Thanksgiving 2016 and the Killington FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

As with most years, we spent Thanksgiving in Vermont with lots of family. I honestly didn’t take many pictures as I was trying to be present and enjoy the time with each other. Although we did eat multiple Thanksgiving meals…

Thanksgiving 2016

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving Vinnie and I hosted my family and our apartment because it was the only day all of us would be together. Julia flew out on Wednesday to go ski in Europe.

Ford Family Photo Thanksgiving 2016

On Wednesday we drove to Vermont.

On Thursday we ate Thanksgiving with Vinnie’s family and then walk down the hill to my aunts house and had another Thanksgiving with my side of the family.

On Friday we vegged and ate leftovers.

On Saturday and Sunday we went to Killington and watch the F I S World Cup for alpine women’s ski racing. This was a huge moment in Vermont and New England ski racing. So many people showed up to cheer on the best in the world and it was incredibly exciting to be there and a part of the historic event.  Over the two days of the event, there were over 30,000 spectators in attendance.  That’s incredible!

There were mobs of people walking up the access rode to watch the race.

Killington World Cup 2016

The spectators piled in. No one cared about the cold, rain, fog or snow. They were all there to cheer on the ski racers and take in the moment.Killington World Cup 2016

We brought Emerson along for all the fun. She was such a trooper. She brave the crowds, the noise, and the weather like a champ.

My brother hooked us up with VIP tickets so I was able to bring Emerson out of the crowds and into the warmth much easier. I still had to nurse her in public because there was no privacy to be found. Emerson was very distracted by all the commotion!

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Killington World Cup 2016

It was a great weekend with so much family time. It made it really hard to go back to work but it’s also nice to get back into a routine. This holiday season is going to be busy with lots of holiday parties and celebrations. This weekend definitely a great kick off!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Easter 2015

I hope every one had a great holiday and a Happy Easter.

Both our families spend Holiday’s in Vermont so it’s fun to see and enjoy time with everyone but it requires Vinnie and I bouncing between the two families and eating multiple meals!

This Easter, we stayed up at my grandparents house to have an agnostic place where neither one of our families felt left out. It was nice to have our own place to go home to and not have to feel guilty about spending too much time with one side of the family  over the other.

On Easter morning, we had a family ski day! We had a big crew of people together! The weather was beautiful and the snow was surprising great!

Around noon, Vinnie and I rushed over to my aunts house for brunch. We ate salad and quiche, shot nurf guns, had an Easter egg hunt, and played wiffle ball. It was super fun and active!

We had to rush out after one inning of wiffle ball to get to Vinnie’s house for our first Easter dinner with his family. We had a delicious fresh ham, artichoke, potatoes and green beans.

I ate SO many jelly beans and chocolate, ALL DAY!

These were so fun to make!! Coconut with egg whites, melted chocolate with Cadbury eggs.

Around 7, we headed down to my aunt Wendy’s house for our second Easter dinner. There was so much delicious food I couldn’t help but eat again.

I ended up eating so much, I made myself sick. I think it was a combo of all the food, but also my IBS definitely flared up. I was in a lot of pain, was really flushed and had a skin rash appear on my arms and face. I think I am going to try to do the Elimination Diet or follow FODMAPs. Has anyone ever done either of these? I just really need to figure something out, because I can’t live with the pain and sickness.

All and all, it was an amazing weekend with family and friends.

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Vermont Weekends

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I am surprised how much the time change has effected me. I am super sluggish today, but looking forward to the daylight when I leave work tonight!

Vinnie and I went up to Vermont this weekend. We spent time with family, skied a lot and ate great food!

