When I was about 7, we moved to Norway for 3 years (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades). For 3 years, this place was where we'd go when dad wanted to get away. I have no idea how many times we went (maybe only 3 for all I know), but in the haze of childhood memories, it seems like we went EVERY weekend. Obviously, that wasn't true...we also went to Hemsidal and some other places. But for me, childhood skiing is defined by Blue 8 at Trysil.
Anyway, all mountain snobbery aside, tonight's ride is going to be a day of skiing. Minus the 3+ hours of hot chocolate breaks I always made my mom take with me. Secretly, I think she liked them as much as I did. :-D
The ride is going to follow the purple line:
Now, an important note about skiing in Norway. Most of the lifts are what they call "T lifts". You don't sit on anything, you kind of put the thing behind your butt, squat a little (not a lot or you'll fall), and hope for the best. It's a team effort to stay on the stupid thing, and if either of you falls or stops paying attention, you're both going down. The worst thing is that just at the end there's always a massive upslope that weeds out the weak and makes you ski the slope of shame all the way back down to the bottom to start over again. Because lord knows no one wants to take their skis off and then trash that last little hill by digging their moon boots into it.
Anyway, back to the ride.
So for every lift, we'll be doing an easy seated climb. I wish I could do some kind of hover for these, but that's not actually good for your knees. Maybe I'll turn this ride into a Strength class for next week, who knows.
For the mogul hills, obviously we'll be doing jumps. For the green that goes from the top of the first lift to the bottom of the second, I can very distinctly remember the point where it suddenly stops being downhill and if you don't have enough momentum, you stall out completely. So we'll do a standing run for that and then add on resistance with the emphasis on kicking back, like we'd do with skis on. God I hated that part. Dad usually tried to do the ski pole sling shot with us, but even that didn't always work out so well.
For the black slopes, we'll be either running with resistance or in a very fast (80-90 rpm) standing climb. Because going downhill at an uncontrolled rate of speed may be fast, but you're tensing up so much to brace yourself against impact that it *is* actually a workout. Not a small one either.
The last green run will be the cooldown. I put us on a lift that had a few runs to it, so I can add another one if needed. :-)
The playlist is still in progress, so I'll post that later today or maybe tonight, depending on when it gets done.
Here's tonight's playlist:
Hello Hurricane - Switchfoot
How do you do! - Roxette
Saturday Night - Whigfield
Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)
Cup Of Life - Ricky Martin
Inspector Gadget Rave
DHT - Listen To Your Heart (Techno) DHT
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani Ft. Akon
Italobrothers - Stamp on the ground.
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Candyman - Christina Aguilera
If I Had You - Adam Lambert
Vice Verses - Switchfoot
Always - Switchfoot
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
On a totally unrelated note, there's a new weekend open for Tough Mudder New England. July 14-15. Who's running it with me???