My La Sportiva / Merelli skis arrived today! I am so excited to get out on my new skis and boots. It’s tempting to even blow off work tomorrow to check them out but I guess it will have to wait until tomorrow night or Thursday morning. Aspen has been getting hammered with snow while it rains in Carbondale so the skiing should be sweet.
While waiting for the skis to arrive I’ve been getting out a bunch with the Chariot with a bike, skate ski and run in last few days. We also celebrated Ian’s birthday last week with a skin up to the warming hut at Buttermilk. It has been so much fun to share our love for the outdoors with the kids. Juniper barely made it through having cupcakes because she was so excited
Juniper, Axel & I finishing up a great night skin and ski.
to ski down in the dark and Axel was very relaxed in the pack skiing. We are all looking forward to the next birthday celebration next week.
Happy holidays to all – time to lay down and get a good night sleep thanks to Sealy and Polartec!
We are in the midst of the holiday season which means that it is time to get on the rando race training. I have been out for a few training sessions on my race gear as well as an amazing day of backcountry skiing in Marble. Axel joined me for a recent training session and I think he enjoys skinning more than I do.
Monday can’t get here soon enough as I should be receiving in the mail a pair of the La Sportiva Stratos boots! I’m so excited to get out in these boots a few times this week to test them out before racing in them next weekend at the COSMIC Irwin race. I know skill has something to do with it but I have convinced myself that my descending skills in the race are going to be amazing this year from lighter, stiffer boots.
Meanwhile, I’ll continue training and sleeping. Axel has been allowing me to sleep more which is an amazing treat especially on the Embody by Sealy mattress with Polartec fabric. The new mattress continues to impress Ian and I with its comfort and healthy sleep.
Speaking of sleep…it’s time for me to rest for tomorrow morning’s early training session.
If you like your sleep then you should submit a short video to the Embody By Sealy contest for a chance to win a mattress set. Sealy partnered with Polartec to make a healthier mattress to allow for better rest.
I can attest to this. We have been using one for a little over a month now and I no longer wake up sweating each night. Recently I spent a night on our old mattress with our baby and woke up wet in the morning. There is no way a sweaty mattress is clean.
Over the years I’ve worked with some terrific sponsors and had access to a lot of really cool gear. I’ve tried top of the line bikes, running shoes, lighting systems and even an awesome bike trailer. One of the coolest companies I’ve worked with recently is Polartec. As a member of the Polartec Athlete Advisory Board I get to test some of the most technically advanced fabrics in the world, before they’re available to the public. For example, I tested prototypes of the new Power Shield Pro fabric all last year and provided the team at Polartec with feedback about how breathable, wind and water resistant the fabric is (it does all those things really well, by the way).
Anyway, my involvement with Polartec has just landed me what is certainly the coolest piece of gear I’ve ever gotten. Yesterday, a delivery truck showed up at my house with a brand new mattress from Embody by Sealy. Now, a mattress may not seem like the most technical or advanced gear available to athletes, but to perform at your best, there’s really nothing more important than good nights sleep to allow your muscles to recover. And I’ve got to tell you, after just one night sleeping on my new mattress, it’s much more exciting than any bike, boat or clothing I’ve ever used. For the first time in months last night, I didn’t wake up sweaty.
As I learned on their website, the Embody latex mattress uses a proprietary design to allow air to flow through the foam. Polartec high performance fabrics move air in, out and around the mattress all night, regulating the temperature. Combined with the design of the foam, the mattress surface is up to five times more breathable than other latex foam mattresses. Like a good base layer, the Polartec fabric in the mattress also wicks away moisture, keeping the surface dry and in turn, healthy.
A few other bonus features:
- Embody latex foams are free of CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals.
- The mattresses is also anti-microbial and resist dust mites, allergens and microbes.
As I said, I’ve only had one night’s sleep on the new mattress, but I think its going to become one of the most important tools in my training arsenal.