Archive for October, 2009
Saturday October 24, 2009 was the International Day of Climate Action, a day where thousands of people from almost 200 countries around the world participated in actions to demonstrate the importance of 350 ppm. Leading up to this day we participated in the Team 350 Challenge, which aimed to raise awareness of the 350 movement within the skiing and rowing communities.
The Day of Action happened to coincide with a rare day off from training for us so there was a fair amount of discussion about what we should do. It was of course agreed upon that we wanted to do something for 350, but it was difficult coming to a consensus. I suggested not driving for the day and maybe writing letters to congress people and senators but this was no good; no one wanted to spend our only full day off cooped up and we felt that part of the point of 350 was doing something within a larger community. The closest 350 action was in Reno, which would unfortunately mean driving. It was tough being away from Craftsbury. We wanted to do something for the big day and felt at a loss about what to do in a community where we didn’t know anyone. And frankly, we felt like we had “shot ourselves in the foot” because we had just traveled across the country for a training camp.
In the end the girls spent a relaxing morning drinking coffee and soaking up the sun by the shores of Lake Tahoe. In the evening we went to the action in Reno that included a potluck supper, petition signing, discussion, and photographs. During the day we kept a close eye on the 350 website, following all of the actions from all over the world.
For me the most important parts of the day were some serious and sobering moments of introspection. I was alternately inspired and discouraged. At times photos or stories from the 350 movement sent shivers of hope down my back; at other times I felt wracked with guilt about not doing enough or fearful that the task ahead is too large. I would say, unfortunately, that the moments of guilt and fear were more powerful. But the bottom line is neither of those emotions are going to help the cause in any way. I thought a lot about the near future (How much travel is really necessary for a Nordic skier? If we had an altitude tent, we could do altitude training back in Vermont.) and the more distant future (What kind of post-ski racing job will allow me to help the cause the most?). Thinking wasn’t as satisfying or as important as doing, but I believe it was necessary.
As a team, the Day of Action got us thinking and talking about how much, much more we need to do. We are brainstorming and discussing, trying to come up with some big ideas. We haven’t hit on anything huge yet, but until we do we will be sure to continue doing the small things.
Yesterday we were driving in the van and I was in the front. So I had control over the radio. Here’s some general radio rules that I use:
1. No old music. There is a place for oldies/classic rock/whatever. The radio isn’t it.
2. No slow music. Basically, if you can slow dance to it, it shouldn’t be on the radio.
3. The newer the better (for the most part). There are always bad new songs and good older ones (older like 90’s older, not 70’s older), so there are exceptions.
4. Never stick with a song because it’s decent. Go for the gold. Always assume that song you had stuck in your head is on there somewhere, so never settle. Can’t live life on your heels.
So with all that said, I’ll present here 5 songs that are not to be passed over on the radio. This is my gift to you. Enjoy.
1. Taylor Swift, Love Story. Everyone knows the words and everyone can enjoy this one. And when the dude asks her to marry him? That’s as much emotion as you can get in one song by a teenage girl. Just careful with this one, it’ll be stuck in your head. It was in mine for over a month.
2. Ce-Ce Peniston, Finally. Great car dancing to this one. Great beat and its easy to figure out for the kid in the car who had never heard it before but wants to sing along anyways. Check out the music video for some good dance moves.
3. Miley Cyrus, See You Again. Greatest. Song. Ever. Most played on my computer and I listened to it over 40 times in one day. If it comes on, count yourself lucky, crank it up, and enjoy.
4. Katy Perry, Hot N Cold. Talk about car dancing. This thing’s got hour head bobbing and your fingers dancing before “You… Change your mind…”
5. Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler. By the end of this song you should check your heart rate if you got your belt on. I can’t keep it in level 1.
6. Footloose, Kenny Loggins. This will be mentioned again if I ever do a post on my favorite move ever, but the song is the best part. If you’re feet ain’t bouncin’, it ain’t loud enough.
7. Meatloaf, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Must Have Been While You Were Kissing Me). This is possibly the only song on this list that will make me cry. Just kidding, Love Story makes me cry a little. OK, not really, but for a fat dude who plays a dude with mantits in Fight Club, Meatloaf makes some solid music. This is his best.
8. Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper. My heart skipped a beat just thinking about hearing this one. So intense. Too bad Cyndi’s gone absolutely nuts.
9. G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, Fergie. Every time I hear this song, I feel like maybe I’m a little bit Glamorous too. I even flew first class, up in the sky, once, by accident.
10. Inside Out, Eve-6. And here I am, in a middle school dance. If you don’t like that time warp, you probably aren’t human or you’re homeschooled. Or maybe you weren’t in middle school when this came out, which makes sense. But still, I think everyone could use a timewarp to ’98 every once in a while.
Yesterday featured our biggest-yet Tahoe adventure, a point-to-point run/hike ending at Donner Pass. The boys ran 20 miles, starting out on the Western State trail, then merging onto the Pacific Crest trail for the second half. They stuck together for the whole run, and from what I hear the primary points of excitement were that it took longer than expected (just under 6 hours), and considerable chafage occurred.
The girl’s run started in Squaw Valley, up the Granite Chief trail before turning onto the Pacific Crest trail for the remainder of the run. Our run was a bit more rife with (mis)adventures though, with nearly all of us getting off-trail at one point or another. Ida took the cake with a 30+ minute detour somewhere before Tinker Knob. I rolled my ankle at about 2.5 hours and spent the rest of run stuffing snow in my sock and running gingerly. But we all made it, and it was one of the prettiest runs I’ve been on. Scenery-wise, it had a little bit of everything–rocky alpine canyons, shady forests of huge old Ponderosa pines with neon green lichen, open slopes covered with some sort of leafy dry alpine plant, high ridgelines with 360 degree views and outcroppings of funky volcanic rock. Not a bad day’s training!