Oct 242014

This weekend Kikkan Randall, cross country skiing World Champion and Olympian, is visiting Finn Sisu on Saturday, October 25th from noon to 2pm.  Kikkan has many “first’s” for America! She was the first woman to get a gold medal and the World Championships, first Olympic women’s top ten in Nordic, and first World Cup overall sprint champion from America.  What a great opportunity to meet a leader and role model in the Nordic world! It is also Finn Sisu’s annual Fall Fest Friday through Sunday – check out some of their deals:

  • World Champion Kikkan Randall will be signing autographs from noon to 2 pm at Finn Sisu. Free posters to the first 3,000 customers. All about Kikkan here.
  • CXC Super Fit weekend, October 24-26. Have your new skis expertly selected and fitted on the state-of-the-art 3D pressure mat by CXC Team athletes and coaches. CXC staff at Finn Sisu this weekend include Yuriy Gusev and Andy Keller. Be sure to bring in your current skis so the team can help you pick a new pair that complements the skis you already own.
  • CXC Technique Clinic, October 25 at 9 am. Join members of the CXC team for a “Taste of Nordic” roller ski clinic Saturday morning. We’ll meet in the Finn Sisu parking lot. Please bring skate roller ski equipment. (We can lend you some roller skis, but please bring your own boots, poles, and helmets.)
  • 25% off all Yoko gear and clothing.  Skis, boots, jackets, pants, gloves…everything!
  • 25% off Start Poles.

Oct 152014

Congrats go out to our own Cheresa Bouley on running to her first Conference Championship Title!  As an 8th grader, she secured the Granite Ridge Conference win with a time of 15:41.38.  She is looking great and is poised to run very well in the next few weeks also!  We look forward to having her back on the nordic team in less than a month!

We also want to extend good luck and well wishes to all of our fall sports as they head into the championship portion of their seasons.  It has been a great fall seeing you all compete at such high levels.  We are looking forward to seeing you out on rollerskis and real skis soon though!

The first day of Nordic Practice will be on November 10th so be ready.  The parent meeting is on Monday, November 3rd at 6:00pm.  If you didn’t do a fall sport, you really need to make sure that you are out running/rolling/core-ing (yes, that might be a word) and just getting ready for the season.  If you are in a fall sport, finish strong, make every practice count, and then make sure you take a bit of time off before skiing starts.  Talk to Coach Litchy about what you need to do to prepare.  If you are training right up until skiing starts, you will still need a break before starting nordic training but you need to talk to Coach Litchy to arrange your schedule.

On that note, we are thrilled to announce that Coach Litchy will be the Nordic Skiing Head Coach for ERZ Nordic.  She is going to be a great fit with the program and will be challenging you all to reach for your best, as individuals and as a team.  Wishing for lots of snow and “reasonably cold” temps!  See you on the trails!!

Sep 302014

Fall sports are fully underway, school has started, the air is getting crisper, leaves are changing color…Nordic season is just over a month away!  It is coming soon!

As you are training in your fall sports, see if you can fit in a roller-ski occasionally, do some strength training, and mentally prepare for skiing.  It is going to be an awesome and challenging year.  We have some new teams in the conference, there are changes to how the sections championships will qualify teams for the state meet and there are some coaching changes this season.  With all that is happening, we have one more event to put on your radar – Matt Liebsch is hosting a roller ski clinic up in Mora this weekend!  It is free and open to anyone.  The clinic starts at 3:30pm on Sunday at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN.  There is no cost and you don’t need to register, just show up.  It would be a great way to start getting more focused on Nordic and an excellent tune-up for dryland training starting soon.

The season starts November 11th!  Hope your training is going well, enjoy the great fall weather and we’ll see you out on the trails!

One more item – the Thanksgiving, “Wild Turkey Wattle (or Waddle)” is coming together.  Pass the word and send out the link for online registration.  The shirts are being designed and they look awesome!

Jun 022014

Well – we have news finally! The MN State High School League just announced that qualifications for the state meet next year has changed. Now the top TWO teams on the section meet will qualify along with the top six individuals. This is huge!!

We will need to put in some focused work this year but it sure will make for an exciting season!

May 152014

Wednesday, May 21st right after school. We’ll meet in Anderson’s room (234 at ERHS) right after school until around 2:40. We’ll cover summer plans, some on-your-own training, summer fundraising, and a few other odds and ends. After 2:40 we’ll head down to the ski room to check out roller skis.

If you want to rent roller skis for the summer, you must attend so we can get that taken care of. Summer rental for one pair of roller skis is $30, if you are renting two pair (classic and skate) it will be $50.  Roller skis are first come first serve.  If you are interested in purchasing a pair, we were able to get a group discount last summer if we ordered 5 or more. I believe the price was $225 last year but I don’t have an updated price for this year yet. If you are interested, contact Anderson and we’ll try to get an order together before summer gets started.