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Week 6 Summer Training, FP 5K, Mesabi Trail Tour, BBQ
Jul 24, 2012, 9:22 am

Our second (summer) team goal is approaching this week, which coincides with one of our team fundraisers- the Fisherman's Point 5k Run & Walk, this Saturday, July 28 in Hoyt Lakes. Find all the details by clicking on the FP 5k tab on the menu.

Fee for all 2011/2012 team members is $ 10.00. (register Fri or Sat).

Parents, please arrive by 7 am on Saturday for race day duties.

The Mesabi Trail Bike Tour is coming up quickly too-Saturday, August 4. All team members ride FREE, and if your parents want to ride, they can register for 1/2 price - $ 20.00. Ardy (tour director) is giving our team a huge discount! THANKS ARDY!!

My family & I will be biking from the starting stage - Grand Rapids to Virginia, (the finish). Join us or jump in at any of the other listed places. Remember this is a tour, with lots of rest stops -where you'll find food, beverages, entertainment & even kayaking & swimming! More info. to come later in the week.



Monday, July 23: rest day

Tuesday, July 24: 4-6 pm. Roller Ski- Classic

Wednesday, July 25: 4-6 pm, Biking-Meet at YMCA

Thursday, July 26: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski -Skate

This is the final "official" week of our summer program. Stay tuned for the end-of-summer BBQ, run & swim at Mcarthy Beach State Park.

See you on the trails & See you Saturday!


Week 5
Jul 13, 2012, 11:18 pm
Another week has come and gone! The kayak & swim was great recovery for a hot, muggy, buggy trail run, and 22 HILLY miles was an accomplishment that you should all be proud of! Keep up the roller-skiing & watch out for that asphalt.... This next week will be a quiet one, lots of folks are out of town. No roller skiing or bike sessions. Week 5 : Monday July 16: Mesabi East Pool parking lot. 4-5:30. Running the local ski trails. Bring a friend or two! Cj

WEEK 4 Summer Training
Jul 6, 2012, 1:37 pm

Nice to see lots of team members over the 4th! Good job to all that participated in the local festival events - there was lots of parade action that consisted of many ski team members in the marching bands, flag & shield shows, & even a 5K race. Hope you are all rested up for ... week 4 of training! New this week- KAYAKING! And, don't forget those WATER BOTTLES !!


(SKI POLE) FERRULES for roller skiing are in. I have many pairs- get your poles fitted with the right tips. $ 20.00 per set. Don't know how to switch them out? Check out this video on YOU TUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhGXoKWeYTQ : Roller Ski Ferrules Replacing Ski Pole Baskets and Installing


Here is this week's plan. Check the calendar for updates also.


MONDAY, JULY 9: 4-6 pm, Trail Run & Kayak at Giant's Ridge. Bring your swim suit too.


TUESDAY, JULY 10: 3-5 pm, Roller Ski- Classic. Bring your skate skis, if you don't have Classic skis. Place to be determined.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: 4-6 pm, Biking. Meet at Mesabi East Pool parking lot. Bike the Mesabi Trail / Voyageurs Retreat area.


THURSDAY, JULY 12: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski- Skate. Place to be determined.

WEEK 3 Summer Training
Jun 24, 2012, 8:59 pm

MIDNIGHT SUN RUN 5K = success! We had perfect conditions for a late night race and joined 650 other runners for a fun event. This race was a first for some of our skiers, and in the end we all enjoyed running along the BIG LAKE. Good job to Spencer, Ryan, Stephanie, Tim, Anna, Sam, Drew, Bennett, Sarah & Maddie. A night some of us won't forget in awhile! ( Just ask Sarah "KEY" Peterson! :)


We are on to WEEK 3 of our summer training, and the weather looks like it will cooperate for everything lined up. Remember, no training sessions the week of July 1-8th. Week 4 will resume on Monday, July 9th.



