Week 8 positive: the Birkie
With Luma, three pairs of skate skis and two fat bikes in tow, we headed to the Wisconsin woods last weekend for the American Birkebeiner. Except the Birkie cross country ski race didn’t happen – because there wasn’t enough snow.
February was unseasonably warm – 60s for a short stretch – which melted what little snow there was. I’m not complaining since I live for 80s + all the humidity, but what a weird winter. And, such a bummer for Nick (it would have been his sixth Birkie) and the thousands of other skiers who trained for months.
Despite the lack of snow, both Birkie organizers and skiers made the most of it. A 5k loop from the race start was packed with skiers. And the shotski line was long! Other weekend highlights: a fat bike escort for a bit of my long run, amazing food (beef tenderloin, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese + chocolate chili), NormaTec recovery, and catching up with good friends.