February 28, 2005

Things Learned from Skiing on Saturday

POST #    1592

Saturday morning, I went skiing at Camelback in Pennsylvania. Since I couldn't interest anyone in going with me, I ended up skiing by myself. I love skiing, but it was my first time skiing since the April or May of 2003, which is sad because I love it so much. Not only have I not been skiing much, but I haven't exactly been exercising much either. Obviously, this served to be semi-problematic.

This problem was evident immediately as I was out of breath after just carrying my skis to the bottom of the trails. I chalk that up to adrenaline causing my heart to race. After the first run, however, I was out of breath when I got to the bottom of the "mountain." I blame that on forgetting to breathe. This got better at the end, but there were a few times when I was out of breath, mostly from using the poles and attempting to move on a flat surface with heavy ass equipment.

In the 5 hours that I was at Camelback, I think I got in at least 25 runs, which to me is a bit insane. It was pretty much, up and down the whole first 4.5 hours. I remember this one instance when I looked at the clock at the base at 1 p.m. and when I got back down, it was 1:10. Camelback isn't the tallest mountain (a mere 800' vertical), but I still thought it was absurdly quick.

After my lunch break, I just couldn't ski anymore. I was so physically exhausted that I just needed to go home. At this point, my calves were in serious pain from the boots, the rest of my muscles were not being very responsive, and the snow conditions were deteriorating.

Now, I'm just a wreck. My calves still hurt a lot, my hands hurt from gripping the poles, my back is really sore, and it just hurts to walk. I guess that's what months of inactivity and two years off from skiing will do to you.

So the lessons I learned:
- Ski boots are quite possibly an instrument of the devil
- Do not ski for 4.5 hours straight without a break
- Bring someone with you, so you can bitch about how much your boots hurt
- Teenage snowboarders who cut the lift line and don't respect the "rules" are punks
- After skiing, stretch, stretch, stretch (that's if you can walk)
- Ski boots are quite possibly an instrument of the devil

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:54 AM



ahem. i ski.

Posted by: christina at February 28, 2005 10:01 AM

YES on the devil bootmakers. I got boot blisters. BLISTERS, I tell ya!

Posted by: yp at February 28, 2005 10:55 AM

At Camelback, do you spend more time waiting in line than skiing, or is it pretty balanced? It's so annoying when your run is over in a minute and then it back to waiting, waiting, waiting...

Posted by: matt at February 28, 2005 11:02 AM

You're well on your way to winning the award for the most arthritic 27 year old in NYC. I thought there were rules on complaining that ones back/hands/calves hurt and/or it hurts to walk in that you must be at least 40 before you can do any of the above?

Posted by: Joe at February 28, 2005 11:09 AM

oh quit complaining skiers! i get blisters wearing regular shoes!

Posted by: shannan at February 28, 2005 11:23 AM

You should have posted BEFORE you went skiing... Your blog is an interesting read. I'm sure you would have had offers to join you. Either that or you should have taken the cat.

Posted by: Charlie at February 28, 2005 4:19 PM

but you know what the BEST part about wearing ski boots are? when you change back into your regular comfy shoes again. your feet start to expand, and your shoe fits around your foot, instead of your foot fitting into a contraption. it's the same feeling you get after taking off hockey skates too. foot heaven!

Posted by: jason at February 28, 2005 6:42 PM

matt, i can't say i'm really sure. it didn't seem too crowded. i was in the singles line though, so it generally went pretty fast.

joe, i'm pretty sure it's the lack of any exercise.

charlie, it might have been a tad strange to go skiing with people i've never met.

jason, that part i knew already, so it wasn't a learned thing. but i completely agree.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2005 7:19 PM

aaah skiing. i've only been once and I just remember skiing into the fence of the bunny slope. bout time I did that again.

Posted by: neps at February 28, 2005 11:01 PM

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