In my 20’s, off-season in the mountains meant throwing Halloween bashes, dumpster diving (not my brightest of moments), and lots and lots of, well, drinking. Waiting for the snow to fly was torture to my ski-bum existence. We’d travel miles to engage in backcountry powder turns wherever the first REAL dump deposited. And you know what that got us? A few broken bones, that’s for sure …
But being more MATURE doesn’t necessarily mean my fire is gone; it’s just changed. Instead of risking tibias to careen down resort trails before the season opener, my stoke now comes from exercising patience in the off-season. In fact, just yesterday my five-year-old reminded me that winter’s magic is right around the corner. Three inches of snow in our yard made for some epic outdoor play. And when he came in cold, dripping wet, and reluctant to take a bath, his enthusiasm forced me out of the off-season doldrums.
So this year, instead of dwelling on the cruddy in-between, I challenge us all to embrace the moment as if it were the balmy height of summer or the powder-laden depth of winter. Here’s how:
- Pull on your arm warmers and your fancy technical skivvies and hop on your bike or go for a run. Sure, there’s a chill in the air, but the roads aren’t frozen yet! Take notice—the outdoors look different when the fall season fades. Revel in this newfound beauty.
- Gather firewood, deep clean your abode, and can the last of nature’s edible bounty before settling in. The cold breezes remind us to prepare our home for winter’s wrath (after all, life takes effort in the mountains). So do it all in good company! Be it family or friends, cooking, gathering, cleaning, and stockpiling TOGETHER spreads good cheer.
- Move your body! Was it you I saw roller skiing on the bike path last week? Good. Now, commit to those CrossFit or yoga classes and engage in a group dynamic. It’s the perfect way to thwart cabin fever.
- Play with children. Did you ever notice that kids could care less what season it is? They LOVE them all! So if you have your own kids, get outside. If you don’t, borrow some for a day. Frolic in the leaves, sing in the “snain” (part snow, part rain) and then enjoy some hot cocoa. This youthful inspiration will carry you through the slack time. Promise!
- Schedule in some “sick days,” grab your bike or surfboard, and head to a warmer climate if you just shake it. We understand. Sometimes being in the moment requires getting out of Dodge.
And don’t forget your stash of Kate’s bars to get you through!
Featured image provided by Kate’s ambassador, Jay Goodrich. Check him out at jaygoodrich.com.