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by bmullin
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: American Birkie 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 488

Re: American Birkie 2018

My quest for Elite Wave qualification will continue again in 2019. This was my fifth Birkie. I've steadily gotten better and this year was no different. I finished 318th overall and 293rd male in 2:43:53. Those are all personal bests for me. It was a great day to be out skiing. I appreciate the soft...
by bmullin
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Race Suits, your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 7260

Re: Race Suits, your thoughts?

Is the suit actually shrinking? Or is there another factor? :shock:

I wear mine for both racing and training. I'm up to four different suits in the rotation now, but the original is about 6 years old and still works just fine.
by bmullin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Measuring skier watts?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Measuring skier watts?

I'm not sure a true full power meter exists for nordic skiing. As previously indicated, ski ergs do it. This patent was filed in the last year or so though. Again, a brief skimming I believe it is only for poling power and doesn't get the full workout if you stride or skate. https://www.google.com/p...
by bmullin
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Ruka women's pursuit?
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Ruka women's pursuit?

You can see the time bonuses for the sprint race on the pdf.

http://medias1.fis-ski.com/pdf/2018/CC/3832/2018CC3832STC.pdf
by bmullin
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: End of our season!
Replies: 16
Views: 8888

Re: End of our season!

Thanks to the porn spam bot for the bump eh? I did end my season though. Last race was on Saturday and yesterday I storage waxed all my skis and converted the wax bench into the bike workbench. Fat Bike Birkie this weekend (actually looking kinda cold, but snowless) and then lots of 50's in the fore...
by bmullin
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkie Backup Plan --GBC or Pepsi Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1575

Re: Birkie Backup Plan --GBC or Pepsi Challenge

They posted today that they have to modify the course because of beaver damn flooding. With a little digging I was able to find what I think was the activity on Strava. https://www.strava.com/activities/882156276 Basically get rid of the first 4k of my elevation plot and start there. Then where you ...
by bmullin
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkie Backup Plan --GBC or Pepsi Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1575

Re: Birkie Backup Plan --GBC or Pepsi Challenge

Here is an elevation profile comparison between the 2016 Birkie (red) and the 2015 Pepsi (blue). Pepsi is two laps. You have that initial 2km climb, and then the next 12k are deceiving on the plot, they are pretty pitchy steep climbs so it isn't easy. Then get your climbing legs on because you go up...
by bmullin
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkebeiner Course Info
Replies: 49
Views: 8585

Re: Birkebeiner Course Info

I agree on the dire forecast. The Pre-Birkie had fabulous conditions. You could tell the trail was thin on the south end though. I'm pretty sure my poles were clinking on the icy base in a few places. North of OO it seemed great... but the forecast is frightening. Hoping for the best, mentally prepa...
by bmullin
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: broke my arm ... rats!
Replies: 15
Views: 2424

Re: broke my arm ... rats!

Ouch!

Maybe time to experiment with new techniques for single sticking?

Heal up.
by bmullin
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkebeiner Course Info
Replies: 49
Views: 8585

Re: Birkebeiner Course Info

The American Birkebeiner?

Such as the groomer reports on their website?
http://www.birkie.com/trail/#latest-trail-report

Or the ones on Skinny Ski?
http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/traildetail.asp?Id=132


If you meant the real Birkie, then I'm no help there :)
by bmullin
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 9
Views: 1781

Re: What would you do?

I thought I read that the Oslo was was specifically for those changing snow conditions. Something about starting down in the transformed fjords and climbing up into fresh powder or something. Around here it gets a lot of use on the manmade snow loops. I hear the application is the trick. It's a dab ...
by bmullin
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Seeley Classic 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 901

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: 1100

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: 1100

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: 1503

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 "...

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