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On frozen pond
I jumped up and down on the frozen surface of the creek three times. On the third pounce I broke through into freezing cold knee-deep water.
Boardman River undammed
When Traverse City Light and Power stopped producing hydroelectric power, a decision was made to remove the dams. When I heard the project was underway, I knew I had to paddle this “new” Boardman River.
To ride gravel roads is to double your possibilities on a bike. Once shunned by the skinny tire crew, gravel gets a rider away from the traffic and into another dimension of the terrain previously hidden from view.
Ultrarunner Zach bitter creates ‘a work of art’
"It is staggering, as mind-boggling as the distance itself. It is borderline unbelievable and it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t strictly documented," Rich McKnight said after witnessing Zach Bitter smash the U.S. 100-mile and world 12-hour records.
Getting along with getting old, Part I
If you are over 50, books, magazine articles and lots of stuff on the Internet tell you how to race and train, but no one reveals what it actually feels like to be running when you're an old guy.
Fido digs snow, too
Work had gotten the best of me, but with excellent snow conditions and a full moon, I wasn’t about to waste a perfectly good ski day. Woody, my 50-pound yellow lab mix, knew he was in for an evening adventure.
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Getting along with getting old, Part II
Growing old as a runner is like changing residences. Your body is no longer a youthful temple; it has transformed into what Realtors call “a fixer upper” and you are the handyman constantly attending to assorted stiff muscles, sore tendons, achy joints and dull pains.
Shape up for snowshoe season
Pushing my dad
Escanaba in da moonlight
There is a 303-acre lake on a chain of lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin, just southeast of Boulder Junction. This state-owned lake is named Escanaba Lake. On snowshoes, one can access Escanaba Lake by way of a hiking trail called Lumberjack Trail.
Munising, Mich., welcomes ski campers
How To Advice
Classic ski better
Some skiers hang up their skis after the Birkie. But March in the upper Midwest can provide the best skiing of the season. Igor Badamshin and Charlie Dee discuss how to make the best of late season season, especially to lock in good classic ski technique.
Ski the Birkie more efficiently
Early season skiing
New: Marathons of Wisconsin Series Challenge
The new “Marathons of Wisconsin” series challenges runners to participate in five Wisconsin marathons or half marathons throughout the course of the year. Another regional marathon series, now in its second year, is the Great Lakes Marathon Series.
Keep biking this winter
Volunteers ready Minnesota’s Banadad ski trail for snow
Wausau's Nine Mile Rec Area adds trail for skiers, kids
Already popular among cross-country skiers and mountain bikers, the Nine Mile Recreation Area in Wausau, Wisconsin, has added trail and features.
Onalaska, Wis., wins 'bike friendly' award
Bill would allow ATVs on Iowa roads
XC SKIING with Mitch Mode
None of this is instinctive. We are not born accomplished skiers. It is an acquired skill. Technique is the driver. Without it we flail, energy wasted. Our enthusiasm may know no bounds, but bad technique is an open window as the furnace runs hot. Technique comes with time and with work. It is malleable, changing form as our experience grows. We may be born to ski but we are not born competent skiers.
The way of the blade
PADDLING with Darren Bush
There are no right or wrong paddles. If you are a fan of big blades for flatwater paddling, then more power (literally) to you. Do you like skinny little Greenland kayak paddles? By all means, use them. Like a bent shaft canoe paddle or a traditional willow-leaf design? Good for you. As the French say,
à chacun son goût
The best Birkie ever
FOOTLOOSE with Bruce Steinberg
Carol and I raised over $6,500 in pledges for
a clinic that specialized in macular degeneration research
. All I had to do was finish the 1994 Birkie filled with the calamities; calamities that paled in comparison to what Carol and other sufferers of macular degeneration have to cope with every day.
Quenching your thirst
GEAR with Lou Dzierzak
There are more options than ever to carry water with you on your adventures. Once limited to heavy plastic bottles stored in hip belt holsters, athletes can now choose from handhelds, belts with multiple bottles and lightweight technical vests.
RUNNING with Tom Kaufman
The initial inventory of Movin’ Shoes was four pairs of shoes hanging on a peg board.
The first running shoes sold were Tiger Nylon and Leather Cortez. These were soon followed by Blue Ribbon Sports’ (Nike) Nylon and Leather Cortez. The cost of those first running shoes? About $15.
Do endurance athletes need supplements?
NUTRITION with Donna Marlor
Although one in four Americans regularly uses supplements, most endurance athletes are at low risk for developing a severe clinical deficiency from a lack of nutrients. The real issue is probably one of optimal performance and recovery. Could you benefit from antioxidant supplements? Perhaps.
SNOWSHOEING with Jim Joque
I scheduled an overnight winter camping adventure for students taking my university camping and backpacking course. It happened to fall on the same night as the first major storm of the season to hit central Wisconsin on December 8, 2009. I had to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed or cancel. My top concern is always safety.
Upper Midwest sends athletes to the Winter Olympics
Among the 240 Americans competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in late February are many who hail from the upper Midwest.
CXC head coach Igor Badamshin dies on the Birkie Trail
Charlie Dee called me with the tragic news as I pulled up to the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan, late Friday afternoon. "Igor died today on the Birkie Trail," he said, sounding shocked and heartbroken.
Haunted Hustle Marathon, Middleton, Wis., Oct. 26, 2013
Young skiers in Lodi, Wis., make the most of little snow
2013 USA Cyclocross National Championships, Verona, Wis.
Black Hawk Trail Run, Oct. 28, 2012
E Cycling Wisconsin
West Coast represent, Edwin Gonzales. Cycling Dane County, Wisconsin, August 2012 Music Credit: State of Yo, Brand New Heavies, Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1
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