Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Mexico Race and Step-Aerobics Week

 We celebrate the annual Rodeo de Tucson by getting out of town and skiing.  This year was a little different, as Karen found, and entered, the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon.  So our first stop was Grants, NM:

Ready to race!
Was she smiling? It's 18 degrees.
Four of eight laps on the Garmin
If you look closely, she's smiling!
Mama's rooting section
'Zooger modeling the latest in race fashion
Mama coming into the final turn!

Cooler bike angle, but without the backdrop
Karen with a medal and a beverage
. . .and a post-race massage.

Our next stop was Nana and Grampy Quigley's place in Placitas, NM.  We spent the week skiing and ski touring at Ski Santa Fe.  The weather was clear and the snow was pretty decent, given that the ski reports hinted otherwise.


Josh and Kelila waiting to hit the slopes

While the kiddos honed their skiing and snowboarding skills, Karen and I got our week-long mountain play date (!!!)  We took Telemark lessons, and picked it up pretty well. "Hiking" to the top then skiing down was our step-aerobics workout.  We practiced our alpine touring skills in the resort, with an eye to heading into the backcountry as soon as we are able.  Next week is avalanche training. . .

At the top.  Single digit temps, winds gusting to the 30s.  Lovely no less.

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