sreda, 14. december 2016

Trening turnega smučarja?

Zakaj za turno smučanje sploh trenirati? Mar ni to oblika rekreacije, oblika sprostitve in odklopa od vsakdanjega življenja?

Vse to je res. Turno smučanje ima svoj čar ravno zaradi odklopa od vsakdanjega življenja in ponujene svobode. Vendar je od posameznika odvisno, kako bo to svobodo izkoristil in na kakšen način ga bo zasvojila.

Turno smučanje poznamo v več oblikah: klasično, tekmovalno in prosto turno smučanje. Vse oblike se prepletajo med seboj, zato bi bilo fino, da se med seboj ne razlikujemo, saj smo vsi v istem "dreku". Za klasično neke posebne priprave niso potrebne, saj je tempo običajno nizek in umirjen, smuča pa se preprosta pobočja, zato je potrebna splošna kondicija. Čim se s turnim smučanjem začnemo ukvarjati resneje in intenzivneje, lahko občutimo, kako naporno lahko postane. Tu pridejo na vrsto razne oblike treningov.



Sam izhajam iz gorskega kolesarstva, ki se na srečo odlično prepleta in ujema s turnim smučanjem. Tako kolesarstvo kot turno smučanje sta primarno aerobna športa, kar pomeni, da sta odlični osnovi uporabni v obeh smereh. O kolesarskih treningih ne bom pisal, vsekakor pa služijo kot moja osnovna priprava na sezono. Bližje kot je sezona, bolj zmanjšujem pogostost kolesarskih treningov in začnem dodajati tekaške. Najprej preprost tek, postopno začnem s klanci, nato pa na tek jemljem še palice, da lahko simuliram smučarski korak. Ta sicer ni ravno tekmovalen, zato se mi ob zgoraj napisanem lahko kdo z vso pravico smeji, ko me naslednjič sreča! :)

Osebno se mi zdi zelo koristen intervalni trening, ki ga jaz osebno lahko izvajam kar pred hišo, na Šmarni Gori... v mislih nimam klasičnih krajših intervalov, ampak nabiranje višinskih metrov v več ponovitvah. Za tak trening ne potrebujemo visokih hribov, prav tako se nam ni potrebno voziti prav daleč. Glede na to, da živimo v razmeroma razgibani deželi, lahko za tak trening uporabimo skoraj vsak kucelj. Ker treniram za svoje projekte, vem, da bom bolj kot klasično vzdržljivost potreboval moč ter dobro psihično pripravljenost. Z zgoraj omenjenim treningom nabiranja višinskih metrov lahko delam na obeh - moči in psihi. Predvsem zadnja pri takih oblikah treniranja igra večjo vlogo kot sama pripravljenost... v situacijah, ko mi motivacija pade, rad pogledam gor po smučišču, kjer zagledam Kuharja ali Kovačiča, ki gresta gor že neštetič... in čudežno nadaljujem.



Najboljši trening za turno smučanje je seveda turno smučanje samo. Gibanje je malenkost drugačno kot pri klasični hoji in teku, poleg tega tudi oprema tehta nekaj kilogramov, zato je pomembno, da se na tako gibanje pripravimo še preden se začne vrhunec sezone. Trenutno so v Sloveniji in njeni okolici pogoji za trening slabi, a na srečo imajo nekatera smučišča dovolj dobro zasnežene proge, da lahko vsaj nekajkrat na teden vzamemo smuči in se vsaj nekajkrat povzpnemo in spustimo. Pri tem seveda pazimo, da se gibamo ob robu smučišča!!!

Če se nam taka oblika treninga v takih pogojih ne zdi vredna, lahko improviziramo s hojo v klanec z dodatno obremenitvijo. Take oblike treninga izvaja tudi sam Davo Karničar, poleg njega pa tudi vsi najboljši himalajci, alpski smučarji... Dovolj je, da v nahrbtnik dodamo enako težo, kot jo prenašamo na smučkah.

