The very day that I was sucked in by the ads for Park City, Utah, my friend invited us to go skiing with her family, promising that there was plenty of room in the condo they had rented in … Park City! We checked our work calendars which were miraculously clear, made our plane reservations without balking at the last-minute fares, bought ski pants at end-of-season sales, and packed our bags.
While I was schussing down the slopes on our last day, I starting thinking about what I learned about myself while living on mountain time.
1. I enjoy being outside. Yes, I run outside. And I enjoy cycling. But I’ve never thought of myself as an “outdoorsy” person. As a child I spent more time reading and watching t.v. than playing outside, I don’t really like gardening, and I didn’t even start running until I was in my 30s, so most of my free time has been spent inside. But, as I was riding up the chair lift with the sun on my face, I couldn’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else.
2. I love being with my husband. Maybe this should go without saying, but after 26 years of marriage and with a relatively recently empty nest, it is reassuring to realize that I love being with my husband. Yes, we had moments of sniping, but mostly we enjoyed each other’s company.
Chair Lift Selfie
3. I like a challenge. My friend was excited when I agreed to go down some black diamond trails with her–little did she know! While I enjoyed cruising down the easier blue trails, I had the most fun trying to navigate the more difficult ones.
On Newport – my favorite trail!
4. My fitness is well-rounded. I assumed that I would be able to ski without too much trouble, but I was surprised when I wasn’t sore at all. Yes, my legs were tired at the end of the day, but every morning they were ready to go again. As much as I love running, I think strength training has more to do with my ability to maneuver over those moguls.
5. I am able to unplug from work. Yes, I spent some time working in the mornings and evenings, but I only checked my phone at lunch, and I let a lot of emails fly by without getting involved or weighing in. When I was on the slopes, my mind was on skiing, not office politics, and I was fully present with the people I was with. We didn’t even take pictures the first few days–we were too busy enjoying ourselves to take out our phones and pose.
For all of you who avoid skiing because of the cold, I promise you it was much warmer in Park City than it was back at home! I wore more clothes than this woman, but with temperatures reaching the 40s I was tempted to leave my jacket at the lodge.
Today’s Friday Five theme is a free-for-all, so you will have to check out the posts on the link-up hosted by Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up for What?! to see what others are writing about today.
What have you learned about yourself lately?