Birkie fever

Bozeman or Bust.

It is very important to take time off from your daily routine and go out and adventure life.  While I’m pretty good at doing this, sometimes you need to just get away to appreciate all that you do have and get a fresh jump start to all the great opportunities that life has to offer.

Wednesday night I took off for Bozeman.  I picked up fellow Chiro Dave Leske and my nephew Matt Edling and off we were for the 13 hour and 1000 mile drive to Bozeman Montana.  We got there at 7am thursday morning and the sun was just coming up.. What a beuatiful scene it is at day break on the Bozeman pass from Livingston and into Bozeman. As tired as we all were the beauty of the Bridger mountains and Gallatin Valley gave us a rush of energy.  We checked into the Lewis and Clark motel in Bozeman and then off we were to Bohart ranch for some cross country skiing in the Bridger mountains.  Bohart ranch had the best groomed trails I have ever skied.  I sure wasn’t adapted to the elevation since the first hill I had to stop and catch my breathe.  I thought my heart was going to explode.  I knew I was in for a little challenge on Saturday when we were to race the Rendevoux x-ski race in West yellowstone which was at 6800 feet.

All roads lead to the Lewis and Clark Motel

We had to hit the Bozeman hot springs which felt so good after a long drive and ski.  If you get out to Bozeman hit the hot springs.  Your body will feel so great going from the very hot springs to the cold springs.

Then we were off to see my son Connor who gave us a tour of the campus.  What a great campus and it was nice to see Connor coming into his own out there.

On friday we went to the Museum of the Rockies which had incredible dinasour exhibit and a history of the civil war exhibit.  You have to see that if you get out there too.  Then off we were to West Yellowstone to pick up our bibs and get settled down for the big race on saturday morning.

Incredible trails in West Yellowsotne.

It was fun seeing people from all over the western states come to West Yellowstone for the  race.  This is kind of like our Birkie for them.  I met people from Pocatello Idaho, Salt Lake City, Truckee Ca, and even a skier drove out from Eau claire for the race.  Him and I were the only Wisconsin racers.

It was 25 degrees at the start of the race  and the course looked really fast.  It was a very competitive field and people were doing more racing than most races I race.  The gun went off and I took off at a decent pace but not going to hard.  Well 15 minutes later on the first big hill I couldn’t get my breathe and felt light headed.  I had to stop and let a group of people go by me as I tried to recover.  I knew I had to slow down and just pace my self and I did that.  The next big hill climb I was barely moving and I had to stop again.  This was what the whole first lap was like.  At the half way point I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make the whole 50k.  Well I relaxed and somehow got my wind and starting picking off people who passed me earlier like I was standing still.  With 2 k to go I passed a young woman skier who said I looked strong and to go get the other guy ahead of us which I did.  Later that night while we went to The Montana Ale Works in Bozeman for supper this same girl who I had past was now our greeter.  We laughed and gave each other a big hug.

Cross country skiing like any passion that you have gets the most out of you and you meet great people when you get out of your comfort zone and just go for it in life.  I encourage all of you to find something you like or would like to try and give it a shot.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The most rewarding thing about skiing is hte relationships you develop by meeting people and the sense of accomplishment when training and racing.  I have great friends in Dave and Matt and they were able to experience the best of Bozeman and we had a great time.  You too can do what ever you dream about.  This whole Bozeman road trip was jsut a split second idea I had the night before the Birkie and I’ll remember it fondly for the rest of my life

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It was great to meet up with Scott and Amy Frischmon who own Wild Mountain.  They have a beautiful place on Big Sky spend a couple of hours after the race on our way back to Bozeman.  We also went to the Montana State-Montana mens basketball game Saturday nigth nd that was a lot of fun ecven though we were all pretty wiped out.

It’s back to helping all of you to my best ability.  I’ll be doing a lot of in office workshops so keep posted to emails and facebook as to what lecturees will be given and your ooportunity to attend and get your health back if you have lost it and keep it once you have it.

Dave and Matt Checking out course the night before race.

I’m a true believer in Birkie fever.

