Sunday, December 21, 2008

Midnight Street Snowboarding

For cycling as in most sports it’s important to cross train. I don’t do much in the way of cross training these days but last Saturday night I found the perfect cross training sport. The only problem is opportunities for this sport only come once every 5 years or so.

Last Saturday night after I finished up a trainer ride I looked out the window and it was snowing really hard AGAIN. Even though I’m really getting tired of the snow I’ve also have been waiting for these conditions ever since we moved into our current house 5 years ago. It was the prefect storm.

The streets had a good coating of ice from a week of snow and by midnight there were 4 heavenly inches of powder on top of that ice. Yep, the perfect conditions for Midnight Street Snowboarding!

I was like a giddy kid waiting for my son to get home from a date so we could do some boarding. He got home at midnight and by 12:15 we headed over to the park for a first trial run. That one went well so we ventured out on the streets. We started with short hills and worked our way up to one of the steepest streets in the city. It was the most fun I’ve had snowboarding in a long time.

Here' s a shot of my son getting ready to do some boarding in the park.

A shot of the top of one of the steepest streets in our city. Notice the lack of any tire tracks. Just fresh powder.

Finally, a short video clip of my son boarding down a medium size street. It was a little hard to keep up with him while holding a camera, trying to avoid man hole covers and snowboarding all at the same time.

This is my idea of cross training. Good times!


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