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Off season sports?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
So..........

What do you all do from May to late November sportwise? And why does it appeal to you?

Me: My two main sports--Mtn biking. Hike. Why? Well it ain't for the excercise. That would be boring. It's for the adventure. To experience the Sierras, up front and personal. I love being in wild country.

Mtb Bike: doing distance, seeing the land, being with friends and I just like the machine. Bikes are cool IMO.

Hike: going into the wilderness. That is with a capital W. Get lost, you're in trouble. Seeing country that is unchanged from before the white man arrived. I have to laugh in that for a hike I am decked out in $400 worth of technical clothing and equipment, which is for a purpose. Comfort, efficiency and safety.

Here is my wife "sitting on top of the world". At 9500 feet in the Sierras.
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post #2 of 37
Mountainbike and golf.
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Ride Dirtbikes at high speed through the woods.
post #4 of 37
I play golf and softball. I'd like to get into mountain biking but I just don't have the money to buy a bike. I've been running lately, which I hate. I'd much rather bike.
post #5 of 37
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Mountainbike and golf.
This would be my passion also. Its nice to enjoy two things that you would seemingly do in different weather conditions and these two compliment each other quite well.

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Originally Posted by ExoticSkis View Post
Ride Dirtbikes at high speed through the woods.
This would be like my husband. Most people have a quiver of skis. My husband has a quiver of Dirtbikes.
Motocross,YZ125
Harescramble (Yamaha 250F)
Enduro KTM 200 EXC(Enduro is his passion. He's an AMA A rider)
I can't imagine an average of 29 mph in the woods. That's fast!
post #6 of 37
Hike the mountains, sail the salt water, ride the bike around town.
post #7 of 37
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post #8 of 37
Used to be mountain biking (will still ride occasionally)... but I have now taken up roadbiking. I have two bikes on the way... If I survive trying to keep up with my father all summer I will likely be in great shape by the time next ski season rolls around... but that is a big if.

Later

GREG
post #9 of 37
For fun I race sailboats, and occasionally do a little kayaking and fishing.

To stay in shape I bike and distance walk.
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Psst. Hey, guys

It's wild mushroom season.
post #11 of 37
Oh yes it is!
Morel Mushrooms are oooooooooo so tasty !
post #12 of 37
For fun I hike, trail run, skate (quadline), play soccer, and swim. I really wanna start scuba diving, kayaking, and climbing. I'm planning on starting at least one of those this summer.

A group of guys I hang out with have been talking about making the basketball and baseball fames we'll throw together from time to time a regular thing this summer. I dunno if we'll get enough people to commit, but it would be cool.
post #13 of 37
Soccer

Played last night. There were two full sides! Co-ed too! That's a lot of numbers for pick up.
The field gets big, theres a lot of ground to cover.


The "relatable" parts to Skiing?

'Burst activity, but with an endurance aspect.
Lots of leg, and quick feet.

The exercise of so many small muscles in the lower leg. Those just have to be the "balance" muscles. Some of these muscles I didn't remember I had ;-0.

Great fun!

I'm stiff all over!

CalG
post #14 of 37
Agreed on the relation between soccer and skiing.

I forgot to mention horseback riding. It's one of my favorites, and I think it's a great help for skiing. Lots of balance work and fine muscular control. Lots of similarities in the movements.
post #15 of 37
Canoe and bike.
post #16 of 37
These days, road bikes and mountain bikes. It's all I have time for with all the kids.

I used to play a little golf - just for fun. I haven't played in 2 years due to time.

From when I was a little kid until I got out of college, I was into sailing and windsurfing. I can make a sailboat go pretty fast, but I can't afford one of my own, and wouldn't have the time if I could. I miss that more than anything, because I grew up with it. I do have wndsurfers in my basement, but that's even less convenient than a boat due to requirement for more wind.
post #17 of 37
Woot! I bit the bullet and just bought a mountain bike. I've wanted to start riding so bad the past few years, but never really had the money. The nice thing is, it will help me get in shape since I've hated running lately.
post #18 of 37
for fun in summer, baseball (not softball!) and golf

in the past, a lot of biking, running. now I just do those occasionally to keep in shape.
post #19 of 37
All year: gym climbing (semi-weekly)

Non-ski seasons: mountain biking, backpacking/peak bagging, or bouldering (weekly).

