About Wyatt Fereday

Originally from Boise, Idaho and a graduate of Colby College, Wyatt is entering his 4th season on the Elite Team. Wyatt is always contender in any distance race. Having recently completed his Masters’ Thesis, he is currently working as a hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He has also given back to the region by frequently training with our junior and master skiers and teaching and working at Far West Nordic fundraisers.

Turkey Trot

Saturday was the famous Donner Lake Turkey Trot. I was third in the 7-mile running race around Donner Lake, the top skier behind some speedy high school runners. Spencer was the next nordie in 5th, and Anja won the women’s race to claim the huge frozen Turkey for her first place prize! It was a beautiful day and a tough workout for us skiers who, at this time of year, focus more on rollerksiing than running!

Thanks to all who came out to compete in this fun even that’s also an Auburn Ski Club fundraiser. There were 200 or so racers with the Turkey Trot, Mashed potato mile, and walkers divisions This is one of three main fundraisers for Auburn Ski Club, the others being the Squaw Mountain Run and the Firecracker Mile in downtown Truckee.

Turkey Trotting

Turkey Trotting

Specific Strength

Specific strength workouts pretty much have to involve either skiing or rollerskiing. That’s why it’s specific. But there’s still plenty of room for diversity in these workouts. Try pulling a tire. Hint: start with the smallest tire you can find (like a honda insight tire) and use a roughly ten’ bungee chord.

Lab Strength

We on the Far West Elite Team are committed to getting the job done, at training, at work, or both. Here’s some proof.

Work and Play

Balancing training and work is always a challenge. Sometimes you can do both. Earlier this summer while doing hydrology field-work in Elko, NV, I used an off-day to do a bike ride up the beautiful Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains. Turns out I should have brought the xc skis as 3/4 to the end of the canyon I was stopped by a couple feet of snow on the road and lots of snow machine fumes. I about froze on the ride back down as a snowstorm rolled in. Luckily, I had a trusty can of sardines in Louisiana hot sauce waiting for me in the truck at the bottom – a great training/field-work food (or just a great food anytime). I got revenge on the next work trip to Elko by classic rollerskiing up to the end of the canyon.

I guess I’m lucky to have a job that includes work in places where potential for mountain biking, running, and rollerskiing adventures make work seem like play.

Biking Lamoille Canyon in the snow

Biking Lamoille Canyon in the snow

Yum

Yum

Billy Dutton Uphill!!

The Billy Dutton was what it always is: HARD. No getting around that. Ton’s of fun and some interesting techniques employed: skate, classic, running, tandem skiing (2nd annual tandem champs = Gus and Johannes!). I was able to claim the victory by a few minutes over Franz and Spencer. Hard snow this year made it faster than normal. Thanks to Squaw Valley as well for pulling off an improbably clean and well-covered trail with nearly no snow on the lower slopes.

Thanks to all the great Far West volunteers, racers, coaches, and parents for a great event and outstanding support of the Elite Team all season. Next year we will have tons of snow, I promise!

Tandem Style

Tandem Style

Mammoth Marathon and Walker Rollerskier

Last weekend was the always-fun Mammoth Marathon. Myself and Spencer represented the Far West Elite Team by placing 1-2. This is an awesome race because it’s super scenic, at super high altitude, has super good food at the awards, and provides super nice race bibs (synthetic not paper).

Check out some pics by Mark Nadell : Photos
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Next came came a new challenge: become, in all likelihood, the first person to roller ski at Walker Lake.

Walker Rollerskier

Definitely got some interesting looks from RVers and locals. Surprisingly good pavement though.

 

 

The Gold Rush is Back!

Way to go Royal Gorge for bringing back the Gold Rush

Elite Team on the Gold Rush Podium

Elite Team on the Gold Rush Podium

for the first time in several years, despite the lack of snow. It was shortened from 50 to 36k, but was super fun nonetheless and a great workout for Franz, Patrick, and me.

With the Great Race and Tahoe Rim Tour cancelled this season because of the historic drought, it was awesome to have at least one of the “big three” California races. Next year we can get them all I’m sure!

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This photo sums up my birkie:

Thermal blankets are stylish as well as warm

Thermal blankets are stylish as well as warm

I got cold again (like two years ago) and had to add some festive attire. I still haven’t learned just how much colder Wisconsin is than California. Still a great trip and tons of fun. Congrats to Matt Gelso and Patrick Johnson on their great finishes!

Makin’ Dough

Blue Toko and Blue Puffies

Blue Toko and Blue Puffies

Patrick and I went up to the Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho over the weekend to ski with some of the best in the west and have some fun on real snow. It was a successful day with both of us cracking the top 10 (Patrick 5th, myself 9th) to earn a bit of money. Patrick also won the first preem to claim a bit extra dough. It was a new course this year, with a few more climbs and a few more Ks, which turned out to make it a more fun and interesting race, and probably helped us out a bit since we are from altitude. The Toko blue wax we raced on was excellent as well. Thanks to the volunteers in Ketchum that made it happen on thinner than usual snow.

BMT Podium

BMT Podium

Teton Ridge Classic

The Teton Ridge Classic is a great ski race. Beautiful scenery, nice rolling terrain, tons of snow, cheerful volunteers, lots of hot soup and bread at the finish. I had the added benefit of driving over to Driggs, Idaho with the Idaho Nordic crew. Turned out that it was perfect fish scales and/or zeros conditions. I left both of those pairs of skis in Reno. But Mike “Silver Fox” Weber set me up on his extra pair of fishies. Throw in their v05 Finite structure tool and the skis were dynamite.  Oh and one last critical piece of equipment: my lucky Bill Clinton ski tie. Needles to say,  It was a good race.

 

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