Well the Birkie is over and what a spectacular event it was.  The new bridge crossing highway 63 and mainstreeet was so cool.  My nephew Matt Edling who was doing his first Birkie rode up with me and the first thing we did after we got our bib was go to downtown Hayward and check the new bridge that we would ski over.  We were both amazed how steep it was and huge it was.  Skiers were practicing skiing up and down the bridge and it looked really fun.  The bridge had a 15% grade going up and 18% grade going down.  I could only imagine the slingshot effect it would give all us skiers as we headed down the last 200 meters hearing the screams of friends and fans for the last push of energy to the finish line.

I woke up at 5:40 am on Birkie race day knowing this is the best day of the year for me.  I slept like a baby and was ready to bring it.  Paleo breakfast and off Matt and I were to catch the buses to take us to the starting line at Telemark.  This is when it gets to be a cluster.  We parked at Birkie ridge and finally got on a bus.  I wasn’t sure if I’d make it on time but it was smooth sailing and got their a good 25 minutes before my race went off.  I saw Tommy Krenz and he looked determined as ever.  I was running into people who I only see once a year and Birkie fever was totally in the air.

The gun went off and off I went at 8:10 am.  A nice smooth start and snow flakes hitting all our bodies it was a winter wonderland out there.  13 degrees felt very refreshing until the 5 k mark and the hills started coming.  Now it was time to concentrate, keep relaxed, and stride up those hills with confidence.

Kevy Rogers who was doing his 35th Birkie passed me like I was standing still at the 7 k mark.  Of all the skiers out there Kevy has the best technique.  He looks effortless as he went on to place 100th overall.

More hills until OO which is the halfway point of the birkie.  I loaded up big time on whatever would fuel my body.  I was halfway home and would now have a little reprieve from the hills until I hit Mosquito brooke and the 39K club.

I was starting to feel depleted a couple K before Mosquito brooke and  thank God Frank Lundeen was there with Coke and goodies to help replenish my fatiguing muscles.  Mosquito brooke generally isn’t to bad for me but this year it hurt.  All the hills hurt the last 15 K.

There was a nice addition to the course which added 1 kilometer and it was through the fish hatchery trail system.  I loved it.  I sure didn’t love  the climb up Highway 77 which is the last hill.  It’s a kilometer long but when you get to the top you can see the water tower of Hayward and it made me feel like I’ve been gone from home for months and I’m finally getting back home.   Oh what a feeling it is to cross Wheeler road and onto the lake.  I didn’t stop for Yager shots like last year because I was drafting in a group of guys and it sure helped.  3 k across the lake and a right turn and there was the bridge.  It was really steep and I herring boned it as fast as I could and down the other side the crowd was cheering everyone on as we were shot like a canonball out of a canon and one last and furious double pole to the finish and the Birkie was completed.

I couldn’t bend over to get my ski’s off I was cramping so bad.  A volunteer helped me and off I was to get my 23rd Birkie pin and get some warm clothes on.

It was off to anglers for a well deserved  brat and beer and to cheer all the other racers on.

Congrats to all the skiers.  There is something about the Birkie which makes me feel the most alive I can be.

There is an energy about not only doing the Birkie, but cheering fellow skiers on.  My nephew Matt Edling who just started skiing in December did the Classic Birkie in 5 hours and 44 minutes. I’m very proud of him for taking  the challenge on.  His ski broke but he was able to ski it in so that was remarkable.

My training partners Dave Leske and Duane Lee have been very supportive and I thank them for them for all the great ski’s.  Dave got sick during the week and wasn’t able to ski.  It’s impossible to ski such a grueling coure if you are sick.  Duane was right behind me and we all had a great time.

Thanks to Carrie O’Connell for a great feed friday night and Audrey Yunker for letting us stay at her Cabin.  A big shout out to my wife Mary Flood who puts up with me the other 51 weeks a year. Congrats to all my patients who skied the Birkie!!  Thanks Duane for the fast ski’s, and team Cyclova rocks!

A picture says a thousand words.

Now a little rest, and then it’s back at it for the next 51 weeks until next years Birkie.  If you want to really challenge yourself start training and maybe I’ll see you at the starting line of next years Birkie.  Anything is possible if you dream it and take some action.

It’s Birkie Fever Week.

