First off – Hi there Minnesotans! I’m really excited to see many of you this Friday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve chalet. We’re having an end-of-season party, and it’s free, open to everyone Nordic, and from 6-9pm. I’ll be sharing some stories and photos from the season, but only if you promise to share with me your best Birkie/Loppet/State Meet story. 🙂 There will also be posters, and because my sponsors are super nice, a drawing for free Salomon skis, One Way poles, Marwe rollerskis, ect. Hope to see you there!
Alright. Now it’s time to tell you about the thing I signed myself up for! I decided to enter the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride, and the plan is to do the 50 mile (yes, I realize that 50 is not the real ironman distance). Let me explain why this is a big deal for me: I don’t bike. At least, not seriously. I love biking to the park or the gym, but I have never used clipless pedals. I have ridden a road bike a handful of times, and only to the coffee shop in Bend camp because there wasn’t a car. I can count on half a hand the number of mountain bike rides I’ve attempted. I’m pretty sure every year I write something in my blog about how nervous the annual Bend Camp bike ride makes me. But I decided I really need to get better at biking, so I signed up. Totally logical, right? I’ll let you know how it goes!
I’m sitting here watching the sun melt the snow away, and I’m pretty pumped about it. I can’t wait for it to get warm here so I can finally start gardening and wearing shorts outside! I love snow, don’t get me wrong, just…..not in mid-April. Although I guess I need to wait until I feel better before I’m running around outside anyways. I got sick as soon as I got home – my body must have realized I wasn’t going to make it race anymore and decided to shut down. But I’m pretty ok with that, since this is the one time of year when I’m not stressing about staying healthy!