MARCH 2003 News for the members of the Madison Nordic Ski Club Vol. 22 No. 6 • A WORD FROM JIMMY • OUR NEXT MEETING A Word with Monday, March 10th, 2003 Shorewood Community Center — POT LUCK! Mr. Wonderful Agenda 6:30: Potluck/beverages BY DR. PHIL A.K.A. “JIMMY” VANDEN BROOK 7:30: Business meeting: Budget, Summar y of season projects, R ecreational skiing with your signifi- cant other should be to talk to a pair of cross-country newbies who, though struggling a bit, were doing it together, stopping frequently, and not get- Discussion of 2003/4, club priorities, Finland Repor t, Election 8:00: Awards & Recognition fun. Sometimes it’s not. ting frustrated despite the cold temps and Occasionally, one side new, slow snow. They asked for a few of the partnership has pointers and then continued with big MNSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS expectations about a smiles. They were enjoying being on a trail Jimmy Vanden Brook proposed outing that together, learning. At ABR, in Ironwood, we President isn’t met. This is true of ran into another pair of first-timers on the (608) 437-4192 firstname.lastname@example.org many joint ventures that look good on trail who were also having a slow but fun Willi VanHaren paper but suffer in the execution. Over- ski. Our excursion to the Swedetown trail Vice President booked contractors are testimony to the system in Calumet was another story alto- (608) 437-3782 email@example.com inability of couples to work gether however. Hans Herweijer through even the simplest It was a blustery Sunday home improvement projects S KIING SHOULD morning in Calumet and the Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org together. Skiing should be more temps were right around 0 Mike Cockrem fun than hanging wallpaper but BE MORE FUN degrees Fahrenheit. And, of Trips Chair email@example.com inattention to the needs and course, it was blowing snow Nancy Hoene desires of your mate can lead THAN HANGING as it almost always does up in Publicity to the same place. the Keweenaw in January. (608) 226-9994 By it’s nature, cross-country Despite lots of new snow, the firstname.lastname@example.org skiing involves exertion in the WALLPAPER … course had been Pisten Bully Scott Bachmeier Membership cold. As long as you properly groomed just a couple hours (608) 233-9336 thermo-regulate and exercise within your before we arrived. We got our classic skis email@example.com aerobic limits, you can enjoy a smoothly ready and hit the trails. A sharp wind blew Karen Wesley unrolling winter panorama. But, over or right into our faces as we did the climb New Member Chair firstname.lastname@example.org under dress, or ski so hard that your lungs right from the chalet. It was bordering on Ned Zuelsdorff burn and quads seize, and what started nasty until we got into the protective woods Race Chair out to be fun turns into a death march. and warmth returned to our extremities. If (608) 231-1876 you could get past the first kilometer it email@example.com And for all of us, there comes a point when another 5 kilometers is more than we care was just fine. About 90 minutes later we Harry Lum Adver tising/Promotions for. Unless your ski buddy is exactly were back at the chalet, warming up and (608) 273-2821 matched to you in strength, stamina, tech- fussing with our skis on the lower level. hlum@convenience electronics.com nique, and temperament, adjustments and Suddenly, the atmosphere IN the chalet Kay Lum communication are needed to balance the got nastier than a lake-effect whiteout. Newsletter scales. Which takes us to a recent example A woman burst in the door and (608) 249-0186 ext. 110 of communication breakdown. exclaimed, “I’m going to kill my husband.” firstname.lastname@example.org A few weeks ago, Ned Z. and I escaped Ned, a real new-age guy with a keen sense Pete Anderson KidSki Chair the snowless south and spent a few glori- for impending trouble, displayed his best 222-1928 ous, though chilly days skiing in the U.P . conflict resolution skills and bolted up the email@example.com We skied the Michigan Tech trails in stairs leaving me with a brewing tempest. John Taylor Houghton and ran into several couples She went on to explain that this was her Social Director 236-4565 that were gliding along at leisurely paces first time skiing and that her husband just firstname.lastname@example.org and having a very good time. Ned stopped (SEE WONDERFUL, CONTINUED ON PAGE 13) What's Up With Wax ? Storing Your Cross Country Skis BY ERIC MITTELSTEADT, TOKO TECH TEAM H ow does the old saying go, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Most cross country extend the life of your investment: 1.) Using a waxing-specific brush (preferably copper but the basic skiers realize the benefit of exercise white nylon will also work), firmly to their overall physical health and brush from tip to tail several times well-being. The same approach applies to our cross country skis. to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated onto the ski MadNorSki I like to think of my ski equipment as an investment in my health and bases. In the case of waxable classic skis, remove the kick wax first, let Women Pile happiness. We invest both time and money in preparing our skis to per- dry, then brush. 