This list might be extremely biased, ill-informed, and/or completely
irrational. But it's more fun that way.
My Favorite Rides
- Whichever one I get
to do next.
- Gemini Bridges
Not the point to point downhill cruise, but the loop that starts
at the end of the trail and circles around Arths Pasture and the
- Porcupine Rim Trail
A great technical test for an average rider.
- Monitor and Merrimac
Plenty of slickrock to play on.
- La Sal Mountain Loop
A great road ride with a killer climb.
The Best Lessons
I Learned This Winter
- Hang on to the lead pack at all
- Be aggressive in sprint races
- it's not illegal unless you get caught
- Always bring a raincoat to Rumford
- Always bring rock skis to Fairbanks
- Its a long drive from Park City
to Sun Valley by yourself without a radio
What I Am Going
To Do This Spring
- Find out exactly where I misplaced
my social life. It's got to be around here somewhere. . .
- Go To Moab
- Go Crust Skiing
- Go To Moab Again
- Work To Pay Off All My Credit
This week's list is a special edition. It has been expanded to 10
due to all the happenings this week. Additional contributor's to this
list are Scott Loomis, Frosty Whitworth, Andrew Johnson, Erik Stange,
and Chad Geise
The Best Story
Lines of this year's Spring Series
- Jack Russell's performance at
- Rob Whitney's crash and burn
- Frosty's Sideburns
- Trond's driving skills
- Eli's stint as Jack Russell lead
- Chamberlain's dance performance
- Barbeques at the condo
- Swiss Rolls
- Klein's views on women
- All the other stories that certain
people are praying don't make it out to the public. (You know
who you are.)
The Best Things
About Spring Series
- The laid-back atmosphere and social
scene (read into that what you will)
- (I can't tell you this one without
incriminating some people)
- The warm weather
- The NCAA Final Four on TV
- The short races
I Was Asked Most at Master's Nationals - and the responses
- What's the wax for
something or other
- Did you race today?
No, I'm only 24. I'm not legal yet.
- Are those the new
- How do you like them?
They are the best thing to happen to my skiing career since James
Bond week on TBS
- Do we have to watch
EVERY SINGLE basketball game?
Is a frog's butt water-tight?
The Best Albums
Not exactly skiing related,
but hey its my web site.
- Beastie Boys-
- Social Distortion-
Live at the Roxy
WARNING: THIS LIST
IS RATED PG-13. IF YOU WANT TO BE AN ELITE ATHLETE, I SUGGEST YOU
NOT READ ANY FURTHER. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF GOOD TASTE. . .
The Best Post-Race
Not that I've gone to
any of these, but from what I've heard they were rages for the ages.
- Carnival Dates -1996
A red-hot date and more stories than I can attempt to remember.
- Carnival Dates -
1994 Dartmouth Carnival
These events are so epic that you can only handle one every two
years. Ask Colter about this one.
- 1995 NCAAs - Sugarloaf
Most people went back to school early. Their loss. Brant and I
threw a classic.
- 1993 Dartmouth Carnival
- 1998 Nationals -
Not necessarily a great party, but it got me out of my funk and
I skied a good relay the next day. Do not try this at home. I
am a trained professional.
February 22 The
Worst Races Of My Life
I've had plenty of bad
ones, but these top the list. And no, I'm not going to tell you
my finish places.
- 1998 Nationals 30K
Freestyle - Bend, OR
I had been sick all weeek and probably should have dropped out
of this one, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. If you really
want to know how bad it was, ask Pat Cote or Jesse Brettingen.
They were in pain just watching me.
- 1996 NCAA Championships
10K Skate - Bozeman, MT
I have never had high altitude hurt like it did that day.
- 1997 10K Classic
- Fairbanks, AK
Threw my back out on the first uphill and had to walk the rest
of the way. But I finished.
- 1995 Middlebury Carnival
Very warm and very slow. Very bad for me. One of only two EISA
races from my sophomore year on that I finished out of the top
- 1996 Williams Carnival
The other time.
February 15 What
I like to eat before a marathon race
The most important thing
to remember here is the saying, "You aren't a real man unless
you can eat a full meal on a full stomach."
