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Today was the second day of racing here in Presque Isle and was the first day of distance, with the J2’s skiing classic 5ks, while the J1/OJ women and men skied 10k and 15ks. The J2 girls started at 10a.m and the boys at 10:30. The conditions for this race were hard and fast making the race very interesting. Corey Stock of New England and Cole Morgan of Intermountain (who also celebrated a birthday today)...

Yesterday showed a hard day of racing with constantly changing conditions, but for six junior skiers, the hard work paid off in the form of a national title.  Five of the winners were from New England and one from Intermountain. From the get go, most of the races were up in the air for who could grab the title in each of the age groups.  J1 women’s winner Isabel Caldwell qualified 19th for J1 girls,...

Strength is something that every competitive racer needs in order to be successful. Whether it is raw power and fast twitch muscles to help with a sprint, or the kind of strength it takes to grind out a hilly 20 kilometer course. Whether it’s one or the other, one thing is for certain, it all begins in the off season. There is more than one way to go about strength training. One of the more...

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It’s the end of summer and you’re sweating in the 90 degree heat as you pound the pavement with your poles and glide smoothly over the road while your heart beats like a well oiled machine at 180 beats a minute and your whole body screams as it tries to clear lactic acid as quickly as possible. This is level 4 training or race pace training. This training isn’t something that needs to be done...

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In Andy Newell’s video update from the USST Bend camp, there was one thing stuck out as he recapped everything that they had been doing. The one thing that was more prevalent than anything else in the video was technique. In every clip a skier was doing a different work out, but Andy always mentioned their technique and what they were working on whether it was weight transfer, leg drive or any of the million...

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Every spring, after all the snow has melted and the skis have been put away, each skier must answer the same daunting question: When to start roller skiing and how to go about it for the year? One of the biggest issues with roller skis for most skiers and especially people that are new to the sport is finding the right roller ski to use.  For many people this issue is easily solved, as they...