How to Survive an Idaho Winter. -or- Nordork-a-saurus Rex

Winter, it’s been real

But I’m off to San Diego

I need me some sun

 

Music:

People Press Play, “These Days” Album: “S/T”, (C) Morr Music 2007

EBB, “I’m All Made of Music” (Juri Hulkkonen Remix), “I’m All Made of Music” EP, (P) Gaymonkey Records 2008

 

Rudy Project! (Product Giveaway Entry)

Last year I started a relationship with Rudy Project. They make awesome sunglasses and helmets for cyclists, triathletes, runners, cross country skiers, and other athletes.  Working with Rudy Project is a great fit for me, since I’ve been using Rudy Project helmets since 2007 and the Sterling has been my all-time favorite helmet for racing and training.  This year, I’m happy to partner more closely with this awesome brand.

To celebrate this relationship (okay, and the release of the new 2017 Racemaster helmetRudy is giving away  5 matte black Racemaster helmets packaged with 5 matte black Fotonyk sunglasses.  ($500 MSRP value)  Here’s a picture of the stealthy new lid.  It’s so light I had to make sure it was still on my head. 😉

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I love the Rudy Project Sterling helmet.  I tried the Windmax helmet this year and might like that one even more.  HOWEVER, Rudy has really knocked it out of the park with this new helmet.  At first glance, it looks very similar to those other two, but it’s definitely not. It has an beautifully sleek profile.  It’s incredibly light.  It has has a whole new retention system (and as you can see in the photo) an incredibly sleek strap system. It fits like a glove, looks great, has plenty of ventilation, and basically disappears on your head.

Q: What more could you want???

A: Incredible new eyewear dock.

Well, it has that too!  (See pic below)  The design on the dock is impressive.  The glasses just turn into part of the helmet. Internal rubber guides keep the glasses from touching your head and still allow ventilation. The fit is snug enough that there is NO WAY those glasses are coming out in a mountain bike race.

I love good design.

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So, after all of my ranting… if you want a chance to score a free Racemaster helmet of your own (and a pair of Fotonyk Glasses!) then just enter the contest….

To enter: follow the link HERE and enter your email address.

That simple!  The deadline for contest entry is midnight Feb 28th.   There are also 10 second place prizes of Rudy Project trucker hats!  GOOD LUCK!!!

Champion System

I’m proud announce that 2017 will be my third year partnering with Champion System as my official apparel sponsor.  I’ve been racing in Champion System custom technical apparel for years before I was sponsored, and it’s clear to me that it’s a great fit. (Pun intended)

The CS design lab makes kit design accessible for non-design oriented athletes.  The quick proof turn-around and streamlined order workflow takes the frustration out of the ordering process.  And the option to create a team store full of hundreds of custom branded goodies is AMAZING.

For the athlete, a uniform serves several purposes.  First, it needs to work well to help you perform at your best.  Second, it must look great.  Whether your uniform showcases your sponsors or just your personality, either way it has to look the part.  For the past two years Champion System has exceeded my expectations in with regard to both.  Allowing me to achieve goals and share my journey with others while also conveying a bit of my personality and brand.  -Awesome.  Their products perform and they showcase my sponsors in exactly the way I intend.  So I’m excited to extend this partnership and I’m very proud to be representing a company that is as committed to providing high quality technical apparel and customer service to the sports community.

Check out the exciting new 2017 Cycling Line at www.champ-sys.com !

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Ganter, where you at?! -A Catch’em-Up Post

It sure has been a WHILE since my last blog post.  I can’t say that it’s been uneventful.  Or that I didn’t have anything to write about.  As you may have noticed from my Social Media feeds, quite the opposite is true really.  I was crazy busy.  Blogging slipped away, and for that I apologize.

Training to be a “high performance” endurance athlete is, well… hard.  For me, getting in fighting shape is hard enough that once something else (anything else, basically) hits, it’s hard enough to stay the course and complete the training let alone nutrition, rest, equipment upkeep, travel, etc required to do your job properly.  And during the 2016 season I had a lot on my plate.

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Matt Green Photo 2016

Last winter, we decided to remodel our north end cottage.  It was the kind of remodel where you wonder why you didn’t just knock the house down and start from scratch. The kind where you completely refinance (yikes!), build a new building next to your existing house, add a porch, pour patios, build a rental apartment, etc, etc.  You get the drift.  It was a six-month ordeal that hit right during race season.  In fact, the project wrapped up in August.  Just in time for the triathlon season to wind down. -Ha!

There was a lot on my plate in addition to training.  Physically and mentally.  I used to think I was invincible when I worked a bazillion hour work week and still raced at the top end of the amateur triathlon ranks. But as a professional I’ve realized that the faster I want (need) to go, the harder the training.  For me, that doesn’t allow room for much else.  And if I take on a new project, something else has got to give. During the 2016 season, it was web presence (among other things).  I had to streamline to a nearly Instagram-only engagement format.

Well that was handy, since I managed to not completely embarrass myself on the race course, and even step on the podium a few times.  Instagram is great to keep connected, but it isn’t quite rewarding to me creatively.  I have a desire to create art.  I don’t desire to be prolific, I just like to produce things I can be proud of.  Pots, sculptures, songs, videos, designs, etc.  In college, I studied chemistry and mathematics, but as electives I studied music, sculpture, guitar, as well as film & video production.  These remained important creative outlets, but I just didn’t know how to really make them jive with my athletic career.

Until now.

In this age of engagement, I see video (herein referred to as “film”) as a creative medium and to highlight my supporters.  That’s the way endurance sports marketing is evolving.  It’s time for some more entertaining and interesting content that takes people places and maybe even inspires. So for now, I’ll use filmmaking as a tool to convey those ideas and stories under my 10Ten brand umbrella.

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I plan to use my own experiences as a starting point.  But my ultimate desire would be capture and convey adventures of others.  I have ideas on how to do this, that would be unique and perhaps unexpected in the endurance sports space.  Of course, I’ll let it evolve organically as I do with just about everything in my life… but I have ideas about how to eventually bring a fresh perspective to the endurance sports experience.  And I can’t wait to bring those ideas to life.

For now, I’m in the early stages of (re)learning the nuts and bolts since a lot has changed in the last 17 years.  It’s been a rewarding learning experience so far, and I expect that to continue.  I’ve become so re-invigorated that I wake up at night with ideas.  I’m also brimming with new questions.  That’s a passion and creativity that’s been dormant for some time.  And until I get a pottery wheel and kiln, you’ll have to deal with my freshman year of filmmaking.

For now, heres a teaser from my winter cross-training montage coming soon:

I’ll have a lot of announcements to make in the coming weeks.  My 2017 racing schedule, partnership announcements, product highlights, and sponsor contests!  Thanks for sticking around, it’s going to be an amazing year!

-Chris

Cover: Scott Conover Photography 2016