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by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkie 2015
Replies: 33
Views: 8088

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: 7653

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: 7653

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: 1714

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: 7653

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...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Noque +1C/0C/-1C
Replies: 28
Views: 7653

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

If I was using Swix, and putting on fluor, I would iron in FC8X and stick with that. The Swix blocks are mostly terrible and liquid waxes in a marathon are never a good idea. Basically you have rocket ships for the first 5km and once it wears off the skis become slower than if you had not applied i...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Noque +1C/0C/-1C
Replies: 28
Views: 7653

Noque +1C/0C/-1C

Looks like the Noquemanon will have freezing rain/ice Friday morning, then above freezing for 12+ hours, finally dropping below freezing early AM on race-day. Racers may experience -1C and light snow (like 0.5 cm per hour). Toko and Swix don't appear to have given any recs yet. FastWax is recommendi...
by SpecialGreen
Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: ski league grip wax
Replies: 3
Views: 2191

ski league grip wax

I am working with kids, most with about 2-4 winters of ski league experience, but doing their first ski league with grip wax. I'd like to recommend simple gripwax to parents which will get the kids learning to kick (not shuffle), but be fairly universal. Speed will come later, but technique is now. ...
by SpecialGreen
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Homemade Hot Box?
Replies: 30
Views: 46699

Re: Homemade Hot Box?

I like that hair-dryer. Possibly silly question: do you hot-box classic skis? If so, how do you protect the kick zone?
by SpecialGreen
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: SNS profil classic bumper vs skate bumper
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

SNS profil classic bumper vs skate bumper

I have some SNS bindings removed from a few different ski pairs: some Pilot skate, Profil classic, and Profil skate. I was told once that the main difference between Profil skate and classic was the "bumper" rubber, which the boot toe presses against. Is that correct? And if so, how can yo...
by SpecialGreen
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Dang, Northug busted bigtime...
Replies: 7
Views: 3381

Re: Dang, Northug busted bigtime...

Last time I was there, the local papers where I was staying had a story about a young man who had crashed his DIY motorized skateboard into a potted plant while drunk... he had his license permanently revoked. The pictures showed what looked like a RC model airplane motor. He complained that he coul...
by SpecialGreen
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 10176

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

I'm in the same age group and ballpark: I hang around 176-180 bpm for the flat parts of a 50k. Mid/high 180s doing DP/KDP usually means "you think you feel good now, but in 5 minutes...". Doing 2-minute intervals gets it to 190. Max recorded in a race last year was around 196, I think. I q...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 10176

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

Here in the Twin Cities, there are some good social groups like North Star Ski Touring Association, Ride'n'Glide, and the newer Loppet Foundation (our kids are big fans of the waffle-loppet, mid-winter bonfire-ski, etc.); there's the weekly parent/child team sprints; also coaching 6-yr olds in Minne...
by SpecialGreen
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: soft vs. stiff skis
Replies: 8
Views: 4324

Re: soft vs. stiff skis

Thanks for the tip, Jay. I did two races at -5F warming to around 0F last year (Noque and Mora) on Atomics. Kick was bomber with green special, but glide was worse than other skiers (I used fastwax white). Noque was especially slow, with fresh snow completely filling the track. Maybe high camber wit...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: soft vs. stiff skis
Replies: 8
Views: 4324

Re: soft vs. stiff skis

When you get into quite cold new snow or klister conditions, then it gets tough to get glide if you have grip. That's when it's nice to have a higher camber ski Interesting, Jay. I've also read that for cold new snow, you'd want softer skis/lower camber, e.g.: https://www.reliableracing.com/faq.cfm...

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