Author Archives: Al

Chair Lift Stories III

“Where are we going to go next?” Sitting on the Sheer Bliss lift between my son and wife, I felt warmth from both the high-altitude sun and familial camaraderie. Two days since the last snow, everything was open, soft and … Continue reading

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Chair Lift Stories II

I slid into the Sheer Bliss corral, turned around, and saw Cheryl right behind me. We edged forward, merging with the small clot of skiers heading towards the lift. A younger couple was moving up on our left. The guy … Continue reading

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Chair Lift Stories

I’m doing laps in the Cirque. First a warm-up on the Big Burn corduroy in Dallas Freeway and Whispering Jesse, then give it a go down AMF through Rock Island. With all the snow this January, the ski patrol has … Continue reading

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Left/Right Pedal Balance

I’ve been using my new PowerTap P1 pedals for a month now on the trainer. I usually see a 53/47 L/R wattage balance when I review a ride afterwards.  That ratio seems to hold pretty much during all types of intervals: … Continue reading

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The Long and Winding Road

Chaim opened with his biggest smile. “I have the tickets for tomorrow. We go to airport [which is basically right next door to the German-themed teahouse/lodge where we’re staying in Jomsom] tomorrow by 6:30. Plane might be there before 7.” … Continue reading

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Muktinath

After our 16.5 mile trek across the high wastelands of the eastern Mustangi plateau, to Tetang, we spent the night in a spacious room with adjoining hot shower, well-prepared for the next day’s 2.5 hour walk back down the Kali … Continue reading

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The Longest Day

“I only find one horse, for Cheryl,” Chaim announced at breakfast. “Al, you are OK walking? Maybe we go 9, 10 hours today?” That was just fine with me. I was surprised by how vigorous I felt after ten days … Continue reading

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Out With The Old, In With The New

[copy of a post to EN Forum today] The intent of this thread is to encourage folks to review their past year in training and racing, and report goals for the coming year. Not intended as simply a summary of … Continue reading

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Man Cave/Cave Man

  Leaving Yara, we face 26 miles of walking with 10,000 feet of elevation gain, with only one tea house lodge along the way. Trekkers supported by a full porter team, who are camping out each night, manage this in … Continue reading

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Hole In The Wall Gang

Like cathedrals in Europe, the locals think we are fascinated by every one of their monasteries. The interiors are all the same, the decorations and layouts just a variation on a theme. But how many cathedrals are housed in a … Continue reading

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