The Community Training Group
Cross country skiers, like all humans, are social by nature. We all can (and do) partake in our favorite winter sport alone. But there is typically a bit more satisfaction and enjoyment in the mix when we can ski or get in shape for skiing with other people.
This social phenomena is also age-independent. Most adults understand that children and teens are far more likely to stay involved and interested in cross country skiing when they are part of groups. But adults are less likely to realize that they can dramatically improve their own motivation, satisfaction and enjoyment levels by introducing a group element to the ski year.
Whereas a great deal of annual energy, money, time and other resources are invested nationwide on increasingly well-designed youth and teen programs -- a scant fraction of that amount of investment is aimed at adult programs with t ... ... read entire story here...
The Arrowhead 135 Recap
The Arrowhead 135: Results are In
Solitude, survival, endurance
By Lou Dzierzak
Early on Monday, January 27, 2014, 142 competitors crossed the starting line of the 10th annual Arrowhead Ultra 135 in International Falls, Minnesota on one of the coldest days during one of the coldest upper Midwest winters in memory. Already a daunting challenge, the competitors started their journey in -24º temperatures. If that isn’t cold enough, forecasters called for wind chill temperatures near -50º.
The Arrowhead, one of the races featured in the book, “World’s 50 Toughest Endurance Challenges,” lives up to that description.
Race promoters limit the field ... ... read entire story here...
Maine Winter Sports Center Announces Major Gift
A little over three weeks ago the Maine Winter Sports Center announced a reorganization that would require it to secure a new source of funding for its programs beyond April 30, 2014. Since that time the Center has been working to secure that new funding and committed to ensuring the programs continue.
“The Libra Foundation has been a remarkable partner for 15 years,” said Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the MWSC. “The legacy of that support can be seen in the world-class venues that continue to bring the world to Maine and in the world-class programs that are impacting thousands of kids and their families across the state. The time has come for Libra to focus on other initiatives around the state and for the MWSC to define a new funding model for our programming. Mary’s remarkable gift is a major step in that direct ... ... read entire story here...
WDR Research Questions Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Drug Testing
A few days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the German public broadcasting resource WDR published a report noting serious doubts about a credible anti-doping campaign in the Olympics’ host country. During the WDR broadcast “Sport Inside” reporters told of encounters with a Russian scientist with previously unknown doping agents.
A new drug called, Full Size MGF, apparently improves muscle growth and recovery. The WDR report noted that the drug couldn’t be detected in current analytical procedures. According to WDR, Grigory Rodchenkov, director of screening laboratories in Sochi has confirmed the existence of the drug and suggested the Sochi testing protocols would be unable to identify athletes using the banned substance.
The IOC planned to take 2, ... ... read entire story here...