2019 Whitefish Point Marathon

Prep Work
Notation: Easy (E) | Hill (H) | Long (L) | Race (R) | Speed (S) | Tempo (T) | XTrain (X)
P1 01/07
E 3.00
3.50
1:22:34
01/08
H 5.00
--
--
01/09
E 3.00
8.18
2:09:39
01/10
T 0:30:00
3.13
0:38:50
01/11
Rest
--
--
01/12
L 10.00
9.53
1:31:57
01/13
R 5.00
7.45
1:28:27
26.00
31.79
7:11:27
26.00
31.79
7:11:27
 


Seeley Hills Classic SISU Ski Fest (P01D06)

I signed up for the Seeley Hills Classic in Cable, WI, in 2018 October hoping it would increase my familiarity with the Birkie Trail system. In turn, I hoped it would improve my Korte time a few weeks down the road. But general lack of snow and more than occasional rain in led to organizers shrinking the Seeley course. The final update, that came at the speed for Oppligers (trust me, it's faster), hinted at hard and fast trails for the event - a no match for my current skill set. In lieu of plastering myself to an off-trail tree or breaking a few bones, I chose to participate in the Heikki Lunta 15 km (thanks to Christine for the distance recommendation) as part of SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, MI. The weekend turned into a weekend getaway in Wisconsin's Northwoods with the Oppligers (Shawn and Doug) and Greens (Kim and Greg). My newly acquired instant pot made the trip too!

After a hearty home-cooked meal and a full night of sleep, Kim and I were dropped off at the ABR Trails. My wave was the last one start and the start was delayed by a few minutes as one of the participants needed medical attention. I fell a few times over the first 3 km but recent lessons in skate skiing helped me stay upright rest of the way until I crossed the finish line. Trail conditions were good and so was volunteer support all along the course. My official time of 1:31:34, albeit 90 some seconds more than my goal, was good enough for 49/102 overall, 35/62 in gender and 4/7 in AG. After another home-cooked hearty dinner, a full night of sleep and yummy breakfast, we all headed back to the Yoop but with a pit stop in Ironwood ... to ski some more in Wolverine Ski Trails. Weather and trail conditions were excellent. Shawn and Kim were kind enough to give up a bit of their time to coach me some more ... to improve my skate skiing!

P2 01/14
E 3.00
7.35
1:20:52
01/15
T 0:30:00
7.12
1:14:48
01/16
E 3.00
9.69
1:38:19
01/17
R 3.00
10.96
1:57:06
01/18
Rest
--
--
01/19
L 11.00
--
--
01/20
E 5.00
11.09
1:47:15
25.00
46.21
7:58:20
51.00
78.00
15:09:47
 
P3 01/21
E 3.00
--
--
01/22
S 6.00
--
--
01/23
E 3.00
--
--
01/24
T 0:30:00
--
--
01/25
Rest
--
--
01/26
L 8.00
--
--
01/27
R 6.00
--
--
26.00
0.00
0:00:00
77.00
78.00
15:09:47
 


Noquemanon Ski Marathon (P03D06)

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P4 01/28
E 3.00
--
--
01/29
H 5.00
--
--
01/30
E 3.00
--
--
01/31
T 0:35:00
--
--
02/01
Rest
--
--
02/02
L 13.00
--
--
02/03
R 6.00
--
--
30.00
0.00
0:00:00
107.00
78.00
15:09:47
 
Training
Notation: Easy (E) | Hill (H) | Long (L) | Race (R) | Speed (S) | Tempo (T) | XTrain (X)
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
01 02/04
E 3.00
--
--
02/05
H 5.00
--
--
02/06
E 3.00
--
--
02/07
T 0:30:00
--
--
02/08
Rest
--
--
02/09
L 10.00
--
--
02/10
R 5.00
--
--
26.00
0.00
0:00:00
26.00
0.00
0:00:00
 


Vasaloppet Ski Marathon (W01D06)

Sweden, in 1520, was in a union with Denmark. The young 24 year old nobleman Gustav Ericsson Vasa was fleeing from the troops of Christian II - king of Denmark, Sweden and Norway (the Kalmar Union). Much of the Swedish nobility was in opposition to the king, and had nicknamed him Christian the Tyrant. In a move to silence the opposition, Christian invited the Swedish aristocracy to a reconciliation party in Stockholm, only to have them, including Gustav's parents, massacred in what came to be known as the Stockholm Bloodbath.

