Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Sunday Session (11)”, Sunday, 1 February 2015 is Cancelled!

Hello Jackrabbit Managers!

Tomorrow’s session is… sigh… wait for it… cancelled…

Puddle sticks…

And were not cancelling because of the weather, even though that is going to be -21 degrees Celsius with a -28 windchill at the start of the now cancelled session.

Nope, we are cancelling because of the boiler-plate snow.  Without body armour (hard on the outside and soft and squishy on the inside) every (frequent) fall to the rock-hard snow would result in a plethora of “owies“.

Not the memories of skiing we want our kids to have.

So, in lieu of our group session on Sunday, if your kids are interested in creating their own let-it-snow dance, let them know that their coaches are in full support of this activity.  We need more snow!

“Fast Rabbits Thursday 6″, Thursday 29 January 2015 [Cancelled!]

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Tonight’s session of “Fast Rabbits Thursday 6” has now been cancelled!

Coach Ihor’s let’s-cancel conversation just before noon included words such as “broken poles”, “body armour”, “zero grip”, “Piston Bully”, and “unhappy kids”.

No indoor session will be held either.

“Fast Rabbits Thursday 6″, Thursday 29 January 2015 [Likely Cancelled]

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Tomorrow’s “Fast Rabbits Thursday 6″, for Thursday 29 January 2015, is cancelled.  Likely.

Or it will be moved from the Windsor Park Nordic Centre to a safer venue.  Maybe.

Or just cancelled.  Probably.

Bottom line is that we don’t know at this time.

A definitive answer will be posted on Thursday around noon.

The reason for this whole-lotta-indecision is that tonight’s “Wednesday Night Race #7” was cancelled due to “…icing as a result of the rain and sleet…” and “…the rain is freezing on the snow [therefore] the conditions are getting treacherous…” on all of the ski trails at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre.

Given that reports from Windsor Park Nordic Centre on Sunday indicated that it was already icy, additional “icy-ness” on Wednesday would likely prove to be a safety hazard.

If, however, Coach Ihor is able to find a suitably safe place to ski somewhere in Winnipeg on Thursday evening, we will let you know the location at around noon.

Temperature is forecast to be -18 degrees Celsius with a -24 windchill at skiing time.  Skies to be clear.  Moon to be shining.

“CCSAM Manitoba Cup Race #2” Saturday 31 January 2015

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Also as announced by Coach Ihor this past Sunday:  Track Attack skiers are encouraged to register and to participate in the “CCSAM Manitoba Cup Race #2” this upcoming Saturday, 31 January 2015 at 12:00.

Register online no later than 19:00 on Thursday, 29 January 2015.

Show up at the Falcon Ridge Ski and Recreation Area chalet no later than 10:30 on Saturday, 31 January 2015.

If you do decide to register, please also e-mail Coach Ihor to let him know so that he can coach (and possibly transport) your skier on Saturday.

For your information, after the race, at 14:30, will be the “Biathlon Open House at the Biathlon Range specifically to experience Biathlon shooting. Ages 10 +”.  This was hugely popular last year during our Jackrabbit Expedition.

Having said all that, the latest weather forecast is predicting -26 degree Celsius air temperatures with a -37 windchill.  If this turns out to be likely to occur (closer to race day) this race will again be postponed.

“Fast Rabbits Thursday 6″, Thursday 29 January 2015

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Coach Ihor’s and Coach Rob’s groups are invited out to the Windsor Park Nordic Centre on Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 18:30 for “Fast Rabbits Thursday 6″.

The latest weather forecast is predicting a -19 degree Celsius air temperature with a -23 windchill at skiing time.

Technique (classic or skate) to be determined.

Daily trail pass (and hot chocolate, if required) is the skier’s responsibility to purchase in the clubhouse.

“Wednesday Night Race #7″ Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

As announced by Coach Ihor this past Sunday:   Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits, Track Attack skiers, their parents and/or caregivers are all encouraged to register and to participate in “Wednesday Night Race #7 / Schools Race #2” this upcoming Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 19:30.

Register online no later than 21:00 on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

Show up at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre clubhouse no later than 19:00 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015.

If you do decide to register, please also e-mail Coach Ihor to let him know so that he can coach your skier on Wednesday evening.

“Sunday Session (10)” Sunday, 25 January 2015 Is On

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

The latest weather forecast is predicting a -11 degree Celsius air temperature, 20 kmh winds from the south, and a -20 degree windchill, for the start of tomorrow’s skiing session.

So, you guessed it:  For “Sunday Session (10)”, Sunday, 25 January 2015, meet at 13:30 on The Hummocks in the Nature Playground (same place as last Sunday).

And yes, there is plenty of skiable snow still on the ground (after this week’s “heat wave”).

Bring a reusable mug for apres ski hot chocolate (with wagon wheels), likely to be consumed in the Duck Pond Shelter.

Fast Rabbit Thursday is on for Jan 22! 6:30 pm

Hi!

Looking forward to another swift ski at Windsor with the Track Attack crew (Coach Rob and Coach Ihor).  Get ready for skate technique-no grip wax used, and a bit of volume skiing: not an intense speed but it will be a steady pace.  If you have a water bottle belt bring it along for the ride.

Meet at Windsor Nordic Centre,  6:30 pm, off the snow by 8:00, outside at the ski rack on the right side as you get out the door.  If you don’t see us right away we are probably doing a few laps of the first fairway (start area to the left of the building). I will probably not be able to be able to hear my cell phone due to the ruckus in the building or due to the the fact that I’m probably skiing!

We’ll see you there!

Ihor

“Sunday Session (9)” Sunday, 18 January 2015 Is On

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

The latest weather forecast is predicting a -14 degree Celsius air temperature, 10 kmh winds from the north, and a -20 degree windchill, for the start of tomorrow’s skiing session (https://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=meteocode&zone=r1.15&tz=-6&title=FPWG11&lat=49.89975&lon=-97.13749).

Because of this, “Sunday Session (9)”, Sunday, 11 January 2015 will indeed run, but we will meet at 13:30 on The Hummocks in the Nature Playground (same place as last Sunday), not in front of the Lyric Theatre.

Bring a reusable mug for apres ski hot chocolate (with wagon wheels), likely to be consumed in the Duck Pond Shelter.

A super Fast Rabbits Thursday! Plus a new sport drink for us!

Thanks to everyone who came out. I had an absolute hoot of a good time!

Parents: if you get this before your skiers do, please show it to them!

So, what we learned from this evening’s ski was:

  1. Push with all of the legs- this means scrunching down low to get a huge leg push
  2. Go wide with the feet (and hands) on that really steep uphill after the loony downhill at the double black diamond bit
  3. Let go of the pole at the end of the end of the arm swing: we have these great pole straps that let you let go of the pole, so let’s use that technology to our advantage!

The “new” sport drink:

Okay, it’s actually not that new.  My mom used to make this very super charged tea for cold nights when we had to bang out longer skis in Assiniboine Park after school.  This was what we did:

  • steel-lined thermos (so it wouldn’t break)
  • Mom then made a huge pot of tea
  • Mom added two really large spoons of honey
  • Then Mom squished in a lemon or  blueberry jam

This Thermos would sit in the snow trackside and we would have a drink every 2 laps (about 20 minutes).  This would keep us going for a couple of hours.  very low tech but it worked.  It’s all about the sugar, and it was warm, which really helped cold hands.

Don-Han and Josh approve  and are endorsing this drink.

See you Sunday in the park,

ALL HAIL, HUDSON! for breaking a pole,

and  Welcome Clara! Newest skier in the group!

Coach Ihor