Western Period One

Well, I guess that was it! “It” being the START OF THE SEASON, that mythical event that we all think about from last May until now, that thing that hangs over our heads and motivated us through every foggy wet swamp run and frozen rollerski. So much rides on “it” at least in our heads; there are unspoken pressures and expectations that weigh our spirits all summer, especially preceding every tough workout or early evening in.

.

And then suddenly, “it” has already happened. The start. We’ve started…

.

After starting my season last year on the World Cup, I was looking forward to kicking off a little closer to home, and not being just thrown into the wringer.  I never felt great last season, in any race. I never performed how I had trained all year to perform. There were glimpses of good, but that is not enough to sustain a soul for long. My only real focus for this fall was to get out of my season-long slump and get back to enjoying skiing, enjoying skiing fast, and truly going fast again like I had in the season of 13-14.

 

.

Driving up the Gallatin River Valley:

Engine Room-9179

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I was happy with how these first two weekends of SuperTour races went. For as long as I have been racing, these first two weekends of elite racing have been held in the high mountain west, at illegally high altitude (according to FIS), which always makes them a little funky. Traditionally, if I have done even remotely well in West Yellowstone, it is a good sign when things get a little more vertically reasonable for the rest of the season.

.

The skate sprint was the first race, and I came away content on the day. I was mostly just excited to feel my acceleration there again; the throttle response I didn’t have last year is back. I was psyched to qualify 4th, only a second and change out of the win, which is a great indicator for me. By far the best part of the day was coming down the finish stretch with no one in real contact, except for my brother Logan, and drag racing like weve done hundreds of times all the way to the line. Being right behind him as he won his first SuperTour was an amazing experience!! I’m so proud of him, and couldn’t pick anyone else I’d rather lose to!!

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photo - Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

photo – Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

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photo - Fasterskier.com

photo – Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

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You can read more about this history making duel HERE.

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The 15k skate interval start there in West Yellostone was actually pretty solid for me. That may seem strange, but the reality is, that event on that course is just the total opposite of what my strengths are. At that high altitude, there isn’t enough oxygen to be able to need much power in your skiing; its more about a constant purring chug, without the slightest break for 40 mins. Considering this, I was happy with where I was, and it is a good sign for me.

.

Sun Valley was a new stop for the fall SuperTour circuit, but we were all stoked to race at Lake Creek. The SVSEF crew did an awesome job with the small amount of snow they were given, producing some of the hardest courses we will see in the US this year.

.

Driving across rural Idaho, looking at the Tetons in the distance…

photo - Scott Patterson

photo – Scott Patterson

.

Engine Room-9270

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The classic sprint was a pretty good day. I just wanted to ski relaxed, and let the intensity of the difficult course play to my strengths. Another solid qualifier in 2nd, but I knew the real show would be b going head to head with Dakota Blackhorse for the win. He was looking very sharp all day, as we were on opposite sides of the heat tree. But we both eyed each other in the final; I went out hard and attacked harder, and was able to create a little gap on everyone at the top of the second big climb; The only problem was that Dakota was still just in contact, and we had a huge gliding downhill into the finish, which is never great news when you have that solid block of stacked muscle to try and out-glide… He came by and I whipped out of the final sharp corner as close as I could, but we were both double-poling so fast and the finish short enough, no-one was gaining or losing. I was very happy to continue my silver-streak, and it was reassuring to feel my high-output fitness coming back.

.

Trying to break the A-Final:

photo - Bryan Fish/USSA

photo – Bryan Fish/USSA

.

You can watch a sweet aerial video of our mens A final below! It’s hard to discern who is who, but basically, I took the lead on the right side as we passed the yellow snowmachine sled at :34 seconds in the video, and then remained in front until the final tucking downhill where Dakota passed me.

.

You can read more about the race HERE.

.

Now, its back to Alaska, to get in a big training block of skiing in to prep for nationals. The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage has done an incredible job grooming and using both natural and manmade snow to procure some really awesome trails.

.

Kincaid in the morning:

photo (1)

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Looking forward to Christmas with the family, and building a real peak for US National Championships in Houghton, Michigan the first week of January!

.

Happy trails!

.

