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  • Can Alpine Skiing Preserve Cycling Fitness?

      There were many years where I avoided alpine skiing because I thought spending time on an indoor trainer was better cross-training for my triathlon or cycling training. Turns out I was wrong. Let me explain. We have a local non-race race (The Four Seasons of Horsetooth) that is a timed loop done on the same course at each solstice and equinox. It is a good measure of fitness for each quarter of the year. In 2018, the December weather was cooperative (read: mostly dry trails and not a giant snowstorm, as is typical) and I logged a time of...

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  • Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing or indoor cycling – what is best? A study took a look.

      Yesterday I revealed my list of 15 Winter Fitness Secrets. Today I'll touch on items 1) Alpine skiing, 4) indoor cycling and 9) Nordic skiing. If you've followed my blogs and Facebook, in the past few years I've posted heart rate profiles for all of the activities mentioned. Before launching into my own analysis of the activities, I wanted you to know a recent study looked at these three activities. A study titled, "A Comparison between Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Indoor Cycling on Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Response" was published by the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine just...

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  • Copper Mountain's Tucker Mountain Snowcat Review

    A group of us decided we wanted to experience the Tucker Snowcat at Copper Mountain. It is a service provided by the resort, free to lift ticket holders. There were two cats running the Friday we decided to give it a try. Each cat takes 11 people to a drop-off point in Copper Bowl. I estimate the drop-off to be in the saddle separating The Nacho and The Taco, based on my Garmin Player file. I'm told you have to have an account activated to see the names of the runs on the file, otherwise all you will see is...

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