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Wisconsin Skis: Back on the Trails in 2017

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. 

Wisconsin Skis: The 2016 Kortelopet 24K

Date: February 20, 2016
Distance: 24K /14.9 miles
Time: 2:23:56.7

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.

Birkie 2015 Montage

Wisconsin Skis: 2015 American Birkebeiner

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. 

Elver Park Cross Country Skiing

Wisconsin Skis: What to Wear When It’s Really, Really Cold

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.