Week of November 14 - 20

Ski Season Starts Next Week?

Busy Busy Busy! This week was hectic mixing in more events as ski season ramps up. From the training perspective it was solid. Like last week, I was able to balance hiking with biking and mix in a few small running efforts on the descents. My body feels near 100% and I'm hesitant to jump back into running as my base training. I was able to log three sessions on the bike trainer, the last being a 2 hr effort with 4 x 14-19min "hills" which was a real test. I've never been able to mentally push myself past a 1.5hr on the trainer so this was a great indicator of my current motivation to get [more] fit. 

The highlight though was putting on the skis and lapping Bretton Woods on Wednesday. It helped the confidence to go through the motions of transitioning between skinning and skiing on the race skis. Wait, the real highlight was picking up some of my Fischer Ski Gear for the season which included a new pair of Hannibal 100s, Transalp 80s, and Carbon Travers Boots. New gear is always a great motivator. 

And I launched the online shop where I'll be the only east coast dealer of Fischer's complete alpine touring line. If you're looking for touring equipment, including Ski Mountaineering gear, this is one of the only shops on the east coast. While it's not brick and mortar, it's local [free] shipping and supports the local backcountry alliances in New England. 

Lastly, it was a big week for the Granite Backcountry Alliance. We had a table / presentation in Dover on Wednesday night to benefit Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. Then Thursday morning I drove to Mt Abram in Maine to represent GBA at the Mahoosuc Community Trail Symposium. Then Saturday we had our first fundraiser / film fest and it was a huge turnout. We were turning people away because we hit capacity so early. The community here in the valley is strong and it's exciting to see how it develops over the next few winters. If you're not a member, sign up now for 20% off all products in my store. 

Some photos and video from the week: