Its a head-game. A game that has no winners, from what I can tell.
But there's been a changing of the tides around here. I maxed out my unlimited lesson pass this past week and after three solid days on the mountain I am skiing runs I would never have attempted before. Bumps, steeps, a little trip to the bowl....a season's worth of work is all coming together and I'm dropping in without even hesitating on runs that used to make me more than a little nervous.
I guess practice pays off! And more important than the accomplished feeling of saying "wow, look what I just skied," I'm having more fun on the mountain. And fun is really what its all about, right?
Well, fun and the workout. Did I mention the workout? Holy crap. Bump runs feel like never-ending wall sits. After three big days on the mountain and a required night on the town (parties, concerts and whatnot) I couldn't hang on for day four. My "epic" day was spent lounging in my pjs nursing my tired, aching legs and attempting to rehydrate.
But I have no complaints. Even a day on the couch is still a day on the couch in the mountains.
And I can still say, LOOK WHAT I SKIED (I swear its steep, the photos are deceiving) --
I have one more goal to be met for the season. A treacherous looking run that leads straight to my house. I will ski it home before the end of the season. Three weeks to go. Three short weeks....