I'm watching the warm weather destroy the perfect skiing conditions set up a week ago. Looking at the forecast, it's not going to get better in the foreseeable future. Well, it's not going to get me down. Today, I create my 2009 training plan, based largely on my 2008 plan. My main goals are to have a less embarrassing showing in my age group in the MNSCS series, and to reach my genetic potential in the Cheq' 40 (if I get in). I want to finish that beast in a time that I can never match again, no matter how hard I try. Side goals are to keep having fun, get on a team, eat well, and to keep kicking ass in fantasy football.
We went up to Washburn this past weekend. We had a chance to ski Mt. Valhalla out in the National Forest. The snow was super deep and the groomers were not exactly keeping up. There was around a foot of snow on the grooming equipment. The five of us of very wide ranging abilities had tons of fun blazing a trail. Next time, I'd like to explore more of that same trail.
Back home, yesterday, I went out to Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington. That was fun. I went alone and tried to keep a steady pace with my heart rate around 150. The trail was uncrowded between the main challet and the nature center. I even saw a few deer. I did the loop 4 times in a discouragingly long amount of time. The temperature was around 20 F, and I was using CH6 and blue extra.