Christmas comes but once a year, so does many other things like your birthday,midsummer and the Finlandia ski race. People who enjoy christmas wait for it with great expectations-it is the winters highlight. I do not hate kittens but I am no christmas person,my winter highlight comes in late February when the Finlandia ski race is at the door. This will be my third time participating in the ski marathon. I love everything about it,the anticipation,the preparation,the confusion,the race,the crowd,the fellow skiers and the exhaustion after the race. I prepped my two pairs of classic skis today with the following waxes: (clod weather skis,Atomic World cup FL hard) glide; Start LF service wax,Start HF violet.grip: rode black base,Rex multigrade violet,Start RF violet followed by the new Start BM molybden fluor coating. On the warm weather skis (Atomic pro race) glide: Start LF service wax,Swix ceranova pink.Grip: Rode chola base klister,Start universal klister followed by Start BM coating. The coating of klister waxes was a novelty experience for me.

Yesterday I patched up my ski boots. They are a lovely pair of Madshus Nano CLC boots that I have worn for 3 years. They are showing some serious signs of wear which I cover up with black sail tape and liquisole glue,they look teriible but feel fantastic.

I think I´m gripped,ready and sorted for the winters highlight, See you Saturday in Lahti! TN