Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Back To It!

After a long spring of adventures, the US Ski Team has reconvened in Park City for our kick off camp of the year! Unfortunately, I caught a bit of a cold on my way back from Mexico, so I'm taking a couple extra days easy to recover before the training begins tomorrow. It's a funny feeling to go from having been on the beach a few mornings ago to jumping into training, but I'm psyched and ready to get going. That must mean vacation was the perfect length!
Climbing in Mexico

After spending most of April in Vermont, Simi and I headed to Mexico in the beginning of May with the goal of trying to see a little bit of everything. We started out in northern Mexico and went climbing for a week with the rest of his family. I had been climbing a couple times before, but this was my true introduction to climbing and it was a good thing I enjoyed it, because it was quite the introduction! We were in El Protrero Chico, which is just northewest of Monterrey, Mexico. We went on a few adventure runs, but spent most of our days climbing. Luckily, everyone was very patient while I learned the ropes (no pun intended). I learned a ton and it was an incredible place to see.

Rocks for days!

A view of Hidalgo from the top of a rock

Al being Al

Jenny on top of one of the climbs

Simi and our tarantula friend

Jenny and our little friend, Aztec

Up, up, up
Where should we go tomorrow?

Saying goodbye to El Protrero Chico
After a week of climbing, we flew to Tulum for the wedding of a good friend of Simi's family. It was a very different setting than the previous week, but beautiful in a new way. After the wedding, we headed to Saladitas beach for a few days of surfing and relaxing before heading back to the states. The trip was a nice balance of different activities. I feel like we were able to experience many sides of Mexico and I returned eager to jump back into summer training.
Beach wedding

Ocean sunset flying into Zihuatanejo

Sunset at Saladitas beach

Papaya and lime - the best snack!

Bye beach, time to head back to the mountains!
The weather in Park City has been a little cold and rainy so far, but I'm enjoying being back with all my teammates and getting ready for the year ahead of us!

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