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Monday, March 3, 2008

The M is for Mountains...

The M is for Mountains
The O is for Orgasmic Skiing
The N is for No school
The T if for shopping at Target this afternoon
The A is for Altitude
The N is for Napping twice a day
The A is for Almost time to RACE!

So far the trip to Montana has been super.  With all this time before we actually race, it feels sort of like a family vacation.  In fact, we took our Christmas card photo today:

We ski in the morning, then explore.  The scenery is beautiful--sharp ridgelines melt into rolling hills which eventually slide into the flat valley floor.  The drive up the canyon to Bohart Ranch is almost half an hour, but the view is so sweet and the radio stations so good that we don't mind the drive.  Bud's pro at takin 'er easy up the canyon, driving 40 in a 60 zone, which means cars and 18-wheelers end up passing us even when there are double lines.  Obviously they don't know how to take 'er easy like we do.

We skied some classic intervals today to shake out our legs and feel the altitude.  So far it doesn't seem to be a problem.  In fact, there haven't really been any problems on our trip so far, if you don't count the lack of schwag for the coaches.  (Pretty much the only reason I'm out here is because I hear you get a cool gift, but if the coach's gifts are any indication of the athletes', I might have to book a ticket home early.)  Aubrey might say I have some problems (only owning skis with a grind that I can't ski on out here, forgetting to bring a waterbottle and waterbelt, not packing my running shoes), but all is forgiven because I'm a freshman.  I'm hoping to stay a freshman all four years of college.  

Last night we ate dinner with an alum who does running races which take 25 hours.  Yikes!

What I'm trying to say is this:  Montana is super fun and the skiing is great and everything is going along without a hitch.

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