I decided to take a less traditional approach to May training this year. Some ski seasons are more draining than others and after 2 tough years I knew I needed to take a bit of extra time to let my body and mind recover and reset for a new training season.
I love Utah and it didn't take much to convince Chris to go South for a spring roadtrip! We were able to get away for 3 weeks and we packed as much as possible into our time there. We camped (mostly in free spots) the entire trip, mountain biking in Moab and Fruita and hiking in Canyonlands, Arches and Colorado National Monument. Here is a selection from the 100's of photos we took!
Our first full day was spent at Arches National Park:
The Needles District of Canyonlands was one my favorite spots. The wildflowers were incredible, especially against the backdrop of needles.
Fisher Towers near Moab: completely different from everywhere else we went, and awe-inspiring!
The view from Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands:
One of the few campsites we actually paid for, it was sure nice to have a picnic table!
We didn't take many photos mountain biking because we were having too much fun riding but this one is above the Colorado river in the Kokopelli trail system near Fruita.
Chris had fun chasing lizards, this collared lizard is my favorite!
We also saw a few of these... I was always the one to almost step on them and I let out a few good shrieks before realizing they were gopher snakes not rattlesnakes!
The trip was the perfect way for me to get a bit of base fitness back in the most relaxed setting possible! I returned home ready to train and excited for another year of ski racing.
The week after I go home I was back on snow, skiing at Sunshine Village. Thanks to RMR for letting me tag along for 2 beautiful days of skiing! Quite the shock to be on snow after the desert!
As a final note, there's a cool initiative going on in the Okanagan to turn a discontinued rail line between Vernon and Kelowna into a multi-use path (and it goes along 3 beautiful lakes!) If you are at all interested then please send them an email of support, info is at http://www.okanaganrailtrail.ca/.