Sunday, January 31, 2010
I returned to NE Ohio last night, where it was much colder than it ever was during the week in MT. However, I returned with some fabulous memories.
With the exception of 2007, while my niece Amanda was in the middle of her chemo for her leukemia, we have been skiing every year since 2002. Yes, I learned to ski downhill in 2002, at the age of 49, after some friend had bugged us to go skiing with them for years. At first, we told the people who invited that 'they were on drugs' - then we caved in, and a new world opened. I learned to ski at Whistler, BC. (Advise to anyone who wants to learn to ski - go to a big ski place and learn to ski. The instructors are outstanding and that is the reason I learned - and got excited about skiing). If you don't know where Whistler is - you will soon. Winter olympics. In fact, last year I was on the men's downhill course... at a much more leisurely pace LOL.
This year, like the others, was a blast. There were 12 of us (the owners included) in the same house, and although a lot of calories were burned on the slopes, the scale was up 5 lbs this morning. Part of that could well be sodium and water retention. But skiing, can cardio get better than that.
Our friends house is in Moonlight basin, close to the exclusive Yellowstone Club. The snow this year could have been better, but groomed well. Not a lot of people skiing (when did you feel you had a mountain to yourself).
The first days were grey. Thursday was blue bird, and Friday almost blue bird. The best skiing - long slopes and nice weather was Friday.
I could go on - but will save you the pain of a long post. However, I will offer a couple of advise.
1. Skiing is tough, particularly on the lower body. If you are a beginner or an experienced athletes - make sure your lower body work out gets in focus before you go. It is tough on your legs.
2. Most ski areas are at an altitude. Make sure you are well hydrated before you go, and hydrate well while skiing. Think hydration systems (i.e. Camelbak).
3. Make sure you eat well (bring snacks i.e. Powerbars or the like).
4.Spend time and money on lessons either to learn basic skills or to get rid of your bad habits/learn new skills.
Unfortunately I did have an injury. A minor one (I think) ... The visibility (flat light) made it impossible to see some powder... and down I went ... well the powder wasn't as deep as I wanted, so when I went down - shoulder first - I got hurt. I (still) doubt anything is broken, but the top of my shoulder is sore... the test will be when I go swimming in the morning. My plan is two days of rest .... back to work and working out tomorrow!!!