The other Andrew Johnson...

I have a confession...


I am not the 17th President of the United States and I've never been impeached.

also...

I have never competed in the Olympics or World Championships or been paid to train.

One more confession....

Like the two gentlemen mentioned above my name is Andrew Johnson and I've been avoiding this. I have to admit I haven't been too excited about writing a profile. As I told Frank, I'd rather talk about skiing, it's much more interesting!

I skied as a kid when most of our time was spent either a) trying to get our boots into those blasted cable bindings (we had old skis!) or b) trying to get up the hills of Cedarholm golf course so we could turn around and ski back down. (Call it early interval training I guess!) I'm not sure what happened but I didn't ski much in my junior high or high school years. Girls maybe? The upside is that those were the mid-90's so I missed the awful florescent pink, purple, and green look. I started skiing again late in college when I began doing some winter BWCA trips. At the encouragement of Cory Reedy (thanks Cory!) I bought my first pair of skate skis. That was 6 years ago. Rollerskis soon followed and I skied my first my first Birkie in 2006. I've been hooked ever since.

I work for REI as a Retail Supervisor in the Roseville location. I've been there for about 7 years. It's a great place to work! (they didn't pay me to say that...it really is) My wife Karen (that's her in the picture above...the one on the right) and I share our home with one brown and very energetic dog named Lucy. She's a rescued mutt possibly of Vizsla and Italian Greyhound origins but we don't know for sure. Skinny and fast, that's all you need to know. The picture to the right is her enjoying a Christmas Day snowshoe. Correction: REALLY enjoying a Christmas Day snowshoe.

We like to hike, canoe, camp, ski, cycle, take trips to the BWCA, snowshoe, and kayak. That sounds so cliché but I swear it's true! Maybe I should have added long walks on the beach and pina coladas... We also like to work on our house, garden, cook, and read. I completed my first from-the-frame-up bike build last summer. (the fixed gear I built a few years ago doesn't count) I'm now in the process of convincing my wife to let me build a cyclocross bike...if you feel so moved you could leave a comment here for her...it would be much appreciated.

That's about all the news that's fit to print and this is starting to sound like a personal ad so I'm going to end by saying I hope to meet some of you out on the trail soon!

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