Category: Dryland

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

Manitou’s Revenge

When I first heard about Manitou’s Revenge, I was nursing a stress fracture and expecting to run the following year – that is, in time to run Manitou.  I’ve done my share of running in the Catskills, As it happens,…

Off the Back

Last Saturday morning, I took a deep breath and went out on my first group ride, out of Marty’s in Morristown. When it comes to training, I’ve always been kind of a loner.  Not by choice.  For some reason, I didn’t…

The Big Bonk

Fifty-three miles, 4300 feet of vertical gain, 3500 calories burned, one big bonk.  Holy number cruncher, Batman. Last Sunday started out well, as I rode a now-familiar route to Jockey Hollow.  Zigging and zagging to bag a couple of favorite…

Brave New Knee

Better living through chemistry, that’s what I call it.  Through the magic of modern medicine, I just might have a brave new knee.  How hard I’ll be able to beat on it remains to be seen. After the crushing news…

Torn Meniscus: End of the Line?

“You might not be running long distances any more,” my sports medicine doctor said. What do you say when you hear something like that?  Gee thanks?  Can I get another opinion?  Driving down to see my doctor – and hyperventilating…

Lactic Acid Test

There are switchbacks on New Jersey roads, if you know where to find them. Lactic acid accumulation has always been an issue for me on the bike.  Skiing or running, my body clears lactate easily.  But cycling, I’ve always accumulated…

2013 Paris-Roubaix

OK, so I didn’t watch the 2013 Paris-Roubaix.  I was out on my own ride, my own adventure.  Fabian Cancellara won.  Maybe his pre-race moment was a karma bank deposit towards victory. The second half of the race, from Eurosport: What…