Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

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.

Tuesday Feb 06, 2007

If Tomorrow Never Comes...

It will be too soon. I just came back from a three-day weekend skiing at Lake Tahoe. I hadn't been skiing in six years, and I just spent the last three days following around a guy who was captain of his high school ski team. Right now I'm still in that calm before the soreness storm, but tomorrow I expect to be completely unable to move. It was worth it, though.

This trip was my first ski trip to Tahoe. I had previously only skied in Denver. I found Tahoe to be smaller in every way. Smaller resorts, smaller lines, less traffic. It didn't quite have the full-on majesty that the Rockies have, but that was well balanced by easier access and a more pleasant experience. Granted it was a really bad snow weekend, and it was also Super Bowl weekend, so the crowds were probably abnormally low, but I was very happy with Tahoe. I'd gladly go back again. After I heal.

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