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Monday, November 30, 2009

West Yellowstone 5k Classic 11/28/09

Laura Valaas
Becca Rorabaugh
photo credit: Magic Bus Productions

Laura Valaas
photo credit: Doug from Yellowstone Track Systems

Notice my patched together number. Apparently someone absconded with the real bib #30.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holly Brooks, Becca Rorabaugh, Laura Valaas, Katie Ronsse

Another sunny day in West Yellowstone. It was a nice and mellow in-between-races day.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

West Yellowstone Prologue Video

I believe this video is courtesy of the Utah ski team. Brought to my attention by Erik Mundahl via Ky Eiben via Sadie Bjornsen. Gotta love facebook.

West Yellowstone Prologue!

FINALLY we made it to the first race of the season. We skied a 1.46km point to point prologue on the Volunteer Trail here in West Yellowstone. Because of the number of skiers they decided to close the course to all athletes today which meant that the course held up really well and stayed fast even by the time the women started after all the men had gone through. I think some of the firm corners surprised some people because several racers wiped out navigating the downhill corners. I, however, stayed on my feet, which is how I prefer to experience a race course. I still felt like I had my typical issue of not being super focused for the prelims but luckily my body knows more or less what it's supposed to be doing when there's a number pinned to a matching spandex outfit and I managed to pull off second place, even though Gaiazova completely dusted me. The girl has even longer legs than I do & I know she'll be a contender for the distance classic race on Saturday too. Shayla was close behind me, another beautiful classic skier who I would also be unsurprised to see win this weekend's classic race.

Happy, happy Thanksgiving on Thursday. I am feeling lucky that my parents & brother are here to share the holiday with me! (Sister is mia as she's opted out of the North American continent for the year.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Disappointing Things

I tried to order something online. Which doesn't happen very often so you think they'd be grateful to get my business, small though it may be. On their billing address form they had a pull down list for your state. Alaska wasn't on it. I couldn't place my order because I couldn't enter a valid billing address. Disappointing.

West Yellowstone, however, is not at all disappointing. It is everything a ski week should be.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fantasy Nordic

So, you should know about this by now if you're a nordic geek. And when I say "nordic geek" I mean it in the most positive way.

FANTASTY NORDIC is up and running and bidding is getting going.

If you want to experience the World Cup circuit from your armchair (or, um, cubicle workspace) be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


President Obama is visiting Anchorage Thursday morning. The FAA restricts flights around ANC to protect him, in this instance they're restricting a 30nm radius around ANC.

Just to give you an idea of the aviation scene around Anchorage, this is the list of impacted airports identified by the FAA:


Alaska Regional Hospital Heliport 2OK
Merrill Field MRI
Lake Hood Strip Z41
Lake Hood SPB LHD
Ted Stevens Anchorage International ANC
Campbell Lake SPB SPB 3C3
Goose Bay Z40
D&C Fire Lake Flying Club SPB D72
Birchwood BCV
Brocker Lake SPB 6A7
Big Lake BGQ
Jones Landing SPB L95
Blodget Lake SPB D75
Beaver Lake SPB D71
Hope 5HO
Wasilla IYS
Lake Lucille SPB 4A3
Seymour Lake SPB SPB 3A3
Visnaw Lake SPB T66
Wasilla Lake SPB 5L6
Bold A13
Island Lake SPB 29A
Upper Wasilla Lake 3K9
Girdwood AQY
Finger Lake SPB 99Z
Nancy Lake SPB 78Z
Niklason Lake SPB 4AK0
Butte Municipal AK1
Palmer Municipal PAQ
Minuteman Lake SPB MFN

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Things at Which I am Bad.

One. Vacuuming.

Someone explained what vacuum balls were to me a couple of weeks ago. (You put them in the vacuum after the filter so when the vacuum heats up they release a scent.) Now I've always been into vacuums. In college on year I even asked my parents for one for Christmas (my parents apparently decided that a vacuum was not an appropriate gift for a 20 year old). So ever since I found out about these vacuum balls I've wanted some. Haven't found any. I did, however, spill a package of crumbled blue cheese on the floor. Tried to vacuum it. Quickly aborted that idea. Not quickly enough. Now whenever I vacuum there's the odor of blue cheese.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Actually my second pair, but the first pair is someone's Christmas present and I gifted these to their new owner for his birthday yesterday.

And best yet, now I get to start a new project!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beito Sprints

9th place for Kikkan in the pre-World Cup opener!!!

Newell & Koos were 14th & 15th place respectively. Nice job to all of them.

John Kristian Dahl (NOR) won the men's sprint and Petra Majdic (SLO) won the women's.

Monday, November 09, 2009


Footage from this weekend's time trail for APU. I was not partaking.

Sprint on trail along access road into Kincaid Park:

I will help you out and say that there's no skiing between 1:23-1:36, 1:56-2:36, and 2:57-3:41.

Sprinters were: Anders Haugen, Bart Dengel, Mike HInckley, Katie Ronsse, Greta Anderson.

The distance course was about 1hr and did loops around the Sandlake/Jodhpur/SkyMountain neighborhood before finishing near the Kincaid chalet.

part 1:

Part 2:

Distance racers were: Brent Knight, Mark Iverson, Dylan Watts, Erin Phillips, Holly Brooks, Becca Rorabaugh, Kate Fitzgerald, and Kate Arduser.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Gym II

I was on the erg (aka: rowing machine) for a strength warm up. Instead of a fan the machine had a fin enclosed in a cylindrical case half full of water. So when you rowed, there was the sound of oars through water. How cute is that?

Monday, November 02, 2009


I came back from a morning rollerski, took a shower, thought for a moment, and put on gym clothes in anticipation of the next workout. Is there something wrong with my life when my clothing selection alternates between different types of training clothes and doesn't include normal things like, say, jeans?

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