Snowboarding & San Fran!

I’m SO amped to leave for San Francisco today! I can’t wait to meet up with all my friends up there and actually NOT have to race. Every time we get together we talk about hanging out without running a race. Since we are always running races when we are together it seems that our weekends spent together usually revolve around the expo, getting our bibs, carb loading, sleeping and racing. That’s fun but it’s also tiring and there is a lot going on. I decided that I wanted to take a trip up there just to hang out asap, and this weekend worked out perfectly! This weekend is going to be awesome and will include running and way more other fun things like shopping, sightseeing, and relaxing! Hooray! No crazy pre-race Danica anxiety attacks to deal with and mean post-race Danica fits of rage to damper the day. Can’t wait to see all my girls and enjoy one of my favorite towns! I have a nice ‘short’ long run of 10 miles to do this weekend which should be a nice recovery run after I became a BA yesterday snowboarding and my knees are totally bruised up now and looking rather sweet.

Check out this sweet video to see my cool skills.

Commentary of what I’m saying because it’s pretty soft in the video:

:11 – “It’s like grenades out here with these little kids, I’m probably going to kill one of them”

:20 – “and if you drop that phone I’ll kill you”

:25 – “Because that phone is my child, it’s my first born, alright watch me hit a kid, should be fun. Oh shoot.”

1:10 – weird pterodactyl screaming from me. “Oh my gosh, stop getting close to me”

1:20 – super cool swimming move I do to make myself go forward

1:40 – “I made it all the way down the mountain”

1:49 – “I’m such a BA right now. I mean come on Snow White, I mean ha, ha, Shaun White!”

Yesterday I worked a lot on stopping and beginning to turn as well. I can now avoid people and I’m not falling and also am not screaming while going down the hill. I think I improved a lot and my motto of the day was, “Speed is my friend!” I realized that once you get going a little bit everything gets a lot easier. Though also with speed the falls get a lot harder. I have FAT bruises on my knees, and my palm of my hand is pretty bruised, but I’m not sore and wasn’t as tired as I was the first trip up. Side-note: Fashion at the slopes is pretty much phenomenal. I don’t know if some people still think that it should be 1982 or what, but man, there are all kinds of gems to be found up there!

The first time I went snowboarding last month I went down the mountain 4 times in 4 hours. You can see that recap here if you want to read about it. This time I went down the mountain 9 times in 3 hours and went down 3 times without falling once. Also, I only fell on the chair lift ONCE out of the nine times on it. Chair lift – 1, Danica -8! Take that evil chair lift! I still get scared to get on the lift though, because I hate when you have to get off and slide down on the mini slope without being in your bindings, it’s so scary! I really like snowboarding though and hope I can go one more time this season, possibly, but look forward to going next season already! Also, just an FYI, my friend is having a giveaway of the Olympic mittens I posted yesterday that everyone loved. You can enter here, but do so by tonight at 10 pm! :)

Alright, off to leave my heart in San Francisco!


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30 Responses to Snowboarding & San Fran!

  1. Jose says:

    have fun in Nor Cal! Your lenten challenge should be a lot easier there. Check out Jay’s Cheeseteaks for awesome seitan sandwiches (trust me, even my non carnivorous friends love them) There’s also Herbivore, and if you are anywhere near it Maggie’s Mudd = delicious ice cream.

  2. Katie A. says:

    Great job snowboarding! I can’t believe how dead it was there! The slopes have been crazy busy in Tahoe!!
    Have a blast with the girls this weekend! Sad I won’t get a chance to see you! Have a safe trip :)

  3. Leigh says:

    Thank you for the fabulous shout out for my giveaway on your blog!

    Hope you have a great weekend in San Francisco!

    ps- does the swimming move actually work?!

  4. Love snowboarding! I don’t know about you but the Olympics haven defintely lit a fire under my butt! My workouts have been great and I want to try new things!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    Great job snow boarding. you totally look like shaun white, I cant even tell the difference between you two! Have a blast in SF!!! Jealous

  6. Ann says:

    Oh…. I want the mittens, please-please-please….

  7. Jacklyn says:

    I am super jealous you are going to SF. I have wanted to go there for so long. You’ll have to let me know where to great places to go are! Have a blast!

  8. Billy Burger says:

    Haha…that video cracked my shit up!

    Have a great time in SF (say hi to all the girls for me)…I’ll see ya Monday!

  9. Heather says:

    sounds like you had a lot of fun yesterday! have a good weekend

  10. Tara says:

    koo koo kachuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!! I am SO excited to be reunited and not have to deal with racing and all that maniac shennanigans! lets get HYPHY!!! ♥♥♥

  11. Yay! And no falling for the whole video! See, there are some pluses to cold weather…

  12. Marlene says:

    Okay, the video will NOT load for me today. Boo… I’ll have to check back.

    I find it so amusing to think of snowboarding in California!

    Check out my giveaway today… I linked up your post with the red mittens. :)

  13. HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Robyn says:

    Have a great trip!

  15. joerunfordom says:

    Danica – you absolutely rock! Seeing that makes this Texan “almost” wish for some snow. Have a great trip – will catch up with you soon!

    Best, J

  16. liane says:

    Have a fantastic weekend in SF!

  17. David says:

    Super envious! How can I be such a BA like you?

  18. Hey, I have been a long time reader, but this is my first time commenting. That video cracked me up! Have fun this weekend, can’t wait to hear about it!

  19. Jessica says:

    To me, one of the best parts of skiing/snowboarding is just checking out what people wear. Some people look like they just walked out of a snowboarding catalog and others look like they just walked out of 1982. Gotta love the bright pink snowsuits!!

  20. J says:

    Hope you had a great time snowboarding! I have been skiing all my life but I did try snowboarding and it really made my knees and butt hurt!

  21. Rachael says:

    Love the commentary, you should do that for every video because it’s funny to read it too, no matter if we can hear it or not haha!

  22. laurel says:

    Ha. I see a future olympian here!

    Have fun in San Fran. So jealous!

  23. Yay for not dieing while Snowboarding. When you get a little bit better you have to come skiing/boarding with J and me!

  24. I just found your blog and read your ‘About’ page. You are amazing and your story was very heartfelt! I can’t wait to keep reading!

  25. Stuart says:

    Looking good! Yeah we’ve all done he swimming thing and the jumping thing to get going!

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