Moj trening

Odkar obiskujem Fakulteto za Šport, treniram manj kot v preteklih mesecih, vendar se kljub temu trudim, da dosegam približno zadovoljive številke. Tedensko tako naredim cca 14 ur in 750 TSS (stresnih točk), kar sicer ni slabo, vendar se na žalost še vedno nisem sprijaznil z manjšo količino treninga, kot sem je vajen z lanskega leta.

Trenutno je moj trening sestavljen iz smučanja, kolesarjenja, teka in plavanja. S tem dosegam neko vsestranskost, ki naj bi mi koristila takrat, ko bo to najbolj potrebno, poleg tega pa ni tiste nadležne monotonosti. Pri vseh treningih trenutno delam na premagovanju višinskih metrov, da se čim bolj navadim napora v klanec. Tako so mi treningi s 1000m vzpona postali normalni na dnevni ravni.

Pri treningu si pomagam z:
Hidracijskim napitkom Ndure, energijskimi ploščicami Energy Cake in geli. Poleg tega pa jemljem še b12 in železo.

Regeneracija in zakaj sem tu slab

En najbolj pomembnih elementov treninga je regeneracija. Torej zadostna in dobra prehrana, počitek ter spanec. Tu imam sam velike probleme predvsem odkar obiskujem faks. Kljub temu, da je to Fakulteta za ŠPORT, ni namenjena športnikom in včasih je zares težko cel dan preživeti lačen. Na faksu imamo namreč nerazumljive urnike, ki pogosto ne dopuščajo normalnega prehranjevanja, s tem pa trpita tako učni, kot trenažni proces. Poleg prehrane je najbolj važen spanec. Če se le da, naj bi človek spal vsaj 7 ur, če treniramo, še več. Na difu to praktično včasih ni mogoče, oziroma si je treba dan povsem preorganizirati.

Pri regeneraciji si pomagam z:
regeneracijskim napitkom Reg-N in beljakovinami Whey.

Tempiranje treninga na smučarske razmere? Rahlo nemogoče

Trenutno vreme omogoča kvaliteten trenažni proces, saj je vreme konstanto in lahko planiramo treninge vnaprej. To nam omogoča anticiklon, ki je prinesel stabilno vreme. Kljub temu, da ga ne maramo, saj o zimi ni ne duha ne sluha, lahko to obrnemo sebi v prid. Čas do pravih razmer lahko koristno uporabimo za pripravo! Ko pa se začne obdobje nestanovitnega vremena, je planiranje treninga oteženo. Takrat je pomembno, kako dobro smo se pripravili do tistega obdobja, pripravljenost pa moramo samo še vzdrževati in jo v največji meri izkoristiti za polnejše in obsežnejše raziskovanje zasneženih pobočij.



Najbolj pomembno pa je sledeče... Važno je, da uživate v naravi, se odklopite od vsakdanjih problemov in zgrešene politike, dihate čist zrak in vsrkavate pozitivno energijo, ki jo premore le narava!

Kaj bolj natančno o samih treningih pa mogoče v kakšnem drugem blogu. :)
Srečno :)

ponedeljek, 21. november 2016

V iskanju sponzorja

foto: Aleš Kegl

Nova sezona se je končno pričela. Medtem, ko večina smučarjev začenja s treningi na snegu že v oktobru, imamo turni in prosti smučarji drugačen urnik. Začetek sezone se ponavadi zamakne v december, lansko leto se je celo v februar, konec pa se lahko zavleče v pozno pomlad in zgodnje poletje, ko je večina ljudi z mislimi že zdavnaj na morju. Vendar nič za to, v tem športu uživamo in zanj živimo.