- Anything and everything
While the foods below are best, I'll eat anything I can get my
Having a Norwegian coach, I get plenty of reminders on the miracles
of oatmeal. It's not jut for breakfast, its a perfect bedtime
snack to top off the tank.
- Champion Nutrition's
A shake-type liquid food. It's good when you can't eat another
bite. It also has vitamins and minerals that carbos lack.
If Bjorn Daehlie eats one 45 minutes before each race, shouldn't
February 8 - A
couple weeks ago, the Salt Lake Tribune ran an article announcing
that the U.S. Ski Team had selected the team to compete at the 1999
World Championships in Austria. According to the article, selected
to represent their country were Marcus Nash, Justin Wadsworth, John
Bauer, Robert Whitney, and Doug Wadsworth. Since then, rumors
have been swirling in the xc ski world. Who is this Doug Wadsworth
and what has he done with Pat Weaver? The following theories are currently
Theories on Who
Is Doug Wadsworth?
- Doug is the next
Norwegian superstar. He and Justin Wadsworth were paid a large
sum of money by a third party to unite in a same-sex marriage,
thus allowing Doug to ski for the United States and bring us our
first medal since Bill Koch. Justin's pay was reportedly in the
seven-figure range to get him to lend his name to this farce.
- He is a top secret
genetic experiment conducted by the University of Minnesota. The
goal of the project was to create the perfect skier specimen.
Though only the first generation of this project, Doug looks promising.
- He is a 11 year
old promising Bill Koch League skier. With the success that junior
Rob Whitney is enjoying, it is only natural to allow other promising
juniors such as Doug to gain international experience.
- Doug is a 52 year
old Master Skier from Wisconsin who bought his way onto the team
by donating airline tickets, Super Bowl tickets, college scholarships,and
expensive jewelry to the selection commitee. Apparently the Ski
Team has figured out that, as the Olympics have shown, the best
way to get the press to take notice is to create a bribery scandal.
The press could care less about that athletic competition stuff,
it doesn't sell papers.
- Doug Wadsworth is
the pen name of that dude who wrote the article in the most recent
Outside magazine about training as an elite skier for a
year. It wasn't enough that Outside would rather pay a
pseudo-racer to ski, than sponsor one of the many needy real racers
to do the same. So to add insult to injury, its only right that
we name him to the National Team rather than real skiers who have
worked their whole life for just a fleeting moment of glory. While
the article was entertaining, it is not possible to fully immerse
yourself in the ski culture while travelling on an Outside
February 1 The
Best Innovations In X-C Skiing In The Past Few Years
Note: Any correlation between the products listed here and my sponsors
is purely coincidental. Yeah. right.
- Yoko Windstopper
An expensive glove, yes, but for someone who usually gets cold
fingers it is worth its weight in gold.
- Exel QLS Grip
Again very expensive, but after trying them on in the store, you'll
be ready to mortgage the house for them.
- Atomic's Beta Ski
I could tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you.
- Fischer's new ski
I haven't tried this one, but the theory is similar to the Atomic,
thus it makes the list on Atomic's coattails. Plus, Bjorn likes
- Salomon Pilot System
I didn't really notice a difference until I warmed up on the new
system and then switched to skis with Profil bindings for the
race. I almost fell on my face because of the difference.
January 25 The
Worst Television Programs I Watched While At Nationals
- MTV's Varsity Blues World
- World's Strongest Man Competition
- Behind The Music with Def Leppard
- The Local Weather Forecasts (rain,
rain, and more rain)
- 11 Straight Hours of Rock N' Roll
Jeopardy - VH1
The Best Songs To Listen To Before A Race
- "Star Wars Theme"
- "Hero Of The Day" -
- Anything Else By Metallica
- "Locomotive" - Guns
- "Lithium" - Nirvana
January 11 My
Favorite Places to Ski
- Mt. St. Anne, Quebec
The combination of trails, snow, and Chalet Montmorency can't
- Mt. Van Hovenberg
- Lake Placid, NY
The best race courses in the country and the Olympic Training
- Waterville Valley,
I never get tired of it.
- Royal Gorge, CA
So much to ski, so little time.
- The Balsams, NH
Any place that puts its touring center in the lobby of a 5-Star
hotel has to make the list.
Jackson, NH; Kincaid Park, AK; Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, VT;
Sun Valley, ID