 

 

 

Western Period One

Well, I guess that was it! “It” being the START OF THE SEASON, that mythical event that we all think about from last May until now, that thing that hangs over our heads and motivated us through every foggy wet swamp run and frozen rollerski. So much rides on “it” at least in our heads; there are unspoken pressures and expectations that weigh our spirits all summer, especially preceding every tough workout or early evening in.

.

And then suddenly, “it” has already happened. The start. We’ve started…

.

After starting my season last year on the World Cup, I was looking forward to kicking off a little closer to home, and not being just thrown into the wringer.  I never felt great last season, in any race. I never performed how I had trained all year to perform. There were glimpses of good, but that is not enough to sustain a soul for long. My only real focus for this fall was to get out of my season-long slump and get back to enjoying skiing, enjoying skiing fast, and truly going fast again like I had in the season of 13-14.

 

.

Driving up the Gallatin River Valley:

Engine Room-9179

.

I was happy with how these first two weekends of SuperTour races went. For as long as I have been racing, these first two weekends of elite racing have been held in the high mountain west, at illegally high altitude (according to FIS), which always makes them a little funky. Traditionally, if I have done even remotely well in West Yellowstone, it is a good sign when things get a little more vertically reasonable for the rest of the season.

.

The skate sprint was the first race, and I came away content on the day. I was mostly just excited to feel my acceleration there again; the throttle response I didn’t have last year is back. I was psyched to qualify 4th, only a second and change out of the win, which is a great indicator for me. By far the best part of the day was coming down the finish stretch with no one in real contact, except for my brother Logan, and drag racing like weve done hundreds of times all the way to the line. Being right behind him as he won his first SuperTour was an amazing experience!! I’m so proud of him, and couldn’t pick anyone else I’d rather lose to!!

.

photo - Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

photo – Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

.

photo - Fasterskier.com

photo – Gabrielle Naranja/Fasterskier.com

.

You can read more about this history making duel HERE.

.-

The 15k skate interval start there in West Yellostone was actually pretty solid for me. That may seem strange, but the reality is, that event on that course is just the total opposite of what my strengths are. At that high altitude, there isn’t enough oxygen to be able to need much power in your skiing; its more about a constant purring chug, without the slightest break for 40 mins. Considering this, I was happy with where I was, and it is a good sign for me.

.

Sun Valley was a new stop for the fall SuperTour circuit, but we were all stoked to race at Lake Creek. The SVSEF crew did an awesome job with the small amount of snow they were given, producing some of the hardest courses we will see in the US this year.

.

Driving across rural Idaho, looking at the Tetons in the distance…

photo - Scott Patterson

photo – Scott Patterson

.

Engine Room-9270

.

The classic sprint was a pretty good day. I just wanted to ski relaxed, and let the intensity of the difficult course play to my strengths. Another solid qualifier in 2nd, but I knew the real show would be b going head to head with Dakota Blackhorse for the win. He was looking very sharp all day, as we were on opposite sides of the heat tree. But we both eyed each other in the final; I went out hard and attacked harder, and was able to create a little gap on everyone at the top of the second big climb; The only problem was that Dakota was still just in contact, and we had a huge gliding downhill into the finish, which is never great news when you have that solid block of stacked muscle to try and out-glide… He came by and I whipped out of the final sharp corner as close as I could, but we were both double-poling so fast and the finish short enough, no-one was gaining or losing. I was very happy to continue my silver-streak, and it was reassuring to feel my high-output fitness coming back.

.

Trying to break the A-Final:

photo - Bryan Fish/USSA

photo – Bryan Fish/USSA

.

You can watch a sweet aerial video of our mens A final below! It’s hard to discern who is who, but basically, I took the lead on the right side as we passed the yellow snowmachine sled at :34 seconds in the video, and then remained in front until the final tucking downhill where Dakota passed me.

.

You can read more about the race HERE.

.

Now, its back to Alaska, to get in a big training block of skiing in to prep for nationals. The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage has done an incredible job grooming and using both natural and manmade snow to procure some really awesome trails.

.

Kincaid in the morning:

photo (1)

.

Looking forward to Christmas with the family, and building a real peak for US National Championships in Houghton, Michigan the first week of January!

.

Happy trails!

.

 

 

 

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Alaska Club Video

I wanted to do a more casual, less-epic post and share this video that The Alaska Club made, which is kind of a fun look into my not-so-normal membership story. The Alaska Club is an amazing network of health and fitness locations all over our state, and offer so many activities and facilities I cant really even begin to cover them all. Needless to say, I train there quite a bit, and really enjoy the capable yet family friendly atmosphere.