2.) Apply one generous coat of hot On the Pork form well so why not take a few min- wax (using a waxing iron set at a low HEADLINE AND MOST OF ARTICLE utes at the end of the ski season to temperature) to your ski bases BY JIM COORS protect our investment. Applying a using a “warm conditions” wax such “cover coat” of storage wax to ski bases is important for two reasons. as yellow. One or two passes with the iron should leave the wax nice and even T he Seeley Hills Classic race was moved to Feb. 1, then cancelled at the last minute. But some Mad- First, ski bases, on the ski base. You when exposed to oxy- I LIKE TO THINK don't have to get NorSkis found a good alternative: the Porkies Classic, which was held on gen for extended peri- fancy at this point Feb. 1 in the Porcupine mountains. ods (e.g., over the OF MY SKI with expensive waxes. There was a 40K and a 20K race. summer), can become The idea is to protect Of the top five women’s finishers, dry which reduces the EQUIPMENT AS AN the bases so just use a MadNorSki women took four places! ski base's ability to basic inexpensive wax Pictured (left to right) are JoEllen Tor- absorb wax. Reduced such as Toko World- resani who was 1st, my own precious INVESTMENT IN loppet yellow, Swix wax absorption means Ann who was 3rd, and Carol Ricker, that, while skiing, the CH-10 or any other who was 2nd. Not pictured was Made- wax will wear off of MY HEALTH AND “warm” wax. Techni- line Uranek, who was 5th. Quite an your skis more quickly cally, you can use any achievement. and you will be waxing HAPPINESS . kind of ski wax as a JoEllen won a $300 gift certificate to more frequently (if you “storage” wax but I the ski shop at the Porkies! ❄ want your skis to per- prefer a "warm condi- form well). For any skis with a sin- tions” wax like yellow because it’s a WANT YOUR CAR WASHED? tered base (which is most “sport” lot easier to remove next season OR PERHAPS YOUR POCKETS skis and better on the market) that than a “cold conditions” hard wax CHECKED? have significantly oxidized, the only such as blue. DO NOT REMOVE THE solution to refresh the base material WAX as you would normally do for is to have the skis stone ground skiing. Just leave it cool (about 20 which will cost about $40 (more on minutes) and you're done. Store stone grinding in a future issue). your skis someplace that is cool and Second, applying storage wax to dry. This process of brushing and ski bases also prevents scratches to “cover coating” should take no more the bases, collection of dust and than five minutes per pair of skis. A dirt, insect droppings, etc. Following small amount of time that's well are two quick and simple steps that worth your investment. will keep your ski bases healthy and Have a great summer. ❄ A Big Swag of Thanks! would like to give a special thanks to all our sponsors this year. Lots of I Swag was won! 24 Hours of Telemark Decorah Bicycles Noquemanon Ski Marathon Badger State Games Don Miller Subaru New Moon Bike Doc Erehwon Planet XC Charter Communications Fast Wax REI Cross Country Skier Fontana Silent Sports Magazine Infinity Ski Poles Telemark Lodge The Juniors were busy “checking (kick) pockets” for fellow ski club members at the January meeting. 2 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 • A SMALL BUT MIGHTY MADISON CONTINGENT • Reflections On the Telemark Rendezvous BY BRENDA ARMSTRONG T he Telemark Rendezvous might be more accurately be described as “The Telemark search for any other MadNorSkis” rather than the Tele- mark Rendezvous! The Noquemanon Race was the same weekend, so we cozied up to the notion that it was just the four of us; Ruth and Scott Bach- meier, Carol Gosenheimer and me. And not that that’s a bad thing --- just a surprise upon arriving. Carol and I arrived about 3 PM on Friday and were notified the trails closed at 4. Carol, being the dedicated skier that she is, was bound and determined she was going to SKI and ski she did… for an hour. There were hors d’oevres served Friday evening as the Madison contingent from MadNorSkis mingled with Milwaukee’s Nordic Ski club and the North Star Club from Minneapolis- all hundred or so of them. Saturday morning arrived and there The small, but mighty MadNorSki contingent, from Left to Right: our very own meteorologist/Membership Chair, Scott was a lightly falling snow as we ven- Bachmeier, and his assistant/wife, Ruth, author Brenda Armstrong and Carol Gosenheimer. tured out into the frigid 7 below tem- the North Stars. peratures with a cordial group of We went out Sunday morning for about fifteen. Arriving yet another round of back various times around early afternoon, …T ELEMARK fun. This time the sun was shining and it was a the MadNorSkis met up beautiful morning of ski- and enjoyed good food WILL BE FIGHTING ing, but it was now 10 and conversation in the below zero! Trail condi- bar/restaurant. We TO SURVIVE ITS tions were poor due to were left fascinated and cold temperatures, mak- nearly speechless hear- TROUBLESOME ing skating difficult, at ing tales of Scott’s best. In conversation aneurysm experience with the General Man- last summer! We could FINANCIAL PAST ager at Telemark, I only conclude what a learned that Telemark lucky guy he is and how FOR SEVERAL will be fighting to sur- happy we were to have vive its troublesome him out there skiing YEARS TO COME . financial past for several Photos by Brenda Armstrong with us! years to come. And Carol and I headed back out in the although the décor is dated, the staff late afternoon, I with my skate skis was very accommodating, the skiing and Carol with her snow shoes, for was literally right outside the door, one more round of fun! Then there the view from our room was lovely Who are these masked MadNorSkis? Below Zero temps was a dinner Saturday evening, fol- and the trails were great… which called for drastic measures! Could that be Carol and lowed by a little entertainment from made for an nice weekend of skiing. ❄ Brenda? 