Yesterday was my first full day back at home since before Mammoth. Can you guess my priorities? Ride my bike for a long time (and climb lots of hills, about 4k worth), catch up on work, cook, bed by 9 (in that order).
Backing up, though.... Mammoth! I will say those two days of snowboarding bliss were worth the lack of s/b/r. I needed that. And all that training in altitude I talked up prior? Yea, not so much. We did do a run at 8,000ft when we got there, but that was it. The long days of snowboarding and the snowy conditions = no additional training. I did jump into a freezing @$$ pool one afternoon though. Does that count as training for cold conditions? We caught it on video; check it out below. My cousin joined me (sort of)...
As for the snowboarding, it came right back to me and it was a freakin blast. I love that mountain, and being there reminded me of all my past trips and that I actually used to snowboard a ton. I was so stoked to be back at it and maybe even went a little "too gnar" at times? For example, I stayed true to being a total tri geek by wearing my Garmin and got to find out some cool stats -- like how we got up to ~32 mph going down some runs. That's fast. But I wonder how fast it is compared to really fast boarders? I can say, though, we were in control and not being stupid. Oh yea, side note, we DID wear helmets. No question about that! And turns out I have a big noggin? John and I wore the same size helmet! I knew my noggin was big, but, man! haha.
|Big noggin crew.|
|In love with this mountain.|
|Oh yea, we also "laid out" in the snow haha.|
|Four pairs of socks. Toes still froze.|
|Going for the alien look on day 2.|
|Fresh pow pow.|
|It got really snowy.|
|Luxurious LA hotel living.|
I see it as "glass half full" aka multitasking at its finest!
|Wondering around not really knowing where the party's at.|
|My Endurance Planet main men -- Ben & Lucho!|
|Lucho gets star struck in LA.|
|I get star struck too :)|
That said, I literally just got the text that it's on its way home!!! Yee hawww!!!