Skieologians: looking ahead with Russ

Dreaming of the bye week … and snow

Before you know it, we’ll have winter again.
Ryan Sederquist/

Surgeon General’s warning: I don’t claim to know the future. Reading could have lingering side effects on your fantasy football team’s performance 

Broncos PR guy: Alright, time for two more!”

Reporter: Hey Russ, Ryan O’Halloran, Denver Post. It’s the end of October, you guys are 7-1 (dream big right?), you’re only trailing the 8-0 Vikings (Ok, maybe too big) and you beat the 49ers 63-0 on back on Sept. 25 (sorry Freud) … What are you hoping to accomplish over the bye week? 

Russ Wilson: Honestly, right now I just need to recharge the batteries, you know. (Typewriter sounds clacking, papers flipping, someone sniffs).

I’m going to head up to Vail with Ciara and just get away from the film room and the playbook. Maybe do some skiing. 

(Audible gasps and murmuring. More typewriter clickety-clacks. Paper is torn).

Broncos PR guy: Last one! 

Sederquist(Waving hand like a first-grader during story time) Oh! Oh! Russ!

Broncos PR guy: Hey, wait a minute! How did that guy get in here? (rushes to back of room). 

Sederquist: Russ, Ryan “” Sederquist … of Skieologians fame. (awkward pause; O’Halloran pauses from briefcase-packing and turns around to look at imposter). ….anyway … so, you said you’re skiing. Do you prefer skate or classic?

Russ: I, ahh …I don’t know what you’re —

Sederquist: (habitual interruption to insert self into story) I would suggest the Vail Nordic Center if you are a double-pole guy, as I am. A lot of flats and gradual uphills. Great views of the Gore Range. Nice lodge for your family to stay warm, too. 

Russ: I actually prefer going downhill, you know. 

Sederquist: In that case, might I suggest you head up Highway 24, swing past Minturn and hit up Maloit Park. Steeper, for sure (Broncos PR guy makes move to microphone; Sederquist’s eyes widen and pace quickens) but, ah, anyway, those SSCV kids out there can really show you great technique. 

Russ: So, I just want to clarify —

(Notebooks return, typewriters come to rest as fingers anxiously hang in the balance)

— we’re actually probably going to ski at Beaver Creek — we’re staying with Lewis Hamilton and he’s going to show me around. 

Sederquist: Oh! Beaver Creek has a Nordic center!

O’Halloran: Who is this clown?!

Broncos PR guy: (Grabbing Sederquist) Ok, enough of you. 

Sederquist: Russell, wait! Can I ask you one more?

(Bewildered PR guy grips Sederquist as awkward pause sets in.)

Russ: Yeah, that’s no problem, dude.

Sederquist: Can I record you saying something for my podcast? (Does not wait for reply) Ok. Repeat after me —

Broncos PR guy: Alright, no. You’re done. Russ — everybody — thank you, thank you. 

Sederquist: (being carried out by security, yelling, with voice fading away): Just say: “WINTER IS commmmmmmming! ….”

The snow is coming — are you ready?!
Ryan Sederquist/

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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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