It has been my intention to share a few glimpses of my spring even here a little ways after the fact. In the context of this recent running success, it seems particularly appropriate to look back on the April adventures that helped build my current fitness. I believe that the best way to build fitness is to go outside with friends, challenge yourself to develop new skills, cover some human-powered ground, and have fun!
The racing season for cross-country skiing ends in very early April, and beyond that skiers often take a few weeks to recover and rebuild. My recovery was active recovery spent in Alaska and Montana, playing in the mountains and visiting with my family and friends. I especially enjoyed doing more backcountry skiing than ever before. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a month, before structured training resumed in May. Here are glimpses from many of my favorite outings from April 2017:
After 2 weeks in Alaska, it was time for me to head down to Montana to see my parents, explore more of the trails and mountains around Bozeman, and soak in sunshine and spring weather. For another look at the Alaska adventures, plus more after I left, see Scott’s blog: https//scottgpatterson.wordpress.com
Montana trails on my mom’s extra bicycle
My mom cruising through the grasses on this long ride near Helena. She is really good at biking, and my dad and I were definitely more tired after this 4 hr ride!
My dad above the expanse of trees
I am a very lucky person, believe me, I know this! To love more than anything to play outside, and to get to play outside and stay fit as my life’s work. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful world and the company of your friends as often as possible!