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What the Birkie Did to My Face This Year

Wow, this picture looks way worse than the reality...but I'm sure I'm not the only one who got a little bit of freezer burn at the Birkie!  That was even WITH the use of Dermatone...so thank god I put that stuff on!  My wife suggested that the thing that might have done me in was my balaclava.  I kept pulling it up and down as I did the race and she thinks I might have wiped the Dermatone right off my face...not a bad theory!

It was kind of funny going to school on the Monday after the Birkie.  The first students said nothing, which made me think that maybe I wasn't as disfigured as I had previously thought.  But then somebody marched right up to me and screamed, "What did you do to your face?"

Later on in the day another student asked me if I'd gotten into a bar fight over the weekend.  In hindsight, I should have said yes.

A week + later, there are no ill effects.  It's surprising how resilient the human body is...you can put it through a lot of abuse, then again, we skiers knew that already!

1 comment:

  1. My frozen fingers are still very swollen and sore. The doc says that cold weather canoe race training this spring is not a good idea. Maybe I'll have to go to MO or AR to get enough hours in to do the 70 mile General Clinton Canoe Marathon in Cooperstown, NY on May 30th.

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