Skieologians: Risen from the dead

Our family’s new Easter tradition was — and I’m not making this up — my wife’s idea.

The Sederquist family Easter morning sunrise ski

The blank expression on my face at dinner, attempting to process my Minnesota Timberwolves’ first NBA playoff win since the Truman administration was the first clue. My tip-toeing around the house afterward, unsure of how my desire for a Sunday morning crust ski could theologically gel with an Easter church service, gave her an opportunity. 

“Honey, let’s wake up at 6:00 a.m. and do a sunrise ski!” she lobbed in my direction.  

I almost choked up a chunk of dark chocolate rabbit into my eager dog’s waiting mouth. What kind of preposterous demonstration of selflessness was this? Doesn’t she know it’s 2022? I tried to think of how I was supposed to be offended by her kindness.

“How dare she?!” read my mind’s script as I continued my Easter candy raid, delaying a response. 

While her responsibilities basically ended at coordinating our 7-month-old daughter’s feeding schedule with baking our contribution to brunch and filing our taxes … and solving world peace — all before 8:00 a.m. — I still needed to decide what color spandex would go best with my Seder-Skier.com shirt. The nerve.  

“That’s a great idea,” I said, my enthusiasm about as subtle as the Mount St. Helens on the morning of March 16, 1980.

Easter is all about one thing: resurrection from the dead. The last two years have put to death some elements of our society that in my opinion deserve a second shot — and don’t worry, I’m not going to be calling for a rebirth of certain Twitter accounts. I’ll stick to sports and culture revivals for the most part, starting with my wife’s example of unselfish affection: 

  1. Thinking of others – We all learned it in kindergarten and most of us stopped by second grade. For a change, strive for showing true love: considering the needs of someone else over your own.
  2. Don’t make everything political – Speaking of my Wolves, the last two games have been interrupted due to animal rights protestors. I’m fine with people standing up for their beliefs, but I’m starting to fatigue from sports as the chosen arena. I respectfully wonder if there is a better space. Though I regularly pause over transcendent values inherent to sports, even this writer tires of the non-athletic related drama laced into every ESPN headline. I don’t think the generic fan is hoping to be thrust into a potential argument every time they turn the game on. Americans would do well to unite around their pastime this summer. No matter what you believe or which party you voted for, I think we can all agree the Minnesota Twins are due for a title run.  
  3. Reasonable fuel prices – I know, and after I just said to not make everything political. But I’m dying for some fun hikes and bikes in the San Juans and if it costs $750 dollars to drive the van all the way to Ouray, how will I have any money left over for snacks? 
  4. Engaged Prep student sections – “Engaged” does not mean scrolling through Instagram. Live it up kiddos — you only get one chance at leading the “he’s a freshman!” cheer. Unless, of course, you flunk Algebra II. That brings me to my fifth point.
  5. Try – In a lot of sectors — sports, school, the Dollar Store check out counter — the pandemic paved a way for all of us to mysteriously feel entitled to a handout (literally) or free pass (or extra seven hall passes). Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time we step back up to the plate and give it all our very best as we practice going left, analyzing Waiting for Godot or stocking the shelves. This country’s dignity is at stake. Speaking of the nation:
  6. Make U.S. skiing great again – Mikaela is back on top for the first time since before the pandemic and River is poised to break out. Here’s to hoping they put the stars and stripes back where they should be on the international stage. And for the rest of us mere mortals riding the Beav or skinning into backcountry bowls — invite someone new next time you hit the hill. Everyone deserves a chance to ski … 

… especially if it is your wife’s idea.

Published by rsederquist

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 sederquistrd@grizzlies.adams.edu

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