Monday, June 25th: 4-6 pm. TRAIL RUN - Big Aspen Trails with a Pit-Stop at the DQ after. Carpool froom Mesabi East- 3:25. Lucky Seven in Biwabik- 3:30. Meet at the YMCA at 4pm, then head to the the trails. Bring water bottle and money for DQ.


Tuesdsay, June 26th: 3-5 pm. ROLLER SKI. Embarrass boat landing. Classic. Bring Skate if you don't have classic.


Wednesday, June 27th: 4-6pm. BIKING. Mckinley / Hutter Mesabi Trail Head. (Hwy 20 & 135 intersection). BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT !


Thursday, June 28th: 4-6pm. ROLLER SKI. Skate. Olcott Park, Virginia. Meet by the History center.

Week 2 Summer Training & Midnight Sun Run
Jun 17, 2012, 8:32 pm

Wed. June 20th update:

With today's predicted weather- (another stormy) forecast & radar offerings, the Wednesday bike session is cancelled. As an alternative, hit your local school fitness center, or the YMCA for an indoor work-out! We hopefully will be able to resume our schedule on Thursday with the roller ski outing.

And.... for all of you roller ski lovers, I am excited to announce another opening in our weekly calendar. Tentatively set for Tuesday's, another ME / VA /E-G ski alumni will dedicate their expert training experience to our summer program.


WELCOME BACK to --- "NICK MAKI" ! We look forward to having you on board!


Also- a couple of notes of "well-done" to our Grandma's Marathon event participants over last weekend- Stephanie, Drew & Anna. Great job guys!


It was nice to see some new faces on Monday at the trail run.. Emma & Britta & Brandon found out what the Bronze & Summit ski trails were all about!


Check the website (over the weekend )for next week's timeline..... and let me know if you need transportation for Friday's Midnight Run.







Week one included a 8k trail run on the silver and a 15 mile bike ride. The roller skiing didn't pan out due to Thursday's stormy weather. We'll hit it again this week! Bring bug dope for trail run, helmets for biking & roller skiing and always bring your water bottles / carriers.


Monday, June 18th: Trail Run, 4-5:30 pm, Giant's Ridge.


Wednesday, June 20th: Biking, 4-6pm. Meet at the Mckinley Bike Trail Head. (intersection of Hwy 20 & 135)


Thursday, June 21: Rollerski, 3-5pm. Boat landing on Embarrass Lake.


Friday, June 22: Midnight Sun Run 5k in Duluth. Leaving the Aurora area around 9pm. Let me know who is all coming and wants to carpool with us. You must be pre-registered, there isn't any race day entries.



Summer Training is Here!!
Jun 6, 2012, 10:06 am

It was a great picnic and wonderful to see and visit with skiers and parents. As we talked about a program for summer training, keep in mind a few things...

· FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES - it is summer! Everyone is busy and involved in many activities - marching band, soccer, baseball, swimming, work, camps, etc. These get-togethers are for designed to keep the status of summer fun at the top of our list. These work-outs are for you, come as often as you & your parents schedule allows.

· FEES and FRIENDS- there isn't any cost to participate. Bring your track, cross country, swimming, and soccer buddies with you!

· TRANSPORTATION - if you need a ride to one of our get-togethers- let me know, we'll figure something out. A list of names, emails & phone numbers will be handed out. Hopefully, some carpools can be utilized to save your parents some time on the road.

· GOALS- to move toward an increased fitness level to prepare everyone for our 3 key summer events: 1) Midnight Sun Run 5k, 2) Fisherman's Pt. 5K, & 3) Mesabi Bike Trail Tour. Added to these events is the key aspect of maintaining your current fitness status in conjunction with your fall sport, skiing and having a fun time!

Concensus for workable training days (so far) are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Days, times and locations may be switched up, so check the website calendar and home page for updates.

