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downhillToday marks our sixth consecutive drive up to Eldora Mountain Resort for Ellie’s snow board lessons in the Eldora Kid’s Trek Program.  Certainly not our final drive up but Ellie’s last lesson for this course.  She has a coupon for a discounted private lesson that I intend to schedule after my return from Austin in March.  And the first full week of April is spring break.  I told her I would snow board with her then.  It’s been six years for me.  Last time snow boarding, I broke my ribs. Maybe I need lessons.

marileeI snowshoed with Marilee.  We hiked the Lonestar Loop counterclockwise, until we lost the trail.  We wound up returning on the Rising Sun Nordic Ski Trail.  Fortunately we weren’t seen by any Nordic skiers.  Despite the snow this past week, we trekked across a couple of bare spots.  But then, it’s also been 70° the last few days.  Mixed blessings.

the girlsMarilee and I lunched with her friend Nancy at the Sundance Cafe.  Great menu with awesome views, located about a mile outside of Nederland toward Black Hawk.  I ate a bison burger with Brie and jalapenos.  They have a lodge too.  This photo captures Emma leading Ellie down the hill.

I dropped the distance of my Saturday run down to ten miles.  Saw Amy riding her bike on the LoBo Trail.  I probably won’t exceed six miles on any single run this week.  I’m in super taper mode.  My focus is now on nutrition and not hurting myself before next Sunday’s Austin Marathon.  I think my pace will be posted to Facebook at key intervals.  Hoping to have a good run.  Seven more days.