I just got back from a rather humbling weekend skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Now mind you, I’m a pretty decent skier. I was born on skis and I will tackle any slope with gusto.
This winter I vowed to become an even better skier and I spent 7 months doing an aggressive workout program and when the snow flew here in Vermont I was not disappointed. I have never skied with more grace and power than I have this year.
That was until I went to Tahoe.
On the first run I crashed 3 times and I felt like I didn’t even know how to ski. The reason was because I had spent all of that hard work getting strong for Vermont skiing. Tight fall lines, trees skiing, ice, granular snow and low levels of powder.
Classic Vermont conditions
Out west it’s about vast bowls, steep slopes and powder so deep it’s like quicksand. Almost the complete opposite for what I was prepared for!
Skiing in Tahoe
When it comes to exercise and fitness it’s important to understand that no matter what you do, you can’t cover all of your bases. You can’t become super strong and skilled at everything. You simply have to pick and choose what you want to focus on, what you want to be mediocre at and what you are willing to nix.
But it’s easy to forget this with the onslaught of fitness marketing. It seems like everyone is telling you that you have to do everything or else you miss out on some essential benefits. And so we feel we must become a power lifting, yoga going, distance running, sprinting, Cross Fitter who meditates while being a meat eating, vegetarian body builder who hates to bulk up.
Heck I spent a great deal of time getting ready for skiing and I wasn’t even ready for a different kind of skiing. How am I supposed to be good at all types of skiing as well as 8 other activities that are not even related?!
So once again it all falls down to focusing first on what you enjoy. Don’t like cardio or kettle bells? Scrap ’em. Hate eating certain foods? Ditch ’em. Figure out what you enjoy and then go from there.