Mountain biking: It's the fastest and most exciting way to travel most frontcountry trails, and many backcountry trails. Routes that might be a multi-day excursion for a backpacker can be done as a daytrip and have you back chillin' with your buds at an In-And-Out before day's end. And nothing beats the rush from cleaning a gnar-gnar section of technical singletrack. Been at it for 14-or-so years.

Backpacking/peak-bagging: There are places (notably National Parks/Wildernesses) that I want to visit that I'm not allowed to access by MTB. If laws/regulations were to change, I'd do it on a bike if it was technically possible. And peak-bagging makes for great bragging rights, if not good altitude training.

Gym climbing/bouldering: Even though I only started this last year, I can say without a doubt that it's the best activity I've undertaken within the last decade. Aside from the obvious intensity, the reason why climbing is so much fun is hard to explain. That said, it's easy to explain that climbing is an awesome compliment to skiing/mountain-biking/backpacking/peak-bagging. Climbing builds up your arms, upper/lower torso, and leg abductors/adductors, which otherwise go relatively neglected with the other activities. Climbing also builds lean, powerful mass that facilitates your other activities instead of against them. In my case, prior to climbing I used to hit weights about twice a week in hopes of balancing out my biking-built thighs. What came from that was a heavier upper body (and total mass) that played a role in some of the worst MTB accidents I've ever had. That's because the gym-built mass did not translate to as much proportional strength/endurance, except in the gym for that particular motion. Even worse was the increased heart load that could be felt at peak cardiovascular output. In contrast, climbing these last 10 months has dropped my weight by ~15 pounds (and note that before then I was highly active, 5'8" and 168lbs; there was no easy fat to be lost), while increasing both strength/endurance and muscle definition (ie "cut"). Even though it did not directly exercise the legs, the reduction of both total mass and cardiovascular load has made me significantly stronger than I've ever been at the beginning of the non-ski seasons.

The only other thing I've tried that might be a better workout than climbing is mixed martial arts/grappling. But that takes a real toll on a body of any age.
post #20 of 37
For me, in years past, it's been mountain biking. It helps that there's a lot of (relatively flat) single-track right out my door, and lots more within 20 miles.

Bought a roadie this year for conditioning, and taking up tennis after a several year hiatus. Hoping to get in some top-roping with some friends this summer, after the seasonal closures for raptor nesting sites ends.

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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
Woot! I bit the bullet and just bought a mountain bike. I've wanted to start riding so bad the past few years, but never really had the money. The nice thing is, it will help me get in shape since I've hated running lately.
A suggestion? Check mtbr.com and tgr for riders on the front range. There are several rides that happen in the Golden area.
post #21 of 37
Mountain Biking - best ski work you can get while still having fun. This year I hope to expand my quiver of bikes to include a DH bike for lift service at DV and shuttle runs.
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Soccer. Play on 2 weeknight indoor teams (one competitive mens and one rec co-ed) and 1 weekend outdoor team (competitive mens). Been a soccer player my whole life and am lucky to live in an area with a tons of options available for organized after-work and weekend leagues. My men's outdoor team is in a super competitive league..the skill level is very high as is the competitivenss and aggresiveness. Unfortunately, this sport beats me up a ton. After playing a full 90 minutes in my outdoor league, there's nearly always something wrong..a tweaked ankle, 'road rash' from slide tackling, a huge bump on the back of my head from a collision going for a 50/50 ball. And I've way too many ACL tears during games over the past few years (myself included)....I have a hard time staying away from the pitch though.

Moutain Biking - Have a fully rigid singlespeed that is great for bombing the smooth local singletrack here in the foothills. I try to get on it at least twice a week. Such a great workout when you have one gear and lots of rolling terrain.

Also have a SC Bullet for more freeride/DH trails....this is where the fun in mtb-ing really is

Road Cycling Got into this a few years ago after ACL surgery. Currently training for two upcoming centuries. The Sierra Century which is 104 miles and 12,000 ft of climbing in June, and the Death Ride in July which is 112 miles and just a smidge under 14,000 ft of climbing. Descending on a road bike on a smooth twisty roads is one of the most exhilarating, but scary, things I've done. But I actually really love to climb, I love the pain, exhaustion and satisfaction when you kicked ass and flew up a climb. I take pleasure in passing people on long grueling climbs like they're standing still...and hate when that happens to me, so it's always a killer workout.

