|View on the ride up to Palmer|
The intensity of UV increases with altitude – there’s less atmosphere to absorb sunrays. Unfortunately, I was too excited about riding at Mt. Hood last week (JULY SNOW!!!) and totally ignored skincare, which resulted in a burn. Yup, total rock lobster, but a happy one. After some great meetings with colleagues at our Albany lab and Oregon State earlier during the week, I took a day of leave to ride Mt. Hood.
|This is what happens when you ride at altitude|
with gloves and a t-shirt (and no sunblock).
Apparently famous people were also riding at Timberline last Wednesday. Even though it was difficult to distinguish specific famous people under gear (and I never rode close enough to them to check out their boards), their incredible skill and style distinguished them on the snow. There was this one famous-looking person in particular, being followed by a guy holding a nice camera – I watched him attack this moguled area with style and grace and everything amazing. This is the same moguled area where I attempted to work on conditioning earlier (although not as gracefully). In retrospect, I think the mystery awesome rider likely was Nick Baumgardner, US SBX Team athlete, who was at Mt. Hood for a photoshoot last Wednesday.
|Lanes and gates for various ski race camps also training last week|
|Self-portrait before the last ride down|