Gustav fled through Dalarna, fearing for his life if he were discovered by the king's troops. He spoke to the men of Mora at a gathering and tried to convince them to raise a levy and start a rebellion against King Christian. The men refused to join the rebellion, and Gustav started out west, toward Norway to seek refuge. However, the men in Mora changed their minds after hearing that the Danish rulers had decided to raise taxes, and now they wanted to join the rebellion with Gustav as their leader. They sent out the two best skiers in the county, two brothers from Mora, Lars and Engelbrekt, to search for him and they caught up with him at Sälen. On 6 June 1523, Gustav Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, after having defeated the Danish king Christian and dissolved the Kalmar Union. Since that day, Sweden has been an independent nation.

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02 02/11
E 3.00
--
--
02/12
T 0:30:00
--
--
02/13
E 3.00
--
--
02/14
R 3.00
--
--
02/15
Rest
--
--
02/16
L 11.00
--
--
02/17
E 5.00
--
--
25.00
0.00
0:00:00
51.00
0.00
0:00:00
 
03 02/18
E 3.00
--
--
02/19
S 6.00
--
--
02/20
E 3.00
--
--
02/21
T 0:30:00
--
--
02/22
L 8.00
--
--
02/23
R 6.00
--
--
02/24
Rest
--
--
26.00
0.00
0:00:00
77.00
0.00
0:00:00
 


American Birkebeiner Kortelopet (W03D05)

Around the year 1200, the rival groups shared the identical but opposite goal of controlling the entire country. King Sverre's death in 1202 meant some decrease in the power of the Birkebeins (named as such by the Baglers and originally intended to be offensive - referring to their leggings of birch bark, indicating that they were poor and incapable). His successor (King Haakon Sverresson) died only two years later, leaving his son Haakon Haakonsson as the ultimate target for the Baglers to get rid of as the contender to the throne.

In 1206, the Birkebeiners set off on a dangerous voyage through treacherous mountains and forests, taking the then 2 year old Haakon Haakonsson to safety in Trondheim. Norwegian history credits the Birkebeiners' bravery with preserving the anafe of the boy who later became King Haakon Haakonsson IV, ended the civil wars in 1240 and forever changed Northern Europe's history through his reign. The name, Birkebeiner, carries a sense of pride, strength and endurance - something thousands of people, participating in the historical race every year, keep striving for.

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04 02/25
E 3.00
--
--
02/26
H 5.00
--
--
02/27
E 3.00
--
--
02/28
T 0:35:00
--
--
03/01
Rest
--
--
03/02
L 13.00
--
--
03/03
R 6.00
--
--
30.00
0.00
0:00:00
107.00
0.00
0:00:00
 
05 03/04
E 3.00
--
--
03/05
T 0:35:00
--
--
03/06
E 3.00
--
--
03/07
R 3.00
--
--
03/08
Rest
--
--
03/09
L 14.00
--
--
03/10
E 7.00
--
--
30.00
0.00
0:00:00
137.00
0.00
0:00:00
 


Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon (W05D06)

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06 03/11
E 3.00
--
--
03/12
S 7.00
--
--
03/13
E 3.00
--
--
03/14
T 0:35:00
--
--
03/15
Rest
--
--
03/16
L 10.00
--
--
03/17
R 7.00
--
--
30.00
0.00
0:00:00
167.00
0.00
0:00:00
 
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
07 03/18
E 3.00
--
--
03/19
H 5.50
--
--
03/20
E 4.00
--
--
03/21
T 0:40:00
--
--
03/22
Rest
--
--
03/23
L 16.00
--
--
03/24
R 8.00
--
--
36.50
0.00
0:00:00
203.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
08 03/25
E 3.00
--
--
03/26
T 0:40:00
--
--
03/27
E 4.00
--
--
03/28
R 3.00
--
--
03/29
Rest
--
--
03/30
L 17.00
--
--
03/31
E 8.00
--
--
35.00
0.00
0:00:00
238.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
09 04/01
E 4.00
--
--
04/02
S 7.50
--
--
04/03
E 4.00
--
--
04/04
T 0:40:00
--
--
04/05
Rest
--
--
04/06
L 12.00
--
--
04/07
R 9.00
--
--
36.50
0.00
0:00:00
275.00
0.00
0:00:00
 