2002-03 MadNorSki Meeting Schedule Board Club Meeting Meeting Club Meeting Newsletter/ Meeting Meeting Theme Agenda Location Ad Deadline Wednesday Monday Racing Awards & Shorewood Feb. 26 Mar. 10, wrap up Potluck Community February 19 TBA 6:30 pm Center MNSC MARCH 2003 ❄ 3 • A VIRGIN NOKIE EXPERIENCE • Wow, that Was Hard! BY JOHN ERICSSON A s I sent off my entry fee for my first full ski soon. We took off smoothly and I was skiing fast, close behind the leaders in my wave. At 10K in I remember think- my glide, strength and attitude got worse and worse and worse. With 10K to go I felt like the most miserable per- marathon, the ’03 ing, “this is really fun.” That thought son out there and I began the frus- Noquemanon Ski left me soon as we started the climb- trated swearing — directed at the trail Marathon, I ing. As we climbed and climbed and conditions, my skies, my decision to thought, “how hard climbed to the do the race, etc. could this ski halfway mark I Sounds amusing marathon thing started to realize, I I REMEMBER THINKING now, as I must , be?” I am a pretty am getting a “little” have looked The author, who has fully good recreational fatigued. I decided “ THIS IS REALLY FUN .” pretty funny out recovered, rests at the skier and a pretty to ease up a bit, there swearing at Jan. MadNorSki meeting. good bike racer — but when many people started to T HAT THOUGHT LEFT ME myself like an “it will be fun.” Two years ago my idiot. With some pass me my racer indoctrination to XC ski racing was ⁄ the Noquemanon 12 Ski Marathon mind kicked in and SOON AS WE STARTED THE longLOTS of and rest stops (~23K). It was a great year with tons picked the pace up Hammer Gel I of snow and I had a great time with a again. Bad idea! As CLIMBING . managed to keep respectable finish time for my first ski we neared the mid- my head up just race. course point, the trail started to dete- enough to keep myself focused on With only one day of skiing under riorate and so did the glide wax on my trudging all the way to the finish line. my belt for the season we headed bases. Forward glide, my stamina and After a hot shower, a beer, and a North to Marquette for the big event. my positive mental attitude were soak in the hot tub I started to realize Race officials promoted how Mother starting a fast downward trend. We I really did have a good time, and I Nature blessed them with last minute ⁄ hit the 12 marathon start point and will be back for more. Plus, I got a snow and the course was looking ⁄ fresh skiers in the 12 marathon started really cool Noquey V hat. great. I lined up in the last wave with a to pass me like I was standing still. Thanks to all the MadNorSki skiers positive mental attitude, fresh legs, Plus, with more skiers on the second that cheered me on as they passed and a smile on my face. It was cold, half of the course, the conditions me by on various parts of the course. around 10° F, but I knew I’d be warm started to deteriorate further. Again, It helped! ❄ Noquemanon Highlights (IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION) Lorie Wesolek and Yuriy Gusev checking results. Lorie was 5th overall and 3rd in 30-34 age class in 55 km Freestyle race. Way to go MadNorSkis! Tom Richner heads up on stage to Don receive his award for winning 3rd in the Fariss 16-17 age class for 25 km Classical race. (L) and Mike Capp, both first in 50-54 and 45-49 age classes for 25 km Classical race Madeline Uranek donned the bell she won for placing patiently wait to be called to podium. 2nd in her age group for the 25K classic race at the Kristin Gallagher (L) won 1st and Noquemanon! (It just so happens to go perfectly Mikaela Robertson (R) 2nd in 16-17 age Louise Jones took 3rd in 16-17 age with her earrings!) class for 25 km Classical race. class for 25 km Freestyle race. 4 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 END OF SEASON SALE! If we still have it, it can be yours for a fraction of it’s actual value! If we don’t still have it, it’s even cheaper! SKIS, BOOTS, POLES, CLOTHING — ALL THE BEST NORDIC GEAR IS ON SALE! Phone 1 800 754-8685, or go to newmoonski.com to order. CALL FOR MARCH TRAIL CONDITIONS. Last year March was the best skiing of the year. Maybe it will happen again. Don't hang up your skis until it's over! We Carry these Brands: • FISCHER • ROSSIGNOL • MADSHUS • PELTONEN • SALOMON • ALPINA • SWIX • EXEL • PEARL IZUMI • CRAFT • HIND • PATAGONIA • REX WAX …AND LOTS MORE. Located in Hayward, Wisconsin, home of the Birkie. HIGHWAY 63 NORTH IN HAYWARD. • OPEN 9-6 M-SAT. 10-4 SUNDAY • WHAT ARE THE SILVER SKIERS DOING?• Silver Skiers Go To State or BY GREG JONES T he annual Wisconsin State High School Championships were held s s-c ys ountr kiing our three girls. They were the only full team in the middle school girl’s divi- Cro at the Schwan Center just sion. With all of the great outside of Trego Wiscon- ski communities across rs sin on February 8th and the state, Madison was the de 9th. Races were held for for . 5 t h - 8th g r a only area that could put the middle school division together a girl’s team! both days. There was a In the boys division we had 2 Freestyle race held on Saturday and boys cracking into the top ten. Noah the Classic race followed on Sunday. Kenoyer was fourth place in the The Silver skiers had 5 boys and 3 Freestyle division and he was very girls competing in both races. Medals impressive second place in the Clas- were awarded to the top ten finishers sic division. Birkin Schimpff was 9th in both races. place in the Classic race. Birken is Silver Skiers win medals at Wisconsin State High School In the girls division we had all three currently a 6th grader with 3 more Championship’s middle school division. From left: girls winning medals in both races. years to compete in the middle Corrina Jones, Noah Kenoyer, Rachel Fanny, Hannah Rachel Fanney took a third in both school division. Keep an eye on this Fanny, and not pictured Birken Schimpff. races. Corrina Jones was right behind guy! There were 5 