Category: Dryland

Dryland training for cross country ski racing. Includes running, cycling, roller skiing, hiking etc

Hill Bounding Builds Explosive Strength

Hill bounding is a useful addition to one’s training repertoire.  As winter approaches, it’s time to ramp up intensity.  If you’re a runner or skier, you need explosive strength.  Hill bounding will turn your gym strength – you have been hitting…

Climb to the Castle in the Clouds

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the Climb to the Castle (C2C), the forbidding roller ski race up the Whiteface Mountain toll road in Wilmington, NY. It wasn’t my worst race, but it was far from my best. Those who…

Ampersand Mountain and Beyond

This weekend, Ampersand Mountain in Adirondacks was my Saturday goal. With the Climb to the Castle, the fearsome roller ski race up the Whiteface toll road, looming on Sunday, I wanted to hike something fun, but not so big that I’d…

Cycling NJ: Sussex Warren Hilly Half

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Today, I explored sections of Sussex and Warren counties in NJ; thus, the title. Packing my bike into the Subie, I drove to a state park in Andover Township, parked at a trail head on US Route 206, and took…

New Trails At Wildcat Ridge

The last couple of weekends, I’ve hiked a couple of new trails in the Wildcat Ridge wildlife management area in Rockaway. Days when 50 mph wind gusts said, “no riding for you.” Both the Righter Mine and Beach Glen trails have…

Tongue Mountain Hike

Last Sunday, I drove to Queensbury, NY, to collect my freshly stoneground skis. It’s a long way to drive for a 10-minute errand, so I drove a few miles north to hike on the Tongue Mountain peninsula. Seventeen years ago,…

Adirondack Summer

Adirondack summer vacation.  If there are no black flies, does it still count as summer?  In August, my family returned to Lake Placid. A different kind of vacation, where I went out on dawn patrol most mornings so we could do…

Wapack Trail Out and Back

Back before the Internet was common currency, I’d heard about the Wapack Trail.  Two different outfits organize races there. There’s an 18-mile out-and-back race in September, and an ultra in May.  For some reason I’d never made it to either…