Brent Geiger joined SISU and also started the SISU Nutrition program with the intention of improving his performance in the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race. His results at the recent 2023 Birkie were better than he could have expected! Find out what he thought about his training and nutrition below:
“The American Birkebeiner is the largest cross-country ski race in North America and is a 50 kilometer express ticket to the pain cave through the grueling hills of northern Wisconsin. It is an epic test of strength, endurance and mental toughness and as a result enjoys an almost Boston Marathon-type cult following among avid cross-country skiers with many participants becoming afflicted with the so-called “Birkie Fever” and returning for punishment year after year. Despite having never Nordic ski raced before, I successfully completed my first Birkie at age 27.
In the next two years, I got faster as I became a better and smarter skier, although starting at age 30 ,and every year thereafter, my race times consistently declined in a seemingly inverse relationship to the ever-increasing quality of my flabby dad bod. This year, with the spectre of turning 40 years old on the horizon and exceedingly poor results in recent races, I knew drastic measures were needed, and thus, I reinvented my Birke training program with CrossFit SISU.
For the 6-months leading up to the race, I did CrossFit 2-3X a week and completed the SISU Nutrition Program with Coach Christina. The result was phenomenal in that I skied my best race in 10 years, nailed my stretch goal time within 3 seconds, and advanced a wave for next year’s race which is extremely difficult to do. Bigtime thank you to SISU and the coaches for helping me to become my best even at the old age of 40! Specific shout out to Coach Allie – you rock, and you make power cleans at least bearable, my accountability partner Nick T. – would not have been possible without you, and my lovely wife Sarah for putting up with my constant whining about how sore I always was. Looking forward to next year, CrossFit SISU Birke training starts Sept 5th 2023!” – Brent Geiger
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