I haven’t written a blog post since April.
I’ve been busy. I married my best friend, changed my name, hiked through Zion National Park, rode bikes with friends and ran with my lab. My full time job has kept on my toes and I’ve filled my free time with developer meet-ups and volunteer work.
But now it’s ski season and I’m signed up for another Birkie.
Andrea Roenning – January 1, 2017
Date: February 20, 2016
Distance: 24K /14.9 miles
Although I had signed up to ski the American Birkebeiner, or Birkie again, as the change cut off approached a month ago it became clear that this was going to be a Kortelopet, aka Korte, year. For a variety of reasons, I knew I wasn’t going to be prepared for a 51K ski race, so the 24k race sounded just right.
Andrea Roenning – February 24, 2016
This year has been a low-snow year in Madison so far. The little we have has been beaten and battered by sunshine and rain, so today I decided to check out conditions at Mirror Lake State Park near Wisconsin Dells.
Andrea Roenning – January 17, 2016
Date: February 20, 2015
Total time: 6 hours 31 minutes
Distance: 51 km (31.7 miles)
What is the American Birkebeiner?
The American Birkebeiner, or Birkie, is a ski race that spans from Cable to to Hayward, Wisconsin. This year, the total distance was 51 km for skate, or freestyle, skiers, like me, and 55 km for classic, also known as striding, diagonal or traditional, skiers.
Andrea Roenning – February 24, 2015
Date: February 14, 2015
Total time: 1 hour
Distance: 5.4 miles
I headed out to Elver Park in Madison today to do a shake-out ski one week before the Birkie. It was a sunny seven degrees and stupid windy with gusts up to 30 mph. Originally I was thinking about heading North to ski, but North = even colder, so I was thankful that there’s still enough snow to ski on here in Madison.
Andrea Roenning – February 14, 2015