This list might be extremely biased, ill-informed, and/or completely
irrational. But it's more fun that way.
April 17, 2000
Things I Am Going
to Change in my Training For This Year.
- More Training
At Sea-level - I did a lot of summer and fall training in the
east two years ago and had my best season ever. This past year
I spent almost no time at sea level and skied poorly. Hmm. . .
less - Most of the travel I did was ok, but I think the short
trip back to Utah between Canadian races in December was what
killed my season.
- Do more
training in the spring - Last year I relaxed a bit too much. Didn't
really start training until mid May. This year, I'm getting right
- Do more
dryland training in November and December. I think one of the
reasons I skied well early is that I still had the general fitness
and strength from dryland. I need to maintain that.
- Race more
in the summer. - Last year I did one road race all summer. I need
to race more often to keep myself geared up physically and mentally.
April 3, 2000
Top Songs of Spring
- All the
Small Things - Blink 182
- Sex Machine
(Get On Up) - James Brown
- Root Down
- Beastie Boys
- Ray of
Light - Madonna
City - Guns N' Roses
- Black Sabbath
- Ozzy Osbourne
March 27, 2000
Best Places To Eat
In Ski Towns on a Racer's Budget
- Taco Stand
- Bend, OR: The best cheap burritos anywhere.
Burritos - Ketchum, ID: Not as cheap as Taco Stand, but REALLY
Grille - Provo, UT: I think this might be part of a chain, but
it is the best pasta place close to the Soldier Hollow trails.
- Calgary, Canada: Again, a chain, but a great restaurant
- Rocky Mountain
Pizza and Pasta - Sun Valley, ID
March 20, 2000
How I Blew My NCAA
March Madness Picks
I did awful this year. In fact, there are only three teams left
that I picked to make it this far.
Temple to win it all.
St. John's to lose to Temple in the Final.
- Also picked
Ohio St. to make the Final Four.
Samford to make a run to the Sweet Sixteen.
UCLA to lose to Ball St. in the first round.
March 13, 2000
What I Like To Do
To Shake Off a Bad Race
to very loud and heavy music.
- Look over
the results for people who had even worse races!
- Go for
a short run.
- Start planning
for the next race.
- Go home
and go to bed.
March 6, 2000
What Makes The Great
Ski Race So Great
- It is in
Tahoe, perhaps my favorite area of the country.
- The post-race
awards party is the best in the business, with a live band and
- Or you
can skip the awards and go teleskiing at one of about six resorts
(like I did).
- The course
is tough, but very fun after 10K.
- The finish
- the final hill provides the best skier-to-spectacular-crash
ratio you'll find anywhere.
February 28, 2000
Why I'm Happy the
Birkie was cancelled
OK, I'm not happy about it, but we need to look on the bright side.
- I got to
listen to certain other elite skiers bitch about yet another bad
Birkie experience. And then laugh at them.
- I didn't
have to get up at 5:00 AM on Saturday
- I would
much rather spend $600 on a weekend vacation in Wisconsin than,
- I didn't
have to take out the garden rake in order to put the appropriate
structure in my skis.
- Let's face
it, no one was REALLY looking forward to those last 5K when you
are so exhausted that you can't see straight, but you still have
to push onward so that that big group of skiers behind you doesn't
blow by you on Main St. in front of the crowds.
February 20, 2000
Where I might live
when I get back to Park City.
While I was gone for a month, my roommates decided to move out of
our house. Now I have no place to live. My options:
- The back
of my truck.
- The storage
unit where I am going to put all my stuff.
- I'll have
to hit the bars and find a young lovely who needs company for
a few weeks.
- The wax
trailers at Soldier Hollow. They're even heated!
- I know
a great place where I can pitch my tent and use that warm new
sleeping bag I got for Christmas.
February 13, 2000
My Five Favorite
Non-Conventional Training Activities
Sure, skiing is great, but sometimes it is good to get off the skinny
skis and do something different during the winter.
up a mountain and snowboard down.
touring. Just shuffle around and break my own trail. Then carve
tele turns on the downhills.
Football in the snow. Provided no one breaks any major bones.
Soccer is a good substitute if you value your body the way it
OK, I'd rather ski than do these, but it is important to maintain
strength during the season.
skiing. Even at a resort, this is a great leg workout.
