CHRISTOPHER WILOCKI

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Training Day "1"

I will admit. I am not very good about talking about myself. In a world where the "humblebrag" is normalcy, I am continuously aware of its pull and avoid it at all cost.

This season I am raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. I am tying this into my Ski Mountaineering season and hoping to raise five cents for every vertical foot I am planning on racing. I am going to be putting a couple posts up about general training and am going to avoid getting too tech-y or training talky. I just want everyone to know I am working hard to make every cent donated an equal sacrifice on my end also. I appreciate everyones help. 

Coming off a pretty solid cycling season I took about 2 months off to relax and figure out what I wanted to achieve this winter. This period seems to happen every year and every year it gets harder and harder to figure out how much I want to suffer again. Then, as usual, once the suffering and hard work begins I am right back in the sweet spot. 

Once again working with Carolyn Parker and Ripple Effect training {The most amazing training I have ever been through} We started in the gym about 2 months ago. Injury prevention and full body fitness is always the goal. This season I am going to spend more time on long endurance days and work off the strength training of the past year. 

Today was day one of the long endurance days. I have been eyeing the ridge line from Loveland pass all the way to the top ski lift at A Basin for quite some time. I have found very little on the internets and knew it was going to be a good hike/climb. I left home in Denver at 6:30 and was out of my car at the top of the pass punching up the first climb by 7:30. Top of Grizzly Peak in 90min. Then onto the ridge line. I have to admit, it was really a great traverse. Just enough "airy-ness" to make you pay attention and some fun moves up high. There was a couple tighrope moves on some beautiful ridges that remind you why your alive. I was down in the A Basin parking lot hitching a ride by 12:15. A pretty solid day. 4hr45min 8+ miles rested for about 10min total everything above 12,500'. Tired, But feeling strong, Especially after running down the service road at A Basin. Highly recommended climb if you feel good being pretty exposed up high.   

These are iPhone pictures edited with VSCO. 

Looking South from Grizzly peak

Looking South from Grizzly peak

Looking back at Grizzly Peak right in the middle of the good stuff

Looking back at Grizzly Peak right in the middle of the good stuff

Foot Breather before some more ruffles n ridges. 

Foot Breather before some more ruffles n ridges. 

{right} Looking back into the middle section. Probably the best climbing of the entire day. Pretty thin but really great rock. {Left} Just a pretty wall. 

{right} Looking back into the middle section. Probably the best climbing of the entire day. Pretty thin but really great rock. {Left} Just a pretty wall. 

Nothing but air

Nothing but air

Last ridge getting to Lawnee Peak. {right} Some goats that must have thought I was really attractive because they would not stop staring at me

Last ridge getting to Lawnee Peak. {right} Some goats that must have thought I was really attractive because they would not stop staring at me

The entire ridge. 

The entire ridge. 

One hunk of Parmesan Cheese, 5 Gels, Liter of water, favorite gloves, tiny pack with wind jacket, puffy jacket, note pad, ice ax {never even close to using, brought it in case I had to bail down an ugly scree chute} 

One hunk of Parmesan Cheese, 5 Gels, Liter of water, favorite gloves, tiny pack with wind jacket, puffy jacket, note pad, ice ax {never even close to using, brought it in case I had to bail down an ugly scree chute}