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<div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3″;  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-post” data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/” data-width=”500″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><blockquote cite=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/”><p>In this new episode of Meet Our Member, meet Reese Hanneman. Reese is a Nordic skier, originally from Fairbanks, who has…</p>Posted by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub”>The Alaska Club</a> on&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/”>Tuesday, August 18, 2015</a></blockquote></div></div>

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Alaska Club Video

I wanted to do a more casual, less-epic post and share this video that The Alaska Club made, which is kind of a fun look into my not-so-normal membership story. The Alaska Club is an amazing network of health and fitness locations all over our state, and offer so many activities and facilities I cant really even begin to cover them all. Needless to say, I train there quite a bit, and really enjoy the capable yet family friendly atmosphere.

.

<div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3″;  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-post” data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/” data-width=”500″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><blockquote cite=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/”><p>In this new episode of Meet Our Member, meet Reese Hanneman. Reese is a Nordic skier, originally from Fairbanks, who has…</p>Posted by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub”>The Alaska Club</a> on&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub/videos/10154066214031102/”>Tuesday, August 18, 2015</a></blockquote></div></div>

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All of Summer, in pics

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Ok, well I clearly fell off the blogging horse pretty hard. I think I landed straight on my head actually… Its basically been all summer since I posted. So, in order to make up for that, buckle up and hang on, cause here we go on “Reese’s summer” in one blog post to get all caught up.

.

June started off with the first glacier training camp of the year. Eagle glacier was looking very wintry that early, and the skiing was actually extremely good, even if the visibility wasn’t:

.

We all converge out of the fog on the stadium to get some fuel and friendship:

DCIM100GOPRO

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Tools:

2 Engine Room-7197

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Apparently the GoPro thinks I’m a goofy one-balloon-legged, cheese-ball-grin-wearing troll:

DCIM100GOPRO

.

After that week, I headed north to Fairbanks to hang out with my fam for my grandmas 85th birthday. Driving through the Alaska range, looking at Denali:

4 Engine Room-6018

.

My grandma is known in town as the impressive old lady who still does all the running races, albeit walking… but she is a huge inspiration to all of us. I will be stoked if I’m still that active at that age. All the Alaska fam got together and ran the Midnight Sun Run together, which is a really fun, late night 10k through the heart of the city. Pre race team shot:

5 Engine Room-7614

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Its actually a really sweet scene. The race winds through all these all these cool neighborhoods packed with people out cheering. I hadn’t done a real road running race in a long time, and it was a pretty fun, and painful, way to push myself to new flat pavement speeds:

6 Engine Room-7837

.

My brother and I got interviewed on television right after the race, talking about the traditions of this race and how we use it to prepare for ski races:

.

Training some aquatic yardage at the Alaska Club:

DCIM100GOPRO

.

One of the highlights of my summer has been getting hooked up with a Scott Genius from the incredible crew at Chain Reaction Cycles. I have ridden a lot of bikes in my life, and I genuinely believe this is the best all around mountain bike in existence right now. Imagine a bike that can make you want to launch off of every jump and smooth out the biggest, most unpleasant rocks and roots, and then with one flick of the thumb instantly locks out both front and rear and begs to be sprinted up the next long climb. Needless to say, I have been very excited about putting in mileage on it, and am so thankful to Chain Reaction for their support. They make you feel right at home, and are so nice and helpful with whatever kind of bike you might be looking for.

pic - Jake Bassett

pic – Jake Bassett

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Valdez for the 4th of July. Cleaning fresh yellow-eye snapper right outta the icy sea:

10 Engine Room-6422

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Sea kayaking with miss Jessica:

11 Engine Room-6337

.

July glacier camp was another solid one. We were so lucky to have Zuzana Rogers, from our team’s pt partner Advanced Physical Therapy, up there that week with us. A bunch of us had injuries, whether overuse from way too many miles pounding our joints, or acute from some sort of rollerski crash or tumble in the mountains, that she worked tirelessly to fix so that we could keep training hard. She also took some great pics up there, like this one of us boys heading off the line in a sprint simulation:

pic - Zuzana Rogers

pic – Zuzana Rogers

.

