Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Beauty and all that crap (too many pictures too)

The snow bank is so high on the side of the road that I had to take a picture through the bank.

Yesterday I woke up to 5 degree F temperatures.  At 10 am, 6 hours later, it was 11 degrees F.  It was -12 in Jackson (9 miles as the crow flies) so I guess we were lucky here.  Regardless, my motivation to be outside in the freezing cold for 4 - 6 hours was pretty small.  I really wanted to run but not be cold and sweaty and carrying many pounds of hats, pants, gloves, etc in addition to all the water and food I have to carry because there's nowhere to refill along the way.  

My attitude about this cold weather stinks.  When most of the US is looking forward to warmer temperatures and flowers, we can't even start letting ourselves look forward to that here because we're going to get hit with some big snow storms and bitter cold weather for a couple of months before warmth is a possibility.

Beauty and all that on my run, when I finally got my lazy, unmotivated ass out the door, I tried really hard to appreciate the pretty and amusing sights along the way.  I am really looking forward to getting back on the trails, wrestling bears and getting dirty when I run!  Here are too many pictures.

Paul running toward me on Cedron Road with the Big Holes in the background.  We had different routes on our runs yesterday but passed each other.

The only green I've seen outside for months.  It's a warm spring.

The Grand, Middle and South Tetons

It's even colder in the shade!  Beautiful, hilly road with no traffic right against the Big Hole mountains.

A shot up sign.  I'm not exactly sure why it's fun to shoot up signs but it seems to be a past time around here.  

Pine Creek campground in the winter.  There's well over 3 feet of snow covering this campground.

View, looking west, over the top of Pine Creek Pass.

Here's the snowmobile portion of the program.  The parking lot at the top of Pine Creek Pass was FULL of snowmobile apparatus.  Seeing all of these expensive vehicles that tow expensive trailers, that hold very expensive toys can make a person wonder if there's really a problem with the economy.

One way to tow a snowmobile and get it off the trailer.

When you don't have a trailer or ramp, you back your truck up to a snow bank and drive it off the back of your truck.

Beautiful view on the way down Pine Creek pass.

A view of the Grand on the way down Pine Creek pass.  

Running past the local elk farm.  Only in Idaho.

Cows at the dairy farm playing Queen of the Mountain on a frozen pile of cow crap.


Unknown said...

Dusty, I love the picture of the juxtaposition of the snow and the green in the "warm spring" picture. You should enlarge and frame that one!


Unknown said...

Please send me a copy of the "warm spring" in as large a file as you can.


Anonymous said...


Why don't you cross country ski instead of running? I love doing it.
You get as good or better workout.
I only get to go when we go on ski trips. No snow in San Diego, 70 degrees today. I went swimming, outside.


Unknown said...

Hey Joel,

I've got tele skis and skate skis and haven't tried to afford the XC gear. After 20 years of trying to enjoy skiing, it's not happening! Because I'm so uncoordinated, skiing isn't fun for me no matter how hard I try. Besides, running gives my bones a pounding and helps counteract the potential bone loss from being a woman, not eating dairy and taking steroids.

Don't tell me you swam outside, I'm going to look at travelocity and get a plane ticket to San Diego. Next thing you know, I'll be knocking at your door, towel in hand asking you where the pool is and what time dinner will be ready! :)

Pip said...

Haha, "beauty and all that crap". I felt a bit that way yesterday too during a totally 'meh' run on a gorgeous day with more stunning views.

Your photos are gorgeous. Don't ever apologise for posting them. I do wonder whether I could bring myself to run in snow though. Too cold ...

Anonymous said...

The pool is 2 miles to the west, its called the Pacific Ocean. Actually the water is 58 degrees now too cold even with a wetsuit. You are welcome anytime I have plenty of space.