teams competing in strep throat. Way to go boy’s! Kudos her in 4th place for both races. the boys division. The Madison Area to all eight of them that made the trip. Rachel’s up and coming sister, Han- Middle school boy’s team finished in The Silver Skiers will continue nah Fanny, was 8th in the freestyle first place in the Classic division. Also meeting and skiing as long as we race and 7th in the Classic race. Team skiing on the boy’s team were Eric have snow to ski on. All of us from scores are also kept track of at the Delain and Erik Pederson both skiing the Silver Skier’s would again like to event. The top 3 skiers on each team in their first races. Rounding out our thank the Madison Nordic Ski Club, score points to make a combined boy’s field was Ross Nordenberg who and the Madison area ski community team score. The Madison area ski gave a brave performance skiing for all of the support that you have community should be very proud of while just recovering with a bout of shown us. ❄ 2003 Wisconsin HS Championships ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY DON FARISS T wenty-three of our 25 MadNorSki Juniors attended the courses would chal- lenge the skating skills of our beginning skiers 10th. Since our races are interval start, you never know your place until the results are posted. 22nd annual Wisc. High as they had only a pal- I wish I hadn’t been so prophetic. School Nordic Ski try few chances to prac- Tom skated a fine race, but ended up Championships held at tice on snow-covered agonizingly close to his goal; in 11th, the Schwan Conference hills at home. Our most just 9 seconds out of 10th! Dang! Center (of Schwan ice committed skiers spent There were 13 more males in the next cream fame) near 9 to 12 hours in vehicles 60 seconds; a competitive field. Trego, WI. Race volun- driving north to snow & Kristin was 15th, just 5 seconds back teers pulled off a nearly races each of the seven of her teammate sophomore Louise flawless race after previous weekends Jones. Louise was just 25 seconds miraculously grooming prior to the Feb 8-9 from 10th. We had 3 more girls in the 7 inches of light fluff event. top 30 (Amanda & Nicole Zach & into a passable skating Entering Saturday’s Emily Dunn). course for the Saturday freestyle race. Seniors Surprisingly, we had 20 practice freestyle race. I think Tom Richner and sessions on classical skis in Madison. they surprised even themselves by Kristen Gallagher Kristin Gallagher had Thanks to all you adult MadNorSkis, laying more than adequate classical and her proud hopes of cracking the we have an adequate supply of classi- tracks for Sunday’s pursuit style race. dad, Tom. top ten and thereby cal no-wax rock skis we use when The Schwan facility itself was a fabu- winning a medal. Neither knew how ⁄ there is just 12 inch of snow covering lous site to hold the event with its realistic their chances were because the grass. Hitting grass clumps, mud brand new group lodges and motel with all the cancelled races in the last and skiing through dips makes for rooms that housed nearly all of the 2 years, there have been few chances slow, rough skiing, but helps improve 280 competitors. They fed us in style to feel out the competition. I knew balance, strength and skiing outside and staged our huge awards cere- they would both be close, so I sug- of the track. What is lacking is prac- monies. gested they race as though they were tice gliding and handling speed on We knew the rolling terrain of the 6K in 11th place just 3 seconds out of (SEE CHAMPS, CONTINUED ON PAGE 10) 6 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 Decorah Bicycles... Where the Fun Begins! Welcome to Decorah Bicycles! We are a full-service sports store with equipment, clothing and accessories for year-around sporting fun! • Decorah Bicycles also sponsors numerous training and sporting events throughout the year. Check out our website for weekly activities or call us for the happenings! • We are a store that cares about you and OWN YOUR VERY your recreational enjoyment! OWN DECORAH BICYCLES JERSEY! CALL WARD TO ORDER ONE! Ward and Jacky want to meet you! Take the scenic drive to Decorah and they will take care of all your biking and skiing equipment needs! If you ask, they will even tell you the hot spots to bike and ski, and they may even join you! Where the fun begins… To see what the jersey looks like in color, see the color pdf version 101 College Drive • Decorah, Iowa 52101 of this newsletter downloadable at the MadNorSki website! Phone: 319-382-8209 • Fax: 319-382-9126 www.MadNorSki.org Web: www.decorahbicycles.com The Ski Spa: Moving Beyond the Hotbox Treatment. BY CAROL RICKER R ecently I was invited to go on what was enticingly called the “Ski Spa” in Northern Minnesota. Fresh pine needles were sprinkled across the bottoms to release my skis’ Nordic roots. A short session of Envisioning a weekend of relaxing ski- gentle thwacking with birch branches ing followed by massages, mud baths, stimulated the fine hairs. That was fol- and saunas, I eagerly packed up my lowed by aromatherapy, as reindeer skis and took off on the 7 hour trip to moss and lingonberry scented can- reach my dream destination. dles filled the room. I decided to skip It wasn’t long before I realized that the natural wax exfoliation session. this vacation was not what I had Then it was off to the ski therapy anticipated. At check in, I was ques- room. Here, they were laid on a tioned as to the age of my skis, how white sofa and asked to talk about many scratches were on the bases, bad races and misunderstandings and their race history; the highs, the with their skier. Here I watched from lows, the in-between ski experiences. a one way mirror, filled with guilt and What this