Wednesday, March 28, 2007
This man knows what he is looking at.....
There are a couple of things against you when you decide to race a 50km classic ski in another country, one is the stuff you can carry on the plane and two is the fact that you need travel light. Waxing for Nordic skiing right is generaly not a light thing. So needless to say, I was pretty pumped when I met this guy. Olav Arnfinn Arnelberg. He is a waxing guru, from the Setesdal Valley (where the race was held) a top finisher himself in the race and a near miss on the big Norwegian ski team to boot. Luckily for Margaret and I, he was also a bit burned out on the race thing and had taken the year off. So he was happy to throw down some crazy mix of klister that magically stuck and glided at the same time for the race. We had perfect skis. We also had perfect klister conditions. IE frozen granular, slightly melted but firm as hell, machine tilled to perfection. This is to classical skiing what powder is to a backcountry skier. Pure glide and a perfect wax to propel you forward without any extrra energy spent. It is quite literally like flying and this man, was the genius that put it on my feet.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You