skiing = Math.min(ability, skill)

Some friends and I went skiing this weekend. It was the second ski trip of the season for us. On the first trip, we were all so out of shape that we ended up skiing a difficulty level below what we normally ski. I was so embarrassed by our full-on patheticism, that I went home and started working out in preparation for the next trip.

This time, it was completely different. This weekend, I couldn't find a black run that was challenging enough. (The resort doesn't have double-blacks.) I found myself skiing black runs like I would normally ski an easy blue. I had no idea being in shape could have such a profound effect on my skiing. I always knew I was getting worn out, and that it was affecting my ability to maintain control, but I never realized that I had so much more headroom in my skill if I could just get my out-of-shapeness out of the way. Wow! What a difference.

So, the moral of this story is that fat and lazy make poor partners for athletic activities. Go figure.

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Sure thing. First rule of skiing has always been "get fit to ski, don't ski to get fit".

Posted by guest on January 28, 2009 at 09:04 AM PST #

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