My summer this year, is all about getting strong for winter. I'm living in Jackson Hole and training in the freeride program at Mountain Athlete. I'm about to get ready for the first day of my 4th week after I write this. So far we've just been strength training, working on our numbers, getting as strong as we can before we start maintaining. I was super nervous before starting this program and didn't even know for sure if I was going to commit but then I had the realization that I could do it if I focused on it, and made it a priority. Theres a couple ways to think about it, 4 hours/week..no big deal, or 4 days of training, an additional hour/7days/week to stretch and maintain flexibility and recover... its a little bit more commitment then just 4 hours/week... but I'm doing it. Training started on June 15 and goes until December 1. Mon-Thurs, at 9:30 am or 5:30 pm. Whats rad is to be committed to something that I am fully accountable and surrounded by athletes in the same scenario. I'm already getting stronger and it only the beginning of July whereas normally I would not even start to train yet. I'm getting a head start and learning so much. I know I have to watch my own back, checking my ego at the door, and listening to my body, but my coaches are earning my trust more and more each session and I'm learning a lot. With out my previous training at Crossfit Avalanche with Travis Weaver and Myles Lewis I would be way behind all these athletes but I feel like I fit right in with my knowledge, ability and skills. Heres a little teaser of whats to come...
Monday, June 16, 2014
The animals scene here is so different then Tahoe, there is just so much variety of big mammals and birds. This spring I have been fortunate enough to witness a family of great horned owls go from furry fluff balls to learning to fly and hunt.
I've witnessed multiple hail storms that have broke a personal record everytime of the biggest hail I've seen in my whole life... The best part is, I haven't heard people complain, maybe I've just been surrounded by the right people but it seems as though the population is a lot more open and accepting to random mountain weather. In Tahoe I would so often get sick of hearing people complain about June snow, or rain, or anything that that was sub par, as if they didn't live in the mountains. What's sad is that now it's those same people praying for precip because of the drought. The acceptance and even embracing of the mountain weather here is a refreshing attitude to be surrounded by!
Another difference that was a pleasent experience was watching the aspens bud and unfold their leaves. Because I grew up surrounded by evergreens, I've never been able to watch the stages of season change the aspens go through day in and day out, until being here.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Met up with some friends in Montana to ride Bridger bowl. Our plan was to go to Cooke City but it was dumping in Bozeman last week so we just stayed, that's the rule when chasing pow: if it's good where your at... STAY PUT! Here's a little edit with Elena Hight, Hana Beaman, myself and the snow made a star appearance!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
What's in your lunch? Don't have much time? Here's some ideas off hand of what I do being on the road and having to pack a lunch to snowboard all day..
What to have on hand:
Veggies that are easy grab and go
Athlete?? Need to bag some more calories? Bake a bundle of sweet potatoes all at the same time (400' for about 30 mins) at the beginning of the week and leave them in the fridge for quick pickins!
Protien that's grab and go, jerky, roast beef, turkey, sardines, tuna, chicken sausage... Or the one that comes from nature already packaged-- hard boiled eggs!
Fruits are kind of duh!
Whatever's in season
Grocery items: a lot of these things you can grab on the go
Jerky- be careful cause a lot of them have a bunch of sugar and soy but there are some really good ones out there!
Smoked salmon can have a lot of sugar but is a solid snack
Fruit leather- high glycemic but good calories!
V8!!!!! It's the bomb! Sometimes I warm it up and put it in my thermos for a nice hot tomatoe soup!
Nuts! Duh! All kinds: peanuts are legumes btw!
Green smoothie: Naked or Odwalla
Sunflower seeds- kill that salt craving!
I'm going to start doing some #LazzLifeLunchbox episodes soon for more fun and healthy ideas to keep you tongue excited!!