Turkey in Tahoe

I had the greatest mountain bike ride today. It made me real happy. I tend to forget how much my mood is reflected in my training schedule. Active=Happy. Food=Happy. Today was a good day on those two fronts. I’ve just finished feasting on some Turkey, and now it’s time for laying on the couch and listening to Harry Potter audiobooks. Here are some pictures from the ride today:

Also, I just saw a picture of the new FW Farm Team uniforms being used in West. I’m jealous that I didn’t go to West, and haven’t had a chance to get to get my hands on one yet. I’ll try to wait patiently :)




MUZAK: Check out these vids. Blood Brothers and The Needle and the Damage Done. both were songs I heard on community radio.

Dark Storm Rain Storm

I am up in Tahoe City again after a couple of days spent visiting various Brautigams in Reno and Truckee. I struggled to motivate for a workout today. It was rainy, and I don’t like rainy. I grew up surrounded by desert climate, and usually rain is a welcome thing, but I really start to dislike it when it comes in November and it’s supposed to be white and fluffy. I ended up doing a strength session today because they can be quick and still beneficial. This way I could sit around on my computer organizing my iTunes library without feeling so guilty about not having done any training today. Typically I don’t like working out inside, especially on contraptions like treadmills, but with strength it doesn’t bother me as much.

I hope the altitude of the snow line drops soon, so that we can return to sunny, snowy California here in Tahoe City because I’m looking forward to skiing Tahoe XC, though I think that most of the XC places with a bit more elevation like ASC got some snow.

Unrelated to the strength session, but here is a picture from a ski I had at TDXC earlier this past week. As you can tell, PK and August had a good time despite the significant melting. It probably was because it wasn’t raining.

Music: The Aussies turned me onto a band called The Jezebels, and I’ve been really into this song called Dark Storm



I’m killing it on Farm Team blog entries lately. This will be my second entry within the week.  I want to wish you all a happy “Summit Sunday!” If you don’t already know what summit Sunday is, then you had better find out soon. It’s a movement sweeping the region. Well, not really, but it’s something fun some friends and I invented as a means to stay in contact. The basic premise of the initiative is to do something fun or creative on a Sunday, and take a photo of yourself on top of something (hence the summit part). It has become a blog of it’s own, dedicated to the idea that you can “climb mountains” wherever you are, but you don’t have to climb a mountain every Sunday to participate. It’s an assertion of identity. It means you are mountain person, and as a mountain person you like to climb and play. It’s mostly something goofy to do to remind yourself to have fun.

The following is doubling as my farm team post, and is from my Summit Sunday post this week.


In the van on our way up I-80 towards Donner Summit from Truckee, I explained #summitsunday to the Auburn Ski Club guys. It was cold and foggy in Truckee, but as we climbed up the pass we eventually emerged from the fog to find that the beautiful California sun was shining down on us. Perfect opportunity for a summit photo. Ben pulled the van over and we, as a team, pushed forth for the van summit.

I got a second summit today after our ski. We pulled over again in the parking lot and climbed the snowbank. It was more treacherous than it appears, I was in flip-flops and it was slick.


If you’d like to see our prior entires and follow up on all of the goings on with #summitsunday, visit us at summitsunday.blogspot.com

Happy summiting,



P.s. For Music: I like that it’s cool to like Blink 182 again. I think I probably posted something on here from their reunion album when it came out last December. Here’s a song I like from one of the side projects while they were on hiatus. Parents be warned that there is the typical music video dancing and dress, and one bleeped-out word.

Here’s another song I heard on my drive back home from skiing today which I also like. It reminds me of being back in Utah and listening to the Sagebrush Serenade on Sundays on KRCL 90.9, the public radio station.



I skate skied auburn ski club for an hour and fifteen minutes today with no poles. The no poles thing was part strength workout and part I forgot them in my haste to move to Tahoe. Hopefully I can get them shipped soon!



I downloaded the new Taylor Swift album today. She’s such a sweetheart, and I heart her also.




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I skied yesterday. On snow. It was fantastic.

I took it pretty easy since my knee is still recovering from my rollerski crash, but it was hard to keep from sprinting around and singing joyously at the top of my lungs.


T-shirt Inspiration

This morning I was rummaging in the basement through bunches of old boxes to find shirts to give my mom for my t-shirt quilt. I found a Nike shirt which inspired me to get out and go train. I made my way up East Canyon here in Utah to run a time trial we call Big Mtn. It is an interesting running time trial because it takes anywhere from 20-30 mins and is a good mix of rolling terrain and uphills.  I don’t think that it is really a good indicator of ski fitness, but I do think it is a good time trial for race readiness. What I mean by that is there are usually several other things that make up a good race, such as pacing, motivation, preparation, and warm up. You have to have it all come together to pull off a good race. There are people out there, whether genetically gifted or training animals, who don’t seem to go fast when you think they should. There are several reasons for it, and I’m not going to go into it too much, but let’s just say that there are people who learn to race smart. I think that Big Mtn is a time trial that helps people get used to strategy in races. It is long enough that pacing is a role, and has enough varied terrain that you need to know where you are and what’s ahead. There are three distinct sections in this course (start to the road crossing, road crossing to the bridge, and bridge to the finish up the switchbacks) that you can glance down at your watch to see if you are on time and pacing correctly.

I’ve done it once this year with the Wasatch Nordic Academy back in September, and this time I was 29 seconds faster (@ 23:39), but I was still nearly a minute off of my PR. I can only attribute a very small amount of time to doing this time trial on my own (because I think people are faster when other people are there to catch you), but I’m pleased with making progress.

I’m moving to Tahoe City next week and am getting excited to see you all again at the Far West Auction!

Here is a collage from East Canyon, the time trial, and my Nike shirt discovery

I’m going to keep sharing music in my blogs, I hope you don’t mind.

Recently I’ve been listening to the new Mumford and Sons, Muse, and Macklemore albums. All of which are exceptional!

but here is a gem for today.



Rim Tour Pre-Ski

It’s been great skiing these past couple of weeks, and my mood reflects it. I’ve been really into it! Typically things in skiing wind down for me at this time of year. I like to transition to other sports like soccer, kayaking, and trail running, but this year has been anything but typical. I think that the dismal beginning to the ski year, and March being the month that it was, has boosted my stoke level for spring skiing.

Today I did the Rim Tour pre-ski. It was another beautiful day in Tahoe, and my skis felt good.  I hope for a day just as beautiful for the race this weekend. I’ll see you all there!