Mountain Mayhem: Taking it outside
Fortunately, in this time of personal limitations during the pandemic, being outside and exercising are freedoms we can still embrace. According to the stay-at-home order set forth by Gov. Jared Polis, “Colorado residents can leave their home to engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running,” and many here are grateful to do just that.
For local Lucy Nichols, she’s always subscribed to the idea of setting structure for her day and has kept it up this spring. She does most of her real estate deskwork and calls early morning then gets outside in the afternoon. “Something different I’m doing is keeping a log/calendar noting what I do each day. It’s motivational and inspires me to keep going!” she noted. “I am beyond grateful for our town, the plentiful nature at our fingertips and a special shout out to the Aspen Skico for making the mountains available to us. (I’m from Cleveland, so I know how drab and dreary feels!)”
Fitness instructor Charlie Lucarelli, also a Cleveland transplant to Aspen, sets daily goals that are “fun and obtainable” from skinning to hiking to just taking time to appreciate the views and the sunsets.
Jennifer Mendez, a personal trainer and running coach, has been staying upbeat and active alongside her husband Ernesto. She also just recorded a fast pace on Strava, running the Colorado COVID-19K, a virtual race put on by friend Greg Mauger.
Another common challenge of late: athletes setting streaks in a chosen sport or activity. Former Aspenite Bobby Stuckey, now living in Boulder, recently ran 100 miles in seven days with running mates Craig Lewis and Bryan Dayton. They inspired a stream of others to set personal running goals, including Bobby’s brother Scooby who “ran 101 miles just to screw with me.”
Aspen local Kevin O’Driscoll set a skinning goal the day the lifts stopped spinning. He’s only taken one day off his skinning streak since, to attend his friend Pauli Laukkanen’s cremation who sadly passed away due to COVID-19 in March. Expressing his appreciation for Skico and the groomers for all of their work, he added, “I’m taking full advantage of how lucky we are in our valley as lots of other folk around the globe are not even allowed out to their local park.”
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