Ok like enough already. Enough looking at this guy's ass through my ski goggles.
You've heard of the Manhattan Project, well this is the Maybury Project. Like the Canadian athletes with Own the Podium, we need a similar coordinated, intensive effort. A team to push us to train and train hard. To start now if we have any hope of matching the Maybury this winter.
Many consider the Maybury as the benchmark for backcountry ski fitness. In order to compete, we will need to train for maximum uptracking and endless powder descents (as well as "one last run" with headlamp).
We will get some in-season chances to test ourselves. May I suggest early December COP ski mountaineering race. Or the CSMC POWfest in Kootenay Pass. Or the 1 Day Wapta. And of course the Mt Baker/Spearhead Traverse long weekend and/or Mt Shasta summit to parking lot.
Fitness may include skate skiing at COP and Bragg Creek on weeknights. Spin classes. And even these http://www.backcountry.com/explore/train-eccentric-leg-strength-for-alpine-skiing
We can't wait until alpine climbing is done in October..this requires dryland training to begin now.
The intent here is to collaborate on setting training goals starting now to peak in the winter (like late January). Benefit of the group is we either can train together, train during the week individually and push each other by reporting to the group...or trash talk each other to get motivated to train. Whatever works for you.
RobM has created a Google Spreadsheet to track hrs. Feel free to join in on that. We will work out best strategies for motivation in early September.
We start a 16 week push Oct 1st.
Are you in?
PRE-MAYBURY PUSH LEADERBOARD (SEP 9)
Skiing - Why God made Snow :--)
Been in Calgary since 1995 and fell in love with the mountains. Avid skier and mountain biker.
Hi. I am excited to do some advanced scrambling, mountaineering and ski trips with the club.
Backcountry skiing trips, scrambles, biking
Avid backcountry skier looking for challenging tours
Look forward to discovering new rock, snow and ice landscapes with like minded people!
Love the mountains and the good times they offer for skiing & climbing.
Any excuse to get into the hills!
Moving to Calgary in May, looking forward to getting out into the mountains!!