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Weekend Trail Running Getaway

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Kari Gibbons

 

One of the things I love about Minnesota summers is the weekend getaway, or as some people call them: runcations.  I love getting my miles in on the local trails but when the weekend hits it’s time to explore new territory!  Car camping is easiest for a last minute getaway, but backpacking is always a favorite of mine.  Heading up to the north shore is a popular destination and I’ve definitely spent many a night tucked un...


Jan Talks Motivation

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Jan Guenther
 
Jan Guenther's thoughts on
KEEPING MOTIVATED & FIT FOR NEXT YEARS BIRKIE from the perspective of a 50-something woman athlete with tender knees.
 
What to do? How do I train for next year’s skiing when most of THIS PAST winter did not happen?
 
And of course, I add to my mish-mash of thoughts concerning every emotion that surrounds training, “Why even bother trying to improve skill or fitness leve...

Checklist for the Birkie

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 by Ari Mahonen
 
With the American Birkie and Kortie just a few days away, it’s time to think all those little things that add up to having the best possible event. 
 
Equipment
  • Write name & phone number on your skis & poles. Possibility putting some Washi tape on the base of the pole handle to stop any confusion during the chaos of the start and finish areas.   
  • Upgrade your poles. The Birkie is a...

Gear West Ski and Run Podcast

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Tony Mommsen

Gear West Ski and Run Podcast

See all episodes here.

 

Episode #6

State Meet & Mora Vasaloppet Recap

Tune in for Maple & Speedy as they get comfortable and talk about the track season, Nike's recent two hour marathon attempt, snowmaking at Orono High School, and the recent Loppet Foundation fundraiser. While Lolo Jones didn't manage to make it out to GW for the podcast, Tony brought d...


Jan's Blog - Dreary January

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
 
Here's Jan Guenther's latest post -- read her previous entries in her blog janguenther50plus.us
 
 
Dreary January
 
Yikes! I am not sure what is tougher, racing the American Birkebeiner XC ski race or suffering through 6+ days of rainy misty dreary March weather, in January. Actually, what has been tough for me is saying goodbye to my youngest son who left for the military recently. We raise these kid...

Anxiety at the Birkie Survey

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
RESULTS FROM OUR
ANXIETY AT THE BIRKIE SURVEY
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 1 - We park at Short Rd. One year got the bags out, did a quick check....boots, skis, poles, bibs......I had left my bib/chip at our cabin about 20 minutes drive away. Can you say PANIC!!! 
Lucky for me my spouse was a first-waver and I was second wave classic-I had no warm up except the adrenaline from that drive, and run to the bus and start!
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 2 - There was a snow ...

Dana tuning skis for NorAms

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Tony Mommsen

Dana Henry to tune skis for Women's Ski Team at NorAm

We’re excited to announce that the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has selected, Dana Henry, Gear West Alpine Service Manager, to ski tune for the Women’s Alpine Ski Team for the NorAm races hosted in Vail and Copper, Colorado, February 1 – 12.
 

The NorAm tour is the premiere level of ski racing in North America and the ...


Nordic Night Fever - What to wear

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
 
A panel of Birkie veterans share their strategies 
6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Thurs., Feb. 9th at Gear West
Nordic Night Fever on Facebook  (click to let us know you're coming)
CLOTHING for the Birkie
Read these racer's thoughts on Clothing and the Birkie.
(Not Birkie Night Fever panelists - just skiers with ...

Weekend Wax Recommendation

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Michael Stearns

Gear West Weekend Wax Recs:

SISU Ski Festival - Ironwood, Michigan Friday Night low: -5 F Saturday High:  0 F......brrrrrrrrrr 

Make sure your bases are hardened off for this race.  It's wicked cold in the UP of Michigan.   Baselayers:   Harden off base with a good cold wax.  We recommend Start SG10 or Swix CH4.  After scraping and brushing, polish with a finer Fibertex.  Thi...


Nordic Night Fever - Food Strategies

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
 
A panel of Birkie veterans share their strategies  Nordic Night Fever Event 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Feb. 9th at Gear West 
FOOD for the Birkie
 
Read these racer's thoughts on food and the Birkie. (these skiers are not necessarily ...

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