I think it's a good idea - I'd also add hiking on the mountains, or at least on hills, as training activities in spring/summer periods. This is what we should normally do, anyway, all open-air activities are welcome,provided we burn calories - sleeping under a tree is NOT to be counted!!!!!
I had a brain fart about a possible new challenge (for those of us who are about to enter summer--sorry, folks who are still skiing or who are in the S. Hemisphere!)... I realized that with my skiing goggles on ;-), I see my seasons as "skiing" and "not skiing" (aka gardening). ;-) But I thought that maybe we could still do something semi-mountain (or hill) oriented in the "off" season: we could aim to get a "mountain per week"... and that could be by hiking, or stair-climbing, or stair-step machine, or even step-ups. Anyone like that idea?
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