Monday, January 25, 2010

Curly's Record Run

L-R: Matt Westerlund, Mike Quintal, Tim Mahoney, Abby Mahoney (front), Jim Johnson, Paul Bazanchuck, Tim VanOrden, Steve Wolfe.

Sunday I capped off my second weekend double of the 2010 snowshoe season out in Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, MA.  Curly's Record Run (results) is race #6 in the WMAC / Dion Snowshoe Series, and it is well known that it comes

Sunday, January 24, 2010

2010 Northeast Snowshoe Rankings Updated

As I am finishing up the Curly's Record Run blog entry from today, I came across the new rankings this week for the Northeast Snowshoe scene, courtesy of Chris Dunn & acidotic Racing.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Chris has become the authority on the competitive snowshoe scene over the past few years and his rankings are pretty close to being the 'official' rankings as you can get.  I'll also say that DD has enough knowledge and experience to do his own rankings as well and I'd be interested in seeing his response to the rankings from acidotic.  This year, Chris is using an 'Average Performance Index (API)' which is made up of several variables

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pooh Hill Snowshoe Scramble

L-R: Tim Cox (CMS/Acidotic), Kevin Tilton (CMS/Inov-8), Ben Nephew (CMS/Inov-8), Matt Westerlund (front),  Jim Johnson (CMS/Inov-8) (back), Jim Pawlicki (CMS), Bob Jackman (TNT), Steve Wolfe (Acidotic).

Saturday I was back up in Tilton-country (East Madison, NH) for the Pooh Hill Snowshoe Scramble (results)  which was race #3 in the 2010 Granite State Snowshoe Series.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Brave the Blizzard Snowshoe Race

... In continuing with the weekend's snowshoe antics, here's part two... Brave the Blizzard Snowshoe Race - Guilderland, NY (results).  Photos by Sarah Banta Dzikowicz

As Saturday came to a close, DD and I headed straight over to the course in Guilderland, NY to preview it before going over to the hotel in Albany.  The plan was to check it out and make
our own determination as to whether it would be worth trying to snowshoe it, before checking into the hotel and staying overnight.  The drive over to the course was pretty depressing.  There was hardly any snow anywhere.  As far as you could see along the highway and in the woods and in the neighborhoods, there was no snow to be seen.  As we pulled up to the light off of the main road to the entrance to Guilderland Elementary School, there was nothing around but bare ground...As we took the right into the parking lot and came around the corner, we saw the most snow we had seen since getting into NY.  There was a decent amount in the parking lot, but as we came around the side of the building, where the field was, it was clear there wasn't much snow to deal with out on the course.  There was just enough snow on the field to be able to call running on it a 'snowshoe race'.  It was less than an inch of granular/slushy snow that would reveal bare grass underneath if you just bent down to scoop up a snowball's worth of snow.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Greylock Glen Snowshoe Race

L-R: Dave Dunham, Jim Johnson, Tim Mahoney, Tim VanOrden

The first snowshoe double weekend of the year kicked off this past Saturday morning with a trip out west w/ DD for both WMAC races.  441 miles later, I was back home with two more WMAC wins under my belt in some pretty tough races (both condition-wise and competition-wise).  Here's part 1...

On Saturday

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Training - Week of 1/11 - 1/17

Second full week of 'training' in the new year and really not much of anything spectacular happened here...  I managed to 'fudge' it so I got 70 again, but I really do need to up the quality and get out for a couple of longer/faster runs hopefully by the end of the month.

The image here is of me summiting Berlin Mtn. on the NY/MA border.  This was between

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 Training - Week of 1/04 - 1/10 and Turner Video

2010 Training - Week of 1/04 - 1/10 - Enough Screwing Around

This was the first full week of the new year and I am going to 'try' to post my weekly routine (as uneventful as it usually is). I've had enough screwing around (essentially doing not a heck of a lot as far as serious running goes, since October)...  I'm trying to get a little more focused and am done

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Turner Trail 5 Mile Snowshoe

(L-R: JJ, DD, TiVo, Wolfey, and The Mahoni)

Saturday was race #2 in the WMAC/Dion Snowshoe Series for 2010 and it put the 'Western Mass' in WMAC for sure.  It was way out in Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, MA (which is essentially another state as far as I'm concerned).  The Turner Trail 5 mile Snowshoe Race (results) turned out to be one COLD, tough

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 I Love Woodford Snowshoe Race Video

TiVo does it again with the 2010 I Love Woodford Video.  With some help from his dad and still pictures from the lovely and talented Kristin, he gets some nice race footage of the first WMAC / Dion series race for the 2010 season.  You can see just how close the finish was and how wet and sloppy the snow conditions were.  Very cool stuff once again from

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Beaver Brook '4.5k' Snowshoe Race

Saturday was the first race of the Granite State Snowshoe Series and took me over to Hollis, NH and back to Beaver Brook to run in the Beaver Brook Snowshoe Race (results), which is advertised as a 5k, but we all know it is a tad short (more towards 4.5 k , which is what the official results are calling it).  I ran this course a few weeks ago in the first snowshoe

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5k

Friday 01/01/2010 - Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5k

I rolled in the new year with a new race for me... The 32nd Annual Peanut Butter Chip Chase (results) in Temple, NH.  I've seen the results for this race over the past couple years and noticed how slow the times have been. I discussed this with Steve Wolfe, who has run this race approximately 9 or so times in the