Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Day Nordic Skiing for the 2013 - 2014 Season!

Wow! First Day of Nordic Skiing this season! Did I mention that I love Minnesota?

Okay, we have not had any snow to speak of here in the Twin Cities but, as many areas are doing now, snow making has come to Nordic Skiing! 

The first area to open for skiing in the metro area this year is called Elm Creek, which is part of the Three Rivers Park District. In the two years that I have lived here I had not been to Elm Creek and instead had done most of my skiing at the Theodore Wirth Park since it is so close to my loft in the North Loop in downtown Minneapolis. Elm Creek is about 30 minutes away. The picture is from the Elm Creek website.

I actually started out the day not even thinking of skiing but my friend Geoff called and after some thought of what I would not get done on Saturday as planned, I was gathering my stuff together and driving up to meet Geoff. Joining Geoff were Deanne and her friend Carol. The picture was taken after we were done for what my Suunto logged as 11K. We were each skiing at our own pace, however, as you just kept looping around. Pictured from left to right are Geoff, Carol, Deanne, and I.

The skiing was excellent and there was a sizable group of skiers there even with only a 1.2 mile loop open. The terrain has some nice ups and downs but nothing to steep. For the first time out on skis, however, I did get my heart rate up pretty high. I had not been on my bicycle in three weeks as well but had been keeping up with yoga which helps with flexibility and balance although not much aerobically!

This is the map of all the trails so a pretty extensive area that I can't wait to explore when we have a good dump of natural snow, hopefully soon.

When getting ready to leave I ran into a fellow Birchlegger (a skier that has done 20 or more American Birkebeiner ski races in Northern Wisconsin) who was also taking advantage of the snow at Elm Creek.

Steve and I have been newly elected to the Birchleggings Club Board of Directors, which was just formed this past summer. We had our first meeting in Eau Claire in the fall. Both Steve and I have been assisting John Kotar, the founder of the Birchleggings Club. I have been the webmaster and social media coordinator and continue in that role. Steve has done a lot with the Birchlegger clothing line. We both live in the Twin Cities area.

This is the screen shot from the Moves Count website, where I upload data from my Suunto Ambit2 S sports watch. If you click on the picture it will take you to the site with all the stats.

The temperature was a nice 2C with a slight wind from the northwest. It was partially sunny when we got there around noon but clouded up into mid-afternoon.

Think Snow!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

SLPing Out Ride and More - September 4, 2013

Tonight I participated in the Twin Cities Bicycling Club Ride out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota called SLP'ing Out plus the distance to and from the North Loop in downtown Minneapolis. The average temperature was 24C and there was hardly any wind.

I did not have time to stop and take any pictures with this fairly fast paced ride. The route took us down to Hyland Lake in Bloomington, Minnesota, where we took a quick break. The picture is of part of the group of about 15 riders.

Sunset is now about 19:30 so once we got back to St. Louis Park I had to ride with lights on back on the Cedar Lake Trail to the North Loop.

Monday, September 2, 2013

August Rides

I thought I would start using my Life Trek blog more rather than posting on Facebook. This will also allow my posts here will be referenced on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

The Dakota Trail continues to play an important role in my bicycling since moving to Minneapolis in December 2011. The trail this year was extended another approximately 10K west of Mayer, Minnesota to a west of New Germany, Minnesota. The Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) Cruisin' The Crow ride comes back to Wayzata on the Dakota Trail for all four routes.  I find it restful and relaxing. This picture is at the new trail parking lot in Mayer.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today was the TCBC All Club ride so no other rides can be posted. I did ride in the ride to the All Club ride and then the 38 mile route for a total of 100K.

This is a picture of the start of the All Club ride near the Minnetonka City Hall.

This is a picture of downtown Minneapolis from the Cedar Lake Trail when I was on my way back into town.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I lead the TCBC Warehouse Bicycling Group (WBG) Ride to Cruisin' The Crow and then David and I did the 40 mile Cruisin' The Crow ride.

The picture is from the start of the WBG Ride to Cruisin' The Crow. Pictured with me are Jeff and Mari. David and Jim were not pictured.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I went out for a nice ride around the Minnesota trails as it was such a beautiful evening and probably the best weather to date.

This picture was taken when going around Lake Harriet.

This picture was taken from St. Anthony of the Third Street Bridge.

This picture is of the Stone Arch bridge looking north.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I lead the TCBC Warehouse Bicycling Group (WBG) ride to Cruisin' The Crow and then met Susan in Wayzata where we bicycled to the end of the Dakota Trail and back. I added a few extra kilometers at the end to finish my fourth statute century of the year.

As is the tradition when I lead WBG rides, I have a picture taken of all the riders. Not everyone gets in the picture, either by choice or for running late to join in.

This picture is of Brad, John, Jeff, and myself in front of the Dunn Brothers on Lake Street and the West River Parkway in Minneapolis.

Except for the WBG section of the ride, Susan and I took our time with all the sites along the trail, which included a Dog Days Celebration in Mound, Minnesota. We stopped for nearly 45 minutes looking at the dogs, rabbits, and actually a few cats! The rabbits were amazing as I never realized how smart they are. There was an agility test for them jumping over barriers and hoops.

This picture is of where the Dakota Trail ends west of New Germany. The trail is eventually going to be paved all the way to Hutchinson, Minnesota. The new part is very similar to the trail coming from Wayzata and for the time being is a lot less traveled.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I lead the TCBC Warehouse Bicycling Group (WBG) ride to Cruisin' The Crow and then did the 56 mile Cruisin' The Crow.

This is a picture of Andre, Ed, Samantha, and David with me at the start of WBG ride to Cruisin' The Crow.

This is a picture of part of the new section of the Dakota Trail near New Germany, Minnesota.