It's Totally Late to Prep for XC Skiing, but Start Anyway!
December 09, 2013 - If you haven't been getting ready for XC Skiing yet, you're way late. But there's no time like NOW to get going.
The main idea in Michigan skiing is that our winters are sketchy these days. So when snow hits you gotta hit it running! And be fit enough to enjoy it all before it melts for a week then comes back.
If you're ... > Read
All Hail the Picnic!
August 27, 2013 - I'm a Big Fan of the picnic. You know how with restaurants someone else owns the place and makes the rules? There's waiting and service... And for some of us there's price. Well, going to the Farmer's Market or the store directly for picnic goodies is a great way to go. Is there an outdoor patio at a cool restaurant in town that y... > Read
Us & Competition: Sandbagger or Loser
July 17, 2013 - I've written about this before. Probably said the same things. It just comes back to me from time to time. Seems worth mulling over. I suppose I could just find the old remarks and bump em. But this'll do for now.
It's a mysterious thing, racing is. It's organized and we can slot into it to see how we do and this can be a fascina... > Read
OYB Looking for Work! --full/freelance/part-time
May 13, 2013 - Do you have any projects that the OYB skillset can help you with?
Bikes, boats, skis, skills ... and media/web/biz/social/event/handwork relating to same.
That's the resume'! : ) 20 years of it!
Want to do something together? Lemme know!
...Or if you know of anyone, please pass the word along.
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There is No Offseason: Lift Year-round
January 17, 2013 - Here's a scary thought/tip: Keep lifting weights year-round.
Yeah, even during your seasons to keep the "umph" and "pop" you want, you can't rely on the sport itself. Human-power sport reps are too low-effort, too high-cadence by'n'large. Gotta keep hittin' the weights year-round.
I used to think I could get by lifting we... > Read
Prediction: Hipsters will discover XC Skiing
January 12, 2013 - Someday...
Young people will XC ski. And ski shops will pop up alongside cafes. And there will be youth media for these skiers. And a cold weather outdoor fresh air hipster scene will happen. Flasks. Bota bags will make a comeback. And certain kinds of clothing will be seen on the trails, or at least somewhere there's snow, ca... > Read
Weather & the Nordic Spirit
December 15, 2012 - Last year's low-snow winter has nothing to do with the static state of XC. XC doesn't stand alone -- it doesn't even need snow to be full-on! The Nordic mindset is holistic. It easily endures cycles of lo-sno/mo-sno by hopping over to any available fresh air fun with friends, solitude, picnics, what have you.
The crisis is t... > Read
Outdoor vs. Ski Culture -- What's Growing and Why?
December 15, 2012 - Worth noting...
*XC skiing so far has caught NONE of the recent huge explosion party-vibe of cyclocross and gravel-grinder biking (though it's a totally natural fit).
*Canoeing has caught NONE of the huge boom in SUP (though canoes make great SUPers on rivers and quiet lakes). I still have hopes that both bad situations ... > Read
Group Biking Skills: Gotta Learn 'Em to Be a Roadie
September 27, 2012 - I just read the following article as reposted on the Beatthetrain.org forum. (Here's the original link. Check out the comments: 350+! http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2011/09/01/lost-art-of-the-group-ride/#comments)
(They're a Detroit bike club that puts on an intense regular urban ride plus the Mad Anthony Cyclocross race at ... > Read
Fall Outdoor Action: The Best! (with Better to Come!)
September 05, 2012 - I'm excited about fall training! It's my favorite training time of the year. ...Coz it means getting ready for the biggest fun season of the year! ...SKIING!
Here's my plan... Something different for every day, sometimes two-a-day: *rollerski; *trail run; *CATski; *yard weights; *calisthenics; *cyclocross; *dirt road rides;... > Read
"Just Ride": Fave Tip in New Book by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bikes
September 05, 2012 - "Just Ride" is a dandy new bike book showing that there's are whole other ways of skinning the bike cat. ...Than the Racer-Wannabe cat, specifically. It's about the casual fun biking cat.
One of my fave tips in this tip-packed book is about finding the right seat height. He suggests starting definitely way too high then lowe... > Read
OYB Action on Facebook! ...and eBay!
August 21, 2012 - OYB has a couple other big ways to keep in touch or to shop the indie outdoors.
I have an OYB Facebook Page where I post more timely items and event dates. (More people leave comments there, too -- even though it's cinchy to do so here.) -- https://www.facebook.com/outyourbackdoor
OYB also has a huge eBay Store which lists ... > Read
Get Bad Drivers Off the Road!
July 31, 2012 - Driver safety is a relevant issue in the Outdoor Life, so I cover it here. In short: People who cause dangerous car crashes MUST be gotten off the roads! Wrecks are THE PROOF of unsuitability for driving. Testing that requires higher skills would be nice, since it happens before the wrecks and would obviously tend to prevent wrecks,... > Read
Team OYB Visits the Bike Museum of America
July 15, 2012 - I thought I posted this link here last spring along with my other Ohio Roadtrip links.
Well, better late than never!
Here are some pics from our tour of this wonderful Museum.
There are details of the visit in my main Ohio Roadtrip report. > Read
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Mud Runs -- New Craze Featured in Silent Sports
June 28, 2012 - The new Silent Sports issue has a cover story about the phenom of "Muddy Buddies." I'm thinkin' the concept has an OYB-ish vibe: a diverse, challenging event designed for fun not "results." Apparently finishing times aren't even kept in some. It shows desire to do more than mono-action -- where the usual is to show up, ride (or what... > Read
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