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Extolling the virtues of new gear

Kristen Lodge / Outdoor Adventures
Grand County, CO Colorado

Last year in this column, I extolled the virtues of recycled or used gear – even singing the praises of used and older equipment to get us all outside and raising the heart rate to be healthier and happier.

I wrote about finishing my first Ironman on a used road bike. That bike never let me down and I like remembering that I finished faster than some athletes on expensive tri bikes. However, as anyone who has ever finished an Ironman, or any race for that matter, you always want to go faster and have better finishing times.

Well, this year, I’ve changed my mind about gear: I love new gear.

This past spring I bought a new triathlon bike. I know that I live in a mountain town and should spend my money on a mountain bike or backpacking equipment. But since I’m training for Ironman, I needed a tri bike.

I also know that I shouldn’t love inanimate objects, but I love my tri bike; it’s pink, and fast. The best part – when I’m in aerobars riding Route 40 through Winter Park, Fraser, Granby and into Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park, I feel like fast.

Just for the record, I’m not really fast, but I like the feeling that I might be fast.

And while, I tend to be thrifty and don’t spend money on triathlon gear, I think my Quintana Roo is going to prove worthy of every cent when I finish Ironman Arizona with a faster time. Really, I just want to finish, but being faster is good, too.

My last day of the triathlon season will be Nov. 21, just a few days after Winter Park Resort opens. I will ski opening day, and then leave for my race. When I get back, the bike will be put away until spring and I will focus exclusively on skiing for the next four months. I am buying new skis this year since I have a newfound appreciation for new gear and I haven’t bought new skis since I lived in the suburbs, which was many, many years ago.

Yes, I’m buying brand new skis. I even bought a new ski jacket and ski pants, and I went to see Wintervention to get psyched for the ski season. I might even leave the valley to ski at another resort; that’s how excited I am about this year’s ski season.

Another way to get excited for ski season is to attend the Grand County Historical Association’s Annual Dinner on Nov. 13. Karen Gadberry from Winter Park Resort is the emcee and the speaker is Frank Pilkington who will talk about his book, “What’s In a Name at Winter Park and Mary Jane. The book is about the history of ski runs at Winter Park Resort.” I have seen the centerpieces for the dinner and let’s just say, You Will Want One.

This ski season is going to be epic, I just know it. And now that I have new gear I think my skiing is going to improve as well. Because, if you can’t ski as fast as Lindsey Vonn then you might as well try to look as good.

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