When asked to write a blog post about training for winter as a professional snowboarder, I immediately knew I could not tie in just one day’s routine. As each of us prepares for winter 2014-15, it is an accumulation of each year of our life that has progressed us into this fresh season that is just around the corner.
For me, 29 years of sacrifice, education, the death of mountain partners, life of new family, relationships, travel and a clear focus is what sets me up for winter mode. I am ready. What follows is a glance of routine one may seek to prepare your mind and body for the unforgiving wonders of the Big Mountains…
At 7am Ashtanga Yoga is my morning ritual. I warm my mind and body into the day ahead.
After a large breakfast mostly consisting of yams and green chilies, I put in as many hours in the office as a sane man can handle. I design backcountry safety equipment and study snow science and mountain topography. Welcome to Prival. Made in Utah.
If I feel the need to leave downtown Salt Lake City, I hop on my new approach tool. Zero Motor Cycles of Utah provides 100% electric motorcycles that burn no fossil fuels. I charge this bike with a Goal Zero Yeti 1250. The only thing in my fuel tank is some training weight from PROBAR!
With inversion season ahead, I can only hope for consistent storms and for each of us to do our part to clear the air. A carpool or rideshare goes a long way, from having good conversation to reducing emissions.
As I pulled into the Gate Buttress of Little Cottonwood Canyon I thought maybe PROBARs would make good training weight. Yep! Here is what I came up with… A weight belt is a great way to prepare for high alpine in winter conditions.
Calories, Calories, Calories. 2 Portobello mushrooms baked in Brags liquid amino garnished with tomato, avocado, arugula, sunflower sprouts and pine nuts delicately placed on a quinoa mix with seared shallots and black grapes. You can’t underestimate the power of good fuel.
Back to training. 3 days a week I lift weights and do circuits in the gym. My favorite borderline puke inducer is as follows:
3 sets of ten reps unless noted
-55lb kettle bell front squat over head press.
-Muscle ups (as pictured below in the Self portriat)
-Burpie Box Jumps
-30 jump ropes or go until you catch rope
-toe to bars
I believe my favorite part of winter training is the friendships! Enjoying conversation and views takes the pain out of gaining vertical, and weighting your pack with books is great uphill training and provides for solace and serenity at the top. I am going to try and help this fine lady with her high altitude training as best I can but her hours spent in the hospital humble me into a stupor. Dr. Sydney Ryan is heading to rural Nepal in February. She aims to practice medicine in a setting no alpinist sets foot. A truly impressive journey is ahead into the third world, where she will share her wealth of knowledge in current pediatric standards. I wish her only the best.
As snow conditions warrant my season goal is to continue A Tale Of Two Couloirs: climbing alpine routes to snowboard steep lines.
This concludes my winter training expression session. Check back in a few months for my mid-winter report.