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Adventures, anecdotes, stories, but not hard news

Sugarloaf Marathon 2013

Have you ever tried to eat a chunk of banana that’s sat out in 20-degree weather?  It’s a frozen, slippery blob, impossible to chew or swallow, and it tastes like crap.  Plus, the feed station volunteer pulled a Kieran Jones,…

Notchview: Bread and Jam Race

Woulda coulda shoulda.  I blew the kick wax – er, klister – but in a different way. In a Subaru with a failing clutch, I went on dawn patrol to Notchview for the Bread and Jam race.  Several years ago,…

As the Cookie Crumbles: Peru Nordic’s Cookie Clash

– words by Peter; all photos by Laurel Minde Each time I crested the aptly named Killer Hill, my legs flooded with lactic acid.  Naturally, there was no rest for the wicked: from the height of land, a gradual descent turned…

Avant Le Déluge: Skiing Mohonk

“What’s it like to be a local?” I asked my friend Gary, not without jealousy.  “You spend all morning running errands, you don’t get here until two and you can still ski a couple hours!”  Busy in the morning, Gary…

Skiing Mount van Hoevenberg

This video of Mount van Hoevenberg is from the days bookending the Loppet.  Sorry, no race footage: I ain’t wearing a camera whilst racing.  The one time I brought a camera along in a race – during the Escarpment Trail Run,…

Cayuga Nordic Classic: A Trip in the Wayback Machine

Phobia de calcitrant crescimentum quoque calefiebat: Latin for “fear of kick waxing too warm.”  If you can phrase it more elegantly than Google Translate, let me know.  But I think I’m afflicted. In my ideal world, I like getting at…

Skiing at High Point

Early on Sunday, Leonard showed up at my house and we drove to High Point XC.  Groomed trails, right here in the Garden State.  Proprietor Hans was out in the Prinoth touching up the trails when we arrived. Originally, I’d been psyched to…