Total Knee Replacement
My husband had bilateral TKRs (January and March) and is hoping to resume classic xc skiing this winter. Do your readers have any advice regarding the do's and don'ts of rehabbing. He went through therapy and is able to bicycle now. He hs no pain in either knee, but his left knee still gets stiff (no pain associated). He is 66.
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What can be altered to make a ski fast
By Gear West!
1) Base Condition - Having a fresh base with open pores that absorb wax is like getting sharp razor blade before shaving as it makes the process so much more enjoyable. Polyurethane bases can become dry and sealed from the waxing iron overheating the ski base, or from using too many cold waxes without using any softer paraffin's in between waxing. For a performance racer it is almost impossible to use a race ski for an entire season without some amount of the ski base seal or degradation.
2) Structure - The pattern put into the base to reduce base contact on the snow and to release surface tension from water films caused by base friction. "Grinds" are semi-permanently cut into the ski base with stone grinding machines. Structures can also be temporarily pressed into the ski with structure tools in the wax room or at the race start. Small differences between structures is like using a 1,2,3,4,5 bladed shaver where small differences can add up. Fine (-5 °C and colder): Medium Fine (0 °C to -5 °C): Medium/Course (0 °C to+3 °C -moist): Course (+1 °C to +10 °C -wet).
3) Wax - is like shaving cream - best wax (cream) does not make up for sealed base (dull blade) and wrong structure (blade) but can lessen the pain. But select the best wax for the day (shaving cream) used in conjunction with fresh base and best structure and your skis can be the fastest.
What is Stone Grinding?
Stone grinding is a process by which the outermost layer of skis base material is ground away from the ski base to reveal new fresher, and flatter polyethylene base essentially "opening its pores" while a structure pattern is cut into the ski. The fresh base will absorb wax better than a dried "sealed base" while the structure or "grind" targeted to a particular snow type will reduce surface tension and snow contact area to enhance glide. Most race skis that have been used for a season or more will benefit from stone grinding. If your skis consistently, are not as fast as your friends, dry out after 15 km, look gray, fuzzy, or have inconsistent blotchy coloring we suggest you consider stone grinding.
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Because now is the time to increase your old skis speed.
USSA Cross Country Coaches' Symposium
October 21-23, 2011
Park City, UT
Space for the upcoming USSA Cross Country Coaches' Symposium is filling up quickly. The conference registration is now open to all coaches, but space is limited. If you have yet to reserve your spot, please contact Toni Adams. TAdams@ussa.org
You'll find a link to the registration form that can be emailed.
As a reminder:
When: October 21-23, 2011, from noon Friday until noon Sunday
Where: USSA Center of Excellence, Park City, UT
Lodging: Park City Marriott (special discount using rate code "USNL")
Registration Forms Here
We are looking forward to sharing this special educational opportunity with you!
Nordic Team Manager
United States Ski and Snowboard Association
Kick-Off The Season Sales
Twin Cities, Mlps St Paul
FinnSisu- Blue Awning Sale
Hoigaards - 44th annual Tent Sale
GearWest- Pig Out Sale
Joe's Ski Shop - Preseason Sale
Visit these shops and get all your gear questions answered and be custom fit by in brand experts from Fischer, Salomon, Atomic and more.
