Thursday, July 5, 2018

A new model

July brings the reinvented HURT summer program and here is the skinny on what you need to know about our upcoming scheduled training sessions.

-Mondays are for training together -

If you are a member of HURT nation you are invited to our Monday "Strength and Speed" sessions.  These practices will be hosted by Coach Steve Tomb or a guest coach.  These practices will include a dryland component and a rollerski component for those equipped with skis.  They are open to all ages and levels and athletes are invited to take the skills and drills that are presented by our coaches and apply them at a comfortable level.  This is for athletes with basic, bronze, silver and gold membership.  You must be a NYSSRA member to attend a club training session.

-Thursdays and mini-camps  -

If you are a member of the Silver race team (silver or gold level membership) you are invited to attend Thursday night rollerski sessions with our HURT development coach Aaron Huneck.  You are also invited to participate in our 3 "mini-camps".  Coach Huneck and Coach DPK will host the first camp is this weekend (held locally) and the next two will move around NYS to take advantage of training opportunities with other NY nordic clubs.  Athletes should be NYSSRA members to participate at this level.

July is here.  We hope you are ready to jump on in.



       

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

One Skier

For long-time followers of HURT-nation and readers of this blog, the name "Brian Halligan" garners thoughts that hearken back to a time when a young U16 scamp zipped around nordic trails with friends Austin Huneck and Adam Luban....the original junior juggernaut that launched HURT to the world stage.

For those friends and families who have been with us for the last five years or so, the name Brian Halligan, is synonymous with top talent from HURT nation competing at world junior biathlon and on the cusp of USA Biathlon glory.

Those new to the game know Brian Halligan as a dedicated, passionate, and talented junior coach that continually aims to instill knowledge and passion for everything nordic in others.

Oh yeah.....and he's nordic media mogul  and exporter of the nordic lifestyle. 


In looking back through the HURT archives you would be hard-pressed to find one HURT skier more central to it's success, development, and current place in the NYS skiing landscape.

One skier really can do an awful lot.  It is with great pleasure that we watch Brian take on his next adventure as he moves to California to serve as Biathlon Program Director for the Auburn Ski Club.  We will miss his energy, his leadership, and seeing him zip by in a race.  All of HURT nation wishes him the best of luck.




On a personal note....Perhaps the finest thing about Brian's decade of involvement with the Hudson United Racing Team is that he has shown the limitless capacity to reinvent his involvement with the club and limitless capacity to creatively share his love of this sport.  In my view, everyone in HURT nation has this capacity and that is what makes us work.  Involvement and participation may wax and wane: juniors become collegiate-pop-ins, collegiate skiers become citizen racers, racers become parents, and parents become coaches, coaches become skiers again... the power of reinvention is what drives the HURT engine.

It is with this idea in mind, that I am happy to announce that our new Junior Program Director will be Aaron Huneck.  Yes...that Aaron Huneck.  The original Director. The Dictator-n-Chief....newly crowned Shenendehowa Nordic coach and adventure sport guru.

We look forward to working with Aaron and we know our juniors will too.

Bring the HURT Brian.  Bring the HURT Aaron.
             

         

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Lemonade from Lemons

Sometimes opportunity can blossom from the seed of disappointment. Any long-time competitive athlete has a story that can relate to that adage.

As it turns out, the same is true for organizers. 

The HRT Newsroom regrets to inform all of HURT nation that  the 2018 HURT Junior Summer Development Camp will be cancelled.  Due to many conflicts, the staff is unable to comfortably support the expected number of athletes and won't be able to provide them with high caliber camp experience that has become a marker of our event the last 7 years.  
  
Despite this very disappointing news, The Hudson United Racing Team has aims to still provide a quality summer training structure for committed and interested junior athletes. Instead of HURT camp, the HURT coaches have built a complete summer full of training opportunities that should provide even better continuity of training and better athlete development.   We urge junior athletes to take a careful look at the options available for HURT Silver team membership.  They should  take a look at our training schedule here as  summer plans are made. Know that specific details on ALL training sessions will be made in June.   
We sincerely hope to bring the HURT summer camp back in 2019 and are already looking to secure our staff and dates now.   

