Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center

As I mentioned on Tuesday, Sally and I took the kids on a quick family vacation over President's Day Weekend.  Our goal was just to get away and get outside, but we wound up skiing for two days at West Mountain Ski Area.  We stayed at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, which proved to be an interesting and enjoyable experience.

Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swim After Skiing

As it happens, three days of skiing and beer will not help your swimming.  It certainly didn't help mine, not least because being up in the mountains meant missing two days of workouts.  That had me feeling sluggish as anything last night.
My friend Andy has been putting in 3700+ yards of high quality work at a shot this week.  I personally decided to settle for a long set of aerobic paced swimming, where I did nothing more difficult than holding a steady pace over time.  

As it happened, that wasn't quite as easy as I might've hoped.

You guys probably aren't going to like this one overmuch.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

West Mountain Ski Area

I skied a lot after I got out of the Army, and Sally and I used to ski together quite a bit right after we got married.  We skied on our honeymoon and when the kids were little enough to stay in Day Care while we were out on the slopes.  But the kids reached a certain age where they were too big for Day Care, and sometimes life just gets in the way.  One thing led to another, and next thing we knew, it had been eight years since we'd hit the slopes.

We needed to find a little mountain where the kids could take some ski lessons, and Sally and I could re-introduce ourselves to the sport.  West Mountain in Queensbury, New York, fit the bill perfectly.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Swimming Stupid

I've been trading workouts with my buddy Andy for the past couple of weeks.  So far, it's been mostly one-way.  Last night marked the first time I took one of Andy's workouts and did it myself.

We are both competitive guys.  We've been friends for a long time, were teammates at the Academy, and in fact, Andy was the captain of the Army team when we were firsties.  So we go back a ways.  What I've learned--the hard way--is that when you're competitive with your friends, you still need to swim your own races.  In fact, that's definitely the time to stay strictly in your own head and do your own thing.

I didn't do that last night, and I'm paying for it today.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rockin' the Chocker

Didn't realize this was a faux pas until Matt Lauer did it on the Today Show
and everybody went crazy.