There were some crazy skies and cloud colors that week:

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Post team sprint intervals, podium ceremony:

pic - Zuzana Rogers

pic – Zuzana Rogers

.

Flora. The tireless, dedicated-beyond-belief, Renaissance coach… ceaselessly coaching:

14 Engine Room-6474

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When I got down from that week of skiing my brains out, I raced the Hammerman Triathlon, which is part of the national XTerra off-road tri series. I raced it a couple times back as a teenager, but it’s been a while. I was excited about having a non ski specific race to focus my mental energy on. It’s definitely a little bit different, charging through an open water swim and then hopping on the bike and hammering for an hour, and then trying to run fast. You can read the newspaper article about the race, with some quotes from me (which make me sound like a whiner… didnt mean it that way!!) HERE.

.

Transition 1:

16 Engine Room-6757-2

.

I was pretty happy with how I performed… I was second out of the water, 3rd on the bike split, and then won the run split to take second overall:

.

I got to ride the downhill trails at Alyeska for the first time since the Chair 6 trails opened…  such an unreal dh biking experience. The singletracks weaving down Glacier Bowl are incredible!

18 Engine Room-6882

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And the lower mountain’s rich loamy dirt is woods riding at its finest:

19 Engine Room-6929

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Third and final on snow training camp of the summer:

20 Engine Room-7099-2

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Tyler, logging those long K’s:

21 Engine Room-7018

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Having the opportunity to ski on snow, on real courses that simulate real race courses, so close to home, is really quite incredible. I am so thankful to the Alaska Pacific University, the Nordic Ski Center, and each of their supporters for helping us be able to train at this world class level. The camp also relies on a few individuals who work insanely hard to keep it running in such an extreme environment; basically Erik Flora and Don, Andre, and Dylan. Thanks guys for all you do! Don and Andre trying to pretend they’re not exhausted:

22 Engine Room-7202

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I been really loving being able to monitor my training and check out the GPS mapping capabilities of my Suunto Ambit. It is the most capable watch I have ever seen:

pic - Forrest Mahlen

pic – Forrest Mahlen

.

The scale up there is just insane. The vastness of the land is hard to grasp, unless youre there with it towering over you. Scroll down on this picture slowly, and check out the skier in middle of the s-turn climb:

23 Engine Room-7088

.

We had beautiful weather in August. It was clear almost all week, which made for wet snow skiing and amazing sunsets. The latter of which good for some epic yo-yo sessions…David shredding:

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Loving my new Alaska hoody from Jolly Roger:

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Its been a great summer of training on Eagle Glacier. I think had some of my most productive camps yet. It’s a little sad to think that its over… till next year:

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Wedding season… and imagine that, hot enough weather to need shade:

IMG_2484

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Big mountain riding…

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Loving my Genius so much on this ride. 4000ft climb, and then 4000ft descent… grip and rip!

pic - Peter Kling

pic – Peter Kling

.

That about gets my updated to now… I will be updating much more often from here on. Thanks for reading!

– Happy Trails – Reese

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All of Summer, in pics

.

Ok, well I clearly fell off the blogging horse pretty hard. I think I landed straight on my head actually… Its basically been all summer since I posted. So, in order to make up for that, buckle up and hang on, cause here we go on “Reese’s summer” in one blog post to get all caught up.

.

June started off with the first glacier training camp of the year. Eagle glacier was looking very wintry that early, and the skiing was actually extremely good, even if the visibility wasn’t:

.

We all converge out of the fog on the stadium to get some fuel and friendship:

DCIM100GOPRO

.

Tools:

2 Engine Room-7197

.

Apparently the GoPro thinks I’m a goofy one-balloon-legged, cheese-ball-grin-wearing troll:

DCIM100GOPRO

.

After that week, I headed north to Fairbanks to hang out with my fam for my grandmas 85th birthday. Driving through the Alaska range, looking at Denali:

4 Engine Room-6018

.

My grandma is known in town as the impressive old lady who still does all the running races, albeit walking… but she is a huge inspiration to all of us. I will be stoked if I’m still that active at that age. All the Alaska fam got together and ran the Midnight Sun Run together, which is a really fun, late night 10k through the heart of the city. Pre race team shot:

5 Engine Room-7614

.

Its actually a really sweet scene. The race winds through all these all these cool neighborhoods packed with people out cheering. I hadn’t done a real road running race in a long time, and it was a pretty fun, and painful, way to push myself to new flat pavement speeds:

6 Engine Room-7837

.

