After the season officially came to a close I had a chance to visit my family and friends in Steamboat Springs and unwind. This was truly awesome for me as my body was extremely worn down from a winter of racing on low amounts of training. While in Steamboat I was able to be a couch potato which my body truly thanked me for. Also for those of you wondering why my "Off Season Recap" only covers two weeks, its very simple. Our offseason only lasts two weeks. The thing is, after one week of doing nothing I'm absolutely bouncing off the walls. Exercise is as important for my mental health as it is for my physical health.
After Steamboat I drove to Moab, Utah to ride my bikes and spend some quality time in the sun for a few days before heading back to Park City, Utah. I arrived in Moab mid afternoon on a Sunday, hopped on my mountain bike, and road the famous Slick Rock Trail loop from my house. The Slick Rock Trail is hands down my favorite ride in the world (so far). This was my first bike ride since October so I was surprised by how strong I felt. I brought my headlamp hoping I would get to ride the last part in the dark but the ride only took me 2 hours and 40 minutes and apparently the sun doesn't go down till 7:40 Pm??? I guess I'm not in Scandinavia anymore...
The next day I woke up and decided to go on a road bike ride. Anyone who bikes knows how painful the first couple rides can be on your sit bones. I couldn't really sit on my seat so I stood up and pedaled for a majority of my 2 hour road bike ride. I road up into Canyonlands National Park which is so scenic!
After a couple days riding in Moab I drove back to Park City, Utah for the end of the season Treadmill testing. In these tests we measure our VO2 max while roller skiing on a large treadmill. This is always the most brutal test of the year because I never feel very fit after time off. The tests portrayed that my fitness levels are pretty low which was to be expected. Our training has officially started this week and I'm looking forward to staying healthy and pushing my talents to a higher level.