experts will be at
Jon Theis - Sales Rep
Peter Ashley - VP Fischer US Nordic
Chris Hall -Racing Services
Hoigaards -Ben Debuy Tech Rep
Gear West-Chris Hall
Joe's - Jon Theis, Peter Ashley
experts will be at
10am-3 pm- Gear West - Bill Sterling - National Sales Manager
12-6pm Hoigaards Pete Zeller Sales Rep + Salomon's International Nordic Communicator
3-7 PM - FinnSisu- Bill Sterling doing 360 Boot Fit +
Salomon's International Nordic Communicator 5-7+ Members of Team CXC
GearWest 10 -3pm Bill Sterling - Doing 360 Boot Fit _ Salomon's International Nordic Communicator
10-3 Pete Zeller at Hoigaards
3-6 Pete Zeller at Joe's
They will be where ever the most skiers are
experts will be
10-12 at Joe's - Roman Toferer-Atomic World Cup Service Director & Rick Halling US Brand Manager
FinnSiSu 12-7 Rick Halling
Hoiggards 12-7 Roman Toferer, Henry Wisnewski
Hoiggards 10-12 Rick Halling, 12-6 Roman Toferer Henry Wisnewski
Gear West 12-6 Rick Halling
GearWest Roman Toferer and Rick Halling
Hoigaards Henry Wisnewski
Win SD3 Pole
Visit with Start in the Twin Cities this weekend Sept 16-18
and be entered to win a Start SD3 Pole!
Hoigaards Friday 12-4:30,
FinnSisu Friday 5-7,
Gear West Saturday 10-4, Sunday 11-2
Visit with Start's Brand manager at any of these locations ask him your waxing questions and bring him this Start Now Registration Form
Name ___________________________, email_______________________
Or purchase any Start product nationwide and email your receipt to email@example.com and you will be entered to win a pair of Start's Dimension Three Poles
The most refined pole.
Due to its 3 dimensional winding process.
Light, stiff, durable & uniform, with no weak spots.
Made in Finland.
Suggested Retail $455.00
National Nordic Foundation
Lessons of the Trail are the Lessons of Life
Support Tomorrow's Stars Today
The National Nordic Foundation exists to help America's young, dedicated, and driven Nordic talent realize their, and America's, long term potential in sport and in life. The biggest hurdle facing American Nordic racers is gaining consistent access to international quality coaching, training, and racing experiences from ages 15 through 25. Providing future generations of U.S. Nordic athletes earned access to a progression of international quality competitive experiences, and there life enriching lessons, represents this nation's greatest Nordic development opportunity and funding need. The National Nordic Foundation exists to fulfill this need. Please donate to the National Nordic Foundation and support tomorrow's stars today as their quest for athletic accomplishment on the trails prepares them to achieve their potential in life while inspiring others to do the same.
Please donate $10 or $1000 and lend your name to the cause here now!
Donate Today Here
Incredible Snowmaking Matching Dollar Offer
The Friends of Lapham Peak are announcing the $10,500 Blizzard Challenge Match. Between now and October 31 your contribution dollars will be doubled up to the limit of the $10,500 match!
Her's your chance to help improve Lapham's unique man-made snow loop that gives skiers continuity when natural snow is lacking. It's all supported by donations. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Gear West Ski & Run - Long Lake, MN
Join Team CXC members,
Jessie Diggins ( USST), Caitlin Compton Gregg, Brian Gregg
and coaches Gus Keating and Jason Cork
Gear West Super Fit Facebook Event
SuperFit Clinic Video
Cyclova XC - St. Croix Falls, WI October 28-30, 2011
King Keyser - Hinsdale, IL October 28-30, 2011
Fontana Sports - Madison, WI November 4-6, 2011
Hoigaard's - St. Louis Park, MN November 4-6, 2011
Joe's Ski Shop - St. Paul, MN November 11-13, 2011
Bicycle Doctor Bike & Ski - Dousman, WI November 11-13, 2011
Finn Sisu, - St. Paul, MN December 2-4, 2011
Ski Hut - Duluth, MN December 2-4, 2011
More SuperFit info:
START Pine Tar/Waxing Clinic & Pasty Dinner
OutThere Nordic Sports
Rice Lake, WI
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:00pm
Start Now, Finish Faster
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|So fast because Titan Dioxide particles are blasted through a Fluor Gas Plasma to create tiny Nano Fluor Spheres (like Mozart Kugeln-with Fluor comprising the outside of the sphere) that are so tiny "Nano" that 2 drops of N1 polished on cover an entire ski base.|
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