Pioneer Midwest Seeley Hills Classic

Pioneer Midwest Seeley Hills Classic

The midwest marathon season kicked off with the Pioneer Midwest Seeley Hills Classic on a modified course at the American Birkebeiner trailhead.  Fresh snow and cold temperatures made for perfect c...
Waxing for Manmade Snow

Waxing for Manmade Snow

We are in the midst of a very slow start to our winter season here in the midwest and many areas around the country are facing similar issues when it comes to a low snowpack early this season. If y...
Cable JNQ Wax Review

Cable JNQ Wax Review

We just wrapped up our second of two weekends to kick off the beginning of the JNQ race season at the Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable. It was a repeat of last weekend in terms of conditions with som...

Duluth JNQ Wax Results

The first JNQ races of the year are finished up and I am going to try to continue the tradition of releasing our results from testing over the weekend. When we head up to these JNQ’s our main focus...
How the Pros Return to Snow

How the Pros Return to Snow

This past week, my team and I traveled to Canmore, Alberta for some on-snow skiing. Every fall, the Camore Nordic center creates a snow ribbon loop called “Frozen Thunder”. The snow from last year’...
Fall Dryland Training Tips w/ Kim Rudd

Fall Dryland Training Tips w/ Kim Rudd

Over the last thirty-plus years of ski marathon training, I have discovered several key pre-season workout sessions. My training at twenty years of age looked much different than in my fifties. As...
The One Piece of Active Kid Equipment I Bring Everywhere: KidRunner

The One Piece of Active Kid Equipment I Bring Everywhere: KidRunner

When our daughter was born I dove deeply into the various active kid gear available on the market. I either own or have used most of the different devices out there.  I have always enjoyed being ou...
Working Through Injury

Working Through Injury

For all my fellow skiers, runners, or active friends dealing with injury- this one is for you. I’ll preface this article by saying I am clearly not a doctor, PT, or sports therapist. However, I wan...
Common Injuries Among Nordic Skiers

Common Injuries Among Nordic Skiers

A few years ago I had the pleasure of co-coaching with Cara Battles for one of the Loppet Nordic Racing ski classes at Hyland Park. During the last few years, Cara has diagnosed and treated two d...
Injury Recovery and Prevention with Endurance Adventures

Injury Recovery and Prevention with Endurance Adventures

Learn four wisdom nuggets relating to injuries and prevention from coach Kim Rudd! Wisdom shared from over thirty years of ski and bike related injuries. Wisdom Nugget #1 Slow down and allow your b...
Getting Intentional!

Getting Intentional!

This summer has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was clicking into my rollerskis for the first workout of the spring. My team and I have been busy putting in a lot of volume over the past f...
Ski Picking Starts '23

Ski Picking Starts '23

We just returned from our first ski picking trip of the season where we sorted through the best skis from Atomic, Salomon, and Fischer. We timed our ski picking this year around peak production and...
Cross Country Ski Lifespan and Performance

Cross Country Ski Lifespan and Performance

  Skis wear out. From our vantage point, ski lifespan has been shortening and this seems to be a trend starting since about mid to late 2000s. Whether this is a planned shortening of lifespan (i....
Hannah skis in a small village north of the artic circle

Ski Coaching Above the Arctic Circle

After finishing up my race season, I had the opportunity to venture north to the small village of Shungnak, Alaska. This tiny community is located in Northwestern AK, above the arctic circle and is...
Wrapping Up the Ski Season

Wrapping Up the Ski Season

Hello! Hannah here, checking in with a quick end of season recap! In Mid-March I flew across the pond to Italy where I represented the U.S at OPA Cup Finals. One of the things I love most about thi...
Hannah’s Birkie Low Down

Hannah’s Birkie Low Down

This year’s American Birkebeiner was one for the books! I am always very excited when February comes around and the Birkie fever starts to set in. This year, I was feeling the excitement and also ...
Mt. Itasca JNQ Wax Recap

Mt. Itasca JNQ Wax Recap

Every time I see a JNQ scheduled for Mt. Itasca in January I know that I am in for a cold weekend. It is always brutally cold at this race venue. This was probably one of the first times that I can...
Seeley Hills Supertour Weekend

Seeley Hills Supertour Weekend

This past weekend’s Super Tours were held on the Birkie trails in Cable Wisconsin. Having grown up in Minneapolis, I’ve spent a lot of time on these trails, so I was excited for this specific set o...