had to do with my weekend remorse and my skis rambled on of bliss was beyond me. I was then about the resentment they felt when I asked which treatments I would like had once blamed them for a bad to sign my skis up for. My SKIS? Wait race, as they had valiantly strained a minute. This was all for my skis? up the hills under my extra 10 Completely at a loss, I asked what pounds. I vowed to never blame my they recommended. After some dis- skis again. This was followed by a cussion and agreement of terms I group sharing session. It was interest- reluctantly signed up for the basic ing to listen while skis of all makes; Nordic treatment. From there they were wrapped in Fischers, Atomics and Rossignols My skis and I started out the next terry cloth robes and transported to alike, found a common ground while morning with a short “wake up” ski the massage room. I listened to the they compared waxing and then some basic stretching. This soothing Norwegian music as 2 hefty techniques(soft nylon brushes; yes, consisted mostly of lying flat on the women disrobed my skis, laid them rotobrushes; no), and the feeling of floor with arms stretched out above on the massage table, careful to keep despair when their owners suddenly my head, as well as the “standing ski” the bindings covered with a towel at retired them to the status of “rock pose, the same pose done vertically. all times. Here they poured warm skis”. It was almost too much to bear. Next, I watched as my skis were waxes on their black bases and gently The Ski Spa brought new life to my taken away from me and down to the massaged, from tip to tail, releasing skis. Next time you are considering a Photo by Jim Coors steam room. There they spent a full any stress or tension that had accu- mere stonegrinding and hot box treat- 30 minutes in a “steam shower”, the mulated in their structure. ment, go for the whole works, at the wax oozing out of their clogged pores. Next, the pine needle treatment. Ski Spa! ❄ Meanwell Makes it To The Big Time IN THE MINING JOURNAL OF MARQUETTE, MI BY KAY LUM M adnorski member Walter Meanwell has done the Noquemanon ski race for all 5 years of its existence— and therefore earned a spot on the front page of the January 26, 2003 issue of The Mining Journal of Mar- quette, MI. Walter’s quote: “This is just a fun course to race. Marquette is a nice place to The online version of be and the people here are nice. The race Walter’s 10 minutes of officials amaze me because no matter how fame shown here. poor the snow conditions are, they always pull off a fantastic race for us.” There were a total of 240 Legacy skiers who were honored with a special gift and a special green Noquemanon hat! Keep up the good work Walter! ❄ 8 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 MadNorSki Finds Snow MadNorSkis — in Sweden Escape to BY CHUCK CALLENDER Black River M adnorkis Jim Fenster and Chuck Callender hit the snowy trails of Mora, Sweden Falls for a Nordic ski weekend in late January with a work associate from Stockholm. A snow depth of 25 to 30 cm and excellent con- ditions were found on the 90 km Mora Vassaloppet trail. The snow covered trails were a refreshing change from our Wis- consin tundra. Mora is located 4 hours drive north and west of Stockholm. A lively hamlet with 21,000 residents, many trailside rental cabins and some modest alpine skiing opportunities. If Jim Fenster and Stockholm colleague, Owen Whittaker, on the you can’t get enough kilometers Vasaloppet trail near Oxberg. in during the short daylight hours, some trails are lit during the evening. Jim and Karen Fenster are stationed in the Netherlands for three years by Jim’s Mid- dleton employer. If your work or holiday plans take you to Gail Van Haren enjoys the “classic” beauty of the woods Europe, Jim would welcome on the trails at Black River State Forest, a mere 2 hour your advance notice and potential rendezvous in a drive from Madison, near Millston. Nordic location. Jim can be reached at email@example.com. Jim has gathered some experience and information on the XC opportunities in Germany, Norway and Sweden during the past two winters. There are some great late season XC opportunities in Scandinavia Many rental cabins within meters of the Vasaloppet trail. Admit it guys, when the long daylight hours was the stretching just for the camera? begin. ❄ THE MORA VASALOPPET IS THE MOST POPULAR AND WELL KNOWN SPORTING EVENT INSWEDEN. IT IS HELD THE FIRST Gail Van Haren and Gail Van Sluys find a comfortable spot WEEK OF MARCH. IT’S A 90 KM CLASSIC- to rest (ironically NOT on a “Van”) after a good ski. ONLY SLOG FROM SÄLEN TO MORA, SWE- DEN. THE ENTRIES ARE CAPPED AT 15,400 WITH MANY ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED DURING THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE RACE. ACCORDING TO THE VASALOPPET WEB SITE, 350,486 SKIERS HAVE CROSSED THE FINISHING LINE, EQUIVALENT TO 787 JOURNEYS AROUND THE WORLD OR 41 RETURN TRIPS TO THE MOON. THE FIRST RACE WAS HELD IN 1922, IN REMEM- BRANCE OF GUSTA VASA’S ESCAPE IN V 1521. MEN FROM DALARNA FOLLOWED IN VASA’S TRACKS PERSUADING HIM TO BE FUTURE KING, HELPING THEM TO DRIVE THE On the Vasaloppet trail at Eldris. During the race, Eldris DANES FROM PRESENT DAY SWEDEN. FIND OUT MORE AT THE VASALOPPET Gail Van Haren, Tim Dirkx, and Jim Martyn take a is the last timing and feed station before the SITE: WWW.VASALOPPET.SE/ENGLISH moment to reflect (and pose) on the trail. finish at Mora. MNSC MARCH 2003 ❄ 9 (CHAMPS, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6) Louise and began steadily passing 17th and up & coming sophomores the downhills. other skiers. As she skied by me 1K Mikaela Robertson and Emily Dunn Sunday dawned at -10° F., from the finish she had were 23rd