Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feb 27, Classic

Many thanks to Peter Boveng, for picking up the race results and forwarding this awesome report of snow conditions:

"Soggy, semi-fresh snow that seemed like it was groomed by trolls."

Two Laps
Peter Boveng 54 16.25
Chris Fast 46 18.04
Jim Slyfield 55 20.03
Jim Cahill 50 20.05
Max Limb 67 20.10
Jim West 44 21.00
Jeff Clark 59 22.03
Joy Cordell 58 28.50
Elizabeth Bailey 52 29.46
Gina Jackson 43 36.24
Dee Gardner 48 36.57
Kim Saganski 51 41.04
Tom Flynn 50 41.02
One Lap
Cooper Jackson 11 17.43
Delaney Jackson 7 18.49
Just Skiin'
Jon Fewster
Ozzie Nordheim
Pat Kaald
Paul Kaald
Jonathan Loeffler
Oliver Isik
Galen Voorhees
Jason Paur

Next week: skating!  Only two more weeks of headlamp skiing, so if you've been thinking about coming, get your self up there before it's too late and you spend the whole summer wishing you had given it a try.  Good luck to everyone doing Vasaloppet this weekend!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Feb 20, Skate

Many thanks to Chris Fast for picking up the results last week while I was busy exploring the backwoods of northern Wisconsin between Cable and Hayward with 7,000 new friends.  Here is his report on the conditions:

Conditions were very firm and a bit icy, so very fast skating, provided you could stay out of the center classic grooves left over from Sunday's race that had not been completely groomed under.  I managed to crash twice in the downhill straight section between the road and the Berk-Viking fork (i.e., the easiest part of the course).

Two Laps
James Evans 13.02
Chris Fast 46 13.44
Brad Bauer 39 13.45
Jim Wood 14.09
Dale Bohm 16.23
Mike Renes 17.00
Bernd Drenk 17.05
Jeff Clark 59 18.05
Ian Whyte 18.30
Heidi Wood 18.36
Adrienne Haass 29 20.25
Joy Cordell 58 22.36
Gina Jackson 23.47
One Lap
Matt Shecks 7.45
Anthony Evans 8.04
Ingemar Sonnerup 13 9.25
Cooper Jackson 9.40
Jordan Ewing 16 10.02
Delaney Jackson 12.30
Just Skiin'
Jeff Hashimoto
Uhuru Hashimoto
Apollo Hashimoto
Gavin Scoville
Gwynn Scoville
Jerry Scoville
Isak Larson
Peter King
Anders Repsher
Rolf Sunnerup
Nils Melbourne
Tim Melbourne

Next week: classic.  Good luck to everyone heading to the Swedish Vasaloppet!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feb 13, Skiathlon

I was trapped late at work, so Chris Fast sends us a mincing-no-words report: "The snow was soft, but the weather was nice."  Thanks, Chris!  It looked like a lot of people came to ski, but not necessarily to skiathlon.  That's cool; it's just nice to see people out there on a Wednesday evening, doing whatever kind of skiing makes them happy.

Next week: skate.  Don't forget: the real Kongsberger Skiathlon is this Sunday -- 7.5k classic, 7.5k skate.  Sounds like fun!

Classic/Skate Skiathlon
Brad Bauer 39 13.11
Chris Fast 46 15.15
Max Limb 67 17.11
Jeff Clark 59 18.11
Jim Slyfield 55 18.20
Robin Pederson 59 22.16
Joy Cordell 58 23.10
Just Skiin'
Jeff McGrew
Dale Bohm
Ian Whyte
Matt Sheeks
Alexandra Isbell
Fang Zhang
Adrienne Haase
Benjamin Cape
James Evans
Anthony Evans
Marcia Trussell
Whit Hammond
Craig Hammond
Hana Tinka
Kelsey Jones-Casey
Ryan Jones-Casey
Heidi Wood
Jim Wood
Doug Reid on the Viking loop
Jason Paur and 13 Bush kids on Ozbaldy

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feb 6, Skate

You know how the snow gets when it's cold but it's been rained on all day, all fresh and wintry smelling?  Yeah, that's how it was last night.  Temps in the mid-30s, hard wintry mix falling at the pass, but damp and cool at Cabin Creek, plenty of snow on the nicely groomed trail, and the skiing was slickety fast, both in the tracks and in the skate lane.  It was another gorgeous night of skiing in the dark, with bright little fireflies of headlamps twinkling in the woods.

Speaking of bright little fireflies, I tried the Petzl Nau headlamp again last night, and I am even more enamored than I was last week.  This time I tried tilting the angle of the light, rather than the angle of my head, and it was as if the light could read my mind: it just automatically flicked from low to high and back to low the instant I needed it, without my having to even think about it.  Technology is a wonderful thing, and to be able to wear a beautifully-designed little piece of technology on your head, and to have it open up the whole dark trail to brightness, is a pretty cool thing.  If you've tried one and want one, they're available at Second Ascent in Ballard and Marmot in Bellevue (these two shops generously sponsor the Kongsberger races), as well as REI in downtown Seattle.  If you haven't tried one and you're interested, find me next Wednesday night; Peter will be out of town, but I have his stash of demo lamps.

Next week: something special!  As a warmup to the Feb 17 skiathlon at Cabin Creek, and to give you a chance to practice your transitions, the headlamp race will be a one-lap classic followed immediately by a one-lap skate.  Measure your total time, including the transition.  Sounds like fun!  Good luck to everyone heading to Spokane for the Langlauf or to Winthrop for the Derby!

Two Laps
Brad Bauer 39 12.35
Peter Boveng 54 13.47
John Outterson 42 14.40
Christopher Fast 46 14.44
Egor Klivak 28 15.55
Jeff McGrew 53 16.46
Max Limb 67 17.52
Jeff Clark 59 17.58
James West 44 18.01
Ian Whyte 50 20.15
Peter Turcan 55 20.17
Dale Bohm 54 20.24
Don Brooks 62 20.34 (classic)
Joy Cordell 58 20.43
Debbie Kolp 59 27.49 (classic)
One Lap
Jonathan Loeffler 27 6.55
Garrett Stout 17 7.14
Oliver Isik 17 7.59
Finley Terlin 16 8.03
Camille Moore 14 8.47
Benjamin Cape 15 8.58
Just Skiin'
Brian Palm
Jason Paur and 7 more Bush School kids (besides the ones who timed in the one-lap above)