This week is my favorite of the year.  Thousands of my fellow Cross Country skiers will be marching up to Cable Wisconsin for North America’s largest Cross country ski race the American Birkebeiner.

This is an accumulation of 51 weeks of training for me so I’m going to be fit and ready to give it my best shot.  This is my 24th year and I enjoy it now as much as I did my first one.  I still get a little nervous this week.  I think it’s because your so excited to see old friends who you may only see this one day of the year but you have this special bond because of the Birkie.

It’s a fantastic event.  If you ever get a chance come up and spectate.  This year will be cold like so many years but you can go in and out of  Anglers bar if you need to warm up or get a hot toddy.  The winners should be coming down mainstreet Hayward about 10:15 am or so.  Generally it’s about 2 hours for their finish.  You want to see some really fit athletes,  these are the guys and gals in the elite waves.

When I was doing the skating race I was usually about 35 minutes or so off the lead pack always around the top 200 racers.  Those days are long gone and now I try to keep in the top 200 of the Classical race which is 55 kilometers and 4 kilometers longer than the skate race.  The Classical race is getting much more competitive and it’s great to see the numbers growing and growing every year.

One of the reasons I love Cross country skiing is because you can get outdoors and enjoy the best of what mother nature has to offer.  While I don’t care for a minues 1 degree start which it seems to be every year, there is nothing like being in the woods of the Telemark trails of the Birkie race.

This year has been a bad snow year so I’ve had to travel to Hyland ski in Blomington or Elm Creek in Maple Grove for man made snow.  For outdoors it’s been Timberland Hills in Cumberland, the Birkie course, or ABR in Ironwood.  That’s the downside of being a skier.  When there is no snow you have to travel.

The Birkie is really taken off the last few years.  They cap the race and registration is full by Sept. 1st.  More and more younger people are skiing, and more baby boomers are getting into it which is great to see.

How about Kevin Rogers who is doing his 35th Birkie and Tommy Krenz doing his 30th.  That’s incredible.  These guys are still in the elite wave and are great skiers smoking most of the kids half their age.  Kevy has done 1500 miles of skiing just for this race.  I bet he has more than 100,000 miles skied.

Cross country skiing is a part of a great healthy lifestyle.  I love being fit as a fiddle inspite of all the injuries I’ve had from other sports when I was younger.   Cross country skiing doesn’t beat your body up like running.  You have to eat well if you want to compete so you have to be on your game year round. Then you can celebrate and most of do after the race at Anglers where we reunite with friends and family and cheer the other skiers on.

The Birkie is really a race where you can celebrate what you  have accomplished not only that day but for all the energy and efforts for the past year.  It’s a great way of living and it’s fun having a little Birkie fever this one week of the year.

Birkie fever I'm a true believer!

Also, congrats to Arne Lagus for doing his 34th.  Whether you are doing your first Birkie or have done 35 of htem like Kevy has it’s a great accomplishment to put your self out there and stretch your self to what’s possible for your life.

My nephew Matthew Edling is doing his first Birkie.  Way to go Matt!

Thanks to Duane Lee for always getting my ski’s running super fast and being a great training partner.  Also, to Dave Leske who I do every workout with . .  Look for Dave to make a huge climb in the the standings this year.  He’s in the best shape of his life.  A big thanks to Audrey Yunker for letting her stay at her cabin every year too.

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Staying the Course

Pool will be open in 6 months.

Mary, Riley, and I got back late Sunday from our 4 day trip to Florida.  It was perfect weather and now look what we have.

I was frantically getting everything put away Sunday night and sure enough I thought I’d only miss a few minutes of the Packer game and it was already 35 to nothing when I got back inside.  I’m sure glad I got all my stuff done because it would have been a bit of a disaster trying to get the golf cart, basketball hoop, and lawnmower in on Monday morning.

I love the first snowfall.  It’s always a bit hard for me to sleep as I’m waiting best I can for the big snowfall to hit.  Is school going to be closed, will patients make it in, will my rear drive Cadillac make it to the clinic and back without getting stuck?  Those are just some of the thoughts that passed my mind.  Some other fun thoughts were “I hope we get enough snow so I can get the cross country ski’s out”.  Well we have enough snow that I’ll adventure out to Rock Creek Farm and try my luck for a few hours.  It should be beautiful out there.  Now I need to grow the big white beard so I don’t freeze my face.

