Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today I...

Ran...
Biked...
Yes, History channel, yet again.
Ran again...
It is really weird when the only foot prints you ever see are you own.

Then my buddy Steve was up and he wanted to test out his new AT (alpine touring) set up he just got along with some climbing skins.  These are made of mohair (used to be seal skins back in the day, thus the name) and attach to the base of your ski with this sticky stuff (that is the technical name, sticky stuff).  They break in one direction and slide in the other and allow you to climb.  You take them off when you ready to ski downhill.

Anyway, I have telemark set-up, so I told him I would help him break the new gear in at the local ski hill (10 miles away) that is currently closed.  It isn't steep and is a great place to practice and get used to new equipment.
Here I am putting my skins on.
Steve starting to climb, with Bailey in the background.
My tele-boots are happy to have snow on them.
I like this shot of the 2 sets of skin tracks...some powder!
Get it? Unload here?  Yes, we act like a couple of 12 year old boys..

Steve's first unskinning....I showed him how to do it without taking off his skis later.
Skiing down was fun, it always is, that is the whole point of going up.
Lots of snowmobile tracks to the right eating up our powder. 
Steve loved his new set up, we skinned up twice.   Since I was blacked out this weekend at Sugarloaf, I was super happy to get a few runs in, and it is always fun to hang with Steve. 

It was a good day.

This week:
Swim: 2800 yards
Bike: 95 miles on trainer
Run: 24 miles
121 miles total.

27 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

So although i'm clueless about most of the skiing terms you speak of, it looks FUN!! great job on your miles this week, especially almost 100 miles all on the trainer(sigh).

Velma said...

AWESOME!!! I want to ski

Ironman By Thirty said...

I'm with KC. I think I need a Skiing for Dummies book or at least a lingo cheat sheet!

The pictures are gorgeous!

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Christi said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Is this the same country? or are you guys a territory of Scandanavia?? Just wondering.. Way to get out in the snow to run twice...

Jill said...

Look at you, loading up on fun-filled exercise day! Perfect way to fill up a weekend day, yay to you!

Charisa said...

BEautiful!!! Love the snow pics :)

Jason said...

Wow...somebody is going to sleep well tonight and so will you....that is my reference to Bailey out on the course.

You had a great time out there from the looks of it and your pics are awesome. I enjoy sitting here in the 60 degree weather looking at your pics.....

Regina said...

You folks sure know how to have fun! Love the "Unload Here" sign...and yes, I got it!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

wow - your direcTV controller fits perfectly on your aero bars!

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

I'm cold looking at your pictures!! LOL! I can't believe I grew up in snowy VT, you'd never guess it, I'm such a cold weather wimp!

She said I need a goal said...

You make me want to learn to ski!! but yeah, it's too cold out for that but I love looking at your pictures!

Mark said...

Nice setup you have with your bike. Do you plan on using that for IMLP as well?

I am incredibly envious that you are getting out there, I feel likeI am coughing up my lung every five minutes. Gross. If I should suddenly fall violently ill, I bequeath onto you my nephews. Take good care of the,. They're funny.

Jon said...

You have a LOT of snow! Good week Mandy! You are kicking my butt on the bike.

Kelly said...

What a great day! I really need to get out more!!

Andrew Opala said...

My dad (while he was alive) forced his TV to be broken on the History channel or as we used to joke the "Hitler-Channel".

But all the channels have all gone to reality TV series ... hard to find any that are just their old boring selves. A science channel that talks about science, a history channel that talks about history.

P.S. I'm jealous at your great weekend!

Jamoosh said...

Unload Here - got it. still laughing...

Laura said...

amazing day!

Runners Fuel said...

Looks like an awesome day! Love all the pictures!

Anne-Marie said...

Wow! That's a hardcore day of training!

I just bought XC skis and went for the 2nd time yesterday. After struggling to get up some teeny hills, I am super impressed you skied up that big hill in the pic!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Nice day

You know, if you saw another set of tracks, you be wondering all day whos they were

skierz said...

swim, ride, run and SKI! a perfect week! Shut out on SUGARLOAF boo!! There is a lot of winter left!~ Keep on training, way to go!

Colleen said...

Sounds like a good day! And you had one heck of a week! :)

What do you watch on the History Channel? We love Brad Metler's Decoded! :)

Andy Rosebrook said...

Wish everyday sould be like that! Good time!

Black Knight said...

You are my hero, how can you run on that snow?

Robin said...

Wow, such gorgeous snow! I miss winter (it's raining here again...)