I knew the day would come that I would have to write this blog. Of course, I never wanted the day to come, but it's inevitable. Sad, but true.
Today we went out to enjoy our local mountain, and we knew on the way up that the probability of having comfortable conditions was minimal to begin. We were up for the adventure as we always are, with a backup plan in place, and snacks packed to keep us going. We took that drive looking for a fun family day.
Just two days ago we had a mass melt, creating a river through the backyard for half the day. I can see all the grass, all the dog poops neglected all winter (maybe in another blog), and short, dirty piles of packed snow. The kind is great for throwing, but not much else. It's the end of the daily view we've known for the past few months.
You never know on top of the mountain though.
Sometimes we have nothing near our home, but the mountain can still be full of sweet runs and fresh fun!
Our actual plan was to go to the indoor pool. It's a huge draw for us. Our kids are four and two, so an indoor pool for the winter is clutch. We go on Tuesday morning every week during the season, and we rarely see anyone in the pool. It's an amazing escape only 40 minutes away, and my wife and I can take turns lapping the mountain.
We come up the mountain, snow and grass everywhere, but still optimistic. As we come into view of the mountain, the decision is easy. The top is spotty
but looks like it can be managed. The bottom isn't bad. Wet and slow, but capable.
The problem is, the main chair isn't running. That's kind of a done deal for us.
We ended up pivoting to the actual plan and went down to the pool and had a great morning.
The feeling though, that comes when the season is just about over, but still has glimmers of hope with snow in the forecast, is as uncomfortable inside as it is to try and explain it.
While many people look forward to the end of Winter, most people I know are not ready to let the season pass and hope for a few more good days to take them into the spring.
It's exciting to change seasons, but when Winter has passed, it's a long time before you can plan to get back to the amazing experience of mountains and forests in the snow season.
As we make the transition of seasons, we not only have thoughts and feelings of the memories made and the smiles gained, we also have to prepare our bodies and minds for the change of environment, food, activity, sunshine, and fun stuff coming ahead.
The change of the season is a great time to reassess yourself.
As everything around us changes, so does the way our body functions. We have different needs to stimulate, heal, and grow ourselves. That's why the season change feels so good. We like that change in our lives.
We get excited about what's coming, and we are satisfied when it happens.
We create our own happiness by keeping positive goals ahead that we can work toward.
Being happy is the name of the game, and many people look optimistically to the season change as an opportunity to improve themselves, their health, relationships, or stress.
Season changes are motivating. If the whole world around me can change, then I can too.
I work with many clients that look toward the season change as an opportunity to change. They know the potential of the next few months, and they want in. Helping them make the change is part of the plan.
As I work on my own transition of seasons, I think about recovery from any wear and tear, or bumps and bruises, that came throughout snowboarding season. I don't have any actual injuries, but I did have a few incidences.
Caught an edge once.
Slid out on ice twice.
Got sniped coming out of a tree run.
I do have some wear and tear from riding aggressively. Just more miles, more bumps, and more twists.
I feel good overall, but I know I need to work on recovery.
That means a little easing off of the things I was doing plenty of (squatting, jumping), and a little more of the things I haven't done in a while but need to do more of. (step-ups, loaded walking)
This simple transition will change my workouts, my intentions, and my motivation.
This is something that requires you to change your plan. You can't do what you've been doing if you want to be doing something else. Is that a famous ramble?
Helping athletes make the transition so they can be outdoors and active all year long is how we help people gain health and happiness.
We all want those things, and the more people that we can help get there, the more people we can celebrate with!
As the season changes, and you anticipate everything around you changing, you should plan to become an even better you. Even better than you were last season.
That looks different for everyone, but I bet health and happiness are on that list.
If you're looking to have more amazing memories of outdoor adventure, then make a plan with an expert that can help you understand the transition for your health with the season. Reach out and we'll help you learn how you can find your way. #snowbeastperformance