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You gotta go big

I woke up Monday morning and wanted to get on the hill, but my head felt like a cantaloupe in a microwave, and the sickness prevented quick movement. It’s been going on for quite some time and everyone, it seems, has some version or another.Last year I took one sick day from work, and this year I’ve already used my sick days, along with the rest of Aspen. Seems everywhere I go there’s someone hacking up a hairball. As of today, I’ve passed on to the point where I can’t remember what it feels like to be healthy. There are tastes of that feeling early on, but it doesn’t really set until two or three weeks along. It’s at that point when watching a movie after work and chowing on hot soup is the norm. Falling asleep on the couch or at your desk is standard. Getting out on the mountain demands considerable energy and attention.Regardless, I got out Saturday and had one of the best ski days of my life. It was a perfect powder day. I wore a suit and tie. Friends kept appearing. I hiked the Bowl twice. At the end of the day, I sat in a hot tub at the base of Highlands with beautiful ladies.Maybe I was getting better before I pushed it too hard and woke up Sunday (and Monday) feeling like I fell off a bridge. But that’s just part of the game – there are some days when you just have to go big.


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