By Will Maines
READY OR NOT, three days after this is published I will be at the start line, along with 10,299 other cross-country skiers, of the 41st annual American Birkebeiner.
With any luck, somewhere around six hours after the gun goes off for my sixth wave Classic start, I will trudge up Main Street in Hayward and complete my 19th Birkie.
Who wudda thunk it? My first Birkebeiner was in 1984, back when we still skied from Hayward to Telemark Lodge near Cable, and if all had gone according to plan, it would have been my first and only Birkie.
When I signed up to do the Birkie that year,