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by SpecialGreen
Tue May 03, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Anyone Thinking of Skiing both the Korte and Birkie?
Replies: 3
Views: 4493

Re: Anyone Thinking of Skiing both the Korte and Birkie?

I'm planning to ski the Prince Haakon with family and classic Birkie alone (well, with several thousand other nuts who didn't learn anything from last year's slush). It'll be my kids' first Birkie event, and I was planning to skip the Birkie to join them... but now I won't have to.
by SpecialGreen
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: 2016 Birkie
Replies: 34
Views: 3879

Re: 2016 Birkie

I had read FastWax recommendations to cover klister with anti-icing; I went with Swix Uni klister, and a covered with a Toko wipe-on glide wax. It was great for about the first fourth of the race. Snow in the tracks was translucent, as though it was considering turning to slush, but just hadn't made...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Wave Seeding Criteria for 2015 Birkie Posted
Replies: 7
Views: 4181

Re: Wave Seeding Criteria for 2015 Birkie Posted

Looking at the posted seeding criteria for the 2016 Classic Birkie, it appears that the cutoffs have been moved-up a bit this year, by about "3% back". It seems as though like these cut-offs are designed to "flush" a decent percent (54% to 76%) of skiers down to the next lower wa...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: cushion versus pyramid
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: cushion versus pyramid

I did the Birkie Classic, and was going to do the Fastwax rec. I had a Swix blue klister binder, with four layers Swix green hardwax on top. I tested it without the blue or blue-extra, and it was great. So I just added two more layers of green and went with that. Kick was great... Not "the best...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: cushion versus pyramid
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

cushion versus pyramid

I seem to see two opposite approaches in layering kickwax, between different manufacturers' recommendations. Some will recommend a colder wax for the full pocket, then build-up a pyramid, especially using a warmer wax "under the toe". That's more-or-less what I grew up with. Others will ta...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sweeping downhill turns
Replies: 7
Views: 2224

Re: Sweeping downhill turns

I tore a meniscus in one knee 12 years ago; could barely walk for a few months; took me about a year until I could jog 1 block. Just pressing the foot sideways against a wall or object was painful, so... no snowplow allowed. I switched to just tiny step-turns, and found that it was good enough (Noqu...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I Can't Believe I Dislocated My Finger
Replies: 13
Views: 2573

Re: I Can't Believe I Dislocated My Finger

Ouch! Sorry to hear of it. Nothing as bad as that, but I crashed and sprained a thumb last year. The full-hand glove-style ski loop had gotten twisted under the pole, and my weight came down on the pole; the pole seemed to act like a lever (OK, well, it is a lever). It definitely forced my hand in a...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon 2015 report
Replies: 1
Views: 1226

Re: Noquemanon 2015 report

I did have a funny misadventure: I got a lift from Marquette to the start. At about the old Airport (Negaunee), I realized that I didn't have my bib on. Pulled over to check my bag, and it wasn't there, so headed back to Marquette, found the bib, then back to Ishpeming for the race start, but knew I...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon....Lost Skis & Bag
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Re: Noquemanon....Lost Skis & Bag

Sorry to hear that. I had just asked the night before if it would be OK to pick a ski pair at the race start, and then leave the other pair at the school. They said the skis should be safe, but that it wasn't worth the drive out to get them, so I should throw them on the truck. I wasn't going to do ...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Racing Strategy
Replies: 8
Views: 2001

Re: Racing Strategy

For me, the prime passing spots are: - every feed . Go to the far-end. Everybody else stops at the first volunteer they see. You can also bring food and a water bottle, with just enough to skip the first feed. (I've brought more, but it just freezes). The first feed has the biggest traffic jam. - ev...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkie 2015
Replies: 33
Views: 4545

Re: Birkie 2015

My training peaked in August, then life happened. But that's OK, training is more fun in summer anyways. Winter is for skiing. You gotta take a break from training sometime. I do think it helps me to do some light intervals/speed work, right up to about 48 hours before. Just get the blood hammering,...
by SpecialGreen
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Noque +1C/0C/-1C
Replies: 28
Views: 4377

Re: Noque +1C/0C/-1C

I'm trying to imagine the mighty Klistretommel, son til Odin, Norsk god av skismør :axe:
by SpecialGreen
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Noque +1C/0C/-1C
Replies: 28
Views: 4377

Re: Noque +1C/0C/-1C

Speaking of klister cushions, how do others put hardwax over klister without mixing? I have tried softening the wax and crayon-on, with no corking, but the surface looks too rough. My impression is that the wax would have to be skied-in quite a few kms to smooth out. It seems like one of the spray-c...
by SpecialGreen
Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon 2015 report
Replies: 1
Views: 1226

Noquemanon 2015 report

"You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn't?" (John Adams) If the 2015 Noquemanon had a soundtrack, it could have been "A Short Ride in a Fast Machine." At 30F after multiple daily thaw/freeze/groom cycles, the classic ...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Noque +1C/0C/-1C
Replies: 28
Views: 4377

Re: Noque +1C/0C/-1C

I went with Start Oslo/Racing Violet wax, in the klister zone only. Kick was OK until Deer Lake (8km?), but then it started slipping-out on hard kicks, and I had to back-off to using smaller kicks. From about 10 to 11am, there was some light snow (enough to annoy racers wearing glasses), and that im...

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