It is HURT's aim to make this summer full of lemonade.


Monday, April 16, 2018

HURT Summer?

Having finished scraping ice off my car and preparing my skis for my ski tomorrow, I guess now is a good time to fill you in on the new and improved summer offerings, and adjusted member benefits  from HURT.  According to our intense analysis of data that has been collected over thousands of years we can say with slightly greater than 51% certainty that Spring will arrive and Summer will follow it.  So here it goes....


HURT CAMP:  This year we are changing things up a bit for HURT camp.  Instead of a 6 day camp at the end of July, we are offering a 4 day camp at the beginning of July.  Camp will run from July 9th to the 12th at Camp Meadowbrook in Queensbury.  We are excited to add Mr. Tim Whiton, head coach of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, to our coaching roster and looking to bring you 4 days of intense work and nordic specific training.  Registration is open now: https://www.skireg.com/hurt-nordic-junior-development-camp and the camp will close at 40 participants.  We do expect it to sell out, so register today.




MINI CAMPS:  We have shortened and earlified(?) HURT camp to allow for two additional 3-day mini camps for those in in the HURT silver team program.  Check the calendar here: http://www.hurtnordicskiing.com/schedule.html to see the preliminary dates for those camps.  Our goal is to hold one of these camps out in western NY to co-mingle and co-train with our nordic mates at RNR and the other mini-camp will be held either in Lake Placid to train with NYSEF or in Vermont to train with our pug friends at Mansfield Nordic.  Stay tuned for details and sign up for the silver program to take part of this training opportunity.  This mini-camp will be a great way to continue the hard work of HURT camp through the whole summer into the start of your school year.

Speaking of "Silver team"...you may be wondering...what is that? 

HURT has levels of participation. Basic. Bronze. Silver. Gold.

Here is what they are and who they are for.

Basic: For an annual membership of $5.00 you can sell your soul to HURT nation. You are on the team.  You can order gear at wicked discount prices.  Sportspage will hook you up.  You score points for us in club races when you ski for HURT.  Anyone and Everyone should be a basic member.


Bronze: Your soul is sold.  And you get a training plan.  All for $80.00. You will receive a generic 6 month off-season training plan (May-October) or (June-November) made appropriate for your age.   
As a Bronze member, you are welcome to attend our "Strength and Speed" training sessions on Monday evenings with Coach Tomb.  Here at these practices you will do contained drills on rollerskis, and have strength circuits and full-body training from our development coaches. We recommend this training for young and old, beginner and experienced skiers.  We feel if you are an aspiring middle-school skier or high school skier we highly recommend this level for you.  If you are a Open/Master skier looking for a little structure this is a good one for you, too.


Silver: Soul, yes, we have it. Hours of your life too.  You get a training plan and a tailored strength program.  And the opportunity to train twice a week with dedicated juniors like yourself. And technique coaching.  All for $180.00.  As a Silver member you can do the Strength and Speed sessions as well as Thursday night technique coaching in July and August.  And the mini-camps.  We recommend this for experienced juniors with lofty goals.

Anyone who has purchased the Silver or Gold training program for the summer of 2018 before June 1st will receive the "HURT" edition of our best selling sunglasses; the Competition Pro glasses free of charge courtesy of Kick Zone Media




Gold: one-one coaching, goal setting, testing and training.  All the benefits of the silver crew too.

