Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Well that was crazy.  As in crazy good.  At one point last night we had 30 people out on the training grid for Tuesday night training.  Not sure if it was due to the full moon last night ... or if the moon just wanted to be part of Downtown Nordic.

November and December is THE time to work on technique drills.  Every time you go out, spend 10 or 15 minutes doing the drills to help really dial in the technique.

We've had a few issues with keeping our e-mail list up-to-date, so going forward, I'll put all of the training info on the blog so you can come here for all Downtown Nordic information.

Here's our plan for he next couple of weeks or so:

Thursday, Nov. 30th - skate technique at 7:30

Tuesday, Dec. 4th - technique training - specifice technique TBA

Thursday, Dec. 6th - technique training - specific technique TBA

Monday, Dec. 10th - we start intensity training (note that we'll have training on this Monday only ... the following week we'll revert back to Tuesdays)

Intensity training is generally for those skiing twice a week or more.

Also, if you are looking for a goal this winter, consider a race or two.  A couple of excellent races in January are:
   Skate --> Jan. 20th Birch Open (at the Birch trails west of Carman) - 10km
   Classic --> Jan. 27th Manitoba Loppet in Pinawa - 15km and 30 km options

The entire Manitoba race schedule can be found here:

See you Thursday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Downtown Nordic Manifesto

Here is the plan for Downtown Nordic for the upcoming season:

Tuesday night - Intensity training ("fun" interval training) - led by drill sargeant Steve
     start at 7PM
     technique: whatever you prefer (no one is left behind!)

Thursday night - Technique training - led by coach Tim
     start at 7:30 PM
     technique: Tim sends an e-mail on the week's technique

All training takes place at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre.

For the first few weeks, until early/mid December, both Tuesday and Thursday training will be on technique and getting the body ready for skiing.

There is no commitment required for the club.  You can come to any practices you want.  However, the Tuesday intensity sessions will get progressively more ... intense ... as the season progresses.  So it doesn't "hurt" to be a regular!

Club Fees: $40 (includes an award-winning toque!)

If you want, you can come try out our practices to see if it's for you.  No obligation.  No salesman will call.

We are a fitness-oriented ski club. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Where to ski? Trail Report Downtown-Nordic Style

A few options for skiing that I've heard about:

Wildwood golf course - skied-in classic tracks

Birds Hill Park - skied-in classic tracks ... particularly good on the Chickadee loop

Windsor Park golf course -- not officially open for skiing yet, but I have "heard" it is modestly packed and decent for skate-skiing and a skied-in classic track. 

I found these random pictures on the inter-networks.  They might be of Windsor Park.  I don't even know the people in the photos :)

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Tonight we'll be skiing at Wildwood golf course for a classic ski.  See map below:

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

First Snow!

First snow of the year and we got lots of it.  The transition from roller skiing to real skiing in Winnipeg can be a rather tortuous affair most years -- usually dragging on for weeks (or months like last year).  But this year is as good as it gets.  On Friday, I roller-skied and today I real-skied.  Perfect.

I got in an hour classic ski at Wildwood golf course on my 1988 waxless indestructible Kahru's.  It was a very deep skied-in track, but it was real skiing. 

The sun even came out :)

It was just on Friday I was roller-skiing.  Someone got this photo of me:

(The above photos may or may not have been slightly embellished)

I'm not sure yet where our Tuesday night training will be this week.  I will let everyone know via e-mail by Tuesday afternoon.  But one thing for sure ... we will be on snow!