My brother and I got interviewed on television right after the race, talking about the traditions of this race and how we use it to prepare for ski races:

.

Training some aquatic yardage at the Alaska Club:

DCIM100GOPRO

.

One of the highlights of my summer has been getting hooked up with a Scott Genius from the incredible crew at Chain Reaction Cycles. I have ridden a lot of bikes in my life, and I genuinely believe this is the best all around mountain bike in existence right now. Imagine a bike that can make you want to launch off of every jump and smooth out the biggest, most unpleasant rocks and roots, and then with one flick of the thumb instantly locks out both front and rear and begs to be sprinted up the next long climb. Needless to say, I have been very excited about putting in mileage on it, and am so thankful to Chain Reaction for their support. They make you feel right at home, and are so nice and helpful with whatever kind of bike you might be looking for.

pic - Jake Bassett

pic – Jake Bassett

.

Valdez for the 4th of July. Cleaning fresh yellow-eye snapper right outta the icy sea:

10 Engine Room-6422

.

Sea kayaking with miss Jessica:

11 Engine Room-6337

.

July glacier camp was another solid one. We were so lucky to have Zuzana Rogers, from our team’s pt partner Advanced Physical Therapy, up there that week with us. A bunch of us had injuries, whether overuse from way too many miles pounding our joints, or acute from some sort of rollerski crash or tumble in the mountains, that she worked tirelessly to fix so that we could keep training hard. She also took some great pics up there, like this one of us boys heading off the line in a sprint simulation:

pic - Zuzana Rogers

pic – Zuzana Rogers

.

There were some crazy skies and cloud colors that week:

.

Post team sprint intervals, podium ceremony:

pic - Zuzana Rogers

pic – Zuzana Rogers

.

Flora. The tireless, dedicated-beyond-belief, Renaissance coach… ceaselessly coaching:

14 Engine Room-6474

.

When I got down from that week of skiing my brains out, I raced the Hammerman Triathlon, which is part of the national XTerra off-road tri series. I raced it a couple times back as a teenager, but it’s been a while. I was excited about having a non ski specific race to focus my mental energy on. It’s definitely a little bit different, charging through an open water swim and then hopping on the bike and hammering for an hour, and then trying to run fast. You can read the newspaper article about the race, with some quotes from me (which make me sound like a whiner… didnt mean it that way!!) HERE.

.

Transition 1:

16 Engine Room-6757-2

.

I was pretty happy with how I performed… I was second out of the water, 3rd on the bike split, and then won the run split to take second overall:

.

I got to ride the downhill trails at Alyeska for the first time since the Chair 6 trails opened…  such an unreal dh biking experience. The singletracks weaving down Glacier Bowl are incredible!

18 Engine Room-6882

.

And the lower mountain’s rich loamy dirt is woods riding at its finest:

19 Engine Room-6929

.

Third and final on snow training camp of the summer:

20 Engine Room-7099-2

.

Tyler, logging those long K’s:

21 Engine Room-7018

.

Having the opportunity to ski on snow, on real courses that simulate real race courses, so close to home, is really quite incredible. I am so thankful to the Alaska Pacific University, the Nordic Ski Center, and each of their supporters for helping us be able to train at this world class level. The camp also relies on a few individuals who work insanely hard to keep it running in such an extreme environment; basically Erik Flora and Don, Andre, and Dylan. Thanks guys for all you do! Don and Andre trying to pretend they’re not exhausted:

22 Engine Room-7202

.

I been really loving being able to monitor my training and check out the GPS mapping capabilities of my Suunto Ambit. It is the most capable watch I have ever seen:

pic - Forrest Mahlen

pic – Forrest Mahlen

.

The scale up there is just insane. The vastness of the land is hard to grasp, unless youre there with it towering over you. Scroll down on this picture slowly, and check out the skier in middle of the s-turn climb:

23 Engine Room-7088

.

We had beautiful weather in August. It was clear almost all week, which made for wet snow skiing and amazing sunsets. The latter of which good for some epic yo-yo sessions…David shredding:

24 Engine Room-7318

.

Loving my new Alaska hoody from Jolly Roger:

25 Reese-4

.

Its been a great summer of training on Eagle Glacier. I think had some of my most productive camps yet. It’s a little sad to think that its over… till next year:

26 Engine Room-7154

.

