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by bmullin
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Seeley Classic 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Seeley Classic 2017

I did the short race this past weekend. The weather turned out great and the trails were in perfect condition. My race report can be found here: http://www.cyclova.com/2017/01/mullins-seeley-hills-classic-race-report.html A great discussion on the waxing can be found on the Midwest Nordic Facebook g...
by bmullin
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: 2017 PreLoppet
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: 2017 PreLoppet

So many reasons why my spreadsheet is total bogus. Good 20k speed, always bonk the 50k... Sick that day... Terrible skis... Actually getting faster or slower... Crashed... Had the race of your life...

I gotta do something to keep me thinking about skiing when I'm not training.
by bmullin
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: 2017 PreLoppet
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: 2017 PreLoppet

Thanks for the report Jay. In case you wanted my rock solid statistical analysis (full sarcasm mode on there if you read the conclusions in my race report)... when I run the PreLoppet through my spreadsheet you slip into last year's Birkie at 2:38:16... 199th Male just 5 seconds ahead of the Elite W...
by bmullin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Spills and thrills
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Spills and thrills

Lots of various spills that left me bloody. Took a header one time and landed on hands and ended rolling my hand under my chest and broke my fifth metatarsal. That sucked. I had a 10km ski back to my car and then drove myself to the ER instead of back to work like I was supposed to do after my "...
by bmullin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Where do you rollerski?
Replies: 27
Views: 530

Re: Where do you rollerski?

I roller ski in a variety of places, but all previously known to me so I don't get surprised. Various Rural Roads: Afton MN is a hot spot of local roller skiing. Relatively low traffic roads, good pavement, good hills. You also happen to ski past Jessie Diggins' house and she might say high to you r...
by bmullin
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: SISU 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: SISU 2017

It was cold, windy, snowing, and slow. But fun. I liked the changes to the course. I wouldn't have wanted to do another 10k Saturday anyhow, but aside from that the course flowed well and not jumping to 42k for the first big race was nice. http://www.cyclova.com/2017/01/mullins-sisu-race-report.html
by bmullin
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: SISU 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 156

SISU 2017

Anyone else headed up/over/down to Ironwood MI this weekend for a chilly start to the Midwest marathon circuit? Not too much debate on the weather and subsequent wax conditions for the weekend so I'm already working on hardening my bases. Thinking about getting another layer of windstopper for the t...
by bmullin
Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone skied yet?
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: Anyone skied yet?

So what was the wax of the day Jay?

I was out at the Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race volunteering. Thinking of some super squeaky classic skiing tomorrow afternoon when the temp peaks at around -5F.
by bmullin
Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone skied yet?
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: Anyone skied yet?

Finally got out skiing yesterday and again this morning. There has been skiable snow within day trip distance of Minneapolis/St.Paul, but I haven't had the opportunity yet. The local downhill place FINALLY opened up to nordic early morning on Sunday for the first time this year. Right in the middle ...
by bmullin
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Jessie in the 5K
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Jessie in the 5K

Pretty cool to see her skiing around Afton a few weeks ago just like us master blasters and then see her win a race against the best in the world!
by bmullin
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trail fees
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: Trail fees

Some localish references for the Midwest: Birkie - Daily $10, Season $50, Season Family $125 Minnesota Ski Pass (all state parks) - Daily $6, Season $20, 3 year $55 Three Rivers Parks (local snow making facilities included) - Daily $9, Season $75, Additional family season $37.50 Theodore Wirth/Minne...
by bmullin
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Race Suits, your thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 5403

Re: Race Suits, your thoughts?

Two things about race suits come to mind for me. 1) I definitely feel there is a performance boost. Both real and placebo effect. If you go from skiing in baggy clothing to the tight fitting ski suit (or tights and a cycling jersey) you can feel the reduction in wind resistance. I also feel so much ...
by bmullin
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Pursuit Fork Flex Rollerskis
Replies: 3
Views: 3822

Re: Pursuit Fork Flex Rollerskis

I've got 500km on my Fork Flex skis now. I have not noticed any issues with durability or lateral flexibility. Anecdotally I heard that there was some destructive testing done on the forks with sawing and repeated loading of the forks with very encouraging results. This wasn't any standards based te...
by bmullin
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: 2016 Birkie
Replies: 34
Views: 2897

Re: 2016 Birkie

Looks like we lost Jay's "winning" Birkie story in the DB snaffu. Hopefully he can repost it or summarize it and give an update. In the mean time I finally got around to finishing my race report. Executive summary: PR by time and place, but still disappointed having gone in with high expec...
by bmullin
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: 2016 Birkie
Replies: 34
Views: 2897

Re: 2016 Birkie

I did some ski testing today. My two sets of skis, plus a loaner set from a friend. Not a huge quiver, but I was able to pick the best set of the three. I'm pretty happy with them. They were all waxed the same, just different flexes and grinds. Tonight, I got them all greased up. I'm optimistic I've...

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