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by SpecialGreen
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: OK, the fall-down thing...
Replies: 20
Views: 5075

Re: OK, the fall-down thing...

I have fallen over more than once trying to get bindings open. I've also gotten charlie-horses in calves doing the same. So I do the opposite: keep standing until I can stretch enough that I can reach my feet without damage to body or dignity.
by SpecialGreen
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: multiple layers of glide wax
Replies: 5
Views: 2089

Re: multiple layers of glide wax

In one of the youtube videos on the Fastwax channel, Dan Meyer of Dan's FastWax mentions that for his wax-of-the-day, he usually brushes-out the old wax/opens the base, then irons-in the day's wax (1 coat), then makes 1 pass with the iron (and a second if the first pass doesn't get full coverage), t...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: heart rate for flat races?
Replies: 3
Views: 2554

Re: heart rate for flat races?

Thanks, Chris. I think I've caught myself taking it easy early in a couple of races, when my perception was that I was working hard, but a peek at the monitor said that I was just tooling-along. I've also caught myself going too hard, especially when someone is drafting me... emotion can futz with m...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: heart rate for flat races?
Replies: 3
Views: 2554

heart rate for flat races?

My pulse seems to run higher on flat terrain than in the hilly stuff (is that weird?). On a course like Mora, where you get to sustain your power output (there's not so much variety in terrain), do you have a target heart rate you shoot for, for a 42km/50km distance? (simple "beats per minute&q...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Mora Vasalopet
Replies: 19
Views: 5005

Re: Mora Vasalopet

> my glide areas brush right to black I was going to ask about that: if the whitish parts mean I raised some ptex hairs (which I've read), then I should probably strip the ski and go over it with white fibertex, then rewax a bunch. But I've also read that snow is abrasive, but more like miles of fib...
by SpecialGreen
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Mora Vasalopet
Replies: 19
Views: 5005

Re: Mora Vasalopet

Had some significant wear on the wax though after post-race inspection - unlike the 42km City of Lakes Classic. I got some 5-inch patches of wear through the glide wax, about 3 inches behind the kick zone, and fainter, about 3 inches in front of the kick zone. I was wondering if I'd botched the gli...
by SpecialGreen
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: multiple layers of glide wax
Replies: 5
Views: 2089

Re: multiple layers of glide wax

We had three weeks of 0F/-18C weather, and I just put one application of HSLF0 on for two of the three weekend races. It seemed OK (not great), but the skis are new, so I wasn't expecting a miracle.
by SpecialGreen
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: when to use cushion kick wax
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

Re: when to use cushion kick wax

I tried following the Swix "cushion" recommendation at last year's Birkie (was it blue extra under VR30 then too?), and I seemed to have very slow skis. My suspicion was that as I skied, the colder wax wore away at the edges of the wax pocket, exposing the cushion wax, which was slow. My t...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Vasaloppet USA 2/9
Replies: 6
Views: 2110

Re: Vasaloppet USA 2/9

Per Fastwax rec, I had waxed with a layer of HS10, then a layer of HSLF0. For kick, I ironed-in a special green (V15?) binder, then made a pyramid of 6 layers of special green. I planned to add some V20 at the start, as necessary. Before the 8am bus to the 42k classic starting line, temp was reporte...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: when to use cushion kick wax
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

Re: when to use cushion kick wax

I think I've used a flouro kickwax once(!), so if "cushion" means "non-flouro version of the wax of the day," then I can ignore it! For some reason, I thought a cushion meant using a softer hardwax under the "hardwax of the day, " such as what Swix recommended at Noquem...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: when to use cushion kick wax
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

when to use cushion kick wax

I saw a note in another thread, where Ralph (I think) said that he uses a cushion wax much of the time. I must have my head stuck in the sand, because I usually only use a softer wax under a harder wax for cold, old/transformed/artificial snow; snow that just won't bite onto a wax that is suited to ...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Glide waxing wood skis?
Replies: 17
Views: 7004

Re: Glide waxing wood skis?

Liquid gliders like F4 or F480 that come in a "bingo dabber" will go onto pine tar well enough.
by SpecialGreen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Vasaloppet USA 2/9
Replies: 6
Views: 2110

Vasaloppet USA 2/9

I skied the reduced course last year, and am looking forwards to taking advantage of this year's snow with the full course. It's still early days on the weather forecast, but one weather site shows the classic start (9am) with -8F temps and 76%RH. The average of the preceding 6/12/24 hour periods is...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: City of Lakes Loppet 1/31 through 2/2
Replies: 17
Views: 4388

Re: City of Lakes Loppet 1/31 through 2/2

The mtec race timing website is now saying that I finished in under 2 hours. It still shows Matt Liebsch as finishing in 2:13, so I guess I'll head down to the finish line for a picture on the podium :partyman:
by SpecialGreen
Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: City of Lakes Loppet 1/31 through 2/2
Replies: 17
Views: 4388

Re: City of Lakes Loppet 1/31 through 2/2

I'll start with a race-report on the 42k classic. I waxed with V30 cushion (in klister zone), V20, and then a thin layer of Swix Special Green. Glide wax was FastWax Teal base, HSLF0 top (fastwax recommendations). Skis were slippery, and didn't ice-up, but didn't seem any better than others' on the ...

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