Thursday, February 14, 2008


Don’t you just love kids? Our oldest was so excited to give us a Valentine’s Day present that she woke our youngest up at 2:30 AM and then they came into our bedroom and woke us up. I think they were a little concerned that I wouldn’t be there in the morning when they woke up. I probably wouldn’t have minded if it were something like Christmas morning. But Valentine’s Day?

In my last post, I touched upon my decreased fitness a little bit. While skiing has been a blast, I really think it’s negatively affected my aerobic base. Here’s my theory; given that I’m still learning all the techniques, I don’t think an hour spent skiing equals an hour spent running. So while I’m still exercising about 10 hours a week, I’m not getting the same results as I would from just running.

Another thing skiing has affected, is my desire to write about running. I don’t have any articles or interviews planned. I’m even thinking about putting up a “Gone Fishing” sign on my other blog. Maybe I’ll get more excited about it once it gets above freezing and local races are actually on the horizon.

Tuesday I skied for an hour before attending a wax clinic at Gear West where I picked up a few pointers. Last night I ran 8 miles on the treadmill. This morning I skied in 3-4” of fresh snow for 70 minutes.

Quote of the day;

“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way.” – Bill Bowerman describing the early settlers who traveled the Oregon Trail, including his ancestors


Nathan said...

I doubt you've really lost any aerobic fitness or speed so quickly. If so, your running and skiing have been at a level that picking things up in a month or two won't be a problem for you. Then you'll have the added bonus of no aches and pains from running and warmer temps to inspire some faster runs. I bet you'll surprise yourself!

Anonymous said...

Running is such a specialized sport; biking, swimming and skiing can keep you fit, but there is really no replacement for running.

If you cut back (even if you cross-train) you will always show it in your results.

You can be a good runner or good skiier, but rarely can you be both.

getwell said...

"I probably wouldn’t have minded if it were something like Christmas morning. But Valentine’s Day?"

-- It's a day of LOVE. What's not to be excited about? And what other theme could be more important? -- Wish I lived in a more snowy climate like yours than here in NJ. Ahhh, skiing. Good on ya, mate.

Anonymous said...

Like you said some place, it's your blog, so you can do what ever you want. Maybe in the winter you call it Simon Says...Ski. So why not interview some skiers? Do the Kortie, you'll love it.

Chad said...


Yeah, "Simon" and "Skiing Minnesota". The only problem with interviewing skiers is that I don't know any of them and don't have any contact info. Plus runners probably don't want to read about skiers.