Thursday, April 24, 2014

Keystone - Where Little A Became a Skier

Keystone ski school
Little A at ski school in Keystone

This past spring break the youngest of the Palubinskas Clan, Little A became a skier - all thanks to a great Keystone ski instructor, Josh Kaman!  On our first day in Breckenridge, we put Little A in ski school but unfortunately received a call from the school that he did not calm down from the minute we left him. At 3 1/2 years old and the fourth of 4, we have not pushed him to go to preschool or spend much time away, so I skied my last run down and spent the rest of the day with him.  A couple days later, we headed over to Keystone where Little A accompanied me to "mama's ski school" which was actually a parent child lesson focused on Little A.  At first Little A would not let Josh do anything for him, then about 45 minutes in, Little A listed all his neighborhood friends and added Coach Josh to his list.

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I loved how much enthusiasm and energy Josh had in teaching Little A.  At the end of "our" lesson, Little A was comfortable putting on his skis and taking them off, scooting over to the magic carpet, going up the magic carpet and skiing down.  Little A even turned on his way down the bunny hill aiming to knock over some stacked foam blocks and made some attempts at stopping - although he preferred to run into the blue fence instead. :)  Best thing was to hear Little A say that he is a skier and he loves skiing!  Little A skied more at Breck but not in ski school - he said he only wanted to ski with Coach Josh -- maybe next year. :)


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Midweek Motivation - Explore, Dream, Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
Happy 7th birthday to our Munchkin!!  
Explore, Dream, Discover!

photo courtesy of my sister

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From Scoot Bike to Pedals

Little A has been riding a scoot bike for about a year, and the last couple months Kovas has been slowly getting him on a pedal bike.  This past weekend - he rode all by himself!!

from scoot bike to pedals
From scoot bike to pedals

A scoot bike, or a two wheel bike without pedals or training wheels, is by far is the best way for a child to learn to ride.  It teaches them balance and skips the training wheel stage.  Bummed we didn't have a scoot bike for the other 3. :)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Midweek Motivation - Endurance

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
~Virgil

photo courtesy of ewwhite

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Training - Zero Limits

altra intuition 1.5
My new Altra Intuition 1.5

As part of my ZOOMA Ambassador perks, I recently received a pair of Altra Intuition 1.5 running shoes.  I have only worn them a couple of times but am already really liking them.

Altra Zero Drop Footwear
Altra Zero Drop Footwear

So how are they different from my other running shoes?  The main differences for me are the zero drop and a foot-shaped toe box.  Zero drop means the heel and forefoot are the same height off the ground which helps to align the body to its natural position and allows for a more natural foot strike.   The foot-shaped toe box is not just a wide toe box, but actually shaped just like a healthy foot in a sock which helps to maintain proper foot position.

In adjusting to the new shoes, Altra suggests to alternate zero drop shoes with traditional shoes for a few weeks.  I'll give my full review once I've run in them some more...

Have you tried zero drop shoes?


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