Wedding season… and imagine that, hot enough weather to need shade:

IMG_2484

.

Big mountain riding…

28 Engine Room-7406

.

Loving my Genius so much on this ride. 4000ft climb, and then 4000ft descent… grip and rip!

pic - Peter Kling

pic – Peter Kling

.

That about gets my updated to now… I will be updating much more often from here on. Thanks for reading!

– Happy Trails – Reese

.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Break…

The 50k skate in Sun Valley was the final race of the season, and it wasn’t anything to write home about. Besides, of course, the crazy ice and the normal challenges that go along with a 50k National Championship race. Last year, I finished 3rd in the 50k Championship, which was a sweet way to end it all; but that was classic, and this one was skate, which I knew just wouldn’t quite give me the same chances.

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One race earlier in that week that was notable was the 15k classic. The course was 3 laps of a 5k, and the climbs on the loop were milder than a lot of the really gnarly steep courses that we race. So, I decided to do something that I have never done before… I double poled a classic distance race on skate skis. I did it because I actually thought that for me, it would be faster over the whole 15k. Yes, there was a long climb that took roughly 6 minutes to get up, but I had tested it out and thought that I would be able to muscle the double pole up it about the same speed as the guys who were striding, and then make up some time on the long downhills.

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There is something very unnerving leaving the start gate of a classic race, knowing that for the next 40 minutes you can use nothing but your arms to get yourself up every hill. At this point in the race, I had caught and passed Noah Hoffman, who had started 15 seconds ahead of me. He would subsequently pass me back later in the race, as my ability to double pole as powerfully slowly diminished:

photo - Lander Karath/Fasterskier

photo – Lander Karath/Fasterskier

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After that finale, I returned to Alaska for some much needed time off from competitive ski racing. After so many months of going from venue to venue, and race to race, testing skis and training and prepping, and packing and unpacking, over and over and over again… I just wanted to do anything but that.

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Easter weekend was just what I needed. Spending a few days deep in the Alaska Range with my family and friends, snow machining and powder skiing and even some xc touring, with absolutely beautiful weather and perfect, bottomless, powder snow.

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Team Hanneman loving being together:

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Bro Logan… Laying it down through the high backcountry:

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XC skiing on the closed, snowed-in Denali Highway with my mom:

4 a Reese Nancy Summit

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Two weeks ago, I went traveled way up north to the village of Nuiqsut, Alaska. I have been involved with the NANA Nordic program since its beginning, and it is one of the most tremendously rewarding things I get the chance to do. It started in the NANA region (Northwest Arctic), and because of the success and the incredibly positive impact on the youth of the region, has expanded significantly to include a large portion of rural Alaska, and now called SKIKU. It really is an incredible program, and you can learn more about it here.

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Nuiqsut is one of the furthest north settlements in North America, situated between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, Alaska, and 30 miles-ish from the ocean up the Colville River.

Nuiqsut Alaska map location arctic

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Flying in:

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Having landed, the next step is unloading and finding one of the village trucks to take you to the school, which is home base:

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We spend a school week teaching the kids to ski during their scheduled PE classes, and then with multiple open sessions after school. Over the years, I have had so, so many teachers and parents tell me that they have never seen the kids get as excited about something. Slipping and sliding:

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That feeling of accomplishment, after so many times falling down:

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It also offers an amazing learning experience for us “coaches”. Not just physical and social, but cultural. On a few of the trips, I have gotten to hang out with a few of the older kid while they are training for Native Youth Olympics. This week, I got to have multiple days with them, and to have them really walk me through what they do. If you’re not familiar with NYO and the competitions, you can check it out here. There’s a pretty cool short video on the homepage of that site.