and 25th. Senior Tom Rich- but we were well prepared. a huge grin plastered ner didn’t have the day he had hoped We had glide waxed every- on her face and said for in his preferred technique and one with the hardest glid- she was having “the slipped to 14th in a valiant effort. ers before leaving Madison race of her life”. Know- Other significant results were and had kick waxed with ing it “ain’t over ’til the Ansel Schimpff and Emily Ricker the old standby Rex fat lady sings”, all I who were 8th & 12th among their fel- turquoise (“Mantaranta”) could yell was, low freshmen. First year skier from a group of waxes I call “Focus!”, Shanna Bodilly moved “crazy waxes” — You’d thinking up 40 places in the have to be crazy to go out that she classical race! (Hey & ski in their suggested thought Shanna — we need to temperature ranges. As the Tom Richner a 10th place pursuit fin- spend more time on girl’s 10:00 A.M. start time in full stride! ish would get her a your freestyle!). Our approached, Yuriy rushed Go Tom! medal. In fact, medals girls’ teams were 5th, in to report that Toko green base are given for your 8th and 10th out of a binder both kicked and glided better speed in the second field of 11 (Memorial, than the Rex. We scurried to get a few day’s classical event West and Middleton) of our skiers on this wax and most and the pursuit results With only 2 of our thought it was a slight improvement. are only used for scor- team members gradu- Although no skier complained after- ing teams. Although ating & several more ward as grip wax is usually not a fac- Kristin was glowing, we coming up from the Sil- tor at our race temp. (now +10° F). didn’t know for sure ver Skiers ranks next Kristin & Louise started nearly side until results were year, we have a bright by side in the pursuit format. They posted. Louise Jones and future. Come see us had decided to work together as a She truly did have a breakthrough Kristen Gallagher kick northern skier butt team and pull each other. However, race and pulled herself up to 8th in line up for the Feb 9-10 in Iola for the Kristin quickly pulled away from the classical for a medal. 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HOURS: M-F 10-8 Sat. 10-5 Sun. 12-4. • JUNIORS SPEAK UP! • • LET’S HELP A GREAT GUY • “Thanks Don!” MadNorSkis WORDS OF THANKS TO DON FROM THE JUNIORS Bike Too! y s kii n g oun tr ss - c “DON HAS SPENT SO MUCH OF I first met Dave Calhoon on the Best Dam Bike Tour, a fundraising Cro HIS TIME AND HAS PUT SO MUCH ride for Multiple Sclerosis — a ride he has participated in for over ten years. EFFORT INTO HELPING US SKI- rs Dave was the illustrious President of de a EVEN WHEN WE DON’ T GET fo Madnorski for two years before being r 8 t h -12t h g r ANY SNOW!” ousted out by the current regime of BRITTANY ALIOTO . Jimmy V Dave also volunteered for the ski for light program (spending a “THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE weekend guiding blind skiers) for 3 DONE (AND CONTINUE TO DO) “YOU HELPED ME BECOME A years. He finds time to help others, BETTER SKIER AND PERSON THAN even though his family has concerns FOR THE JUNIORS PROGRAM. I EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE! of their own. WE KNOW IT TAKES HOURS OF When I first met Dave’s wife Laurie PLANNING AND EMAILS TO MAKE THANKS FOR ALWAYS PUSHING and his 16 year old daughter Maddie, “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL IT ALL HAPPEN. JUNIORS ME TO DO MY BEST!” Laurie was walking. She has MS, a THAT YOU DO. YOUR TIME AND crippling disease that attacks the cen- WOULDN’ T BE A PROGRAM KRISTIN GALLAGHER ENERGY IS MUCH APPRECIATED. tral nervous system. Currently, Laurie WITHOUT YOU.” I WOULDN’ T HAVE HAD AS MUCH “THANKS FOR TEACHING ME is in a wheel chair. Dave and Laurie FUN AS I DID THIS SEASON JEFF SCHACHERL have recently celebrated 20 years of HOW TO SKI THIS YEAR, marriage. WITHOUT YOUR COACHING. EVEN THOUGH I FOUND IT Due to Laurie’s illness, the Calhoon ‘SKI YA’” “THANKS FOR MAKING SKIING family has had many new expenses CHALLENGING YOU MADE SARA EZKRICH ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF MY which insurance does not cover. The IT FUN.” biggest expenditure is for nurses aides LIFE! BECAUSE OF THE JUNIOR JENNA ACKER to assist Laurie in day to day living. “DON, YOU ARE AWESOME! TEAM, IT IS MY ALL TIME Last year Dave needed to replace THANKS SO MUCH FOR FAVORITE ACTIVITY — THANKS the old van and bought a new van “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THE SPORT FOR ALL YOU DO TO MAKE THE with a wheel chair lift for Laurie. I BEING A SKI COACH. YOU HAVE asked the MS Society if they had any OF SKIING. I REALLY ENJOYED SKI TEAM SO SPECIAL . WE HELPED ME SO MUCH OVER THE program to help out the Calhoon’s WORKING WITH YOU, AND YOUR APPRECIATE YOUR DEDICATION PAST TWO YEARS TO BECOME A but they do not have a program to MANY JOKES TO KEEP US AND LOVE OF SKIING.” assist them. (they focus more on find- BETTER SKIER AND INTO A ENTERTAINED. THANK YOU FOR ing a cure) MIKAELA ROBERTSON WHOLE NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE. The biggest challenge is the unpre- HELPING ME WHEN I WAS JUST STARTING FROM SCRATCH AT THE I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE dictability of MS. No one can predict “I HAVEN’ T SEEN A CROSS WORK YOU HAVE PUT INTO how Laurie is going to feel or what’s BEGINNING OF THIS SEASON. going to happen next. COUNTRY SKI COACH THAT IS AS MAKING A TEAM AND RUNNING YOU HAVE DEDICATED SO MUCH So, how can you help? Come partic- DEDICATED TO HIS SKI TEAM AND PRACTICES AND HOW MUCH ipate in the first bike ride of the year, OF YOUR TIME TO THIS THE SPORT OF CROSS COUNTRY ENERGY YOU USE TO HELP US. a benefit ride for the Calhoon Family PROGRAM AND MADE THIS SKIING AS DON IS.” on April 26th, (tentatively) starting SEASON A LOT OF FUN. