Its been two weeks since the season ended and the gears have changed. After 4 1/2 months of none stop racing and traveling, it is nice to be settled in one place and enjoy a change of pace. A change of pace entails alpine skiing on the mountain, not worrying about what time I go to bed, treating myself to junk food, hanging out with friends, not training if I don’t feel like it, etc.
April is considered our “off” month. While it is okay to do the things listed above, it is still important to maintain active training and recovery. I don’t really like to call it training, instead I consider it having fun doing other activities, such as alpine skiing, back-country skiing, crust skiing, biking, swimming, running, hiking, and climbing.
I am back in Sun Valley and spring is approaching very slowly. Last week I arrived just in time for a snow storm, dumping 24 inches in the mountains. The sun finally peaked out two days ago, but temperatures are still a bit chilly. Normally I would be ready to put the skis away, but the fresh snow is very convincing. I’ve been alpine skiing, tele skiing, and cross-country skiing in mid-winter conditions! Unbelievable…winter isn’t over yet!
All in all it is nice to have a break. I’ts going to fly by fast, so I am going to be sure I enjoy it!