us so we made sure we had all the right stuff and the few waxless skis that we had in the garage and headed out.

It turned out more interesting than we imagined. Hairy's we can handle but the wind was blowing so hard that we needed hairy's in one place, hard wax in another and klister in another, not the best fun for waxing. We thought we had it nailed right before the men's race when they re-groomed the course and our men went out first. The wax was rocking and we were stoked. Almost immediately after the start the wind came up and blew fresh snow into the tracks, then the sun came out, then it went away and the pellet snow started. The skis worked alright for about 3/4 of the first lap but then were really sticky. There was no "wax of the day" some teams had no kick, some had too much and some had both! We had too much, we looked like gods going up the hills but couldn't get going down the hills. Although the skis were not near as bad as poor Melissa had at Nationals in 2007!

Despite these rough skis the men did fine, not far off where they started in the classic race last year and Willie actually had his best classic % points ever so it was kinda a wash. The men who did well in the race were using "Zeros", skis specifically designed for temperatures right around zero degrees. This might be one of the first times we've actually been beaten by our club status, we just don't have 6 pairs of Zeros to throw on our athletes!

We did have enough waxless skis for all the women except Marie (she is just too light to kick any of the skis we had) so we put them all on completely new, too long, too stiff skis for their race. On the whole it went pretty well. Gwynn couldn't kick her's very well, Morgan crashed a bunch of times with the long skis and Marie was icing but we felt the damage had been minimized, at least they got around the course and weren't miserable!

Saturday had better potential, although there had been a ton of snow, the course was groomed perfectly and it was pretty cold. The women had a 15km mass start skate and despite their fear of being lapped, not completely unfounded since there were 2 US Olympic Team Women in the race, they did great! Gwynn and Gracey just kept pulling up and catching people, Marie held on amazingly well, Shanna finished her second 15km ever on the killer trails of Soldier Hollow and Morgan not only finished the race, she wasn't even in incredible pain! It was a solid showing for the first big race of the year.

The men didn't have it so easy. Fitz & Eliah didn't start due to illness. Less than 1 lap into the 4 lap/20km race Willie looked like he might keel over any minute so we pulled him out of the race. This left just Zhenya, John and Dan for our men. Zhenya and John spent 3 laps working together and picking off racers and Dan was struggling but hanging on, we had hopes of having a full men's team finish but it was not to be. At the end of the 3rd lap Zhenya stepped out of the race and left John to finish on his own. John did a great job catching a CU guy 30 seconds in front of him and finishing strong despite the tough trail and the mental hit when Zhenya quit. Dan also finished the race, looking tired but tough. Kinda a rough weekend when the team starts with 6 men and you can only get 2 to finish! Hopefully everyone will be well next weekend!

For the wax report. When we arrived for the women's race we realized that it was colder than predicted so we tested Fast Wax Tan and Fast Wax LF-Blue and the LF-Blue was running great so we put it on the front of their skis, they had Fast Wax LF-Red already on the skis. The women's skis seemed to be just fine and they skied really well.

We had the men wax one pair of skis with LF-Red and one pair with Swix HF-8 so they could find out which was faster on the day. They all test and chose different things. While standing up at the top of the hill, where the coaches were feeding, we rapidly discovered that it sure wasn't a wax race out there. Meaning that the wax seemed to make very little difference since teams that had men in the top 10 had on a wide range of wax from no-fluor to low-fluoro to high-fluoro to pure fluoro. The difference in the waxes was negligible, although the team with pure fluoro seemed to struggle a bit. The team that had the winning skier had on basically the exact low fluor wax that we had on one pair of skis and the team with 3 in the top 10 had on the same high-fluor wax that was on our second pair! It seemed to truly be across the board and not really matter in the long run!

It was a tough weekend of racing and we're extremely proud of the effort put out in tough conditions and tough races. We're now preparing for our first-ever trip to Grand Mesa for the Mesa State Invitational. Should be a blast!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Otepaa Video

Here is the link to watch the sprint final from Otepaa, Estonia. Zhenya's brother is bib 13.
We are talking double OG huge balla here.


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Skiers of the Week - USAFA Invitational!

Although it's been a few days since the first set of races it's still extremely important for us to recognize our athletes of the week!

This was a hard decision, first there was Zhenya, who dominated both races in grand style and Gwynn and Gracie, who traded the wins in the two days. There were also several other great finishes but in the end we had to look at athletes who seemed to have made a step up already!

Male skier of the week = Devin Oderwald
Be sure to turn your sound down, some crazy coach was a little excited!

Devin started last season struggling and worked hard but was never quite able to pull together a solid group of races. This season has already started out better. Two great races this past weekend, solid finishes, good technique, great attitude - it couldn't have been any better!

The reason that we have chosen Devin as our skier of the week is that the points for his first two races are already 11 points higher than his best 4 races last year! Wow! You can't ask for more than that, it means that he is already faster than he ever was last season! Great place to start! Now we just need to keep healthy and it should make for a stellar season!

ale skier of the week = Marie Cartwright
Once again that crazy coach was out of control!

We're not sure what to say about Marie. She had a fantastic season last year, placing 6th in the skate at USCSA Nationals and finishing 9th Overall! As a coach you hope that your athletes will continue to improve as they move through college but Marie is starting this season by blowing the lid off last season!

In just two races she has already taken 34 points off her 4 best races from last season! Seriously, that's crazy for an athletes that has shown for two years that she just gets faster as the season goes. Not only that but our killer skater is starting to look like she might do some damage in classic! Woo Hoo! It seems that she is trying to make up for Kari's graduation and so far she's doing great!

We wait in breathless anticipation to see where Marie goes this season, it looks like the sky's the limit!

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Years Camp!

Wow! We're not even 24 hours into the New Years Camp and it's been amazing!

Due to illness we only had three athletes come up on New Years Eve, we're expecting more in the coming days but for now this is what we have!

They arrived late afternoon and we all went out to the premier Mexican Food Restaurant in Leadville, Casa Blanca. After a wonderful meal we then went for the most amazing moonlight ski I have ever done. First it was on the Blue Moon on New Years Eve but mostly it was just truly beautiful with the mountains across the valley and the incredible moon shadows. We were planning for 30ish minutes and went for 1.5hours! What a great way to celebrate the new year!

We woke up this morning and found the first stage of the Tour de Ski streaming live and watched that while we ate breakfast. Go Majdic and Northug!

After breakfast we did a great classic hill climb time-trial. It was a wonderful course and everyone had a fantastic time. We videoed in 3 places, for technique work, so we'll have those up on our YouTube Channel soon, . We're now getting ready for lunch, video analysis and some afternoon yoga and swimming. We may go out for another ski this evening, just to take advantage of the amazing moon!

Come on up and join us!