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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
End of last season everyone was talking about working out, biking, waxing their skis all summer long, buying new gear, etc. Who is on track, who has followed through with all of those promises?



For me:
I have been working out but am still lagging in the cardio/endurance and leg development, but with almost 4 mo left I think I will be spot on by the first ski trip. But I have not biked nearly as much as I had planned (good thing I didn't buy the new cranks yet). So this is a mixed grade for me. B-

Gear wise, I finally have a complete quiver and all the ancillary junk I ever wanted for skiing. All I need is a set of bindings for one of my skis and I am also looking to get a pair of those Walk-EZ Revolutions to protect my boots....then finally done. A

I made sure to slather wax on all skis in the household and everything was well sharpened before putting them away, so they have not been disturbed. A+

As of yet I have not booked any sort of competition training and have not signed up for any league, which is one of the things I have been wanting to do for two seasons now, so that's a demerit for me. F
post #2 of 16
i'm slightly ahead on fitness. down to a 6:20 mile and 4.25 vertical miles in 30 min. on the stairs. 5:30 mile and 5.50 vertical are within reach by loveland's open. still getting wiped on the p90x plyometrics w/out tape. it's tough, but there's a lot of moves a skier uses; highly recommended.

for gear, i'm set; but i could go for new k2's. still dont like my rossignols.

if youre not getting serious, you better be. i heard it snowed in NM yesterday; but could not confirm.
post #3 of 16
Started lookin' real hard at my bowflex tread climber the last coupla days. Have to find all my ski vids and stack them close by the work out tv....dang its hard to make that first workout!!!!!!! However, Ms cajun and I have been doing our early morning walks....
Equipment wise I'm doing mo' better! Pair of Watea's for ol ragin and a pair of k2 one luvs for the boss over the summer...next step is getting out the iron and buying some new wax....I do these in stages to help the time slip by......be here before we know it!!!!!

Oh, and started lookin' into flights for Jan, March and April into CO.......EEEEEYOW!!!!!! dem prices will slap ya momma!
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
if youre not getting serious, you better be. i heard it snowed in NM yesterday; but could not confirm.
Sunday at the Wheeler peak area (next to Taos, NM)



Alas, the white stuff on the mountain was hail, but who cares! it's white stuff!

More motivation to keep working out and be ready for November
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Gear wise, I finally have a complete quiver...
You'd be the first, ever. I always thought "complete quiver" belonged in the same category as "completed art work", as in "no work of art is ever completed, it is only abandoned by the artist".

Me, I added two pair to the quiver, the first since 1978.

Workouts have been a start/stop/start routine all summer, resulting in a total weight loss of a whole four pounds, but I do feel like I'm better off than I was in March.
post #6 of 16
Just brought a third set of skis to my buddies house at Whistler so now there's a full quiver ready to go in BC. 6 pairs left at home, so location decision time is coming up.

Trips in Dec (1 to Whistler, 1 to Utah), January (1- Utah), February (1-Whistler and 1 Utah), are booked and paid for. March annual birthday trip is not yet defined (CO maybe this year?), but April Whistler trip is about ready to be booked.

Backcountry.com 50% sale got me triplicates of stuff (enough black and blue iridium Oakleys for a couple of lifetimes no doubt), so the quiver for another location (assumedly a friend's house at Solitude) is about ready to be assembled and shipped. Probably only keeping the <90mm waisted skis for the least coast since why bother with anything bigger anyway.

Exercise - umm, well if hot laps in a Hobie or sea kayak count that's fine, but otherwise, well, November sounds about right.
post #7 of 16
Well, the goals this summer were to learn to rollerblade and mountain bike, for endurance, balance, core strength...and fun!

I've done well on the rollerblading front. My fore-aft balance is much better, and my endurance is much higher. It's a real workout!

Mountain biking - not so much. I've managed to get scraped up more or less every time I've gone out, and my last crash kinda spooked me. I've decided that it's okay to take my time on the beginner trails for a while. Also, armor = good. I don't skate without padding, and I'm much more likely to fall off the bike.

Probably what I ought to do for the rest of the summer is focus on interval training: sprints on the road bike and skates. This will help develop the kind of explosive strength needed for skiing. I've found that riding in traffic is a great way to get practice sprinting!
post #8 of 16
I have required hockey workouts which fortunately emphasize generally the same muscles as skiing. I don't do too many sprints but I've found that I am great cardiovascular-wise now. I can run uphill for an hour easily now. My legs have become explosive from jumping over thousands of tires and when I do run sprints I can get fast quickly and stay fast.

Not to mention the core workouts we do... planks, side-planks, leg-lifts, perfect push-ups... then you do variations of these by adding a ball! and weights! I remember day one of the workouts... I was so sore that I could hardly walk. It all pays off though!
post #9 of 16
I've been wrasslin trees at my Christmas tree farm and I'm too durn tuckered at the end of a day to worry about workin out. I bike some, though.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hah! How are those trees doing? How long does it take for those trees to grow to cutting height?
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Hah! How are those trees doing? How long does it take for those trees to grow to cutting height?
The trees are just fine, thank you. We have to shear every one of 15,000 of them by hand every year, so it takes a lot of work. The average age of our trees is about 7 years. Figure about 1-1.5 feet per year. We're a U-cut operation, so they are at all heights and ages mixed together in the field.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Wow, 7 years, thats a long time to wait, some careful crop management for sure.
post #13 of 16
I've skied at least twice every month this summer, so I'm on track. I finally lost track of how many days I got in though. I think it's between 70 and 75 now.

Just to make sure, I'm skiing tomorrow.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Harry, that is pretty amazing, especially considering you are on the mainland USA.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Harry, that is pretty amazing, especially considering you are on the mainland USA.
Well, it's actually more than when I lived on the island...but I take it you're referring to the "Lower 48". We still consider Alaska as part of the mainland.

But not really so amazing if you know what the North Cascades are like:

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
All I need is a set of bindings for one of my skis and I am also looking to get a pair of those Walk-EZ Revolutions to protect my boots....then finally done.
HA! Those things are freakin' awesome! I laugh my ass off when I see a pair of those..... all I can think of is their ad:

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