Springtime at Weston

Springtime at Weston

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rosie and Liza

CSU alums Rosie and Liza met up at St. Olaf after Rosie (Macalaster) ran an xc race yesterday. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CSU-X(treme) takes on the Orchard House 5k

CSU showed up to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House 5k race on Sunday, and in the wise words of Meg Yoder, we're the folks who ruin fun runs for everyone else.  The field wasn't super deep, but we added some quality, with Jackson taking home top honors and winning the whole race!

Excellent work by all the skiers!  It is so important to get out there and test your limits in races, because that's how you figure out what those limits are when the important races roll around.

Full results
(My GPS measured the course a smidge on the long side, but it's close enough to 5k, maybe 20 sec off).

CSU results:
Jackson - 19:54
Coach Alex - 20:12
Talia - 22:05
Rebecca - 23:09
Meg - 23:32
Izzy - 23:57
Lydia - 25:55
Violet - 26:09
Ella - 30:25

Coach Frank - 42:21 (in the 10k)

Nice work team!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Climb to the Castle Adventure Weekend 2014

On Friday I rented a mini-van and drove Lewis, Leah, Clara, Jackson, and Talia to Lake Placid, NY for the Climb to the Castle rollerski race that goes up the auto-road up Whiteface Mountain.  It climbs for five miles.

Most arrived on time for the rendezvous

Made it to the summit of the mountain.  Go team!

Andy Newell and Erika Flowers.  Skiers are ugly.

Julia Kern was at a USST camp all week with her pal Katherine Ogden.  K.O. took 3rd overall.  Julia won the U-18 category.

Julia on the podium with Leah in second place.

Lewis won the U18 for the boys.

After such a fine effort, Lewis refueled at The Breakfast Club

On Sunday we hiked Hurricane Mountain on our route home.

Everyone had too much fun during the weekend and no one but the driver could stay awake on the ride home.

Congrats to the fine skiing displayed by all the CSU skiers.  I was so proud to introduce  you all to the U.S. Ski Team coaches and be able to say these were the CSU athletes.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


In a long-awaited post, here are the results from the orienteering session two weeks ago!  Sorry for such a delay.  But now you can know the winner!  

Keeping in mind the penalty (10 points for every minute overtime), the results are as follows: 
1. Allie and Izzy 56:03 (180 points)
2. Tyler and Jordan 1:04:52 (210 - 50 = 160 points)
3. Alex's friend Dean 56:47 (120 points)
4. Claire 56:03 (110 points)
5. Violet and Lydia 1:03:32 (150 - 40 = 110 points)
6. Natalie and Ella 1:04:53 (80 - 50 = 30 points)
7. Kate and Andrea 1:24:00 (140 - 200 = -60, but, this was organizer error, when the organizer picked up the controls early and they lost 20 minutes searching for a control that was no longer there. So, Kate and Andrea will be reinserted without the 20min penalty, and thus end up with 140 points, in 3rd place).

Apologies to anyone who was affected by my shoddy organization skills - hopefully next time I can recruit a helper to make this sort of event run even more smoothly!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TBT - Rob in the Glory Days

Found a couple of good slides of Rob.  This is from the 1984 CSU rollerski race that John Hart put on somewhere in Newton.  Nice Bell Helmet Oven for the head (most of the racers weren't wearing helmets yet), 3 wheeled Roletto Touring classic skis (if you tried skating on them the clip holding the back wheels on would fall off and you were in deep trouble!)  Nice moustache.  Also Bob Haydock and former CSUer John Eldredge.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jungle gym strength

We had our first session at the jungle gym tonight.  It's tougher than it sounds.  I didn't take any photos, so this video of our workout will have to suffice.  The video provided a fine workout for the J2s, but we'll need to figure out something tougher for the older kids...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jackson's Excellent Adventure in the Andes

Jackson Hardin took a trip to Peru this summer.  Here is his report:

Around Midmorning we, my mother and I, left for the airport. Two flights totaling about 8 hours got us to Lima Peru, where we spent the night in an airport hotel. The next day we truly began the trip driving through Cusco city and to one of many acclimation hikes at about 10,000 feet above sea level. This one, like many others, followed a trail leading up, and through, a set of Incan ruins terraced into the side of a mountain. The trip included many hikes such as this, two through Machu Pichu itself. Towards the end of the trip we left for a final trek, which started at 9000 ft. ended at a little over 13,000, the camps being somewhere in-between. With these adventures and numerous stops to encounter local food and culture this trip was a wonderful way to see, and experience the Peruvian Andes.