Priprave na sezono

S poznejšim začetkom zime je povezano tudi poznejše urejanje ''pisarniških'' stvari. V septembru sem podpisal pogodbo z Elanom in tako tudi uradno postal njihov smučar, na kar sem kar malo ponosen. Poleg Elana mi v letošnji sezoni ob strani ponovno stoji trgovina ActionMama, po zaslugi katere sem opremljen z vrhunsko opremo in oblačili. V letošnji sezoni bom uporabljal Tecnica smučarske čevlje, Norronina oblačila in Markerjevo zaščitno opremo. Poleg ActionMame mi izredno podporo nudijo tudi v FactoryStore - enemu najmočnejših uvoznikov športnih znamk v Sloveniji. Opremili so me z vrhunsko ameriško znamko nahrbtnikov Osprey Packs in lahko sem hvalažen, da imam praktično za katerokoli aktivnost drug nahrbtnik. To olajša marsikater problem, poleg tega pa je logistika precej lažja. Poleg zgoraj omenjenih in proizvajalca sončnih očal Kult Eyewear, pa sem letos dobil priložnost še pri Valentinu Goršku, s katerim sem podpisal pogodbo za center športne prehrane 4Endurance. Znamko, večini poznano pod imenom TG Sportlife, bomo s skupnimi močmi poskusili spraviti na povsem novo raven in se že veselim nadalnjega sodelovanja.
Še vedno pa mi največjo finančno podporo nudijo starši, ki mi financirajo moje drago prevozno sredstvo.

Zdaj se obračam na vas. Potrebujem finančnega sponzorja, ki bi mi kril vsaj del preostalih stroškov. Letos imam v arzenalu tri pare smuči, vendar moram za enega dokupit še vezi in kože, brez katerih so smuči žal neuporabne. Če bi slučajno bilo sredstev dovolj, bi preostanek porabil za treninge v Avstriji dokler v naših gorah mati Narava ne natrosi dovolj snega za začetek mojih projektov. Želel bi si, da bi si preostanek lahko financiral sam, vendar zaradi rednega obiskovanja fakultete to žal ni mogoče, ker pa bi rad svoj potencial izkoristil v čim večji meri, se zdaj vljudno obračam na vas. Če ima kdorkoli izmed vas podjetje, ki bi čutilo potencial v oglaševanju prek mene, na tej strani in socialnih omrežjih, smučeh, čeladah in avtu, se toplo priporočam za elektronsko pošto na moj naslov: erjavec.transition.simon@gmail.com.

Ledeniška delavnica 2017

Nekaj tednov nazaj sem dobil povabilo na ledeniško delavnico s strani Petre in Roka, ki imata vodniško agencijo Vertical Adventures in si datum rezerviral že daleč vnaprej. Zlasti Rok mi je v preteklosti že pomagal pri marsikateri malenkosti, informacijah in mi dal veliko nasvetov glede opreme. Tisti, ki Roka in Petro poznate, veste, da sta izjemno prijazna in preprosta kljub njunemu znanju, izkušnjam in vsemi obveznostmi, ki jih imata, poleg tega pa sta vedno pripravljena priskočiti na pomoč.

Na kup sta nas zbrala 6 slovenskih freeride smučarjev in deskarjev, ki se za piko na i med seboj vsi poznamo. Ostali se delavnice žal niso mogli udeležiti in lahko rečem, da so bili pogrešani. Dobra družba, motivacija za delo in učenje ter začetek nove sezone so ustvarili odlične pogoje za pridobivanje novih in obnavljanje starih tehničnih veščin. Velika količina informacij sicer naredi tak vikend naporen, a nadvse poučen.

Zaradi dobre napovedi - snežne seveda, sem s seboj vzel svoje najširše smuči (Ripstick 116) v upanju, da naredimo tudi kakšen zavoj po svežem snegu, katerega pa je veter na žalost odpihnil še preden je padel na ledenik. V soboto smo delavnico opravljali kar v snežnem metežu ob močnem vetru, v nedeljo pa se je nebo odprlo in pokazalo se je sonce. Ko smo stopili iz gondole, se je pod nami odprl povsem drug svet kot dan poprej - neskončna belina in zanimive oblike vrhov, preoblikovane s strani umikanja ledenikov in narave.


