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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Feb 19, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  alpine skiing2 1:20:00
  Total2 1:20:00

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Sunday Feb 19, 2017 #


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.

Saturday Feb 18, 2017 #

8 AM

alpine skiing 30:00 intensity: (22:17 @2) + (7:43 @3)
ahr:94 max:148

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.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 #

12 PM

alpine skiing 50:00 [2]
ahr:102 max:145

It occurred to me a couple of days ago that, with all the recent snow, it was time for another venture onto the alpine slopes. Just had to pick the right day. And while yesterday certainly was not the right day (cold and strong winds), today just as certainly was. Sunny, temperatures about 30, no wind, and plenty of snow. So off I head to Berkshire East, with the main objective being to not do any serious damage to myself.

And it was a fine outing. Didn't get cold, didn't get hurt, didn't make a fool of myself. :-)

Rented what passes for skis these days, poles, and boots that seemed to come almost up to my knees. Passed on the helmet. Hopped on the lift to the top to see what skills I still had.

First run was a little ragged, second was better, by the third or fourth I was back in the swings of things. It's not a big hill, the vertical is about 900', so no need to stop on the way down. Just about the time the legs were getting tired I'd be at the bottom and get to sit down for a few minutes. Not so bad.

Two falls, neither bad, both just bouncing off my uphill hip/butt. The first on the first run, when I was still figuring things out -- interesting that I stopped 3 or 4 times on that run to catch my breath, obviously fighting my skis, but as I figured things out that was no longer necessary. And the second fall was on the next to last run, first time down a reasonably steep set of moguls where the conditions were iffy, part icy and part loose choppy snow. Couldn't decide how much to attack (vs. be cautious) but not wanting to be too wimpy, and still not really trusting my skis, so the whole run was not pretty. Needed a couple more times down it, but that wasn't appealing, so I didn't.

The real hazard seemed to be that there was races going on, high school, so I always wanted to be checking behind me for some kid going faster than me and possibly not quite in control. Fortunately no incidents, nor close calls.

Quads were tired by the end, lower back a little achy but not bad, butt OK. We'll have to see if I go again this year. If I do, probably up to Vermont for a bigger hill. But only if the weather is perfect.

14 runs, 12,700' descent in maybe 50 minutes of skiing.

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