Scary white beard selfie!!

I’ve put in quite a few hours rollerskiing to get and keep in shape so I can compete and finish my 24th Birkie.  It’s incredible how fast time has gone by since I started cross country skiing.  I did it on a whim not even knowing how to ski but I needed something to do if I was going to relocate back here from Arizona.  Well it has changed my life.  I’ve always been into fitness and x-skiing didn’t beat my body up.  It felt and still feels like it builds my mind and body up.  I go out on a day like today and it’s nothing but a positive experience.  Positive experiences are anti-inflammatory to the brain and body.  That’s why vacations even for a few days are good for you.  They get you to stop and smell the roses.  Your body and mind can get into a bit of a recovery mode and you can balance out physiology.  One thing I am going to start doing is taking breaks more periodically.  It’s just something we should all do if you can swing it.

I’ve been practicing Chiropractic and cross country skiing for 28 years.  There had been times where I was fed up with  both and could have just quit. I’m sure we all have times like that.  I stayed the course through thick and thin.  Kind of like marriage, kids, and anything that you really value.  I’m asking all of you to stay the course with your health.  For some of you it has taken years for you to lose your health.  It ‘s going to to take time to get it back.  Be patient with your healing process, especially if it’s radical changes with your diet and exercise routine.  These can be tough for some and while most see great progress in weeks to months, some take longer.  Everyone is different.  It will all pay off in the long time.  Some quit right when they are ready to start seeing results.  I guess it’s like anyting in life.  I always encourage all the athletes I’ve worked with over the past 35 years to stick it out.  Even my own kids at times have felt like quitting.  I even hated my freshman year at the U. of Minnesota while playing football and I was starting.  I just couldn’t take the stress.  A reassurring phone call from mom and dad made all the difference in the world.  If you need to pick up the phone and give me a hollar I’m here for you.  Stay the course of being healthier in every way you can and watch the quality of your life improve over time.

A big thanks goes out to Heidi and Joel Hazzard for hosting us on Sanibel island.  What a great time it was!!

Congrats to all our athletes who participated in fall sports, now it’s on to winter sports.

I’ll be doing another Thyroid workshop this upcoming Monday the 17th at 6:30 pm.  I’ve only got room for 10, it’s free.

305 inches of snow

I just spent one of my favortie weekends of the year up in Calumet Michigane where I was competing in the Great Bear Chase which is the last x-ski race of the year.

Calumet has 305 inches of snow this year.  It’s amazing to see how much snow there is.   Check the photo below.  Basically all you see are the roofs of the smaller houses.  It’s nuts.  When you are skiing on the trail it’s like you are on a sunken highway with 8 feet of snow on each side of you.  You never see any deer tracks up there because the deer could never survive trying to get through the woods.

Copper mansion house in Calumet Michigan

The last race of the year is memorable because you are usually a bit tired from the Birkie and it’s coming to a sweet end with the warm temps we are having.  It was great to do the race with my training buddies, Duane Lee, and David Leske.  We train, race, and have a ton of fun on and off the trail.  We have had a great year of skiing other than training in the severe cold which is really hard on the body.  Spring skiing is always the best, hopefully we can get a few more days of skiing when you can get some sun on the face.

I somehow managed to win my age group in the 25km classic race.  The pic below is one with Nancy Bauer and myself.  Nancy won her age group.  Nancy is an incredible skier and she has traveled the world skiing in world master championships with her husband Bill.  Nancy and Bill are parents to one of North America’s greatest cross country skier.  Their son John is a 3x Olympic Cross Country skier.   Calumet brings the old finnish skiers of the area out to race.  It’s incredible to see some of the skiers skiing incredible well into their 70’s.  I had a guy who was 67 years of age beat me.  Now that’s pretty impressive.

Nancy Bauer and I.

It feels fantastic today being 53 degrees.  The days are getting longer and I just love the sun and heat.  This has been one of the toughest winters I can remember.  How would you like to have 305 inches of snow to deal with yearly?