četrtek, 06. oktober 2016

Novi projekti

Medtem, ko sem večino časa še vedno povsem v poletju, oziroma s poletjem povezanim kolesarstvom, se del mojih misli že vrti okoli snega. Vendar najprej o kolesarstvu...

Potem, ko sem konec leta 2014 odpeljal svoje zadnje dirke, sem se resno začel posvečati turnemu smučanju, a z zavestjo, da se bom na dirke enkrat spet vrnil. Kot kolesar ali pa trener... Čez lansko poletje sem ponovno začel trenirat, do jeseni je padla odločitev o cesti, pomoč sem poiskal pri Mitji Tanciku in skupaj sva začela gradit bazo. A sredi zime so se naredile dobre razmere v gorah, odprle so se mi nove poti, prišli so novi sponzorji, motivacija za smučanje in nove projekte je bila močna, zato sem kolesa postavil na stranski tir. Zaradi lovljenja razmer, vstajanja sredi noči, napornih, dolgih dnevov, ko se aktivnosti v gorah razvlečejo na 6,7 pa tudi 8 ur, planu treningov enostavno nisem več sledil. Lanska zimska sezona pa je imela še eno, čudno lastnost... Trajala je do junija. In junija je že poletje, kajne? In takrat sem se začel zavedati, da letos res ne bom dirkal...



Zaradi tega sem začel teči, hodit v hribe, na kolesu sem preživel bistveno manj časa, kot prej... vendar po spletu okoliščin spet pristal na dirkah. Ne kot udeleženec, ampak kot spremljevalec, gledalec, navijač... In prišel je konec julija, Dirka po Kranju, kjer sem se prvič začal zavedat, da bi mojo smučarsko in kolesarsko sezono zlahka kombiniral... in bilo mi je žal, neizmerno mi je bilo žal. Pogrešal sem tekmovanja, hitrost, rivalstvo... Pri kolesarstvu je tako, da tudi če se ne boriš za najvišja mesta, se moraš borit sam s sabo, vseeno moraš biti hiter, vedno moraš ''tišat gas''. In niso samo dirke... Je način življenja, ki ga mnogi ne razumejo, je nešteto ur preživetih na dveh kolesih sam, s prijatelji ali pa na rundah, kamor greš malo ''ventile'' odpirat. 
Odločitev ni bila težka, superge so začele mirovat in kolesa so bila spet v rabi. Spet se je začela prebujat ljubezen do samega treninga, planiranja, analiziranja, buljenja v številke in premetavanja grafov... zato pa sem šel študirat trenerstvo...

Za konec sezone sem si zadal, da odpeljem nekaj članskih/u23 in maraton dirk, vendar sta od članskih ostali le še dve, eno od teh - na Bledu pa so odpovedali tik pred samo dirko. Konec septembra sem odpeljal ''rekreativnii'' maraton, kjer pa se itak vozi ''na glavo''. Z velikimi pričakovanji sem odšel na Istrski maraton, kjer pa smo že v prvi klanec, z glavo skozi zid, začeli gonit na 500w in več, kar je zame kot ne ravno hribolazca s konjskimi nogami bilo preveč in sem nadaljeval v svojem tempu, ter z manjšo skupinico do naslednjega klanca spet ujel vodilne. Ti so se v klanec sicer spet odpeljali, meni pa je skupinica bila prepočasna, zato sem začel sam loviti vodilne... in ker sem ostal sam, so me na nekem razcepu pred zadnjim vzponom redarji in policija usmerili levo, namesto desno. Kar naenkrat sem na spustu začudeno prehitel vozilo z napisom ''začetek maratona''... in kmalu mi je bilo jasno, da so me usmerili narobe. Sicer prvi, a neuradno, sem prišel v center Kopra kot ''zmagovalec'' kratke trase maratona.

