From Sibylle, Tristan and Nanda Devi
This winter, for the first time, Tristan is teaching skiing with me at Keystone ski school. Since he’s only 17, he can’t teach a class on his own yet (liability and other issues), but he’s team teaching with another instructor, which means they can assign a slightly larger class to the two of them and still give each student more individual attention.
I’m back teaching for my 13th year at Keystone. We had a fabulous day today—blue ski, sunshine, a bit cold perhaps, and new fresh snow is on the way. I heard someone announce on the national news this week “If you want to ski this Christmas, the Rockies are your best bet.” I have a feeling that, combined with all the snow we’re getting, should make for a busy season.
My training for skiing this year:
Running this summer:
I raced 5 trail races in the Breckenridge trail running series, ranging from 5 km to about 10 km. We had 2 races each month for June, July, and August. I missed one of the races due to a rock climbing trip to Canada, but won my age group for 4 of the other 5, which gave me the overall prize (a sweet pair of Nike trail running shoes). I ran 2 -3 days weekly, usually 30′ - 60′, depending on how steep and how fast. I then ran the Boulder half marathon on September 30 (my first half marathon, and longest race ever).
In October, I went mountain biking Near Moab, ran some more, and started a weight lifting class which met twice weekly. I worked on leg presses, leg flexion, leg extension, lots of core and abdominal exercises, and upper body exercises. I also attended a Pilates class when I could fit it in (more core exercises).
Despite all this training, I was still really sore after a day of skiing Vail’s Blue Sky Basin with my 17-year old son, Tristan. We had heavy, wind-blown snow and skied pretty much non-stop until I ran out of energy. He ascribes my soreness and tiredness to not doing enough pliometrics, says that I run too slowly, and that leg presses are too static.
So if you an to arrive here fit and ready to go, try lots of jumping exercises, running intervals, and planks.