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For the first time since 2006 I donned my ski gear and headed out the door to do some Cross-Country skiing. It was late in the day and I never got the chance to clean and wax so I thought I’d go with the skis as they were. They were precisely as they were in late February 2006 when I finished Vasaloppet and put the skis in the bag upon completion of the 90km. People have said that grip-tape has magical properties. On that day in 2006 I agreed. Today however, I discovered that those magical properties do not last 4 years! Absolutely no traction on the uphill’s and precious little glide on the downhill’s.

1:15 of pretty easy training.

Now to get the cleaning fluid, scraper, wax, cork, iron and whatever other accoutrements are required and get waxing.