Za naslednji vikend sem imel večje načrte.. Istria Granfondo, ena najmočnejših dirk v okolici, dolga slabih 130km s 1500 višinci, kjer se lahko pomerijo proji, semi-proji, amaterji in rekreativci na enem mestu. Imel sem preprost, a hudičevo težak načrt, da ostanem v vodilni skupini dokler lahko in pridem med top 5 v kategoriji. Pa sem imel spet smolo. Že tik na začetku, v zaprti vožnji, smo ves čas pospeševali ter zavirali in v nekem trenutku prišli do zožanja zaradi gradbišča, kjer sem po sili razmer moral zapeljati s ceste in šprintati čez gradbišče (v teku, ne na kolesu) in dobri kolesarji so se mi odpeljali naprej... Kmalu je sledilo lovljenje ''na polno'', sledili pa so tudi krči, slabost in zvit menjalnik, zato sem skupino spustil, opravil, kar sem imel za opravit in nadaljeval v eni od skupin zadaj... Načrti so šli po zlu, sem pa naredil dober trening, predvsem za psiho.



Začela se je jesen in z jesenjo je zame prišel tudi študij na Fakuleti za šport. Ker od sedaj naprej pozimi čez teden ne bom več v gorah, bo kombiniranje kolesa in smučanja šlo lažje skozi. In drugo leto bom dirkal. Vem, da sem to mnogim rekel že lani, vendar v 2017 upam, da bom res. V moji smučarski sezoni 2017 pa imam že načrtovanih kar nekaj zanimivih projektov, predvsem pa bo letošnja zima namenjena posameznim manj obsežnim projektom, ki pa bodo verjetno veliko bolj zanimivi in zahtevni. Če sem prej ciljal na kvantiteto, zdaj ciljam na kvaliteto. Zaradi kvantitete sem sicer pridobil kar nekaj izkušenj, vendar sem bil splošno nezadovljen s smermi, ki sem jih presmučal. Od vseh sem zadovoljen samo z Večerno smerjo v Begunjščici. A z Begunjščico še nisem končal, kljub temu, da grem nekaterim že na živce. Tam se počutim domače, terena pa je tako veliko, da sem dobil mnogo idej, je pa vse odvisno od razmer... Bolj natačen o projektih bom pa sproti ;)) 

Letošnjo sezono bo veliko časa posvečenga tudi samim fotografijam in snemanjem, predvsem z Anžetom Čoklom, lanskih načrtov pa žal nisva uspela realizirati s Sandijem Bertoncoljem in sem prepričan, da jih bova letos. V letošnji sezoni me bodo ponovno podpirali Elan (imamo novo spletno stran!), trgovina ActionMama z vso ostalo premo, FactoryStore z Ospreyom, KultEyewear in sedaj tudi 4Endurance s športno prehrano. Vsem se iskreno zahvaljujem za zaupanje in pomoč.

V letošnji sezoni bom za razliko od prej več pisal tudi o sami opremi in izdelkih, ki jo bom uporabljal med samimi projekti in posameznimi turami. Potrudil se bom biti kar se da vesten pri objavljanju. Sprememba od lani bo tudi ta, da bom na svojem blogu pisal izključno v slovenščini medtem, ko bom bloge na straneh sponzorjev objavljal v angleščini. Tako boste lahko sedaj vsi razumeli moje eseje tu gor. 

Upam. da se kmalu srečamo na snegu! :)
Simon

četrtek, 28. julij 2016

Počutiti se živega

Razlika med pojmoma ''obstajati'' in ''živeti'' se niti ne zdi tako velika, dokler dodobra ne občutiš drugega - in si nikdar več ne želiš le obstajati. Večina ljudi obstaja, manj pa se jih zares počuti žive...

Živeti življenje je nekaj, česar sam dolgo nisem poznal. Zafrustriran zaradi malenkosti, obremenjen sam s seboj in zaradi tega velikokrat nemotiviran za kakršno koli dogajanje, druženje, spremembe in novosti. O mojem letu pavziranja sem enkrat že pisal pozimi, vendar bolj s smučarskega vidika. Takrat se še nisem zavedal česa vsega sem se letos naučil ne kot smučar, ampak človek. Človek, ki je bil večino časa svoboden kot ptica in je počel tisto, za kar je ustvarjen, kar ima rad in se mu v to zdi vredno vlagati trud.