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS.” and ending at Christy’s Bar on lake APPRECIATE ALL THE COUNTLESS GREG JONES NICOLE SCHIESSER Waubesa. Registration will start at HOURS AT PRACTICE YOU’ VE 10:00 and the ride will start at 11:00. SPENT WITH ME AND I’M “THANKS FOR TEACHING US We will have a long and short route. “THANKS A BUNCH FOR ALL OF Registration will be $20.00 individual LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT TO RESPECT OURSELVES WHILE THE AMAZING THINGS YOU DO or $40.00 for a family of 3 or more. YEAR. (ALSO, WATCH OUT FOR HELPING US ACHIEVE We will have a flyer with more FOR US, I KNOW I’LL ALWAYS THOSE WOOD MANTELS AT HIGH OUR GOALS.” details at the March MadNorSki meet- REMEMBER EVERYTHING SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS, THEY LOUISE JONES ing… including extras for you to take ABOUT OUR TEAM!” and spread around. This ride is open HAVE A TENDENCY TO FALL EMILY DUNN to anyone. For more information, or WHEN YOU PULL UP ON THEM) “THANK YOU SO MUCH —I to have a flyer emailed to you (when SHANNA BODILLY REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE available) or if you can’t do the ride “THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME YOU’ VE SPENT WORKING but want to donate to the Calhoon DEDICATION TO DOING family, e-mail Harry Lum at “THANK-YOU FOR HELPING ME WITH OUR TEAM, YOU email@example.com BECOME THE BEST SKIER THAT I EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP CHALLENGE US TO BE or call him at 608-273-2821. COULD BE THIS YEAR.” ME REACH MY GOALS.” BETTER SKIERS!” Who knows, there might be a little EMILY RICKER TOM RICHNER KAREN STOLTZENBERG swag there also. (EDITORS NOTE: KNOWING HARRY, THERE WILL BE!) ❄ 12 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 (WONDERFUL, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) that instant what that was. My role as bolted up the trail and left her to her own devices. In less than one kilome- Dr. Phil was over. Within microseconds the pair appeared headed for their car For the Dogs ter she had exhausted herself trying with the husband groping for his skis BY WILLI VANHAREN to climb into the wind, frozen her and inadequate excuses for dumping hands once she got on top, and then didn’t know where to go since her husband was nowhere in sight. Now her on the trail. They might not ever ski together again. Too bad, especially when you live in Nordic heaven. W hile skiing last month in the Lake Tahoe Area (the things I have to do for the newsletter) I her skis were implements of torture So, you can draw your own moral noticed that a number of the XC not pleasure so she took them off and from this story. I’m sure Dr. Phil would ski areas had special trails for walked back with the wind and snow have something profound to say skiers with dogs. No, not like the fueling her discontent. What was about Mars and Venus. I like to think dogs I skied on in the 2001 Birkie. going to be a fun little ski turned into a that Mr. Wonderful and his wife each But four legged snow sniffers. nightmare. bear some responsibility for their These trails were also open to She asked if skiing was always this communication breakdown. I’ll let you other skiers but were mainly used frustrating and I told her that the con- assign the percentages. So, If your by dog/skier combos. Lots of ditions were tough even for veterans. I abilities or proclivities differ, just take smiles out there and these trails was convinced though, that it wasn’t a little time to check in and don’t be seemed to be getting a lot of use the conditions or her gear that led to afraid to make your feelings known during the weekdays that I was her frustration. I suggested she try it before it starts getting personal. Life is around. I’m not owned by a dog, another day and added as much too short not to have fun when you go but I wonder if there is something encouragement as I could. Her mood skiing. And skiing with somebody to like this in our area, or if the local lightened as we talked. Then her hus- share it with is even better. dogs would like us to look into the band skied up to the window and pre- By the way, Ned is NOT my signifi- possibility for Dane County. If the pared to come inside. Suddenly, her cant other. I have the honor of being dogs are happy with the way face darkened and she broke off our the First Lady's S.O. And no, Judy and things are, great! However, if you conversation with, “I need a word with I have never had a spat over skiing would like to explore the idea fur- Mr. Wonderful.” This time, I knew thank goodness. 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Some more bold statements about the CAT ski that were made by XC skiers. “I‘D RATHER CAT SKI THAN SNOW SKI.” “BEST INVENTION SINCE THE WHEEL.” “I GOT THEM, SO I COULD TRAIN WITH MY BEST TRAINING BUDDY, MY DOG.” E-MAIL: SALES@PLANETXC.COM • WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.PLANETXC.COM SISU CO./PLANETXC.COM, 120 SHOREWOOD TERRRACE, WISC. RAPIDS, WI 54494 • TEL: 1-800-380-8412 Caution: You may become addicted MNSC MARCH 2003 ❄ 13 Kortelopet Debut THIS BY ANSEL SCHIMPFF T icking clock, digital neon bend I see before me power lines SUNDAY! yellow “Wave 10 to climbing up moun- Fun Day at the Lussier the start!” the tainous hills. The Family Heritage Center course captain cadence of calls out. I rush to garbage can drum- SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2003 AT 2 P.M. the head of the line mers keeps beat anxious to leap on my way. Clicking boots clipping into as I fly up the hills. In and out I weave through masses of T he Madison Nordic Ski Club will host a “Farewell to