That's a 10 foot wall of snow to get to the house

We are having great success with our weight loss patients.  As they get healthier the weight flys off.  It’s really not that hard.  The key is you have to eat!!  No starving.  You have to put good anti-inflammatory foods in your body and avoid adrenal stimulants.  If you want to learn more about how you can lose potentially 30 pounds in 30 days just email me back steve@dredling.com

A big congrats to the Unity boys basketball team.  It’s their first trip to state.  It’s been 35 years since I played in the 1979 state tourney.  Wow, that was a quick 35 years.

Until next time, get out and enjoy the sun and warm weather, we could get a couple of feet of snow yet.  Dr. E

Birkie Recap 2014

One word, BRUTAL!!!!

This time of year I write quite a bit about one of my favorite passions and that is the American Birkie, North America’s largest cross country ski race.  I try to inspire you to take action in your own life with great exercise, nutrition, and positive thoughts so you can live the life of your dreams.

I’ve trained with Duane Lee and Dave Leske the past 365 days for this one event.  While the American Birkbeiner doesn’t define me as a whole, it gives you a good test of your conditioning and skiing ability since it is the hardest x-ski marathon course in the world.

Dave, Duane, and myself meet every Tuesday for a run, roller ski, or ski in the winter.  We do specific workouts for strength, conditioning, and interval training to get us fast for the race.  Well, everything we had trained for in thought and in action went out the door the first kilometer of the race.

15 inches of snow the day before and I knew it was going to be a slow, difficult race conditions.  Well, in my 22 years of racing I knew right away that this was one that I had to be mentally as strong as I could be,  to make it to the finish line.

2014 Birkie finisher

At the 15 kilometer mark my left hamstring was already cramping.  If I do cramp it’s not usually until the last kilometer of the race.  I had 39 more to go!!

In Seeley at the half way point I felt like I had been out there a lifetime.  I fueled big time with anything I could get in my mouth.  Banana’s, goo, energy drink, water, you name it I drank or ate it. What kept me inspired was all the people cheering!!

The second half of the race the ski’s started working better.  I found that the skate lane was faster skiing on the uphills than the classic track which was deteriorating and very soft.  It seemed to warm up a bit and my energy was better.

I started passing people who passed me like I was standing still the first half of the race.  I ran into Dave Leske at the mosquito brooke water stop and he was having a great race.  There was 14 kilometers to go and 4 major hill climbs left.  Somehoe those skied relatively easy for me and I knew I could make it in.

When I crossed highway 77 for the last long climb of day I was thinking about my good friend Dave Landgraf, a Birkie founder who  tragically lost his life in a bike accident a couple years back.  The Birkie foundation has a nice memorial marker on top of that hill.  As you get to the top of that hill you can see Hayward and the incredible view.  A long downhill to the lake then just 3 miles across the lake to downtown Hayward.!

As I got on the lake you could feel the winds out of the west.  The skiers ahead of me looked like they were standing still. Every year there is a group of people who give jagermeister shots out to skiers.  I actually stopped and had her throw one down my throat.  It actually was the only thing that felt warm all day. The lake was miserable trying to cross.

Finally mainstreet Hayward.  The crowd was going crazy and one last hard push and this 2014 Birkie was over.  I have never wanted to be so done with a race as this one.  I got my ski’s off and changed as quickly as possible.  Off to Angler’s to start telling stories of carnage.

Congrats to all my patients who did the Birkie!!  Congrats to Caitlin Compton who won the Birkie for the women.  It’s her 3rd time winning.  She has stayed at our house and been adjusted and done ARP wave therapy at our clinic for her sports injuries.  Congrats to her husband brian Gregg making this years Olympics and competing in Soshi.  What an incredible accomplishment. Kind of fun training with 2 olympians right here in the St. Croix Valley.

So that’s it for this years wrap up.  The lesson I learned was to just hang in there when the going gets tough. I am proud of my efforts and placing 190th in hte Classical Birkie, not to bad when I was feeling so bad that first half.

The best part of doing the Birkie is seeing all the people who you may only see once a year.  It’s a pretty cool commmunity of people, and they are passionate about the Birkie.  Who want’s to give it a shot next year.  It changed my life 25 years ago when I started doing these.  It’s never to late to start something new.  What ever you decide to do, just take action!!

