Although I’ve been able to get out to ski for the past few days – a tour through the neighborhood, No Name in Marble and then Snowmass today – I think my favorite thing the last few days was skiing with Juniper on her new cross country skis. It is amazing how fun it is to watch her fall in love with all the things Ian and I love to do so much.
While my parents are in town, Ian and I took advantage of the babysitting and made a quick trip up to Marble yesterday for some backcountry skiing. We have not had any new snow in a while but have had some wind so some aspects have considerable avalanche danger. While Ian and I were very confident in our line, we watched a group just next to us set off a slide. The first two skied the line but the third person set it off – a good reminder that it doesn’t mean it’s safe just because someone has skied it. Thankfully, everyone was totally fine and the skier was able to hike back up and ski our much safer line. Conditions were not perfect, nor was my skiing, but it was great to get out for some exercise with Ian! Also, I have to say I was pretty impressed with my prototype Polartec Power Shield Pro jacket. I wore it on the ski down and it stayed completely dry despite a couple of pretty good crashes in deep snow, but it also breathed well enough that I didn’t overheat during some aerobic route-finding on the way back to the car.
6 months pregnant
Top of No Name had some great snow.
I was standing on the ridge when a skier to my right triggered this slide (you can see him in the center of the frame above the slide crown, click photo to enlarge). Thankfully everyone was ok, but it was definitely not how I wanted to start my descent.
Running the 4-miles and 1,500 feet up to our house.
It is finally feeling like winter and this weekend reminded me why I love Colorado so much. I spent much of my weekend teaching Juniper how to ski which has been one of the most fun and rewarding things I have done in a long time. The kid truly loves it and is able to ski all alone down short beginner slopes. Watching her learn and have so much fun is such an amazing experience as a mother.
Mixed in with the skiing, I was able to get out for a run and a skin to test out a new Polartec fabric. So far I have been very impressed and am excited to get out more to continue to put it to the test.
I continue to feel well and fit even as I’m at five and a half months pregnant. It’s a relief to be able to get out to clear my mind and do what I love.
Elinor, Sari & Wendy ready to skin in some fresh snow!
I’ve been plodding along through this pregnancy and have finally passed the halfway point. Although I’m pretty much exhausted all of the time, I have been able to continue to exercise and train pretty consistently. I’m slowing down, especially running uphill, but only by about 5 – 10% and have managed to feel pretty comfortable on the descents.
Yesterday I had my ultrasound that measures and reviews everything on baby and was psyched to know everything is right on and that Juniper will have a little brother. With Juniper being fairly small (4 lbs. 9 oz.) and a month early, I think I have done a little less this pregnancy to see if it makes a difference. Throughout both pregnancies I have continued to run, ride, skin, and do most anything else, but this time I have not managed to get out for as many long (3+ hour) runs or rides.
Knowing that the little man is growing well and has a very strong heart, I am hoping to get out for some longer sessions while I still feel well…as long as I can find the time. I continue to feel very strongly that pregnancy is not a disease nor a handicap and that I shouldn’t cease my normal activities. Some activities may need to be slightly modified but otherwise listening to my body has enabled me to do as much or as little as it feels up to. Now we just need some snow for some nice long ski tours!