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Lodge: Race sign-up problems, trying new sports, Stagecoach Classic on Saturday

Kristen Lodge
The View from 8,000 Feet
Lodge gets a preview of the Stagecoach Classic race course by Igor Guziur,
Photo by Igor Guziur |

I have a problem: I sign up for races then train for them. I know I should train first then sign up but it’s more fun this way.

Since I want to do it all: nordic ski, alpine ski, telemark ski, trail run, swim and bike, I need to sign up for races to stay motivated and in shape. I don’t aspire to podium or even to be fast. I just want to experience everything.

On New Year’s Eve I impulsively signed up for the individual long course at the Steamboat Pentathlon. The race starts with a run up Howelsen Hill and a ski down, then a nordic ski, a snowshoe run, a bike ride, and ends with a trail run. I raced the pentathlon many years ago on a team, but never racing all five events.

After signing up and getting the confirmation email I realized I’ve never even raced a cross-country ski event. I read Diana Lynn Rau’s column every week about nordic skiing and feel inspired to ski, but just never raced.

So I signed up for the Stagecoach Classic at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. I signed up not only to get the racing experience but also to see the area that winds through the old Ski Idlewild trail system. And, who doesn’t love an after party with lunch from Rudi’s Deli, beer from Odell Brewing Company and live music by Hunker Down Trio?

But back to my problem, I love signing up for races that I’ve never done and especially to see places I’ve never been. I don’t know what will happen on Saturday since I’ve only been on my nordic skis six times this year. I am registered for the Stagecoach Classic 15K race but I’m guessing I will be more “tour-like” then “race-like” on Saturday.

Cheers to everyone who take a chance and tries new things. I hope to see you on the trails at Devil’s Thumb Ranch on Saturday morning; huffing and puffing all the way to the finish line. #ExploreGrand

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