God, if that doesn't sound like me. Skied Baker yesterday, incredible day, went with a neighbor, a young and apparently "in very good condition" 49 year old. He's skied 25 years or so, used to work at Baker, ski patrol, etc. beautiful skier, he didn't even want to stop for lunch (I insisted), skied the fresh pow stashes in the stickey trees most all day, fantastic day, no crowds at all, his goal was to ski from top to bottom (and ski hard) w/o stopping, He is a skier who is very fun to watch - on top of his skis at all times, fast and turning in control, light, bouncy, etc., me trying to keep up and having little form, wishing I was a better skier, - but always smiling, and at the end of the day (I mean closing time end of the day), my quads were on fire (hasn't happened much and now I know why - haven't pushed as hard as I need to), all was very humbling but a wonderful time, quads seem fine this morning, lower back only as stiff as a board - all good, taking the ski day off, body, mind and wallet need to work today. Love your quote, "I'm more hard core in my mind than reality" - AMEN.