AM - Collins lap at Alta [1850']. Too windy to be enjoyable so called it after one lap. Should have been patient and waited until the afternoon. Logging a dud for today is OK after amazing days on Mon/Thur.
PM - 18 miles (8 w/ Andrea).
When you see spindrifts like this, ridgelines are typically not a pleasant place to be...
Had some time on the plane the other night to do a recap of the first trimester of the year (am I using trimester correctly in this case?).
Anyways, here's the list of goals I set in January, and here's my self-analysis one-third of the way into 2016...
-Ski in new places
Check plus! Sun Valley, Short Swing, Maybird, Little Pine, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Cardiff, Aspen... and re-visited some places that we skied in 2010-2011 but then neglected for 4-5 years when we weren't skiing as much. It has been a really good season so far. And we finally found the entrance to ski the Tuna Chute!
-Ski uphill more than ever before
To date I've logged 319K feet of climbing on skis, by far the most I've done in a ski season.
-Ski downhill like the 2009-2011 version of myself
I'm logging less air time (and less concussions), but I feel like I'm skiing powder, trees, and steeps as well as I ever have!
-Run new trails, climb new mountains, explore new canyons
All of those are warm weather endeavors.
-Take full advantage of the local trails and mountains that I love (don't take them for granted)
I'd say that from a skiing perspective, we have been taking full advantage of the Wasatch (and then some!) thus far in 2016.
-Epic wedding/honeymoon (our honeymoon will require superb fitness)
TBD in July/August
-Don't run 5000+ miles in a year (ever again)
I've actually run a lot more this winter than I thought I would (~75 miles/week)... but even as ski days will eventually transition to long runs, I'll probably never approach that kind of running volume for extended periods of time again. Although if you (even very conservatively) made some sort of conversion from uphill skiing to running miles, I bet my overall aerobic activity volume has been as high as its ever been.
That being said, so far this year I have run 99.93% easy miles... that is an exact number: I have run one fast mile out of 1340.
-Jump into some low-key races from time to time during the first half of the year
The first half of the year is only two-thirds over. There is still a chance this could happen but its seeming less and less likely. There are only so many hours in a day, and days in a week... with a busy work schedule and plenty of snow in the mountains, running workouts and races just haven't been at the top of my priority list. I haven't gotten to the point where I feel like I'm missing out on anything by not racing.
-Do a real marathon training cycle in the fall
Still planning on it!
-Run a PR in the marathon
Seems like a long shot. Anyone want to put odds on this?
-Be an asset to Saucony's team and good ambassador for the brand
I was selected for the team (for my 6th season) in January/February. The depth and talent level on the Hurricane team is better than ever - I'm excited to be a member of the team again, and even more excited that after giving up her spot in 2015, Andrea is back on board as a Saucony athlete in 2016 as well. I'm hoping that in the second half of the year, we can both make a big contribution from a racing standpoint.
Overall year-to-date grade: A