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Birkie Week Special Guests

Birkie Week at the Moon is always full of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. Outrageous sales…check; great camaraderie…check. We’ve even got some special guests you’re gonna definitely hang out with.

 

First up, is Leena Peltonen, CEO and Co-Owner of Rex Ski Wax. Rex is one of the most successful wax companies in Nordic, and with her at the helm, Rex has been on the cutting edge of wax technology. Leena will be in and out Weds. through Fri. talking wax, but will be sitting down with customers on THURSDAY FROM 3-6 for more of an in-depth audience.

 

Next, on FRIDAY FROM 4-6, JOIN GU Energy Labs for an inspiring and fun evening with ultra runner Rob Krar and cyclist Willie Stewart. Rob and Willie will both be competing in the Birkie on Saturday. Come learn how they fuel for endurance events. Enjoy beer from Angry Minnow and get a sneak preview of GU’s newest energy gel, launching March 1.

Lastly, on Sunday, New Moon invites you to be our special guests! Bring in your bib for a beverage and brat. Tell us your Birkie story, and enjoy some Birkie Love!

Can’t wait to see you here at New Moon over Birkie Week!

 

Trail To The Birkie Video Series, Part 2: Dakota

Next in our Trail To The Birkie Series we meet Dakota, up and coming masters elite. Dakota shares some training tips, why he loves classic technique, and a look at the twin Dale brothers rivalry.

If you missed Part 1 last week, take a minute to view that segment featuring Ashley Shuman HERE.

Enjoy, and let’s get Birkie Fever goin’!

Product Spotlight – Floyd’s of Leadville

My goal in training for either skiing or biking is to reduce suffering when I participate in events. To reduce suffering after training, it’s important to have a plan for managing pain and inflammation. Eating ibuprofen like candy, as it turns out, isn’t the best game plan for your overall health. We’re happy to welcome Floyd’s of Leadville CBD line of products into the shop to help with pain, inflammation, and stress management. The Leadville, CO based company, which is home to the legendary Leadville 100 mountain bike race, was founded by former professional cyclist Floyd Landis. You can read about his journey and philosophy here .
CBD is an oil found in hemp plants. Hemp has been cultivated for practical and medicinal purposes for nearly 6000 years, with CBD being isolated and studied since the 1950s. CBD is not psychoactive (meaning it doesn’t not get you high) and Floyd’s products have been 3rd party tested for purity  so you know exactly what you’re getting. The primary benefits of CBD are: anti-inflammatory, pain management, stress and anxiety relief, and promoting restful sleep. We have been testing these products and have found them to be effective both post workout and in daily use.
We are currently stocking:
Recovery Powder – Whey protein recovery drink with CBD
Softgels – 25mg of CBD per capsule, which is generally a daily effective dose
                   
Tincture – 600mg per bottle in a liquid solution, one full dropper = 20mg
As with any health product, if you are uncertain how this fits into your regimen, contact your doctor or health care professional.
—Ian

Dress for XC Success – Layering

Once you’ve gotten your xc equipment fitted perfectly, the next thing to dial in is your clothing. Customers ask me all the time, “What temperature range is this piece of clothing for?” There is so much more than temperature range to dressing for success when it comes to cross country skiing. The key to comfort is layering.

Continue reading Dress for XC Success – Layering

Kids on Skis – Encouraging a Lifetime Sport

 

If you love to XC ski, but haven’t attempted to get your kids out on the trails, or if your family ski outing ended in disaster, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that can help you have an amazing time with the kiddos and instill them with a lifetime love of the sport.

First of all, take advantage of talent available to help with the learning and outfitting process. Consider one of the many groups or clubs that offer lessons – they can make starting up really easy, and more importantly, FUN! Whether your technique isn’t quite on point or you just need to escape the family drama for a bit (parents, you know what I’m talking about) lessons offer kids the chance to ski and play with other kids and learn from other adults who haven’t just told their kid 100 times to keep their mittens on.

 

Here in Hayward, that group is the Hayward Nordic Kids. Nordic Kids started as the Bill Koch Ski League as an after-school program in the early 90s. Their mission is to promote the sport of cross country skiing by providing a fun and organized teaching program for all area youth, encouraging children to develop skills in cross country skiing in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Currently, the program is capped at 150 students and is divided into 9 groups with at least one coach per group. Kids can start as early as age 3. Parents often stay to help out, and all the coaches are volunteers. Kids who sign up are able to affordably rent equipment that is fitted specifically for them. Beside the regular lessons, twists and events help kids stay encouraged and involved.  “We…have Treats On The Trail…where we hide snacks in a few locations around the loops, and the students have to find them to enjoy them. One week we encourage everyone to wear a costume. And Friday Night Glo Ski events happen 3 times a season at the lighted loops at OO” Salle Beckwith, previous Director and Board Member explains, “This is a fun way to practice skiing outside of the lesson setting.”

 

This year, Nordic Kids is joining forces with the American Birkebeiner. Kristy Maki is Event Director for the American Birkebeiner as well as having been a coach and/or Director of Hayward Nordic Kids for 12 years. “The Birkie is joining with Hayward Nordic Kids for a few reasons. One of the missions of the ABSF is to promote healthy lifestyles and Hayward Nordic Kids is a great way to start kids on the right path at an early age. The ABSF encourages youth programming and is happy to provide resources and support to a program like this…It’s important to the ABSF that the Hayward Nordic Kids continues to thrive and that kids in the Hayward and surrounding areas have a great platform to learn cross country skiing.”

Currently, registration is still open through the week for Hayward Nordic Kids, so get more info and get your kids signed up! Check out their facebook page and website.

 

If you aren’t located near a group, or just want to go it alone with the little ones, there are a few things to remember, the most important of which is KEEP IT FUN!  Here are some other tips:

Encourage indoor play on skis. Let kids practice inside without cold temps and bulky clothing.

Start without poles. They just get in the way at this stage and can be dangerous. Chris here at the shop agrees. This will usually spark protest from most kids, but, Chris reports, they just ski better and learn faster without poles. “Kids and adults will develop a natural striding rhythm and good balance by swinging their arms. This will start with simple shuffling and progress to a longer, gliding stride in time. Poles are for propulsion, not balance – add poles once the rhythm is ingrained.”

Ski on groomed trails. It is much easier and keeps kids from falling down as much and crossing their skis.

Play games to keep it interesting like I-Spy, soccer, tag, or sharks and minnows. Set up cones or obstacles on the trails. Go on a winter scavenger hunt. This gives kids a chance to work on their ski skills without even realizing they are learning.

 

Take short breaks with snacks. OK, this one is great for kids and adults.

 

Bring other kids along. It’s always more fun (at least for the kids).

The benefits of introducing kids to cross country skiing at an early age are undeniable. Kids learn balance and coordination and gain strength and stamina that cross over to any other sport they might engage in. Plus, they learn to appreciate the outdoors in winter.

New Moon can outfit all of your kids with skis—starting with Lucky Bums for kids 2 to 5 all the way up to top-end racing packages elite high school skiers.

 

Skiing with your kids not only encourages the love of a lifetime sport, it creates family memories that will stay with you and your kids for years to come. So get those little ones out on the trail. You may have to stop a few (dozen) more times and have a few more cups of hot chocolate, but, believe me, it will be worth it!

 

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