Greetings from the Midwest!
It’s been a little over a year since I moved to the Twin cities from Vermont, and it’s been an adventure ever since. As the first Nordic ski racer to represent Concept2 on the blog scene, I hope that I can motivate you to get out in the winter and ski!
I am on an Olympic development team called CXC, Central Cross Country, and have summer training camp every two weeks out of each month where I run, rollerski, bound up mountains, do strength work, and more. My July and August camps bordered a much needed visit home to Vermont, so as of yet, I have only had time to set up my shiny new Concept2 SkiErg and test it out since it arrived.
The SkiErg currently lives in my garage and I am looking forward to using it to work on technique by utilizing my abs more efficiently for double poling. When winter comes, it will move into my apartment and my plan is to train on the SkiErg as a classic option during the bitter cold days, and as a second workout for specific strength in the afternoons. There are days in the fall when it’s too icy to rollerski, and not enough snow to ski, that I feel the erg will come in very handy.
I am currently in Marquette, Michigan, for a one-week camp. Usually we drive 3 hours to training in Hayward, Wisconsin (finish of the American Birkebeiner), instead of 7 hours to Michigan, but the change of surroundings is definitely welcome. After a week, we head to the start of the Birkebeiner in Cable, Wisconsin, at Telemark Lodge where the team is newly based out of. Most of us live elsewhere but gather here in Cable each month for intense and volume team training.
The American Birkebeiner is a 52k (skate) and 54k (classic) Nordic ski race in northern Wisconsin, and this year had 6057 people in just those two main events. The Birkie weekend total for all the events reached to 11,173 people this year.
These numbers make this race the largest in North America. Because of this fact, CXC has a big part in helping to represent this race and skiing, in general, throughout the Midwest. I am proud to say that I won the Classic 54k this past February (2011) in my first race over 30k! It was freezing, but racing with so many people is very motivating.
Stay tuned for updates, stories and more!