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One of the most impressive is the One Footed High Kick, which involves kicking a ball suspended in the air with one foot, and then landing only on that same foot that you used to kick it. This high-schooler boy, Phillip, was kicking 89” the day I was there, which is 7-foot-5 inches!! He told me that the world record is 113”, which is 9-foot-5 inches. Imagine jumping off the ground, kicking just shy of a full size basketball rim with your right foot, and then landing only on your right foot. Yeah; absolutely insane. Here, Phillip training:

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We had some amazing skiing. One of the coolest things is seeing the kids find incredible joy by doing something that seemed too hard when they started out. The first day is inevitably tough; they have very little feel for what it means to glide and skate, let alone stand up. I spend a lot of time helping kids get untangled on the ground, and how to stand back up. But it’s one of those lead-by-example things, where the more I zip around between groups and between healping each one, the more they watch and observe and learn how to ski. Before you know it, they are gliding down little hills and skating around the flat terrain. By the end of the week, they cannot stop smiling as they zoom around town, down big hills and bombing down the riverbanks. The progression is incredible, and the stoke is high:

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I got the chance to speak to each one of the classes in the school, from high-school seniors all the way to kindergarteners, about my journey as a ski racer and the “uphills” and “downhills” that I get to experience along the way. It’s fun to share stories of my training and racing, of success and failures, and tie it all together with some positive ways they can better their own journeys.

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The setting gives me a chance to make some really personal connections with some of them. They feel comfortable asking more questions, or even just wanting to see more pictures or videos of ski racing:

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I wish I was always as excited about ski training as these kids are about getting to go out!

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And the beautiful Arctic 11pm sunsets…

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After that trip, I just tried to recover a little bit and not worry about doing any training. It seemed like just the other day I was racing that 50k…

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Spring backcountry skiing is always good option for solid aerobic training, without thinking of it as such. The further and higher you climb, the bigger the payoff, right?? Tracks from our first run of the day, with so much potential terrain out there too:

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At the top, after a solid morning of leg-burning uphill with my buddy Etienne:

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We are right in the thick part of putting together our Spring Celebration event, which is on May 8th at 6pm. If you are in Alaska, and especially Anchorage, YOU ARE INVITED!!! There is always some incredible stuff in the silent auction for silly cheap prices, and we would LOVE to have you there!!

APU Spring Celebration (1)

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Thanks for reading!!

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Spring Break…

The 50k skate in Sun Valley was the final race of the season, and it wasn’t anything to write home about. Besides, of course, the crazy ice and the normal challenges that go along with a 50k National Championship race. Last year, I finished 3rd in the 50k Championship, which was a sweet way to end it all; but that was classic, and this one was skate, which I knew just wouldn’t quite give me the same chances.

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One race earlier in that week that was notable was the 15k classic. The course was 3 laps of a 5k, and the climbs on the loop were milder than a lot of the really gnarly steep courses that we race. So, I decided to do something that I have never done before… I double poled a classic distance race on skate skis. I did it because I actually thought that for me, it would be faster over the whole 15k. Yes, there was a long climb that took roughly 6 minutes to get up, but I had tested it out and thought that I would be able to muscle the double pole up it about the same speed as the guys who were striding, and then make up some time on the long downhills.

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There is something very unnerving leaving the start gate of a classic race, knowing that for the next 40 minutes you can use nothing but your arms to get yourself up every hill. At this point in the race, I had caught and passed Noah Hoffman, who had started 15 seconds ahead of me. He would subsequently pass me back later in the race, as my ability to double pole as powerfully slowly diminished:

photo - Lander Karath/Fasterskier

photo – Lander Karath/Fasterskier

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After that finale, I returned to Alaska for some much needed time off from competitive ski racing. After so many months of going from venue to venue, and race to race, testing skis and training and prepping, and packing and unpacking, over and over and over again… I just wanted to do anything but that.

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Easter weekend was just what I needed. Spending a few days deep in the Alaska Range with my family and friends, snow machining and powder skiing and even some xc touring, with absolutely beautiful weather and perfect, bottomless, powder snow.

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Team Hanneman loving being together:

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Bro Logan… Laying it down through the high backcountry:

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XC skiing on the closed, snowed-in Denali Highway with my mom:

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Two weeks ago, I went traveled way up north to the village of Nuiqsut, Alaska. I have been involved with the NANA Nordic program since its beginning, and it is one of the most tremendously rewarding things I get the chance to do. It started in the NANA region (Northwest Arctic), and because of the success and the incredibly positive impact on the youth of the region, has expanded significantly to include a large portion of rural Alaska, and now called SKIKU. It really is an incredible program, and you can learn more about it here.

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Nuiqsut is one of the furthest north settlements in North America, situated between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, Alaska, and 30 miles-ish from the ocean up the Colville River.

