I’ve decided to bend to Nature and ski. The decision has been one of the best in my life. I’m so happy to be off the bike. However, my new regimen is killing me. Instead of spending hours riding, I’m back-country and skate skiing. Instead of aimlessly riding our local flat loop, I’m skinning up to 12,000 feet. I think I’ve found my ticket to cycling success and it isn’t on the bike.
Today, I skinned (climbing skins made for skis give a skier the ability to go up hill) up to Bear Creek Ridge in
The amazing thing about back country skiing is how similar it is to mountain biking. It is like going on an epic ride (3 – 8 hours). One climbs to a very lofty height, usually a peak or ridge, and then descends back to the trailhead. The climb up is very difficult and full of high altitude air. The descent is fast and furious. The whole experience is about suffering. This type of training, I think, will be key to unlocking the next level.