February 6, 2000
The Things I'll Miss
Most In My Lost Luggage
On my return trip from Switzerland, the airline lost one of my bags.
Still no word on it. At least it wasn't my ski bag, but it still
contained some vital stuff.
- My ski
boots, both pairs.
- My checkbook!
- My winter
- My Swiss
- My hats,
gloves, pole straps, Solda wax, etc., etc.
January 31, 2000
The Coolest Things
- The small
villages built at the top of steep, windy roads.
January 24, 2000
The Best Videos For
Improving Your Skiing
Coaches Club Videos - the best advanced technique videos ever
- Days of
Thunder and/or Top Gun
- The 1999
World Championship Relay and/or Pursuit - Both amazing races.
- Any video
taken of you, which you can analyze with a coach.
- Britney Spears - it seemed to work for a few people in Canmore.
January 17, 2000
The Best Things About
The New Soldier Hollow Ski Trails
- They are
an equal opportunity punisher.
- They are
exactly 3 minutes and 22 seconds from my house by car.
- You can
watch almost the whole race from one view point
- The parking
lot is great for muddin' in the 4x4.
- The snow
lasted until exactly one day after the last Nationals race.
January 10, 2000
Best Songs of 1999
- by Hole
- The Kids
Aren't Alright - The Offspring
- The Great
Beyond - R.E.M.
- The Rockefeller
Skank - Fat Boy Slim
- Rob Zombie
January 3, 2000
My New Year's Resolutions
- Ski Faster.
- Stop writing
"99" when writing down today's date.
- Floss more.
"La Nina" winter.
- Watch more
December 27, 1999
The Best Things About
My Latest Trip To Canada
I realize that most of the other stuff on the site with regards
to this trip is pretty negative. But I did manage to have some fun
along the way. This stuff was the best.
- The train
that ran past our room in Canmore - sure it woke us up at night,
but it also provided great entertainment.
Restaurant in Calgary - Quite possibly the best waitresses in
- The fact
that I got to go back to Silver Star
- The spectacular
mountains in Canmore
- The feet
and feet of snow in Silver Star
December 20, 1999
The Best Books I
Have Ever Read
Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Look Back - John Morton
Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Wild - Jon Krakauer
- It Crawled
From The South - Marcus Gray
December 13, 1999
My Advice For Junior
- Have Fun
- Never, ever lose sight of the fact that skiing is, first and
- Enjoy the
company and competition of your teammates. There is a special
chemistry to high school and college teams that cannot be found
anywhere else in life. These memories will last much longer than
your race results.
- Set goals,
write them down, and tell at least one person.
- Do other
sports - there is plenty of time to specialize when you get out
of high school. I did four sports in high school and I wish I
could have done more.
- Avoid "Paralysis
Through Analysis," to quote a highly esteemed coach (Ruff).
Don't over analyze things like heartrate, race results, and training
hours. Take stuff like that for what it's worth, but don't dwell
December 6, 1999
My Christmas Wish
List or "What I Would Buy If I Won The Lottery"
- Apple G4
Video Camera for same day website pictures and race video
Raven 4000SX w/ Lefty Shock
- A new Barfoot
November 29, 1999
My Goals For The
Everyone needs to have goals. The best way to make your goals effective
is to write them down. I wrote these goals down a couple months
ago, but this week I decided that if I let everyone else know what
they are, then I will have a greater desire (and more pressure)
to achieve them. I have set the bar a little high this year, but
it's better to set it too high than too low.
- To qualify
for the sprint team for the Goodwill Games.
- To have
a top three finish at U.S. Nationals.
- To consistently
place in the top five in national FIS races
(U.S. Nationals and Continental Cup Series).
- To win
a race in the American Ski Marathon Series.
- To end
the season with FIS points under 60 (I'm currently at
70) and be ranked in the top eight in the country.
November 22, 1999
With all the people
here in Silver Star, I have had a few close encounters with other
skiers (primarily participants in Marty Hall's Master camp). Some
of this is my fault because of my addiction to fast downhills, but
I am always in control and can easily pass other skiers if they
don't make any sudden moves. But having narrowly avoided numerous
collisions, I figured it was time to list my Top Five Rules of Ski
- Stay to
the right! This seems obvious but I am always amazed at the people
who jump right into my path as I am screaming down a hill.
