23 March 2014 ~ Comments Off on 2014 SkiMo or Rando-Racing

2014 SkiMo or Rando-Racing

This winter, after a two-year hiatus, I decided instead of doing a lot of indoor lap swimming that I would return to doing rando skiing or skimo (ski mountaineering). I participated in the two local races in February and March. I entered the regular “recreation” division, as opposed to the “elite” division. They are both ISMF-sanctioned (International Ski Mountaineering Federation).

The CROWBAR is held east of Logan. This year it appeared more people entered the elite division than the rec. It is not age-bracketed and I placed 8th out of 13th with a time of 2:15. Due to the very warm weather, the course was modified and had just under 3,000 vertical of climbing. Here’s my Strava link.

The Wasatch Powderkeg is the biggest SkiMo race in North America and is held in and out of bounds at Brighton Ski Resort in Utah. I finished 30 out of 38 (ouch!), with a time of 2:57. Here’s my Strava link for that one.

I am currently using pre-historic gear that is heavy or not race worthy. By next season, I should have more upgrades (i.e. lighter gear).

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