After 11 years of living in the Roaring Fork Valley and being in awe of Mt. Sopris daily, I finally got Ian to the summit yesterday. He’s never been motivated to hike or ski the mountain as he prefers to mountain bike the amazing trails at the base, but I mentioned it late Saturday evening and he jumped on the opportunity. The weather wasn’t pleasant with high winds and not much in the way of sun, but once we determined the snow was stable we went anyway. We don’t have many early mornings without the kids so when my parents took them overnight, we had to take advantage. It wasn’t my fastest trip up and down Sopris but it was my favorite (despite a little whining on my part with my crappy skiing).
The lack of snow here is just about all anyone can talk about, so I won’t. Instead, here are some recent photos of me, Ian and our friend Michael Hayes making lemonade out of lemons.
For my birthday, Ian organized a proper adventure. We planned to ride from Marion Gulch in Carbondale to Sunlight Mountain on a series of maintained snowmobile trails. I borrowed a new Surly Moolander from our friend Darin Binion who owns the Gear Exchange in Glenwood. The Moonlander has five inch tires and it proved to be have impressive traction and floatation on the snow packed trails. Ian and Michael on their Pugsleys, were both envious.
In all the 30-mile ride took us four hours. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday.
Otherwise, I’ve been training on my rando gear whenever possible, usually early morning up at Ajax. Ian and I are heading to Jackson Hole on Friday for the US National Ski Mountaineering Championships. It’s going to be to tough race with an especially competitive women’s field.
This brings tears to my eyes. Absolutely amazing career and finishing strong as a mother. May we all learn something from Sarah.
I am trying to have a few weeks of active recovery and a small off season before skimo training ramps up. I’m realizing this is much harder than I thought it would be. Most of my runs and rides last week were harder than they were supposed to be because I don’t think I’m very good at holding back. This weekend I made a sincere effort to actually actively recover.
Our family headed to Moab on Friday morning with friends for one last desert getaway. Normally when we have the chance for a weekend like this, I get as much training in as possible. It was a nice change to go on a few short runs and then hang with the kids. We even got a great family hike in Arches National Park this morning before heading home.
I’ve taken ‘off seasons’ before by default when a racing season is complete, but this is the first time I’ve had someone telling me to really rest. Without being accountable to Lindsay Hyman at CTS, I’m not sure if I would be able to hold back as much as I have. After a great weekend with the family, I’m looking forward to another easy week before getting going again. Especially since my new Sportiva skis arrived while we were away!
Thank you to Nicole DeBoom for including me as one of her Belly Tales on the Skirt Sports blog.
An excerpt from the post:
Listen to Your Body – Sari Anderson’s Belly Tale
November 3, 2011
I need to start by saying this – Sari Anderson is a stud. She is a two-time national mountain bike champion, the 2006 Adventure Race World Champion, a badass trail runner, ski mountaineer and an Xterra Winter World Champ. Somewhere along the way, she also managed to pop out two kiddos! And then to top it off, she got right back on the trails and after being selected as one of Outside Magazine’s “Fittest Real Athletes,” she was invited at the last minute to join the reigning XPD Adventure Racing World Championship team in Tasmania for this year’s event. Yes, she just left a few days ago.
So in other words, Sari Anderson is hard-core. Having kids has not slowed her down one bit. While I cannot claim to have maintained Sari’s level of workouts during my pregnancy, my favorite take-away from her story is her insistence that no matter what level of athlete you are, you need to listen to your body.
I thought about this concept for a while. Listen to your body. This is something I have told countless athletes who I’ve prepped for various events over the years. I have come to lean on this phrase because as an athlete, I understand what it means. It should be simple, right? Don’t get injured – Listen to your body. Don’t get dehydrated – Listen to your body. Don’t bonk – Listen to your body.
What I failed to remember is that the first time you ever try something new, you have no idea what you are listening for! So while I agree…Read more of the story.