Anyone who has purchased the Silver or Gold training program for the summer of 2018 before June 1st will receive the "HURT" edition of our best selling sunglasses; the Competition Pro glasses free of charge courtesy of Kick Zone Media



 

To sign up for camp, or any of these membership opportunities please visit our website: http://www.hurtnordicskiing.com/membership.html  







Monday, March 26, 2018

You never know

I think I had just finished toddling around on a pair of "World Tour" fishscales  when someone sent me the preview of "Generation X-Ski" in 2002. A video made by some hot-shot a couple years my junior named Andy Newell.  Long before youtube and insta-tweets, and long before I knew my proper way around a nordic race.

I watched it over and over again.

And I was seething mad.

And immediately infatuated.

Infatuated with a sport that was made to look so badass, so hard, and so fun. This moment was my fall down the rabbit hole into the nordic lifestyle. Then came the videos; The world cup races; The dry-land drills; The camps; The training logs; The clinics; The long snowy drives to races; The cars-driven-into-snow-banks at races; The lost keys in the snow at races; The bitter cold races; The slushy puddle races; The hours of school skipped; The hours of work skipped; The coaching clinics; The wax clinics; The club teams; The amateur videos; The nonsense blogging;  Pinching pennies for skis; sacrificing beer money for better boots; buying stiffer poles than I really need. And nothing has changed since then.  And I still want more.

And I was seething mad because I was 20-something-whatever watching a younger genius on skis and I felt liked if only I had found this awesome sport earlier in my life, I would have been truly great. okay fine... pretty good at it. but still.  Thanks Obama. **

**for the record ... this was long before Obama.  It was more like "thanks mom and dad for knowing nothing about nordic racing." or "thanks, high school coaches for not knowing anything about real nordic racing and training". Either way....a truly childish and excuse-filled sentiment.        

So what is this rambling all about?  Two of my personal nordic giants are stepping away from The US Ski Team. Kikkan Randall with her unapologetic style and awe-inspiring strength, and the afore-mentioned Andy Newell.  Both are turning a page on great and inspiring careers and...

...they have no idea that they had any effect on me.

The real message here is for the young kids who read this.  You never know who is watching you.  It may be a young BKYSL skier who you share a passing hi-five with. Or a peer who sees you training insanely hard. Or a wannabe adult who admires your sportsmanship and selflessness around a teammate.  Inspiration is funny like that.  Sometimes you inspire someone you know and work closely with. And other times it is from someone who sees a glimpse of you from Alaska.  So for all the "real_nordic_skiers", "unreal_nordic_skiers", "surreal_nordic_skiers", and "fake_nordic_skiers"...keep doing what you do and be as creative, fun, unapologetic and awesome as you can.

You never know who is watching you send it.


Thanks Andy and Kikkan. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March FTW

So the NYSSRA points series didn't exactly end up the way HURT nation had hoped, but that doesn't mean that the ski season slunk away into a miserable-mud-fest-of-an-unskiable-and-unbikable-March as many of us had feared and anticipated. Quite the contrary.  Has there ever been a better March of skiing? I mean....ever?

From our extensive (3 minute) research the only potential candidate for better skiing in March was 1899 and Fischer's "carbonlite" game was not on point according to Thorleif Haug. And waxing technology was still in the "bear-grease" phase of development.


Anyway.

March. For. The. Win.


HURT athletes and coaches jumped in to the resurgent winter with the U16 Championships at Gore.  With a small but feisty group of HURT and non-HURT juniors, coach Brian Halligan and DPK shepherded the up-an-comers to some podium spots and top tens.  HURT U16's included Sam Bordeau, Lucas Jenkin, and Paul Lindsay; and they were joined with Saranac Lake skiers, LP skiers and a troupe from Rochester.  It was awesome to get to know everyone.  The three days were jam packed with a 5K freestyle, 5K classic, 1.5K "skier-cross" and mixed relay. Racing at Gore was at its finest. For the coaches, it wasn't always pretty, with quick moving temps, snow squalls and track variations, but everyone came away with big successes and big lessons...
When all else fails...spread it thin to win.
New York can own the top step...

Small is good, bigger is better (next year!)...
Relays rock at all levels...

and Gore can put on a show!

