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dryland snowshoeing

“Coach Steve Ilg raced the first year’s event some time ago with snowshoes even though there was no snow — now that’s courage. Try it sometime. He was the cheerleader encouraging snowshoe racing at the Nordic Center, and the race gives him his credit for leading the way.” – Snowshoe Magazine

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(all access special!)  2011 Winter Warrior Results, Saturday, February 12

i received SOOOOO much more than the admittedly high effort i put in to produce Durango’s first annual snowshoe race, the Winter Warrior 10k which took place today under the most unbelievably, jaw-dropping, sattvic conditions any new Race Director could have dreamed.

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Race Report:  “retro ilg” ties for 1st Place at Wooden Ski Classic!

…skiing first into the Start/Finish area where i had to answer two mandatory Trivia Questions…i got one, failed the next. off to the Penalty Loop area. During the Penalty ski, i crushed the Loop reflecting back on consecutive Teacher Report Card inputs from my chi-ldhood which ALWAYS – for years – expressed the same observation:

“Steven is a very bright child. He consistently demonstrates a remarkably agile and creative mind yet is failing because he is simply not applying himself to the lessons.”

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wax

“The only thing we really have is nowness, is now…” “The most effective ski wax i know is Mantra sync’d up with Elbow Grease…” – Coach Ilg breaks out the Wooden Planks for today’s “Wooden Ski Classic” at Vallecito Nordic Area… “I’ll be channeling Snowshoe Thompson for today’s race!”

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Race Report:  Ilg scores second Overall Podium of 2011 at Langlauf!

Pratyahara Time; i was isolated in 3rd place overall. it was windy and snowing. legs and lungs felt seared like chunks of ahi tuna at sushi happy hour. time to hit the ‘force quit’ button on egoic chattering… it was time for yoga; time to bathe within the holy waters of nordic endurance sweat. so, i began to revolve my mental waves like a lazy susan around the only things that mattered most if i wanted to climb onto my second Overall Podium in the young year of 2011… Here is what i focused on…

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Final Race Report: The Tour De Ski – 2011

so santoshic was my demeanor during my Pre-Race Ritual which included EMR and a version of Wing’d Angel, that i was nearly late to catch a carpool with Noble Warrior Andrew Ferguson (who would finish 6th overall) and Miles Venzara (4th overall). on the 20 minute ride up to the venue, we chatted effortlessly about things like wax of the day, recent ‘gossip’ among the local nordic world of Durango, and generally i bathed in the sacred waters of being friends with such High Mountain Yogis as Andrew and Miles. deeper within, however, i wore a face of concern as does any New Daddy toeing a Start Line….let alone a Nordic Marathon reputed to be among the world’s toughest…

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tds ilg 2011

one week after bringing home gold, silver, and bronze at the Chili Ski Classic – your coach attempts (note Word Choice: ‘attempts’) to switch physiologic gears at the 42-kilometer and 3,000′ of climbing at 13,000′; Durango’s homegrown, Tour de Ski…

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(all access) Winter Warrior 10k Snowshoe Race Facebook™ page…

ilg deep in the Bardo suffering required for a Gold Medal at last weekend’s Chama Ski Classic…my own Snowshoe Race, perhaps the most ‘brutal-ful’ ever created on Turtle Island, comes for the first time ever to the mecca of world-class athletes; Durango, Colorado, on Saturday, February 12th…be there! below is the Facebook page for info…pic by Pat Hogan.

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