10 04/08
E 3.00
--
--
04/09
H 6.50
--
--
04/10
E 4.00
--
--
04/11
T 0:45:00
--
--
04/12
Rest
--
--
04/13
L 19.00
--
--
04/14
R 9.00
--
--
41.50
0.00
0:00:00
316.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
11 04/15
E 4.00
--
--
04/16
T 0:45:00
--
--
04/17
E 5.00
--
--
04/18
R 4.00
--
--
04/19
Rest
--
--
04/20
L 20.00
--
--
04/21
E 10.00
--
--
43.00
0.00
0:00:00
359.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
12 04/22
E 4.00
--
--
04/23
S 8.00
--
--
04/24
E 5.00
--
--
04/25
T 0:45:00
--
--
04/26
Rest
--
--
04/27
L 12.00
--
--
04/28
R 6.00
--
--
35.00
0.00
0:00:00
394.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
13 04/29
E 4.00
--
--
04/30
H 7.00
--
--
05/01
E 5.00
--
--
05/02
T 0:50:00
--
--
05/03
Rest
--
--
05/04
L 20.00
--
--
05/05
R 10.00
--
--
46.00
0.00
0:00:00
440.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
14 05/06
E 5.00
--
--
05/07
T 0:45:00
--
--
05/08
E 5.00
--
--
05/09
R 5.00
--
--
05/10
Rest
--
--
05/11
L 12.00
--
--
05/12
E 6.00
--
--
33.00
0.00
0:00:00
473.50
0.00
0:00:00
 


Journey's Marathon (W14D06)

The half marathon associated with this event should have been my maiden half marathon when I got into running several years ago. Nancy and Josh had tried their best to convince me - to sign up and train. I did the easier of the two - signing up - for two years in a row. Instead of being the site of my maiden half marathon, Eagle River became an occasional pit stop during adventures deep into the heart of Wisconsin.

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15 05/13
E 5.00
--
--
05/14
S 9.00
--
--
05/15
E 5.00
--
--
05/16
T 0:40:00
--
--
05/17
Rest
--
--
05/18
L 20.00
--
--
05/19
R 10.00
--
--
49.00
0.00
0:00:00
522.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
16 05/20
E 5.00
--
--
05/21
H 6.00
--
--
05/22
E 5.00
--
--
05/23
T 0:30:00
--
--
05/24
Rest
--
--
05/25
L 12.00
--
--
05/26
R 4.00
--
--
32.00
0.00
0:00:00
554.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
17 05/27
E 4.00
--
--
05/28
T 0:30:00
--
--
05/29
E 4.00
--
--
05/30
R 4.00
--
--
05/31
Rest
--
--
06/01
L 8.00
--
--
06/02
E 4.00
--
--
24.00
0.00
0:00:00
578.50
0.00
0:00:00
 
18 06/03
E 3.00
--
--
06/04
S 5.00
--
--
06/05
E 3.00
--
--
06/06
Rest
--
--
06/07
E 2.00
--
--
06/08
R 26.20
--
--
06/09
E 3.00
--
--
42.20
0.00
0:00:00
620.70
0.00
0:00:00
 
Geographical spread of distance and time
City County State
  Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss) Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss) Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss)
Bessemer 7.45 1:28:27  
Ironwood 9.53 1:31:57  
Gogebic County Total 16.98 3:00:24  
Houghton 61.02 12:09:23  
Houghton County Total 61.02 12:09:23  
Michigan Total 78.00 15:09:47
Season Total 78.00 15:09:47
Goals (in order of importance) and their status
# Goal Status
01 Follow the training plan and complete it with few excuses Yes
02 Finish below 3:40:05 (minimum: 8:24 min/mile, 7.14 mph) and earn a PR Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph
03 Finish below 3:29:59 (minimum: 8:01 min/mile, 7.48 mph) Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph
04 Finish below 3:24:59 (minimum: 7:49 min/mile, 7.68 mph) Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph
05 Finish below 3:19:59 (minimum: 7:38 min/mile, 7.86 mph) Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph
06 Finish below 3:14:59 (minimum: 7:26 min/mile, 8.07 mph) Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph
07 Finish below 3:09:59 (minimum: 7:15 min/mile, 8.28 mph) and earn a BQ Yes; 3:04:59, 7:03 min/mile, 8.51 mph