Out here in the Northwest we are living the dream of a crisp sunny fall, after a damp cool summer. Long bike rides, rock climbing in the sun and dusting off the ski gear. Customary for La Nina, the ritual preparations for winter encompass several key items in order of importance:
Fitness will make or break your travel plans and no amount of high tech gear will over come this deficit. Mountain Athlete, Gym Jones, and The Alpine Training Center all focus on serious sport specific and core fitness with a periodization schedule in mind. They will get you ready for an epic season.
Endurance is more important than power so accommodate the uphill travel, Wild Snow’s Lou Dawson has a good discussion here.
Check out part two next week on gear and planning.