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Beyond Birkie Fever

Beyond Birkie Fever book review

It is a long way from cross-country ski season. In case you are missing the sport, which I always do in the offseason, here is a way to get into the Nordic groove. Walter Rhein’s book, Beyond Birkie Fever, is a memoir about his experiences growing up in Wisconsin, and his experiences training and taking […]

Birkie fever 2016

Birkie Fever 2016

This was my fourth American Birkebeiner Marathon or affectionally nicknamed the Birkie. Many who participate ail from Birkie Fever. Symptoms include skiing whenever possible during the winter, checking the forecast every day hoping for snow, and looking forward to a late February weekend in Hayward, Wisconsin. Afflicted with Birkie Fever I am definitely afflicted. I […]

GoPro Birkie adventure

A Birkie GoPro cross-country ski adventure

It has been a frustrating start to the cross-country ski season thanks to el Niño. It was 60 degrees and raining two days before Christmas in Chicago. Even the usually reliable Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been without the flaky white stuff. Finally a the storm that brought rain to Chicago provided the long awaited snow to northwest […]

Nine Mile Recreation Area

Cross-country skiing Nine Mile Recreation Area

Post Birkie wind down at Nine Mile Recreation Area Every year I like to wind down from the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski Marathon with a relaxing day in the woods just enjoying the sport. No more worry about splits, about hydration, snow conditions, wave start times, and being in peak condition. This day is all […]