Winter” party featuring skiing/hiking and bindings on bright people from ear- snow activities for all ages at the plastic skis — lier waves We Lussier Family Heritage Center on BOOM goes the reach the top and March 2, 2003. This event is free cannon, flashing the first food sta- and open to the public. We will orange fire. The Ansel, with his award-winning family at races in tion. I slow down have the entire facility open. starting gate Houghton. Ansel is 2nd from left. but dare not stop Please bring the whole family. We swishes up, nylon banners in the for fear of losing momentum. A cup of will have skiing and hiking from 2-5 breeze, and the crowd cheers 500 Gatorade warms my hand before I p.m. Chili and beverages will be skiers as we flash over the field. A slosh it down. Most if it spills on my available in the lower level from 2 frenzy of poles and skis clacking on racing suit, now lime scented and to 5:00 p.m. soft snow passes through acrid cool, but I don’t mind. We turn into At 5 p.m. we’ll move upstairs for a gunpowder smoke. My heart pounds the woods and I see a sign 5K. Oh joy, potluck dinner. We’ll have a bon- and I’m out in front. Only freedom only 18K to go! ❄ fire from 4-7 p.m. ahead. I jump in the tracks for the first Contact Ned Zuelsdorff at 231- downhill. My skis hum over the white Ansel Schimpff is member of the 1876 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more that blankets the ground. Round the MadNorSki Juniors. info. Hope to see you there! ❄ • SPONSORED BY DON MILLER SUBARU • The Elver Tuesday Night Race Series Lives! BY NED ZUELSDORFF I t just looks a little different. After a painful start, the series can be cou n t r y s ki i thanks to the Madison Parks Depart- ment for their grooming efforts, and - ng C r oss called a “series” for 2003. OK, so we providing us with the flexibility to haven’t actually raced on a Tuesday move and hold races when condi- yet this year. We’ve held two race tions allowed. rs events in the last week, including a I almost forgot one big thank you. ke “First-Timer” race Saturday morning. fo That goes to our webmeister, Joe The race scheduled for tonight may r t h l-see King. He posted race results on the get scrubbed due to warm temps and r il website almost instantaneously after I the pending Birkie weekend. Sixty We’ll look at more options in prepara- emailed them to him. The listserve four participants have been involved tion for next year. he set up allowed us to make last so far. If we can, we’ll attempt to hold Many thanks are in order related to minute decisions on races and keep a few more races in March. the races that were held, as well as everyone reasonably informed. His I have several unpaid, highly quali- those where folks were “on call” to latest addition to the race effort fied consultants who’ve helped me the last minute with hopes that we allows immediate release of “race this year in search of a race. We con- could pull one off. Thanks to the vol- alerts” to phone numbers of people sidered different venues for safe and unteers who helped with registration, who’ve signed up. Thanks Joe! skiable snow. However, we found that timing, keeping racers on course, and The Series lives! It will go on with it’s difficult due to uncertain ice con- picking up the course markers after the goal of providing racers with a ditions on the lakes, cold snow that the race. Thanks to our major race fun and safe event, at a reasonable doesn’t adhere to the lake ice, lack of sponsor, Don Miller Subaru for their cost. It’s the friendliest race you’ll liability insurance that is required for second year of financial support. find. What other race allows you to some parks, and the availability of Thanks to New Moon Ski-Shop, Hay- enter a 10K event, get tired and pull sufficient background light to see the ward, and Fontana Sports Specialties in after 5K, and still get a finish time. course especially when you’re out here in Madison for generously donat- Keep coming back and we’ll keep pouring it on with the other ski dogs. ing door prizes for the races. Finally, trying. ❄ 14 ❄ MNSC MARCH 2003 Other Stuff… CLASSIFIEDS Ads run free for MNSC Club members! FOR SALE Pilot Skate Boots For Sale. $100 NEW Fischer RCS FlexComp2 Pilot boot, size 40 1⁄3 (7.5 men's). Call Carol at 231-6864 GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SELL? Looking for something? If you are a member of the Madison Nordic Ski Club, we will run your ad for free! Submit Classified ads to Kay Lum at email@example.com v Yes, a group of guys can cook v Ben Neff is auditioning as the a gourmet meal, as Scott Great Bear Chase mascot as he Brandt, Ben Neff, Tom Gallagher, cheers on Mark Plane in the 42K Mark Plane, Dirk Mason and Porcupine Classic race. zzzzzz. .. Mike Ivey (photographer) refuel zz after the Porcupine Ski Race and get ready for a hard day at ABR. (Doesn’t that food look Harry Lum after a full day of delicious?) gathering the proverbial “Swag” for the next meeting. (or did he just referee a game?) SPRING! Just NOT YET… The Beauty of All Wheel Drive T he all-new 2003 Forester. The ruggedness and versatility you need, without sacrificing the security, comfort and performance you deserve. Full-time All-Wheel Drive, more interior room and more safety features than anything in its class. The new Subaru Forester — When you get it, you get it. 801 East Washington Avenue • Madison 1-608-258-3500 • donmillersubaru.com MNSC MARCH 2003 ❄ 15 M A D I S O N N O R D I C S K I C L U B MEMBERSHIP FORM Sign up now for the 2002-2003 cross-country ski season! (you can also sign up on-line at http://danenet.wicip.org/madnord/club.html) Is this a renewal or a new membership? What type of membership? 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