10 for 10
A few years ago, when I was trying to do 100 ten thousand foot days, I attempted 10 consecutive days of 10 000 ft. It was a wicked time each day was in a different zone, each descent different. So that by the tenth day I had skied tonnes of powder, always in a different zone, I was pumped and we headed up an unknown road. This mistake ended my 10th day, it turned out that the road led to the mountain of no vertical and we ended up doing a loop of 15 km with barely 4000 ft of gain. So I never managed 10 for 10.
During this year I have always dreamed that I would do 10 for 10, it would be so good for my average, adding an extra 45,000 ft to my goal. But it has never manifested itself. In Bariloche, I mentioned that I was hoping for 9 out of the last 14 days of August to be tens. Then I got sick and ended up in bed for 5 days. So I did not mention anything this time.
I lapped these two volcanoes, like a biker in a velodrome. Just setting my skin tracks in and lapping 2000-2300ft laps, head down, getting’er done. Going to the summit of Nuevo at least 14 times, skiing off the back side a couple but mostly on this front side. Some days like today, I hung out low and lapped down low, others times higher.
My efforts paid off. 10 days= 103,370 ft. I went from behind par to 3 days ahead. Awesome.
Also a month ago when Tracey and the kids left I vowed I would take advantage of my freedom. No responsibilities but my goal. This month would be the month that made the goal happen. 14Sept-13Oct= 30 days, 2 days off, 28 days on, average per day 9,128 ft, lowest day 2990ft(Jesse’s Birthday) biggest day 11440ft, 16 days over 10 000 for a grand total of…..255 610 ft. That is so satisfying.