P.S.  A big thanks goes out to Audrey Yunker for letting us stay up at her cabin.  Sure miss not having Bruce around.

5 things I would do when we get a winter storm.

This may be a no brainer but here a few of the things I promote for surviving and prospering a winter storm like we are getting today.

1.  Do not get so wrapped up into what the weather guys say the day before.  I know sometimes I do, so I just shut it off and occasionally look at my cell phone to see what the live radar says.

2.  Use sound judgement when traveling and if you have to go out get it done sooner than later.  I always tell patients if the weather is bad to use their own best judgment.   I’d rather have them come in the following day than get stuck in the ditch.  I’ve got rear wheel drive and a steep driveway so any amount of snow and there is no way I’m getting up my driveway.  Now I generally have no problem getting to my clinic but if we get over 5 inches it can be a problem getting out of my neighborhood.  I do not envy commuters to and from the cities everyday.  Somehow they make it in and make it home.  I think we have gotten a bit wimpy from years ago.  I love hearing stories of older patients who had to walk 2 miles each way to their one room school house.  There was never any school closings back in the day.

3.  I feel sometimes people really let themselves go a bit when the weather gets bad.  Don’t stop eating healthy and getting some exercise.  Shoveling the snow, doing some body weight exercises in the house doesn’t take much time and you can still get your exercise in even if it’s bad outside.  If you eat really clean you will be ahead of most others.

4.  Have resources to help you out if you need it.  I told you about my nightmare driveway.  Well, yesterday my son Riley got half way up our driveway  and slid off the driveway and got stuck.   Thanks to good friend Ryan Lee for pulling us out.  It’s great to have people help you out when you need it most.

5.  Be adventurous.  On a day like today I like to get my old classical ski’s out and ski through our neighborhood or go down through Schillbergs.  Very easy, just taking it all in.  I love watching the snow come down.  On a snow day how about taking the kids or grandkids out for some sledding.  This is perfect snowshoeing weather.  With all the snow we have had you will be working your tail off in the deep snow.

So there are a few tips.   Spring is right around the corner.  It’s suppose to be 40 tomorrow.  I’m already starting to think about golf.  If you have nothing going on this Saturday and you want to see something fun, then head on up to Hayward for the American Birkebeiner.  I’d be in downtown Hayward no later than 10:00 am since the winners will be coming in around 10:30 or so.  I’m doing the

Dave Leske and I, after Birkie, at Anglers.

classical race which is 4 kilometers longer and it’s slower so I’ll be in around 11:30 or so.    I’ll have a re-cap of everything next monday.  Congrats to Tom Krenz who is doing his 25th Birkie, and Kevin Rogers who I believe is doing his 34th Birkie.  These guys have been great friends, mentors, and are still elite cross country skiers.  Congrats also goes out to Thor Riemer, and Victor Lowney who moved through regionals and now have sectional wrestling this weekend.

Until next time, more snow please!  Dr. E

Living Your Own Olympic Dream

I’m always so inspired when watching the Olympics.  The stories are incredible but I prefer watching the competition the most.

I’ve had the honor to work with 3 cross country Olympic skiers and  I know of their struggles to get to the Olympics.  It seems to be constant adversity in their quest to make the team.  There is also many joyous moments along the way.

The thing I see with the Olympic athletes I’ve met and worked with is that they never give up  when the going gets tough.  I think some times we give up or get frustrated when we are ever so close to reaching the dream or achieving the goal.

I remember working with my first Olympic athlete Suzanne king.   Her and her husband Mark would come up to the St. Croix Valley area and train with us die hards.  They would stay at my little house I had in St. Croix Falls and we’d have some great times working out and eating lots of great food.

They would live on a little bit of nothing and sleep overnight for days at a time in that old black 4 door volvo.  They seemed to live on oatmeal and banana’s 3x a day.  There isn’t any money in cross country skiing unless you win the Birkie which Caitlin Compton did a few years back and it paid the down payment for their house in the cities.

Chase that dream.

