Chill Out, Re-Boot, Spring Forward

Sometimes it feels like the chilly treadmill that is winter will never end. The car will always be wet and filthy, the socks will stay stinky, the dry skin will remain stuffed under layers of fleece, and the weekends will be a blur of thawing feet and reheated leftovers. And then finally, it happens. The ice releases all the snow off the roof, spontaneous on-mountain picnics appear, parking lot tailgates pop up, the costumes come … » read more

The Long Road: Friends, Fans and Family Edition

It’s March 1, which means it is time for the annual re-posting of “The Long Road,” a RacereX post that originally appeared 11 years ago. It is timed to coincide with the beginning of “Champs Season”—when anxieties reach a fever pitch in the ski racing world—as a way to give some perspective. The Long Road is part treatise/part plea to chill out; to look beyond the results that tend to drive us into a frenzy, … » read more