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by Burgesse
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Midwest
Topic: WI-Birkie Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: WI-Birkie Trail

Jay, I’m glad you are able to do this. We went to AZ for April to escape the spring mud at home. Of course there’s no mud there yet because skiing there has been great, and crust skiing on the lake has been exceptional. So it looks like we will return for the May mud season. But I have been able to ...
by Burgesse
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long distance racing, is it healthy? (article)
Replies: 16
Views: 1038

Re: Long distance racing, is it healthy? (article)

Well, I hope your new wiring does the job, Jay. Thanks for the update. Best wishes from da nort.
Burgess
by Burgesse
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: American Birkie 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: American Birkie 2018

I feel somewhat like Jay - might be my last one. This was number 22 for me, and the slowest, hardest I can recall. I’m never fast but 5:25 is slow. We had such very cold weather for most of Dec. and Jan. it was impossible to get many long days in, and I suffered for that. As many have reported, the ...
by Burgesse
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone skiing yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 4235

Re: Anyone skiing yet?

Our ski club maintains and grooms these trails as part of the Minnesota Grant in Aid trail system. But it’s all volunteer work.
by Burgesse
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone skiing yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 4235

Re: Anyone skiing yet?

I haven’t been anywhere else yet this year so cannot comment about other northern areas. It sounds as though there’s not much snow anywhere in MN. Although we don’t have a lot of snow we are in fine shape. We’ve used four of the past very cold days to pull snow onto the trails. https://s26.postimg.o...
by Burgesse
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Too Cold to Ski?
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Too Cold to Ski?

Here in “the icebox of the nation” :lol: it’s been below zero for a couple of weeks so that if we are going to ski it’s cold. We set a new low of 37 below last week. It’s been good for snow shoveling on the ski trail. I don’t like skating when it’s below zero but with electric insoles and overboots ...
by Burgesse
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Early winter here in NW Montana....BUT!
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Early winter here in NW Montana....BUT!

As one of the older old farts here, I also find skating easier than classic on my bad low back. I’ve debated about switching to classic for the Birkie because of the possibility of just walking on skis but so far skating has worked ok. I haven’t run since the TWin Cities 10 miler and my back is bett...
by Burgesse
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart Rate Monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: Heart Rate Monitor

For the Mio Link the connection to Garmin watch is via ANT, and to iPhone via Bluetooth. I haven't tried the phone.
It would be nice to be able to smooth out the heart rate readings.
by Burgesse
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart Rate Monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Heart Rate Monitor

Recently my Garmin chest strap and Fenix 2 showed lots of spikes in heart rate while doing easy runs. I thought the battery in the chest strap was going and bought a Mio Link wrist optical sensor. It returned similar results. Then I tried stopping to take my pulse after the spikes and, wow, heart ra...
by Burgesse
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trail fees
Replies: 14
Views: 2392

Re: Trail fees

As Jay said, here in MN if you ski on a state park trail or a "Grant in aid" trail you need a MN Ski Pass. Cost is $20 per year. That's a bargain. Enforcement is slight because of the cost to have DNR staff patrolling ski trail parking lots. We finally had a guy stop by our local trailhead...
by Burgesse
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Wide ski boots for flat feet
Replies: 6
Views: 2011

Re: Wide ski boots for flat feet

I have found that Atomic skate boots are a bit wider than Salomon. I currently use the Redster with the "Boa" closure and aftermarket sole inserts.
by Burgesse
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Skin ski, what to get?
Replies: 63
Views: 16876

Re: Skin ski, what to get?

Have any of you tried or seen the Yoko waxless skis?

http://yoko.fi/materials-and-rd/yoko-optigrip/
by Burgesse
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Salomon Zippers
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

Re: Salomon Zippers

In St. Paul, MN, it costs $20 US a boot to replace the zipper - plus shipping. Here in the north woods I paid $25 US a boot.
by Burgesse
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Ski Boot worries (Salomon Skate)
Replies: 8
Views: 2069

Re: Ski Boot worries (Salomon Skate)

I have had that same concern, but never seen the edge of the pin come lose. Maybe one of the dealer/reps here can tell us if that pin is straight or "U" shaped. Maybe I'll cut one out of an old pair. :roll:

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