- If you
are skating down a hill and someone else is skating uphill, pull
to the side and just glide in the tracks to get by. It is much
easier for you to glide and maintain momentum than someone who
is trying to get up the hill.
- Don't ski
two abreast up a turny downhill. This almost cost some poor frightened
lady her life the other day.
- Don't stop
a big group to do technique work on a busy section of trail or
a treacherous corner. As much as I love playing human slalom,
I have been known to hit a few gates now and then.
- Don't wear
neon clothing. Especially those old Fischer/Salomon suits from
10 years ago or so. For your sake and mine.
November 15, 1999
R.E.M. is coming
out with a new album next week. Well, actually it is the soundtrack
to the movie "Man on the Moon." To this point I have only
heard one song. "The Great Beyond," but it was enough
to get me really excited, as if I wouldn't be excited for a new
R.E.M. album anyway. Now in celebration of this, I thought I might
rank my five favorite R.E.M. songs. So I sat down to do the list
and I just couldn't. Considering that I once set out to make a mix
of their best songs and it turned out to be two 90 minute cassettes
long and I still didn't fit every song I wanted on there, there
was no way I could narrow it to just five. Because all of their
songs are incredible, it depends too much on what mood I am in.
I am pretty sure that "Fall On Me" would be on any list
I come up with, but thats all I can agree on. So instead I will
post a list submitted by another R.E.M. fan. I am not sure what
order they were intended to go in, but it doesn't really matter
because they could all be #1 at any given moment.
- South Central
- Man on
- Radio Free
- Walk Unafraid
November 8, 1999
The Five Warmest
Mornings in Fairbanks This Week
The Coldest: -18º
October 31, 1999
My Five Favorite
- Any candy
within reach, and as much of it as I can get.
- and not those tiny ones, you need to at least have "Fun
green-apple-flavored lollipops with caramel over them. Really
good until you pull out a tooth try to eat them.
Peanut Butter Cups. Here's how I eat a Reese's: By the handful.
My Dad has one of those M&M dispensers that you pull "Red"'s
arm and candies pour out. For some reason it always ends up empty
when I'm home.
October 25, 1999
The Five Best Things
About The Fairbanks Training Camp
- I'm not
- It's usually
above 0º F at least half the time.
- I can actually
take naps after hard workouts, rather go straight to work.
- I feel
like such an overachiever when I am up before the sun, even though
the sun doesn't come up until 9:30 or so.
- I am part
of about 1% of the ski world that is skiing right now.
October 18, 1999
Well, it appears that
a few people have taken me up on my list requests. I chose this
one because it is so intellectually stimulating. Submitted by Paul
Stone, a three year captain of the Dartmouth Ski Team. Paul, I appreciate
your input and will do my best to address your concerns. Dartmouth
is proud to have people like you as alumni.
The top five reasons
why xcskiracer.com sucks.
- it's about cory
- [A certain other
skier] [edited for all audiences] more often than this page gets
- not enough naked
- a free donation
isn't made to fight world hunger everyday i check this sight
like there is at "http://www.thehungersite.com."
- i couldn't think of another one
cause Pat [Cote]
gave up on me and went to sleep.
It's not easy coming
up with entertaining lists each week, as you can see by some of my
feeble efforts. So when this list was sent to me by Bohdan Stepchuk,
I figured I should post it. I think most of us can relate. Feel free
to submit your own lists
October 11, 1999
The Five Stupidest
Comments We've Ever Heard While Rollerskiing
- Made by
a child when I was wearing my heart-rate monitor (and no shirt)
-- "Nice bra!"
you allowed to do that here with those, those...deadly weapons?!"
-- yes, she meant my ski poles
you going to be in the Olympics?"
words given by a 250lb man on a showroom-new, shiny bike -- "You're
that work better with snow?"
October 4, 1999
My Favorite Spice
- Posh - too bad she's
- Sporty - any athlete
has to dig her.
- Baby - she's kind
of just there.
- Scary - her name
says it all.
- Ginger - good riddance.
September 27, 1999
The Reasons I moved
- To ditch my less
- So I could sell
the xcskiracer.com domain name for $1 million dollars when Bjorn
Daehlie wants it.
- I was bored.
- So those of you
who don't use Bookmarks can still look me up and harrass me for
not posting something new everyday.
- So I could have
a "yournamehere.com" address like all the cool kids
September 20, 1999
The Best Workouts
of the Summer.
