biking - red bike49:19 12.43 mi (3:58 / mi) +355ft3:52 / mi ahr:132 max:160 weight:143lbs
Low 50s, light breeze from the south, sunny. Pretty nice for February!
Only one pair of tights today, and skipped the orange puffy jacket. Don't know if being dressed a little less like the Michelin Man, or putting a little more air in the tires, or both, had anything to do with it, but the bike was moving along better today.
Very nice to get done and not feel discouraged. Been a while. :-)
biking - red bike51:19 11.98 mi (4:17 / mi) +338ft4:10 / mi ahr:135 max:154 weight:144lbs
To Montague Center, back along the river. 43F, NW 10-15. The usual, felt feeble but got it done.
The back is managing better than I expected, still sore lower right side but getting better. But discovered a day or so after the fact that my left shoulder and ribs were also sore, but fortunately neither badly so. My recollection is that the ski slope was a very hard base with a modest amount of nice snow on top, so the skiing was fine, but when you fell there was no give. When I did it, it felt like I landed on concrete...
Back hurts but not (yet) near as bad as I feared. Meaning, I've still got pretty good range of motion, and things like getting up or sitting down aren't ordeals. So more optimistic, well, maybe it's more accurate to say less pessimistic, than I was yesterday.
At Butternut with Charlie and Zack. Good and bad. Bad was one fall, first run, caught an edge, not an especially bad fall, and certainly not spectacular, but my back didn't like it at all. So that put a bit of a damper on things. Hurt the rest of the time, but never so much that I stopped, at least until we seemed all ready to stop.
The good was most everything else. Really enjoyed the company. All the lifts are quads or triples, so we always got to ride up together, lots of good visiting time. On the way down Zack has a much greater fondness for high speeds than Charlie or I, but once we figured out that we just needed to agree at the top what lift we were taking next, then we didn't have to worry about keeping him in sight on the way down.
Interesting to hear about Zack's progress on the work front. He is an apprentice electrician. My sense is he's doing real well, and the job suits him. Very nice to see.
And also ran into (figuratively) half of the couple (the wife) who bought my mom's house. The whole family was there, but husband and the two young girls were at the race training session so she had a couple of hours on her own. Should have asked her to join us, though I have a feeling we were going too fast for her, so maybe it's just as good I didn't. Had a nice chat with her, if brief.
A sunny day, warming up nicely (18 to start, reaching the mid-40s), no wind. Quite crowded, but waits for lifts not more than a couple of minutes. Just had to make sure you didn't run into someone, or get run into, on the slopes.
About 30 minutes of actual skiing, 7,800', hardest work was the couple of times I had walk uphill (like to get to the lift the first time), I am definitely out of shape.