A big welcome to a couple of knowledgable athletes and ME / VA / E-G alumni skiers, and all-around fun guys- that are lending a hand to our summer training- KELLEN WITSCHEN and GLEN GROSS! Kellen will lead us in the roller-ski department and Glen will tune up our running plans.

Here is this week's line-up, it will also be posted on the website calendar.

Monday, June 11th: Trail Run. 4-5:30 Meet at Giant's Ridge.

Wedneday, June 13: Bike. 3-5:00 Meet at YMCA. Ride the Mesabi Trail. Helmet required.

Thursday, June 14th: Roller Ski. 3-5:00 Meet at the boat landing on Embarrass Lake. Ski the Mesabi Bike Trail. Helmet required.

Questions? Let me know!

See you soon!


Still thinking of running the Midnight Sun 5K on Friday June 22 in Duluth ???


Register ASAP! There are only 50 spots left for this race as of today, Wed. June 6. Join us and fellow team members for a memorable and fun run along Lake Superior at "midnight"! Transportation will be provided by the Johnson's.


To register online:




Happy Summer Days!





Skier Picnic & Summer Training Plan
May 25, 2012, 10:54 am


Wednesday, June 6: Skier Picnic at Olcott Park in Virginia- 5-7pm. I'll bring the fried chicken & beverages & paper ware, you bring whatever you'd like to share. Bring frisbee's, catching glove, etc. This picnic will include the .... HOT TOPIC - 2012 Summer Training Plan & Schedule. Twice a week get-togethers with events thrown in the mix. Locations and schedules will be discussed. Biking, running, roller skiing, paddling- we will get strong and have fun doing it! Tentative start-up date: 3rd week of June- through the end of July. Know someone who wants to get fit? Bring them with! Parents are welcome to work out with us too!



*** For the picnic, please RSVP to me by Monday, June 4th ***



Until then, GOOD LUCK at your section tournaments and CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES to our 2012 ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team graduates: Austin S, Austin D, Austin P, Jake, Sarah P, Bennett, Drew (& Sarah J).

And- G.O.O.D. L.U.C.K. to Emma G at the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC!







Magazines, Summer Training, Midnight Sun Run, Mesabi Trail Tour, FP 5K
May 5, 2012, 5:02 pm
We exceeded our goal!
This was the final outcome after the "big" drop-off on April 30th. All of this means ... $ 1320.00 for our team account.

THANK YOU to Tom & Lisa Krog, Peggy Giese, & Keith & Sam Johnson for loading, unloading, loading, unloading.... and to all who collected and dropped off magazines for our team. This fundraiser has been well received by many people and we'll fine tune things to keep it going!

Some (pre) summer planning is underway, and the details for the summer training program will be provided soon. In the meantime, check out this site: www.northlandrunner.com for lots of summer fun!

Up front though, are a few goals that you many want to put on your calendar.... get your teammates together, lace up your running shoes and get your bike tuned up!

The MIDNIGHT SUN RUN - Friday, June 22, at midnight. We are going to run this fun event, and we will take as many skier / runners as possible. Parents, siblings, everyone is welcome to join us! Register ASAP, as the race only takes 650 entries. Transportation details will follow in June. Here is the website: http://www.midnightsunmidnightrun.com/5k/Midnight_5K.html

Mesabi Bike Trail Tour - Sat. Aug. 4. Bike the fantastic Mesabi Trail! There are many starting points with distances ranging from 13-64
miles. If you haven't done this tour before you are missing out on one of the Range's best bike rides! Rest stops (many) with food / beverages, along with entertainment, kayaking, swimming are all on the route. At the end, a BBQ picnic and outdoor concert complete the day. Let's ride together! More info on this great outing can be found at: http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy.

Fisherman's Pt. 5K - Sat. July 28. You know the drill for this one. A fundraiser for our team, and another way to keep putting those miles in. Download some flyers and give them to your running buddy's, coaches, etc. Pin them up at school and around town. Discounted fee for our team members.

See you on the running/bike trails!


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