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Old 04-07-2014, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The last two years I've been riding at bigger mountains with more powder. Today while at mt baker I rode (according to ski tracks)about 11k vertical, and around 15 miles. While riding my 3rd or 4th run I noticed my back leg was starting to burn.

Over the last month I've been going to the gym about twice a week in preparation because I had the same thing happen to me last year. Could it be something I'm doing wrong as far as technique, or just not having good enough legs for it? I never noticed an issue when I was in crested butte a few years back, or in Breckinridge the following year. Just at vail last year and today.

Any thoughts would help.
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Powder can be tough on the legs especially if you are "pushing" it. Are you weight training or endurance training? Good ol jump rope for ten minutes will whip your legs into shape.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Powder can be tough on the legs especially if you are "pushing" it. Are you weight training or endurance training? Good ol jump rope for ten minutes will whip your legs into shape.
Strength. God I can't remember the last time I even saw a jump rope. Haha. Can I fashion one from jumper cables?
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They're still burning, so I think I'm taking the day off tomorrow and go adventure around Seattle. Hit whistler on Tuesday with fresh new ones. Says it's supposed to snow then too.
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No clue if these strength gym trainings also enhace stamina since I'm no gym person...
Additional to regular horseridng n hiking, I look for daily routine strengthening actions e.g. walk instead of taking the bus for all distances up to 40min, skip elevators, and do squats every morning/evening e.g. while brushing teeth, hair drying aso. (to go easy on the knees, I just hold a low squat several minutes). So far this was sufficient to enjoy 15-20k ft days.
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Its probably because ur riding wet and heavy poo...not dry fluff or packed pow or icy. Its actually pretty common that folks get worked riding pnw...moving the heavy and getting bounced...ur absorbing and pushing back alot...plus its perhaps abit more steep and technical riding than ur used to...especially if ur riding trees, chutes and libraries. 11k of vert is pretty easy day...we often avg 20-26k with an hour lunch. Drink lots of water and perhaps use compression sleeves on your calves.
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Sport Legs.......follow directions........thank me later.........
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The last two years I've been riding at bigger mountains with more powder. Today while at mt baker I rode (according to ski tracks)about 11k vertical, and around 15 miles. While riding my 3rd or 4th run I noticed my back leg was starting to burn.

Over the last month I've been going to the gym about twice a week in preparation because I had the same thing happen to me last year. Could it be something I'm doing wrong as far as technique, or just not having good enough legs for it? I never noticed an issue when I was in crested butte a few years back, or in Breckinridge the following year. Just at vail last year and today.

Any thoughts would help.
Not enough leg endurance and very possibly improper hydration.

Water alone is not enough for hydration. Gatorade & Powerade that is commonly available also sucks.

Skratch Labs has great exercise hydration mix, it's kinda pricey, but it works well for me. This stuff was the "secret drink mix" that pro-cyclists used in secret (from their sponsors).
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Not enough leg endurance and very possibly improper hydration.

Water alone is not enough for hydration. Gatorade & Powerade that is commonly available also sucks.

Skratch Labs has great exercise hydration mix, it's kinda pricey, but it works well for me. This stuff was the "secret drink mix" that pro-cyclists used in secret (from their sponsors).
Or just drink more water. Most likely you aren't snowboarding so hard that you need any enhancements.
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Skratch Labs was setup by Allen Lim.... don't think I would trust him that much

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