Since the races wrapped up in Sun Valley the typical spring chaos that tends to ensue has been in full effect . The feeling I get at the end of a long race season isn’t always the same, sometimes I’m really ready to hang em up for the summer and other times I feel like I could keep on racing for another month or so. This year it was more of the latter since my strength and fitness felt like they were starting to come around and since World Champs I was having fun racing out the last world cups and super tour races in Sun Valley. I started feeling pretty sick the day before the 50k which was a real bummer since thats one of my favorite ways to close out the season. What I thought was just a normal cold though turned into one of the worst sicknesses I’ve had in years with a ganrly soar throat lasting more than a week and lots of hacking. I tried not to let the sickness slow us down while my teammates, Erika, and myself jumped into a few weeks of springtime freedom.
After spending a few days in Sun Valley Erika and I drove back up to Bozeman and had a few days to chill out at her house. With the snow melting fast we took advantage of a 60+ degree day up on Bridger Bowl. Although sections of the mountain were closed because of lack of snow there was absolutely nobody out on a weekday and we had some empty chairlifts and runs to ourselves.
One of our big ‘to Do’s’ for the spring was to make it back to Boston to attend the YES fundraiser. YES is a really cool organization supported by skiers such as Ted Ligety and the T2 foundation and they help bring outdoor activities like skiing to inner city youth in the Boston area. We were able to meet a bunch of the kids and hand out certificated for those who tried xc skiing during the winter. Than night we attended a really cool YES fundraising dinner where Erika accepted the community outreach award on behalf of the SMST2 team.
Erika and I at the YES fundraiser
After the fundraiser our eastern ‘spring break’ really began and we had a few days to see the city and visit with Erika’s sister who lives in the Beacon Hill area. We made it out for a run by the water and spent some time cruising the streets. It was one of our first runs of the year and as most of you know it can make you pretty sore to pound the pavement after a long winter, so we tried to keep it under 1 hour.
Erika and I have a unique running style we were revealing to the many joggers getting ready for the Boston marathon.
We heard the New England aquarium was pretty cool to check out so we put our tourist shoes on and made the trip. Most were pretty excited to see the penguins.. I really liked the seals, they were so happy and laid back… I think we had a connection.
there was an 85 year old turtle there that weighed 500 lbs!
After our two days in Boston we drove back to Vermont for phase 2 of Eastern Spring break which consisted of hitting up the local sugaring parties, driving muddy back roads of Vermont, and since the weather is still so wintery… skiing a lot.
We picked up a friend of ours from Luxembourg in Boston and brought him back to VT for the week so he could check it out. Kari is a world cup skier from Luxembourg and is spending some time in the US for vacation. I felt bad that the weather was so cold and nasty but we tried to take advantage of it by going xc skiing, backcountry skiing, and alpine.
Erika on our Easter Morning backcountry ski up and down Peru Peak. I’ve never seen so much snow in this area during April. Stratton is staying open at least a week longer than normal and we will be able to ski here will into May.
Kari and I up on Stratton for an Alpine day. it was crazy that it started snowing and we couldn’t believe how cold and icy the snow was. Not your typical spring break. It was one of Erika’s goals to do all the different kinds of skiing we could, which included the famous snowmobile trail skiing of southern VT. I just so happen to get a text from Beckwith the day before explaining how he and Brie where skiing a large chunk of the Catamount trail for their honeymoon adventure. We joined up with them at Grout pond and skied a 15k section point to point.
Up at Prospect Mt. XC on April 11th. still groomed tracks and full coverage
The plan for the next week or so is to hang out here in Vermont and enjoy some down time. It’s easy to be too active this time of year since the skiing is still so good, but I’ll do my best to relax. It’s been a while since I really had much time at home so I’m looking forward to it. This is the first spring in a while where I haven’t gone down to central America for a surf trip. I’m definitely craving the warm water and big waves but this is also a fun change of pace. It can’t be a ‘spring break’ without any surfing though so Erika and I are heading out to California later in the month for a week of surfing adventure! gotta love April