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by JeffOYB
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: skate ski in parks?
Replies: 15
Views: 3704

One can hammer in worldclass style on any pair of nowax classical skis. Classic is only 10% slower than skating on the WC level. Classic is a perfectly good mode for blasting. Your main concern in Philly will be places where you can ski. Skating needs grooming. Is there skate-grooming near where you...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Create my own plan or join a club
Replies: 5
Views: 1850

I'd think that you could readily wing-it with your own training plan after reading the XC how-to info that seems out there in a lot of places. Of course it depends on how dialed-in you want to be, how great you want to get right out of the gate. But I'd think your first year back might be kind of si...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crust a.m., corn p.m.?
Replies: 8
Views: 2422

5 datapoints: *Warm, sunny past few days, 25-30F at night, 10" base of snow. Today... *Shady, woodsy, untracked area (my yard), 9 am, 25F, cloudy: broke thru, couldn't ski. *Open-sky golf course, 10 am, 25F, cloudy: perfect crust skating. Blazed away at 15mph for a half hour. *Sunny by 11 am, t...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: skate ski in parks?
Replies: 15
Views: 3704

A guy I knew won the 1987 Nationals XC freestyle/skating marathon using classic skis. He was pretty short and he even used 210 cm skis. They just glided best when he tested so that's what he used. He even had to use his soft, oldstyle Salomon classic boots. The race was on ESPN afterward and I could...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crust a.m., corn p.m.?
Replies: 8
Views: 2422

Corn is transformed snow. It starts out as flakes. When it thaws then freezes then thaws again it's no longer flakes but tiny ice balls -- but it might still look a lot like snow. When it repeats that cycle a couple times the tiny balls get bigger and icier, waterier. Skis like them in a new way. Fo...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crust a.m., corn p.m.?
Replies: 8
Views: 2422

Crust a.m., corn p.m.?

Here in mid-Michigan we now have GREAT CRUST in the open areas. My poles broke thru in shady places, so they're not ready yet for any tree-crust action. We had 40F sun yesterday and today it's 25F still. I usually switch over about now to pure crust skating on the more picturesque of local golf cour...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: skate ski in parks?
Replies: 15
Views: 3704

Homestyle/casual skiing is best with classic. You can do it easily on trails that people have hiked on if you have a wide-ish touring ski. Nowax is fine for humid areas -- Philly qualifies majorly. Skating is tolerable for beginners only in GROOMED areas meant for ski-skating. The rest is jawing. : ...
by JeffOYB
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: How would NFL/NCAA running back do in XC ski sprint?
Replies: 0
Views: 1243

How would NFL/NCAA running back do in XC ski sprint?

I bet you could find a football star who loves to inline skate and might already do so with ski poles (somehow I don't think it's such a rare thing to do but maybe I'm wrong).

I wonder how they'd fare at the XC sprint.
by JeffOYB
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: NENSA Test scores compared? Records for US, the world?
Replies: 1
Views: 1332

NENSA Test scores compared? Records for US, the world?

I posted this at RSN but am also posting here. It seems like everything needs to go both places! UGH! Anyway, NENSA has a standardized ski fitness test. Anyone know what the records are and if skiers from other countries or other sport-athletes have taken the test and how they did? http://www.nordic...
by JeffOYB
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Which binding doesn't snowjam: NNN or SNS?
Replies: 4
Views: 2501

Which binding doesn't snowjam: NNN or SNS?

Which binding is better for preventing snowjams? I mean snow in the toe-lock and snow/ice clogging up the foot-slots. NNN relies on 2 small slots running most of the foot. SNS relies on one big slot running the whole foot. Which is best? *** I just used my NNN's in falling 32F snow and they clogged ...
by JeffOYB
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New vid for Striding DP and Touring Techniques...
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

Thanks.

I do find it amazing that the Striding DP hasn't been taught before...

It's so natural!
by JeffOYB
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New vid for Striding DP and Touring Techniques...
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

New vid for Striding DP and Touring Techniques...

Maybe this one is a touch better. It's in an open field, from the side, so that should help...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLR-Cg4Y1sI

I still screw up the Touring Diagonal. I keep verging into Race Style.

--JP
by JeffOYB
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best instructional video (youtube, DVD etc...)
Replies: 27
Views: 6797

I recall in speed-skating that they coach you to push *forward* and with the heel. I believe that ski-skating recommends the same approach. It's the "use the big muscle" thing. But I suppose the toe-off at the end of the follow-thru also gives you some littler bit of power so don't neglect...
by JeffOYB
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New OYB YouTube showing "New Old" Ski Moves...
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Maybe I will try taping the kids! If they can do it anyone can! : ) Lately, I've leaned toward John Caldwell's info on how to teach kids to ski, as presented in his first edition: "DON'T!" He says to just let kids under age 12 play around and follow the leader. They'll imitate well enough ...
by JeffOYB
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New issue Silent Sports: essay comparing Downhill & XC
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Yeah, maybe the stealth route is a better way to go. Still, I like seeing the little indie outdoor businesses stay afloat. And I can't help but hate ignorance. Of course, if the dumb people go away or stay indoors that just leaves more room for me. But... I only found the Woods because I read some g...

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