I thought Caitlin was a shoe in for the Olympics and was stunned she didn’t make hte team.  Her  husband Brian Gregg made the mens cross country team and placed 45th in his first event in Sochi.  That was a very respectable race.  Caitlin has an incredible amount of energy and in her dissapointment she has been so gracious and supportive of her husband.  You can follow their journey on facebook.   Kare 11 did a great interview with them a few weeks back and they really walk their talk about the journey and living the lifestyle.  It’s fun to see all  the cool things they have done with the youth of north Minneapolis mentoring young kids to a healthy way of living .

The olympic athletes I have been associated with are driven, never quit, love what they do, and have a passion for helping others be there best.  What an incredible journey they and all the other athletes have had.  This must be the icing on the cake for them.

I feel like training year round for a few cross country ski races is my mini olympics and I love my lifestyle.  It’s healthy, fun, and I try to inspire others to go for their dreams.  I could barely stand up on a pair of cross country ski’s 30 years ago.  Now it’s a breeze but the work that goes into the training and competing is a lot of discipline and focus.

I guess that’s with anything you are passionate about.  I think that’s the key, find a passion and go for it.  If you have lost your health and you know you need to get it back then I’m your guy.  I can show you how and what to do but you still need to take the action.

Anything is possible if you just stick with it.  Losing your health takes time and getting it back takes time.  It took me 3 years of skiiing before I felt pretty good on the ski’s.  I’m learning a new disipline, classic skiing which is the traditional way of cross counrty skiing.  I get decent results but my technique needs some major work on the hills so I’m more efficient and  don’t have to expend so much energy.  I know it’s going to take a few more years until I get it.  It just doesn’t happen but when it does it’s so cool.

What are your dreams, what are your goals?  I was reading where most americans have no goals?  If you look at my wax room in my basement I put pictures up and quotes, and write my goals down so I see them everytime I wax my ski’s.  I may  not reach all of them but I make  most of them.  It gives me something  to strive for.

It’s not really so much the goal that is important but it’s the journey along the way.  That’s the best part of it when I reflect back.  I have weight loss patients I’m working with and all of them want to lose weight.  They all have a certain weight they want to get at.  I know they will get there and they know they can never go back to the poor lifestyle of poor eating choices.  I’m sure they will look back at the process of losing thee weight as being one of a remarkable journey.  I focus them on what it takes to get healthy first , and once they do, that’s when the weight comes off.  Until next time, go out and live your own Olympic dream.

Riley Edling at barnebirkie

A picture can tell a thousand words

It’s funny  how I took a picture of myself after a ski race this weekend on my cell phone and posted it to facebook and somehow 120 people liked it and a lot of comments on the pic.  If you want to see the pic just go to my facebook page and you can see it.  I was shocked to see how that one pic got so much attention.

Now here is a funny pic from a birkie close to 20 years ago.

Now that's an icy beard.

I was simply attempting to show you what it loked like after skiing a race in six below temps and minus 30 windchills.  It was pretty brutal out there.  That was the first time ever my lips got a little frost bit.  I was skiing down the hills and I had to put my mitten over my lips since they were burning.  Thank God I did the short 18km race.  The long 32 km race would have been tough. It took me 64 minutes to get the race done.  It was fun but an hour out there going all out is enough when it’s that cold.

Yesterday Duane Lee and I skied at Big Rock Rock farm and it was so much fun skiing in 6 inches of fresh powder.  We got done just in the nick of time before the winds starting picking up.

If you dress warm enough you can get out and get a good workout in.  You don’t have to be out there all day long.  Just get out and get the body moving.   I  also love getting good natural oxygen in my system.  It’s surprisingly not bad on the lungs being out in the cold.  You just have to get warmed up a bit and then once your moving well the lungs work better.

It’s very important to hydrate with water after you ski.  You use much more water and energy when you are out in the cold.  You would think it would be more in the summer but it’s not.

Polypropelene long underwear is incredible at keeping the sweat off your body.  I raced in my skiny thin race suit with poly pro underwear and that’s all I needed for a short race to keep warm.  You can use this form of underwear anywhere, anytime of the season.  Check out this funny pic from 20 years ago.  This was when they first came out with it and it worked great but  it was a bit itchy.  The new stuff is great.

Funny pic! No gray hair!

How are you doing with your 2014 health goals?  Are you eating, moving, and thinking better?  You can do it!!  If you need some assistance just give me a jingle.

