Yesterday was a holiday (Martin Luther King Day) and I am fortunate enough to have the day off from work. The weather was nice, the snow conditions were pretty good and so we decided to go skiing. My son was out of school anyway and my wife only works part-time, so making this happen was not a major task. Last year in September we bought a Fide Day Pass for skiing at Copper Mountain. Copper Mountain is just east of Vail here in the Rocky Mountains. We drove up early as we did not know what to expect in regards to holiday traffic. It is often a hit or miss on those days and yesterday was no different. We had almost no traffic going up, but when we came home we got stuck in heavy traffic and it was not as much fun being stuck on Interstate 70 after a long day of skiing.
My son is in the process of learning snowboarding and so he had signed him up for some lessons. A friend of his did the same thing and we met up with his friend and his Mom (a good friend of ours / my wife and her work out together all the time) at the Ski & Ride School in Copper Mountain (West Village). The kids were taken care of fairly quickly and then it was us heading out to go skiing. My wife and her friend decided to stick to the easy runs (Greens) while I wanted to do more difficult ones (Blues and Blacks). We met up with another family, but then went separate ways until lunch. I went high up on the mountain to get my fix in for some challenging trails. I went up to Union Peak (12,373 ft.) and from there down to the Copper Bowl area. It was a bit breezy up there and with the wind chill I would say temperatures were in the low single digits at that time.
We all met up again for lunch and then I joined forces with Scott from the family we had met with in the morning. We both seemed to be on the same skill level and so we ventured out to do a lot more black and blue runs. Time went by really quickly and soon it was time (3.00 PM) to pick up the kids at the ski & ride school down at the West Village. I took the boys up the mountain to give them a chance to test out their new snowboarding skills and then it was time to drive home. The lifts were closing anyway and the daylight was disappearing quickly on us, too. Here are more pictures.
Skiing for a whole day can be pretty taxing on your body. From a cardio perspective a well-trained runner should not have any problems at all, but there is more to skiing than that. I have to say that I made it through the day just fine and I definitely saw my Kosama training and workouts paying off nicely yesterday. All those squats, planks, and whatever other exercises we are doing on a day to day basis – it was right on the money. And the mix of being a runner and doing lots of strength training through running up the hills and at Kosama really worked out great. I am not a single bit sore today. I feel that I “worked out” for several hours yesterday, but compare it to how you feel after a strong workout. And I have to “admit” – I did NOT skip my Kosama workout yesterday morning. Yesterday was kick-boxing class and so I got up at my usual time (~4.15 AM) and did work out between 5.00 AM and 6.00 AM and then went skiing all day.