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The next generation
Parenting, and indeed all mentoring, involves risk. I believe the risk of not taking kids paddling is far more impactful on their developing minds. PlayStation Pro? Mario Cart 8? Now that’s dangerous stuff.
How to avoid a bad trip
Here are twelve most common pitfalls that can lead to a bad trip, followed by ways to prevent or manage the situation.
Are there risks to be out there alone? Of course there are. But to live without risk deprives you of part of living. That said, to risk without management is foolhardy. Famous last words of a fool are often “Hey guys! Watch this!” Or “Hold my beer.” Or “It doesn’t
Double your poling pleasure
It’s simple,"CXC's Andy Keller said. "Both classic and skate skiing require double poling, and most people have easy-to-correct flaws. Addressing those will help everyone have more fun on skis, from the three-times-a-season skiers to every weekend racers.
Igor’s final tips on skating more effectively
We offer this last conversation between the late Igor Badamshin and master skier Charlie Dee on skate skiing technique as a remembrance and parting gift to a great coach and skier.
Looking for a good way to exercise with your pooch this winter? Skijoring, or Nordic skiing with a leashed dog, is an outstanding way to exhaust the most energetic canines if not yourself.
Avoiding stress fractures
Individuals who have low vitamin D levels have a much higher risk for fractures due to the interaction of their genetic susceptibility and diet.
The marathon double
With so many marathons available to run in the fall, choosing just one is almost as difficult as doing the training. By two marathons, I don’t mean, just running or jogging two 26-milers, I’m saying that with the right preparation, you can finish a pair of your fastest ever.
Don’t neglect your paddles
The paddle is as important as the boat. Paddles are meant to interact with water. Not gravel, not rocks, not concrete. Sure, you hit things with your paddle accidentally. But it pains me to see how some folks abuse their paddles.
The 3 (well, 4) legs to solo paddling success
In my experience, a lot of people talk about solo tripping; few actually do it. That may be a blessing in disguise. Nothing is more miserable than a poorly prepared adventurer with the wrong gear in the wrong place with the wrong skills.
Many cyclists and triathletes are taking an extra step and working with professional bike fitters to guide them through the bike purchasing process.
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
Igor Badamshin: Faster, faster. Everybody wants to get faster. But speed is dependent on more factors than I can deal with at once. So let’s concentrate on a few things to make you and others more efficient between now and the Birkebeiner. Increasing efficiency will mean you use less energy to get to the hills and up them. Let me know after the race if that makes you faster!
Early season skiing
If you’re lucky or obsessed, you’ve already been on snow by the time you read this. But a lot of skiers only get out once or twice in December, and some don’t get out at all until after the Christmas rush of family events. Whichever group you fall into, that first time on snow is like seeing an old lover a month after you’ve broken up with someone else: exhilarating but risky.
Quit your grumbling over grooming
Because I know there are people like Johnsrud and Welsch throughout the state busting their butts on their own time and own dime to groom trails that enhance my life, I’m not particularly tolerant of skiers who whine about the quality of the grooming or about having to pay a trail fee or buy a state sticker.
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