Forty miles for me on skis and 40 years for Ian. It was a big day for Ian on Saturday and we made the most of it with some family ski time in the morning at Buttermilk, followed by a quick Bowl Lap in the afternoon while my dad watched the kids. We wrapped up the day with dinner at Cache Cache in Aspen, which was pretty decadent.
Ian and his parents 40 years ago
I also managed to get in 40 miles of skimo training last week. My legs are starting to come around, and my fitness is getting better, which I’m noticing especially on the ascents. I need to spend a little more time skiing Highlands Bowl on my RSR race skis to get my descending legs more up to speed.
So far, I’m psyched with my early season training and fitness. Hopefully I will continue to get stronger and I’m really looking forward the rest of the race season.
Since it’s cold, snowy and December (-5 this am!), I suppose I should finally embrace winter. My new La Sportiva RSR skis and bindings are ready to race and my Hi5s are waiting for some more powder. The first COSMIC race is at Irwin Lodge next weekend so last weekend I decided it was high time to actually train on my skis.
Lyndsay Meyer, Todd Kennedy and I skinned a lap and a half on Ajax early Sunday morning. It took me awhile to sort my gear on Saturday evening but once my boots and skis were on the snow, I thankfully didn’t feel like I haven’t skied in almost six months. I actually felt really good – bring on winter!
After social hour at the Sun Deck complete with hot chocolate and a warm fire (it’s Aspen after all), I met the family for a ski day at Snowmass. Juniper also jumped right back into skiing and Axel thoroughly enjoyed his first day on skis.
…here’s hoping the skimo racing comes back as easily on Saturday in CB.
It’s that time of year when we all think about what we are thankful for. Too bad more of us don’t do this more often but at least we do it sometime.
Of course I’m thankful for the usual things like my amazing husband, my kids, our extended family, etc. But this year I’m also thankful for La Sportiva sponsoring me for the skimo season again and the gear that is on its way to my house. I had a hard time not feeling like a kid on Christmas while reading the email showing my RSR skis and binding and Hi5 skis had shipped. My Stratos boots from last season are perfectly broken in and ready for some ski days very soon.
First however, we are headed to Moab for a little more mountain biking and trail running before more snow flies. We just can’t seem to get enough of the desert even with Ian picking up his Surly Pugsley snow bike this afternoon and my skis on the way.