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After a four week training block rotating intensity every other day, it's finally time to get back on the plane and head to the last races of the season. I'm going first to Quebec to compete in the skate sprint and 15km skate race of Canadian National ...

When you spend the vast majority of your time in pursuit of athletic success you're bound to get pretty involved in the process. For the past two years Alison and I have talked each others' ears off about running, skiing, and endurance training and pre...

Yesterday I led an all-day clinic for Methow Valley Nordic, our locally-based ski club dedicated to establishing and maintaining the strong ski community here in the Methow Valley. MVN is a very generous sponsor of MOD so I was excited for the opportun...

I'm really excited to now be sponsored by Smith Optics, a company that's born-and-raised in the good ole' US of A. Their new model of the Pivlock performance glass, the V2, looks to be a real winner with the upgraded adjustable nosepiece. A big thanks ...

It's been a busy two weeks since I returned home from the Twin Cities and my five-week racing trip in January. Alison picked me up at the airport in Seattle on a Monday evening, we drove home the next morning, and two days later turned around and drove...

For the past four weeks I've been traveling on the race circuit, first in New England and now in the Twin Cities. Everywhere I've been folks have been lamenting the poor winter they're experiencing in their home area. "There's no good skiing anywhere i...

If you're in or near the Methow Valley this winter and looking for an opportunity to learn cross-country skiing, look no further! MOD Squad athlete and elite Nordic skier Sam Naney is now offering private and small group lessons, by appointment.Sam uti...

Wow - been a while since a blog post. Somewhat embarrassingly, I brought a camera with me on this racing tour but have neglected to take many photos. And without photos a blog can get boring pretty darn quick. So I haven't posted much. Here's a recap:A...

The first race of National Championships was postponed by a day due to heavy rain which threatened to wash away the tiny amount of man-made snow accumulated on the course. After a thankfully cold night and more snowmaking, the skate sprint was on for T...

Men's Quarterfinal heat in the skate sprint (I'm in the red suit and black hat, second from left)Skiing in the 15km skate raceQualifying 5th in the skate sprint(All photos are courtesy of Ian Harvey at Toko US)

I just got home from some sprint racing at the Sovereign Lakes Nordic Center, one of my favorite race venues. This weekend was a classic sprint and 15km classic distance race. Following last weekend's lackluster finishes in Bozeman I was anxious to imp...

Today is the last day up here; I head back to the Methow early tomorrow morning to do several things. First, I need to drop off the now-tested Madshus skis to Mark at Nordic Ultratune to get some grinds on them in time for West Yellowstone. Second, Ali...

Today is the last day up here; I head back to the Methow early tomorrow morning to do several things. First, I need to drop off the now-tested Madshus skis to Mark at Nordic Ultratune to get some grinds on them in time for West Yellowstone. Second, Ali...

Yesterday was a great day on the trails. It seems that after a summer of heavy aerobic training I can acclimate quite a bit quicker than in the past. I got out the door early because it looked a bit stormy, and headed up Paradise Trail to find a steep ...

Yesterday was a great day on the trails. It seems that after a summer of heavy aerobic training I can acclimate quite a bit quicker than in the past. I got out the door early because it looked a bit stormy, and headed up Paradise Trail to find a steep ...