- Kings Peak Hike
- The Mt. Bachelor
- Trying out for the
US Bobsled Team
- Timpanogos Hike
- Mountain biking
the Porcupine Rim trail
September 13, 1999
The Worst Things
- Football is only
on three days a week.
- I have to put the
top back on my truck.
- Cold, but no snow.
- I realize all the
things I wanted to do this summer that never got done.
- Training in the
September 6, 1999
The Five Best Things
- Pro Football Season
- College Football
- Foliage - Utah gets
- Winter isn't far
- More Football
August 30, 1999
My Favorite movies
of the summer.
- Star Wars - The
- The Matrix
The worst movie of
Powers - The SPy Who Shagged Me
August 23, 1999
My favorite running
shoes I've ever had. I
know that a lot of serious runners look down on Nike as running
shoe you buy to walk around hte mall, but I've always run in Nike's
and they have always fit well and kept me from getting injured,
so why switch? Plus their ads are much cooler.
- Air Huarache - 1991
- Air Terra Tor -
- Air Revaderchi II
- Air Terra Goatek
- Air Terra Humara
August 16, 1999
The worst times I
have gotten lost in the woods.
- 9/94 Went
mountain biking late in the day on a loop that was too long. Got
caught in the dark. Lost the trail and tried to follow a streambed
to safety but I kept falling in the water. It was cold and I was
afraid of getting hypothermia. Had to ditch the bike and feel
my way out. Finally found a house at almost 10 pm. By then, my
parents were already looking for me and a small army was gearing
up for a search. The next morning my dad and I hiked in to get
- 10/87? My
brother and I rode over to a friends house on our bikes and tried
to find a shortcut back through the woods. By the time we made
it out of the woods, it was dark and our mom was on her way in
to find us.
- 7/99 - The
epic three hour long turn that Scott and I took last month.
- 9/93 - Colter
Leys and I were 11 hours into a 54 mile trail run when we took
a wrong turn. It only cost us a half hour, but when you are already
hallucinating and only an hour from done, every minute counts.
- 7/82? -
Before I went for this run, my parents gave me directions to turn
left towards Holderness when the trail ended and I hit the road.
I was exhausted when I hit the road and was sure that I was supposed
to turn right towards Sandwich. Only after a two mile detour,
I realized that I had screwed up and began walking home. I was
too tired to run. Fortunately my parents drove out and got me.
August 9, 1999
My Five Most Recent
Training-Related Injuries - no matter how minor.
- 8/6/99 Took
a shoulder to the ribs in a soccer game. Still hurts a bit when
I breathe hard.
- 8/2/99 Dropped
a table on my foot at work. It wasn't too bad until I went running
that evening and turned a minor scrape into a painful cut and
bruise that rubbed against my shoe on each stride.
- 7/24/99 - Whacked
my knee on my shifters in a gnarly mountain bike crash. Bent my
shifters completely out of whack. Only hurts now if I land on
my knee when I jump into bed. Don't ask.
- 7/24/99 - Same
mountain bike ride, I cut a corner too close around a tree. Got
a nice gash on my arm. Almost healed now, but I might get yet
another cool scar.
- 7/24/99 -
Yet again - the same ride. I cut another corner too close and
nailed a tree with my hip and crashed. This was one of those days
I should have stayed in bed.
August 2, 1999
My Favorite Cross
- Mountain Biking
- The trails
here are incredible, and I believe that mountain biking's value
as a training method is severely under-rated. Look at guys like
Carl Swenson and Nathan Schultz.
- White Water Kayaking
- I'm not
great, but I'm learning.
- Ultimate Frisbee
- I can't
throw. But if you throw it long, I'll catch it.
- Rock Climbing -
OK, I admit,
I've never been climbing in my life. But I'm sure I'd love it
if I did!
- Soccer - Even
though I must have two left feet.
July 26, 1999
My Favorite Trail
- The Presidential
Range - White Mountains, NH Crowded
and developed, but there is a reason everyone wants to go up there
(Besides the chilidogs on top of Mt. Washington).
- Mount Timpanogos
- Wasatch Mountains, UT Snow,
wildflowers, waterfalls, Mountain Goats, and beautiful views of
the Mormon Temple in Provo.
