Seder-Skier Podcast with Jim Galanes, Part 2 = The State of Skiing

Here is Part 2 of our conversation with Jim Galanes!

The Joe Rogan of ski podcasts has a way of engineering engaging conversation with investigative questioning other journalists dare not employ – in this show the Seder-Skier pulls out all sorts of wisdom, opinions, and sometimes controversial takes from one of the Founding Fathers of cross country skiing in North America. Below is just a snapshot of the topics covered – skip ahead at your own peril ….

3:00 – Tools for training – HR monitors – Power meters

5:00 – best tool for looking at physiological load of a training session

6:30 – First Beat System

  • Analytical tool for the coach
    • How much work they’re doing
    • If they’re recovering
    • If they’re improving
    • Need to do just enough to get improvement – don’t over do it or underdo it. 
  • This system has good reasons to be believed in because it relies on one of the most basic training principles we think we know about – stimulus/overcompensation relationship

15:00 – Is there such a thing as a man-maker workout?

19:30 – Is this all overanalyzing things? Are we ruining the ‘fun?’ 

21:50 – The state of skiing – how do we continue to improve skiing as a whole in the US

23 – Founding APU/interesting comments about current structure for US ski team athletes

25 – Community based ski clubs

29 – USOC/NGB – Difference between our sports culture and Norway’s

34 – How do we get more young people on skis? What does reform look like?

38 – “If we are providing something of value to the community, the money will follow.” – Here is the secret to the success of community based ski programs. Perhaps every community looks different such that the value the ski program provides look different, but this could still be the tool by which ultimate reform, top down, occurs (Sederskier opinion)

39:45 – The true value of sports — which in turn becomes the value of the program to the community

41 – SederSkier has all the answers ….

42:45 – Philosophy in founding APU

44 – Can companies help out in the effort to grow the sport?

46 – US Ski team – What do you see as the biggest hurdle for team USA in improving relevancy on the World Cup Stage

51 – Specific comments on the Men and Women’s World Cup teams

55 – Thoughts on the young core of the US team  

60 – Domestic Marathon circuit – Subaru Factory Team – what influence does this have on the state of skiing in the US?

67 – SederSkier tries to make a case for getting an American on the Visma Circuit …maybe himself…..

1:08 – Fast Ski Stories and Slow Ski Stories

  • Judy Rabinowitz shares some fast skis with a male skier

1:12 – Jim calls for more conversations like this to continue – we might need a future show (you will have to listen to see why :))

  • We need an avenue for constructive discussions, even when we don’t all agree. There ought to be room for broad and diverse dialogue
  • Did we open up a can of worms at the very end of the podcast? Listen to find out …

Thank you for your time, Jim! This was really fun and I hope it benefits the ski community you care so deeply about!

The Seder-Skier


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My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at

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