Monthly Archives: April 2017

4 Key Elements To Get Ready For Your Extreme Sport

 

We don’t choose extreme sports, they choose us. That’s my husband’s saying anyway. For me, it’s more like we can choose what we enjoy, but we cannot choose our bodies. Regardless, whether we want to compete or just do it for fun, we need to work on our bodies to get them optimal for a good time be it on the piste, off-piste, running over mountains, or biking through the wilderness. Here in Colorado we’re blessed with some fantastic landscapes, but they will challenge us and we need to be ready.

 

The 4 Key Areas

Most extreme sports are seasonal in Colorado. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter and biking in the summer. However, your fitness needs to be year round – even through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, you need to consider these 4 key areas:

 

  1. Endurance and Stamina: How much can you do and how long for? This is your running, hiking, and your cycling. You need to be able to maintain energy levels across different landscapes and climates.
  2. Flexibility: You can work these into programs or spend the whole day on them, but work on gluteus maximus exercises, stability, flexing, and impact practice. Before you run, you need to know how to fall.
  3. Dynamic Movement: When moving fast through complex landscapes, you need to be able to move and adapt fast. For example to weave through trees, cope with bumps, and ride up and down slopes or move from climbing to jumping, to bouncing from rock to rock, or even swimming.
  4. Strength: The best way to create and maintain power is through strength training and the creation of lean muscle mass.

 

Keeping Track of Your Progress

There are several ways of keeping track of your progress. For some, it’s a gut feeling based on how your body feels before, during, and after a training session or while out doing the sport of their choice. For others, it’s all about competition performance. Finally, many others want actual metrics they can check. This means their weight each morning, muscle mass, speed, times, weights lifted and so on. However, the key to metrics and to technology which tracks it, is that these are not the be all and end all of anything. All the devices in the world will not make a person healthier or fitter. What is more important than smart tech is the right attitude.

 

Always Put Yourself First

When it comes to sports and getting fit, we’ve got to listen to our bodies. No matter how extreme or totally not extreme in any way or form, our exercise is, we should not put undue strain on ourselves. First, know your limits at your starting point. Know what’s ok for your body to do and not do. Then set realistic goals and look for slow, incremental progress. Your body will be the better for it. Also realize that we cannot all be extreme sports stars, but we can all make the best of what nature’s given us.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown

Ice and Snow Activities in Summit County

Photo by: Greg Rakozy, Click Here for the original photo on Unsplash.

“There’s so much snow in Summit County that they can’t even deliver the mail”. During the beginning of the year, Summit County received more than eight feet of snow, causing problems with mail delivery and other services. However, the residents aren’t complaining. These cold and snowy winters on the mountain are exactly why many people moved to the county. People here come for the winters and stay for the summers. If you’re ever bored here, you’re simply not getting out. So here are some ways to enjoy your winters in Summit County beyond the traditional skiing and snowboarding activities.

Ice Fishing: Summit County is home to over 140 lakes, rivers, and fishing spots. This make it a dream for fisherman, particularly those that want to enjoy some ice fishing.  Lake, rainbow, and brown trout are the main fish you will be fishing for, and can be caught from 10 feet to 50+ feet of water. If you’re looking for some good game, head out to Lake Dillon, Blue River, Colorado River, Gore Creek, Antero Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, or Granby, which are all popular sites with great fishing reports and a good ice cap. Per fishing reports, good choices for bait include white and pink small tube jigs in the 1 to 2-inch class and use one rod for lake trout and another for rainbows and brown. Be sure you are up-to-date regarding the fishing regulations in the region. In Colorado, the state-wide daily bag limit is four for trout and the possession limit is eight. Also, be careful on the ice, wear warm clothes, and keep dry.

Ice Climbing: Ice climbing adds a whole new edgy element to the already adventurous activity of rock climbing. Ice climbers in Summit County can climb mountain sides, cliffs and rock slabs, and even frozen waterfalls during the winters. One of the most popular sites for ice climbing is in Leadville. This area provides an easier climb called Chalk Creek which is a great starter for beginners. For the more experienced, north of Leadville houses a frozen waterfall located on Forest Service land. It is 40 feet of vertical ice, that provides all elements of a challenging climb. When ice climbing be sure to check all your equipment multiple times, and be aware of the ice and snow conditions. If it’s too cold, dinner plate-sized ice chunks can shatter off and if it’s too warm, refrigerator-sized chunks can crash down on you from above.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the wonders of Summit County and get in touch with your survivalist side. Some areas for great views and dedicated snowshoe trails include Frisco Nordic Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center, and Gold Run Nordic Center. Each of these centers has at least 12 kilometers of trails dedicated for snowshoe trekking. At Frisco Nordic Center, you can catch some great views of Lake Dillon while getting away from the city. Breckenridge combines wooden and open areas and you get a scenic route around the Breckenridge and surrounding mountain ranges. Gold Run provides access to back country trails, where you can really get in touch with your adventurous and rugged side. Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you have the proper equipment and know what to do in the case of an emergency.

Article By: Jocelyn Brown