I am running the New Bedford Half Marathon this coming Sunday (EEEKK). I feel so unprepared, but I am hoping for the best. I did manage to get a good 6 mile run in on the snowy dirt roads of Vermont. I have to say it was actually not that bad compared to what I have been dealing with in Boston this winter!  long run in after skiing all day

Vinnie’s mom makes amazing pizza and Saturday night she did not disappoint! She makes everything from scratch including the dough and the red sauce. It was super good! I never go hungry when we are in Vermont 🙂

Dinapoli dinner and pizza night

On Sunday, Vinnie and I dragged ourselves out of bed, bright and early (especially with the time change) and skied all day. Vinnie’s sister, Kelly, was racing so we watched her and skied around all day.
Volkl and Fisher Skis - okemo mountain

The snow was awesome! It was nice to rip some turns – I feel like I haven’t taken advantage of all the great snow this winter. We have been trapped in Boston, unable to travel anywhere because we were too scared of losing our parking spot! #truestory

Skiing at Okemo Skiing at Okemo

Sunday afternoon we turned on NECN and my cousin’s hockey team was on TV! They were playing in the Hockey East Championship game against Boston College and they WON! It was so cool to watch her on live TV. That’s my cousin holding the giant trophy over her head!

BU Womens Wins Hockey East Title

This week is going to be busy! My sister, Julia, flies into town tonight. Vinnie’s family is coming to visit and it’s restaurant week so we are going to try to take advantage of that. I am determined to fit in all my workouts including some runs so I feel ready for Sunday’s race… we will see how that goes!!

How was your weekend?
What are your plans this week?

 

5 Ways to Get Outside and Be Active This Winter

 I dont know about you but it’s been a crazy few weeks of snow, ice and cold in Boston. We have had a record amount of snowfall and today the temperatures are in the single digits (with wind chill it is about -10 degrees). It’s been so tough to get motivated to get outside and exercise.

But, for me especially, it’s so important to get out in the sun, feel the cold air against my face and breathe the fresh air. In order to do that, I have to find creative, fun ways to be active in the cold snowy temperatures. I have put together a list of my 5 favorite winter activities that I like to do when the winter weather is working against me.

5 Ways To Get Outside And Stay Active This Winter

Snowshoe – Bundle up and go explore! After a fresh snowfall it is incredibly beautiful to see all the treetops covered in snow and it can be very peaceful and quiet with nature being very still.

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Sledding – A fun way to stay active in the winter is grabbing a sled and finding a hill. Sledding is great because not only does it bring back childhood memories, you get a good workout from climbing up and down the mountain, over and over again.

High 5 Foundation Ski A Thon Fisher Skis

Skiing – Hitting the slopes for a day of skiing is a great way to get outside in the winter. I equate it to golfing in the summer months because you can be active and outside for hours on end. You can spend up to 8 hours enjoying the fresh air against your face. Added bonus: you can take hot coco breaks if you get too cold!

Make a Snowman – Who doesn’t love making a snowman? When it snows, don’t hide inside, put on your hat, scarf and gloves, grab some friends and go outside and play.

Ice Skate

Ice skate – With the temperatures so low, the local ponds and lakes are definitely frozen. Grab a shovel and clear an area to go ice skating. It is a really fun way to spend time with friends, share a few laughs when someone whips out and be active.

With more weather coming this weekend, it’s even more important to take advantage of these tips.

What are your favorite ways to stay active in the cold winter months!?

Skiing in Utah

Last weekend Vinnie and I flew out to Utah to visit my brother, Willie and my cousin, Tasha was, there too! We had a blast skiing together for 3 amazing days. We went to Alta, The Canyons and Solitude. Because words can’t express how  much fun we had, a picture recap will have to do!

AIRPLANE TO UTAH

Alta

WILLIE HIKING TO FRESH POWDER

GROUP SHOT

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SELFEIE ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

SKIING AT ALTA

GROUPSHOT AFTER A HIKE AT ALTA

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The Canyons

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DRINKS ON THE CHAIR CANYONS

BUDWEISER BEERS ON THE CHAIR LIFT AT CANYONS

Beers on the chairlift before we apres ski at High West

Apres Ski IPA's

DRINKS AT HIGH WEST

Solitude

GROOMED TRAIL AT SOLITUDE

MY SHADOW AT SOLITUDE

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VOLKL SKIS

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SKIING AT ALTA

Chairlift Selfie

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Little Victories Are Important Too

Today I have a special treat! My sister, Julia, wrote a guest post. She is a professional ski racer who as had many accomplishments through out her career including racing at Sochi on the US Olympic Ski Team. However, every journey has it’s ups and downs and this year she is taking a new outlook on her career and goals. Tomorrow she kicks off her season with the first World Cup Downhill of the season at Lake Louise in Canada. Below she talks about her journey, game plan and goals.
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I feel the excitement stirring in the depths of my stomach again. I haven’t felt it for a while, maybe years now. My vision was tunneled by one thing: win, win, win. With a singular focus I lost sight of why I was ski racing and where the joy actually lies. You may wonder, “Where is the joy, if it’s not in winning?”. Well, hang on to your hats ladies and gentlemen because I am about to blow your mind.

