Nordic Flurry

Apparently winter hit Cleveland for at least one day this year & SSSMST’s own Dr Mike was able to take advantage of it. Here are the reports for the Nordic Flurry 5k & 10K.  Note his suggestion at the end to try the biathlon at the end of February! It’s wicked fun.

“The snow finally came this year, just in time for the “”Ohio Championships””  It was the usual format – 5K classical followed by a (separate) 10K skating-style race. I was unable to defend my title as the 2 elite guys from PA got the best of me this year (in both races). I’ve been cross-training more this year, and NOT training for ski racing – and it showed!   It’s really hard to “”fake it”” in ski-racing, especially on such a hilly course, with back-to-back all-out efforts!  I was happy to be able to “”dig deep”” and hang on for 3rd OA despite a pretty good challenge from Mike Foley (some of you know him from local running/tri scene) – he’s retired this year and training every day, so Watch out 50ish age-groupers!. I was sore for 4 days, but I think i regained about 4weeks of fitness in one day!
The lack of snow hurt the turnout (especially for our SSSMST group! – c’mon guys!)  BUT it was so great just to be on good snow for once,and the kids race was inspiring as usual  The sport is really catching on, as we have 53 kids in lessons this year, and about 20 came from PA for the race.  I’m gonna have to start training again to stay on the podium in years to come!!!
Your next chance to ski-race here is the Paintball Biathlon at Chapin Forest (Feb 25th) – HIGHLY recommended and very fun. “

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