Trail Running - Try to do this once or twice a week on a 10K loop of singletrack near my house. Keeps me in shape for soccer....and....

Duathlons - run-bike-run races. Like swimming, but hate doing it for fitness and training, so I stay out of the tri world. I've learned that if I keep playing soccer, and doing all the cycling...then I can compete my local duathlon series that's held throughout the summer (got a third place overall last year).

Used to play golf years ago, but haven't picked up a club in about 6 years.
post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Soccer. Play on 2 weeknight indoor teams

Moutain Biking -

Also have a SC Bullet for more freeride/DH trails....this is where the fun in mtb-ing really is

Road Cycling

Trail Running
Duathlons -

Used to play golf years ago, but haven't picked up a club in about 6 years.
No wonder you haven't picked up a golf club in 6 years. You have to eat and sleep some time.

Question:
What is your Body Fat Content?
I'm guessing it rivals Lance

TS you never cease to amaze me!
But I'm not going to try to keep up. I'll just stand in awe from afar
post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
No wonder you haven't picked up a golf club in 6 years. You have to eat and sleep some time.

Question:
What is your Body Fat Content?
I'm guessing it rivals Lance

TS you never cease to amaze me!
But I'm not going to try to keep up. I'll just stand in awe from afar
ha thanks. It helps having a wife who is a personal trainer & pilates instructor, 'cause if I slow down, she'll kick my ass!

I actually kind of miss golf a bit, and I really don't have an excuse as there is a driving range and public course 2 minutes from my house. haven't played since I moved out to Cali though. i'm sure i'll pick it up again at some point. i always getting out on the course on crisp mornings.
post #25 of 37
I am into mountain bike racing. I also do a ton of road riding. Here I am in a race on my rigid singlespeed bike:
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I am into mountain bike racing. I also do a ton of road riding. Here I am in a race on my rigid singlespeed bike:
no fixed gear c'mon dont be a wimp
post #27 of 37
My off-season pursuits (and usually in-season, as well, as I live in a rather warm climate):

Road Biking. It's my biggest pursuit when I'm not on skis. I plan on riding ten centuries this season, first one in a week or so (solo run in northern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts while visiting family). The big century rides this summer will be the Mountain Mama Challenge (13,100' of climbing over 104 miles), the Cheat Mountain Century (10,000' of climbing over 100 miles) and the Great River Ride (over 9,000' of climbing over 108 miles). I ride with a lot of current and lapsed racers, so the pace is usually brutal. One of my favorite riding partners is a former German national triathlon champion, and he's in crazy shape. The road biking scene in DC is really big and diverse, with a lot to offer for all kinds of riding. I should put in over 6,000 miles on the road bike before the end of the calendar year.

Trail running. A great agility workout that is complementary to alpine skiing: lots of power and agility work involved, and the trails in Rock Creek Park are perfect and local.

Mountain Biking. I did a lot of this when I was growing up in Utah (used to race for Wild Rose Sports), and still ride my hardtail rig whenever it's possible to get to the trails. However, there isn't any really great mountain biking terrain too close to DC, and I'm not too fond of schlepping my bike on the car for a few hours of whacking around the trails. But whenever I'm in Utah and it's not ski season, I hop on a mountain bike for some fun.

I also do a lot of ski-centric workouts and play quite a few pick-up games of soccer, and hit the gym on days when the air quality index is questionable.
post #28 of 37
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Oh yes it is!
Morel Mushrooms are oooooooooo so tasty !
Yup - morels are in season here around the DC area (will end soon, though).

After that: boletus (a.k.a. poricni or cepes) and chanterelles. Makes the slower hikes much, much more rewarding.
post #29 of 37
Hey, did anyone here go on mushroom hunts with their girlfriends, or is that just a Swedish thing?
post #30 of 37
BushwakeringPA: no fixed gear c'mon dont be a wimp

Honestly I don't know how those "fixed" guys do it. They often go to less technical terrain, but still, they have my respect.
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