I’m doing a “Fatigue” workshop on Wednesday February 5th at 6:30 at my clinic.  I’ll explore in depth the underlying causes of fatigue and have solutions for you.  I’ve only got room for 8 so if you want in email me back steve@dredling.com  It’s free also.

Ok, keep becoming your best and be sure to help others along their journey.

Congrats to Joel and Heidi Hazzard in sponsoring the “Feed our starving children”  at the OHS auditorium.  The kids packed 118,000 meals which will feed 365 children around the world for one year.  Now that’s giving back big time.  The kids had a great time and I think learned some valuable lessons about giving back.

The Fever Has Broken.

It finally broke, that is the Birkie fever.

After 52 weeks of training, numerous times when I just didn’t feel like it, many doubts, and times when I wanted to do something else, the race has come and gone.

That’s how life is, that is how health is.  If you want your health you have to work at it, it’s as simple as that.  You have to eat well when tempted by all the goodies out there.  You have to move your body when you may want to just sit and veg watching T.V., and you have to think well despite all the negative crap going on in the world which can suck one in if they don’t watch it.

5:00 am day of the Birkie. I've got the Fever!!

This year’s race was particularly interesting for me since I was doing the traditional classic Birkie.  54 kilometers of some of the most beautiful trails in North America.   We finally had a year when it wasn’t below zero at the start.  We did have 8 inches of fresh snow on friday and the groomers did a great job grooming but the snow did not transform and the hills broke down early in the race and were like mash potatoes.  This made it extremely energy consuming since I herring boned every single hill.

The spectators were out and about and were really loud and in a festive mood.  A mile away from the halfway point you could here the screams, cheers, and cowbells which was inspiring for me.  I was already hurting at this point but some more fluids, goo energy gel, and it was offf to downtown Hayward.

This was the one year I am glad I did not do the skate race.  The classic tracks were really fast on the downhills and the skate lane skiers looked like they were struggling as I would pass them on every downhill.

Everyone was saying thier time was 30 minutes slower than last year so it was a tough one.

By the time I got to Mosquito Brook I had only 14 more kilometers to go.  This is a good climb and there is a group of rowdy people every year who are partying and the drums are drumming to what seems like our racing heartbeats.   They have a shot-ski where if you are inclined you can do a shot of yagermeister.  I was pretty focused but got a good chuckle out of the Mosquito brook crew.

I was feeling pretty good as we crossed highway 77 for one last hill climb.  This is  a nasty 6 minute hill climb.  If you can just get over this hill it’s all downhill and then you hit Lake Hayward where you just pray it will be fast on the lake.

I Hit Lake Hayward and made one last push but my right triceps was cramping.  It wasn’t all that fast but I was double poling by the skate skiers so I knew my tracks were much faster than their skate lane.  I felt for them.

You can see Hayward as you cross the lake and then you start hearing those cowbells and you get a little adrenalin rush.  When you get off the lake you have about 500 meters to go and it is getting louder.  You ski south 100 meters, and then you turn on to mainstreet and it’s like coming out from a tunnel at the super bowl.  Thousands of people are cheering everyone on to give it there all after 30 some miles of skiing.  This is why you do all those workouts and discipline yourself for this one minute of pure joy as tears roll down your face knowing you have given it your all.

Always ecstatic to be done. With Dave Leske at Angler's.

It’s a great feeling crossing the finish line totally exhausted.  I always say a thank you prayer for total graditude for being able to do and finish this race.

I’m glad this years race is done, I’ve got the the Great Bear Chase in Calumet Michigan in 10 days and then my season is done.

It’s been a really fun year classical skiing.  I haven’t done it for 20 years and I’m loving it.  I was 130th male and 146th overall in the Birkie Classic.   Congrats go out to Caitlin Compton Gregg who has been a patient and is a friend of mine.  She won her second womens Birkie.  Now she is focusing on next years Olympics .

Thanks to Audrey and Bruce Yunker for hosting us again this year.  We had a big crowd of skiers from team Cyclovaxc.  Thanks to my training and skiing partners Dave Leske and Duane Lee for their friendship and being there when I may have not wanted to. Way to go everybody who skied the Birkie.

At Anglers Bar in downtown Hayward

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