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Flying in:

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Having landed, the next step is unloading and finding one of the village trucks to take you to the school, which is home base:

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We spend a school week teaching the kids to ski during their scheduled PE classes, and then with multiple open sessions after school. Over the years, I have had so, so many teachers and parents tell me that they have never seen the kids get as excited about something. Slipping and sliding:

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That feeling of accomplishment, after so many times falling down:

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It also offers an amazing learning experience for us “coaches”. Not just physical and social, but cultural. On a few of the trips, I have gotten to hang out with a few of the older kid while they are training for Native Youth Olympics. This week, I got to have multiple days with them, and to have them really walk me through what they do. If you’re not familiar with NYO and the competitions, you can check it out here. There’s a pretty cool short video on the homepage of that site.

.

One of the most impressive is the One Footed High Kick, which involves kicking a ball suspended in the air with one foot, and then landing only on that same foot that you used to kick it. This high-schooler boy, Phillip, was kicking 89” the day I was there, which is 7-foot-5 inches!! He told me that the world record is 113”, which is 9-foot-5 inches. Imagine jumping off the ground, kicking just shy of a full size basketball rim with your right foot, and then landing only on your right foot. Yeah; absolutely insane. Here, Phillip training:

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We had some amazing skiing. One of the coolest things is seeing the kids find incredible joy by doing something that seemed too hard when they started out. The first day is inevitably tough; they have very little feel for what it means to glide and skate, let alone stand up. I spend a lot of time helping kids get untangled on the ground, and how to stand back up. But it’s one of those lead-by-example things, where the more I zip around between groups and between healping each one, the more they watch and observe and learn how to ski. Before you know it, they are gliding down little hills and skating around the flat terrain. By the end of the week, they cannot stop smiling as they zoom around town, down big hills and bombing down the riverbanks. The progression is incredible, and the stoke is high:

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I got the chance to speak to each one of the classes in the school, from high-school seniors all the way to kindergarteners, about my journey as a ski racer and the “uphills” and “downhills” that I get to experience along the way. It’s fun to share stories of my training and racing, of success and failures, and tie it all together with some positive ways they can better their own journeys.

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The setting gives me a chance to make some really personal connections with some of them. They feel comfortable asking more questions, or even just wanting to see more pictures or videos of ski racing:

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I wish I was always as excited about ski training as these kids are about getting to go out!

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And the beautiful Arctic 11pm sunsets…

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After that trip, I just tried to recover a little bit and not worry about doing any training. It seemed like just the other day I was racing that 50k…

.

Spring backcountry skiing is always good option for solid aerobic training, without thinking of it as such. The further and higher you climb, the bigger the payoff, right?? Tracks from our first run of the day, with so much potential terrain out there too:

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At the top, after a solid morning of leg-burning uphill with my buddy Etienne:

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We are right in the thick part of putting together our Spring Celebration event, which is on May 8th at 6pm. If you are in Alaska, and especially Anchorage, YOU ARE INVITED!!! There is always some incredible stuff in the silent auction for silly cheap prices, and we would LOVE to have you there!!

APU Spring Celebration (1)

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Thanks for reading!!

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ventolin online

Training to be a Pressure Fighter in Europe

I just returned from the US after a five week stint in Europe, racing on the Europa Cup circuit with a great group of Americans. I wrote a blog with a few musings, on the challenges of staying mentally sharp while being mid-pack, which is posted on the Woodski Blog page HERE. Its the “Reese Hanneman Checks In from the Europa Cup” one.

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Woodski is also having a March Madness sale, which you can see on that same page. If you havent checked out the new site yet, you should!! It turned out really sweet.

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Now I am in Sun Valley, Idaho for the final week of races of my season. It is SuperTour Finals and the 50k National Championships. I am actually pretty excited to race here.

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ventolin online

Training to be a Pressure Fighter in Europe

I just returned from the US after a five week stint in Europe, racing on the Europa Cup circuit with a great group of Americans. I wrote a blog with a few musings, on the challenges of staying mentally sharp while being mid-pack, which is posted on the Woodski Blog page HERE. Its the “Reese Hanneman Checks In from the Europa Cup” one.

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Woodski is also having a March Madness sale, which you can see on that same page. If you havent checked out the new site yet, you should!! It turned out really sweet.

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Now I am in Sun Valley, Idaho for the final week of races of my season. It is SuperTour Finals and the 50k National Championships. I am actually pretty excited to race here.

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