This past weekend, Coach Halligan led the biggest NY team in many years to Rumford, ME for the Eastern High School Championships.  The best of the best from NY stacked this event and skiers came back from JN's in Utah looking to bring a major finish to the NY race season.  A huge thank you to all the coaches and parents that helped NY get SOOOO close to fielding a full team of 48.  Once again, NY found podium spots and top 10's in a race field that undoubtably sported some future Olympians.  Brian Beyerbach, Alex Fragomeni, Mikey Halligan, Lucas Jenkin, and Bryce Beyerbach, Emily Atamanchuk and Annalise Beyerbach all went out from HURT country and the pictures tell a tale of racing at its fiercest and finest.  



Not to be totally outdone by motivated juniors...some HURT Masters, alumni, and friends, got in on some Loppet action in Lake Placid.  It is yet to be determined if they were there for the competition or the beer and fried chicken served afterwards.  Sightings were made of Pete Pedrotty, Chris Lamothe, Bernadette O'Brien, Richard and Sherry Dixon, DPK and Brian Chrzan at varying speeds, techniques and times throughout the morning.  Thanks to some handy pack placement and internet thievery (thanks Mt. VanHovenberg and SMS) we have these pictures for you to enjoy...
25K and 50K skiers started together which made from some interesting pacing.  Here is DPK employing the "well here is this talented SMS junior doing half of my distance, so let's go at this pace" strategy. 

Still employed at Russian Hill.  


Great fun and great chicken was had by some.  

Winter is going to be here for a few more weeks.  Even when snow leaves your yard you should remember that the great venues in our area are flush with the white stuff, and the mountains are buried.  And they will be through the end of the month.  We know many of your non-skiing friends, loved ones and social media acquaintances are hating it and potentially you.  But come May, you will be dreaming of this March.

Have fun.



Sunday, February 25, 2018

On paper

On paper, most connoisseurs of world cup skiing would not pick Jessie Diggins to overtake Stina Nilsson in a 100 meter drag race at the end of a sprint.

On paper, most folks in Section 2 would not have picked the 2018 Section champion to be someone other than Emily Atamanchuk or Anna Weidman.

On paper, the only winter sport that Dave PK should ever beat Brian Halligan in is competitive ice-checkers (maybe).

On paper, HURT nordic should never lose a club points series to the much smaller GVH-ADK Vauhti team.

Nordic skiing isn't done on paper.


And because you actually have to show up in this sport, we learned a few things: thanks to the unrelenting grit and dogged determination of the US women a new era of nordic skiing is born in the U.S.A, and the name Bailey Gengel is particularly interesting at the State Meet next week, and DPK can wax a real pair of boards for slush-mush conditions, and the once-deemed unbeatable HURT nation can lose a points series, if they don't show up.

First non-HURT club champs since 2009 #tipofthehat

You have to show up.  There are no "givens" in this sport.

There is no "given" that kickzone media's speed rankings determine the results at States.

There is no "given" that the next ski race will even happen.

There is no "given" that snow today will be around tomorrow.

There is no "given" that NY will always have a citizen nordic series.

There is no "given" that NY will come in last at Eastern High School Championship and U16's and that Vermont will always walk away with the regional titles.


This sport thrives when folks show up.  It thrives when they step out the door and clip in to their touring skis. It thrives when they encourage their kids to go to park and play around in the dwindling snow piles.  It thrives when folks like the Schreiners manage to piece together a race course after a massive thaw.  It thrives when folks volunteer at ski races to help time, record bibs, register, monitor course or sort prizes. And it thrives when folks show up to race, not because they are in prime shape to win, but because there is strength, camaraderie and community in numbers.

Winter racing may be over for most....or we may get one last blast.  But if you have a chance to be on that U16 team, or EHSC team, or ski in Spring race, or get out in the back country...we hope that you decide to show up.

There is a new era in U.S. Nordic.  and we want to see it thrive.