So, I've been hanging around here for a while. There's a bunch of interesting information. But there's also temptation. And temptation has often had the better of me.
First, it was the ski reviews. I just had to have to Volkl7-24 Pros. Then the Mantras. I then progressed into more expensive and intensive endeavors. Epicski Academy. It took three times before I matriculated -- a collision with a tree resulting in my first sled ride (and a bruised liver), followed by a dislocated shoulder. But I learned a lot, and became hooked.
Big Sky. What more do I need to say than that? The Epicski Academies there were, well, Epic. Skiing with Dan Egan. And Bob Barnes, Charlie McArthur, Ursula Howland, Robin Barnes, Mermer Blakesley, and (not least) Jim Schanzenbaker. Wow. It really changed my skiing. And I found a lot of new friends. I go to ski with Ursula and Schanzy now. I've learned a lot from them, and am the better for it. I ran into Bob Barnes on Sunday and took a few runs with him. It's great to see him, and chat about cycling, as well as skiing.
And Epicski has changed my life. When I started with Epicski, I weighed 250 lbs. I caught the cycling bug, in part, here. I'm now 185, and 21,000 miles have been the large part of that transformation. Many folk gave me inspiration; Bob, Josh, Michael, Chris, Robin. I learned to challenge myself at a level I'd never contemplated before, like riding the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. And meeting USASkiDawg on the trip. And doing it again the next year.
Now, as I enter the later stages of mid-life, I have Epicski to blame for my new mid-life crisis. Nolo introduced the Adventure Project a few months back. I seriously toyed with the idea of going to Gulmarg, in Kashmir, at the time, but it just didn't seem like a good example for a senior executive to set--taking the end of the year off to go skiing, coming back for a week or two, then leaving for 2 weeks of skiing in India, followed (closely) by a trip to Kicking Horse. A couple of months pass by, a few disappointments at work, and what do you know? I'm on email seeing if I can get my buddy and I on the trip of a lifetime. Well, I'm going. And it's all due to Epicski.
The drug of mid-life folk. Today I bought a pair of Kastle BMX128's from Scott at Dawgcatching.com. A website I would've never known about except for this site. And I would've likely never known of Kastle skis except for this site. I now own a full quiver thanks to you.
I'm looking forward to my trip. At the end of January. I have to learn how to skin! A new adventure awaits, thanks to all of you.
I'm blessed. I hope you all are too.