You Can Fly

First things first. Something you should know is I am one of the most competitive people on the planet. Whether you know me or not, believe me when I say, if someone says challenge or competition, my ears perk up like a hound who has caught the scent and I’m ready for the chase. It is a part of me. I have tried to tone it down but it is a monster that can’t be tamed, so now I openly embrace it. Actually, I have not so much embraced it as I have learned how to use it in a productive manner. And when I say I have learned, I mean I am learning. Everything is a process and some days are better than others which brings me back to my binoculars with ‘win’ written on the end.

In my competitive manner, I have had the outcome so pinpointed in my mind, I lost focus on the process. I wanted to be the fastest and the best right NOW! Which, ok, don’t we all? The problem with that is I didn’t buy into the process to get there. I would become so outraged, resentful, frustrated, or worse self pitying that my emotions controlled me. It took me away from what I could control like improving my skiing, staying focused on what I need to work on to get faster and NOT just going through the motions. So when things started to go array, which, it’s a long season, at some point they will, I couldn’t grasp how to make it stop. My mind was so weighted down by the fear of losing, of not qualifying, of failing, I couldn’t think clearly. I was Atlas holding the world on my shoulders. See what I mean…. the joy was gone.

Julia in her Timberlands

Worse, I was gone. Not literally but in the sense where I was becoming someone I didn’t want to be. I am a happy person! I enjoy competition for the game, the challenge, the fun of showing what I got. I forgot about that uncontrolled, all consuming excitement that we have when we are kids playing games. And isn’t that what skiing is, just a game? Yes, it is my career and the stakes are higher, but if we look at the chalk board and erase the rest of the math, aren’t we are left with x? When we do the same with all the bullshit that surrounds ski racing, we are left with the same; the simple fact is that ski racing is a game to be enjoyed.

So I come to this, if ski racing is not just about being focused on winning, then what it is the point? Winning is the goal but it is really just an outcome; a combination of one’s hard work, dedication, and defeating adversity. It is not the only thing we should strive for. What we should seek is improvement, overcoming obstacles, and putting your whole heart into something to see what you are truly capable of. I feel no greater joy than when I have fresh air in my face, and I make the perfect turn resulting in a a sudden rush of acceleration and adrenaline… Ah, it makes me giddy thinking about it! Those things are the markings of true success. The little victories need to be celebrated just as much because they are what help get you to the end goal.

In The Start Gate Copper Mtn

Please, don’t be misunderstood, I want to win. My goal is to kick everyone’s ass. I am just saying that this year I am choosing to focus on a the little victories along the way. Mainly, the fight to improve, the people on my team who believe in me, and the reason I pursued skiing to begin with, the unadulterated bliss and fire it lights in me. When I am so willing to put (literally) my blood, sweat, and tears into being the best possible athlete and version of myself I can be, that is victory. When I stand at the end of my season, my career, my life, winning will be standing tall and being able to say ‘I gave it everything I had.’  And no matter what ‘everything I have’ entails I will have used all the talent and work ethic I possess and that is all I can do.

Create Your Own Path In The Snow

I remember my first trip to Chile with the World Cup team. My body felt as though it was carbonated. I sat on the plane and bubbled over with excitement. Somewhere along the way, through the roller coaster of success, failure, injury, and management, I lost sight of that kid who sat on that airplane so thrilled to ski with the best in the world, to learn, to go fast, and to just ski. I have said many times, ‘I just want to ski.’ And this year, that is what I will do. Win or lose, I am going to ski my heart out!

Speed Racing

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I will also be having her post updates here on my blog so check back frequently.