Exercise · Life

Fun in the Snow

This past weekend, we went skiing and snowboarding with friends. We went to Truckee, CA. I was actually dreading it. Why? Sounds fun, right? Well, I knew the drive would be at least 4 hours (it was closer to 6) and I know that I fell a lot on our annual trip up to ski country last year and I didn’t want to do that again. I’m happy to report that this weekend was awesome instead of a disaster.

Who does’t like to lie down in the snow?

The drive was maybe not so great. We left on Friday and I had on my Pollyanna face – we have plenty of time, as long as we start driving by 2pm. Bahahaha! We left at 1:45 and it took a really long time. My close-to-being-6-year-old started asking “how much longer” after the first 30 minutes! Yikes! We had one bridge to cross and as you know, an accident on a bridge can kill a commute. We missed that accident by about 5 minutes. Seriously. Other friends who also drove up on Friday left at 2:45 and they didn’t get there until close to midnight. So, lesson learned? Leave as early as possible. Kid can eat lunch in the car. Sorry kid.

The weather was fantastic! Highs in the low 30s (Fahrenheit) and lots of snow and fresh powder. While that sounds cold, with the right gear, it’s all good. And, we are not early morning people, so we missed out on being in the snow while it was still in the teens or 20s.

I signed my son up for a 1-hour ski lesson. I’d call it mildly successful. He survived, did ok, but pretty much grumped the whole time. Partially because he was hungry… But why eat when parents tell you to? Why eat when parents say you won’t get another chance before your lesson? Such a stereotype. <big grin> That 1-hour lesson did give me some unfettered access to the slopes, though.

And I, on the other hand, had a great day with my snowboard. Quite unexpected, to be honest. I just figured I would fall a lot, but I actually snowboarded a lot and only fell a little. Woohoo! I also managed to get off of the ski lift without falling on my butt. These are the little things that mean so much! Snowboarding is also great exercise – my legs were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day. I am not sure if smart/sport watches can adequately capture the calories folks burn like this. It feels like my Apple watch was close. I hope so, because I was really hungry and ate a lot of snacks and dinner after we got back to our rental. 🙂

The second day was spent tubing and sledding. With a few snowball fights for good measure. When we went up last year, this same snowplay area was pretty much barren of snow. It was crazy! This year was amazing. All in all, quite successful and fun. Even the drive back wasn’t so bad. So, while I didn’t get to do my regular workout schedule, it was great to be outside so much. Wish we could do this more often.

Last year (the day before a big snow hit, but still)
This year! Nothing but fun!


Where did the year go?

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Well, it’s been a year since my last post… I have been busy and decidedly neglected my blogging. My son, who turns 6 in April, has been keeping me very (VERY) busy. This age is so much fun, though. Tired 5-6 year olds are really very similar to drunk friends. You have to carry them into the house, help them go to the bathroom, put them to bed despite their arguments about not being tired. My son is in Kindergarten and learning to read. I guess that’s where a lot of my time has gone. I basically have homework every night. And, then there are the classes. For us, it’s karate and soccer.

It’s been hard to maintain a healthy(ish) regimen. At least on the food side. I’ve been struggling with way too much snacking – some of it definitely stress induced, some of it for no good reason. I’m working on that. My weakest point is evening. After dinner, I have trouble stopping myself. I have no idea why it’s so challenging. It doesn’t help that I have 6 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my pantry. Hahaha!

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The good news is that I’ve been pretty consistent with my exercise. Running and spin classes, plus weekly weight work. I should do more weight work, but I don’t know how to schedule that in. I have shifted to 10Ks instead of half marathons, mainly because of the time commitments. The longer the run, the more time it takes to train… And, I just don’t have the time. Plus my kiddo is starting to want all my medals. To be honest, I think my last half marathon took it out of me. I was in 100F heat and I am not cut out for that. I got sick recently and am working my way back to my regular 4-mile runs. I think the older we get, the more challenging everything is. Finding time, dealing with physical changes, working with injuries. I’m still kicking, though, and that’s something. Looking forward to sharing more about my life – exercise, food, extra-curricular activities.

Stay healthy!