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  • If you roll
    Deciding whether or not to roller ski is a cost/benefit calculation. If you decide to roll, here are some guidelines for how to ski on asphalt as safely as possible. 
  • My 30-plus years as a triathlete
    Every person who has completed a triathlon has a reason for taking up the sport. Usually the attraction is the challenge. You wonder if you can finish a triathlon or be competitive at it. In my case, it had more to do with needing to make a lifestyle change than anything else. 
  • 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.     
  • Solo tripping
    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 look poisonous.” 
  • 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. 
  • Skijoring 101
    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.  
  • Fit first
    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!  
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