- Rattlesnake Mountain,-
Squam Lake, NH - The
best views-to-effort ratio in the world. I'm sure of it. Plus
you can jump into the most beautiful lake in the world when you
- Franconia Ridge
- White Mountains, NH I
grew up twenty minutes from this hike and it is still one of the
- (tie) Mt. Watson
Loop, Unita Mountains, UT I
didn't get lost on this one.
Killington on the Appalachian Trail Especially
fun in 6 inches of new snow.
July 19, 1999
The thoughts that
went through my mind on Sunday when Scott and I figured out that
we were still 3 hours from our car. See my July
journal if you don't know what I am talking about.
- I could just sit
down by this beautiful lake and wait for a search party.
- I'm sure that if
we just cut through the woods right here it will bring us right
to the parking lot in no time.
- These hikers that
we are passing again on our way back must think we are either
hardcore or really stupid. Stupid probably.
- I wonder if those
campers would notice if I borrowed their horse.
- I am such an idiot.
July 12, 1999
Why I'm Glad I Didn't
Make The US Bobsled Team .
Sure, we all complain
about the way USSA runs things once in a while, but they are the
epitome of an organized program compared with the bobsled team.
The following examples are all taken from Wina Sturgeon's article
in the June 24 issue of the Mountain Times.
- The sport's most
famous team - the Jamaicans - have never won a race.
- Auditors found money
that was supposed to go to athletes stashed in 12 different bank
accounts, including some in Switzerland and no one was able to
account for a half million dollars in USOC funding.
- Helmets that were
donated by a sponsor were later SOLD to the US Team athletes.
- The authority of
the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is being challenged
by a 45 year old man who believes he should be on the National
Team even though he doesn't exercise, hasn't done a sport since
junior high, has ridden in a bobsled twice but never raced, refuses
to take the six-event standardized test, and failed a driver's
- This same man has
started his own bobsled federation and has honed his coaching
skills by "what I have learned about bobsledding, what I
have experienced in bobsled."
- At the 1990 World
Championships in Switzerland, federation officials commandeered
the team van to go sightseeing [or to take the stolen money to
the bank?], leaving the team's racers to travel to and from the
track in an open truck.
- Also at the 1990
World Championships, the team was told that they weren't going
to get their uniforms because the plane bringing them from Japan
has flown over the Mount St. Helen's volcano and had taken in
some ash. The uniforms had been dumped into the volcano to prevent
the plane from going down.
July 5, 1999
The Reasons why Park
City is Ideal for Summer Training .
- I haven't seen a
cloud in weeks.
- New running and
biking trails pop up almost as quickly as the old ones are developed
- One of the largest
populations of elite xc skiers in the country.
- Because it is fast
becoming an overdeveloped, superrich, plastic, tourist town with
8 golf courses and no wilderness, so you better enjoy what little
authenticity it has left while you still can.
- The ski trail systems
are pathetic, so you should train here in the summer instead of
June 27, 1999
The CD's that are
in my stereo right now.
- Hole- Celebrity
- Poison's Greatest
- Star Wars: Episode
I - The Phantom Menace
- R.E.M. - Up
- Fat Boy Slim - You've
Come a Long Way, Baby
June 20, 1999
The best reasons
to do the I.R.S. this summer.
- Bente Martinsen
is rumored to be there
- Scott Loomis is
rumored to be there
- Tartar sauce is
- Any resemblance
between the I.R.S. logo and the record company logo on the back
of R.E.M.'s album Reckoning is strictly coincidental.
- So that you too
can have complete strangers pull up beside you and ask, "Are
you training for the Olympics?"
June 13, 1999
The highlights from
last week in Bend.
- Colter & Annie's
Slideshow of South America
- Dave's spectacular
mt. bike crash
- The crust skiing
by Broken Top
- The Mount Bachelor
- The run at Smith
June 6, 1999 The
best things about the June camp in Bend, OR
- The Taco Stand
- The excellent singletrack
- The ten feet of
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Getting a tan while
skiing in shorts and a t-shirt
May 31, 1999 Why
I haven't been updating the website.
- I finally realized
that my life wasn't worth broadcasting
- I was too busy waiting
in line for Star Wars tickets
- I've been too busy
counting my millions in prize money from last season.
- I'm still recovering
from Spring Series
- I was too busy watching
the Jazz go down in flames in the playoffs