The NICA Wisconsin State Championship was held at the Trek Farm trails in the small town of Waterloo, WI. Wow! I couldn’t believe it, the Championship race was already upon us. I had a lot of mixed feelings going into this race, I was ready and excited, but also incredibly nervous. After last … [Read more...] about Ethel Races NICA: State Championship
The fourth race of the season was held at the Minooka Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin. We arrived on Saturday, the day before the race, to pre-ride the course. This race was about six hours from home, so I was happy to arrive at the venue and ride my bike. The Minooka race course was very similar to … [Read more...] about Ethel Races NICA: Minooka Park
The third NICA race of the season was held at the Nordic Mountain Ski Hill in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. The weather for the pre-ride on Saturday was a comfortable sixty-ish degrees, and as it turns out, that was the only good weather we would get that race weekend. The course was very fast … [Read more...] about NICA Race #3: Nordic Mountain
NICA Race #2 Nine Mile in Wausau The second race of the season was held at the Nine Mile Recreation Park in Wausau, Wisconsin. We arrived in Wausau Saturday afternoon, and I headed out for a pre-ride with some high-schoolers from my team. Going into this weekend, I was very unsure and nervous … [Read more...] about Ethel Races NICA: Nine Mile
Hi! My name is Ethel Karinen, I am currently a Junior in high school and have been racing mountain bikes for about eleven years. This is my second season racing in the National Interscholastic Cycling League (NICA), and my first season racing in the Varsity … [Read more...] about Ethel Races NICA: Season Opener
When you finally admit that winter is over, it's easy to ignore your cross country skis as they become a depressing reminder of how long you’ll have to wait to glide along your favorite trails. But how you treat your skis at the end of the season will make all the difference when you go to use … [Read more...] about Preparing Your Skis for Summer Storage
Instead of hibernating this winter, consider learning how to Nordic ski. Skiing is a great way to increase your fitness, both by building aerobic stamina and building up your arm, core, back, and leg muscles. Plus, gliding along in the snow can be refreshing and more therapeutic than pounding away … [Read more...] about Why Cross Country Ski?