Ta teden sem bil sprejet na Fakulteto za Šport - na smer, kamor se lani nisem uspel uvrstit. In sem vesel, da se nisem. Ponudila se mi je enkratna priložnost v življenju, katero bi privoščil vsakemu, samo da jo le zna izkoristit. Leto priložnosti, kot sem ga poimenoval lani, je prišlo z namenom. Tako, kot se vse stvari v življenju zgodijo z namenom, se je tudi ta. V tem letu sem postal drugačen, odprl sem se ljudem, začel sem raziskovati radosti življenja in uživati v malih trenutkih. Še nikoli nisem videl toliko sončnih vzhodov in zahodov v življenju, kot sem jih letos. Še nikoli nisem spoznal toliko sebi podobnih ljudi, še nikoli nisem tako užival v trenutkih z ljudmi, sam, z naravo... In taki trenutki, pa naj si bodo karkšni koli - lep razgled, topli žarki sonca, rahel vetrič v laseh ali pa mogoče pogled in objem osebe, ki ti je pri srcu... taki trenutki te napolnijo s srečo in veseljem. Dajejo ti energijo. Včeraj sem, kot skoraj vsak dan odkar ga poznam, gledal facebook Anžeta Česna in pod fotografijo je njegov oče objavil zelo lep citat:

''Skrivnost sreče je sreča sama. Kjerkoli in kadarkoli lahko uživamo v sončnih žarkih, prisotnosti drugih in našem dihanju, ki je pravi čudež.'' (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Uživajte življenje. Uživajte ga s tistimi, ki jih imate radi, uživajte ga sami. Ker nikoli ne veste, kdaj ga ne boste mogli več. In tega sem se letos naučil - izkoristit vse male in velike trenutke, da se mi vtisnejo v spomin in take trenutke deliti z drugimi. 

Lani si nisem mogel predstavljati, kaj bo naredilo tako leto v moji glavi. 
Zdaj si nemorem predstavljati, da ga ne bi bilo. 

Razlika med obstajati in živeti, počutiti se živega, je velika. Lani sem obstajal. Letos živim in sem srečen... srečen z ljudmi, ki jih je to leto prineslo in jih ne bo odneslo. Sam sem srečen tudi takrat, ko uživam odmaknjen od vsega nekje v gorah, kjer imam za družbo le zvok vetra in bit srca. Srečen tudi takrat, ko sediš v tišini in jo poslušaš. Ker tudi tišina govori svoje besede in velikokrat pomenijo veliko več, kot normalen pogovor. Uživajte pa tako v tišini, kot tudi v lepih besedah, ki jih prejmete. In tako srečni bi morali biti vsi na tem svetu.




sobota, 09. julij 2016

Kdor nima v glavi, ima v nogah

Glede na to, da je blog izven zimske sezone manj obiskovan in je obisk večinoma slovenski, sem se odločil pisati v domačem jeziku. Za manjši obisk je verjetno najbolj krivo moje nevestno pisanje in objavljanje, pomanjkanje časa in zanimivih dogodivščin.

Od zadnjega, zanimivo preživetega vikenda s Šparovcem je minilo že kar nekaj dni, ki so bili večinoma povezani s sprejemnimi izpiti na Fakuleteti za Šport konec meseca. Že nekaj dni pred izpiti se mi je utrnila ideja, da se po zadnjem testu odpeljem v Krmo in odtečem še na Triglav.

Triglav

Mislim, da sem bil skoraj bolj kot za sprejemne zainteresiran za tek na Triglav, predvsem z vidika raziskovanja lastnih meja - najprej navsezgodaj zjutraj odteči Cooperjev test in nato še slabih 2000 višincev na streho Slovenije...

Z Uno sva suvereno štartala s tekom čez Krmo s tempom okoli 7:00/km, vendar sva se zaradi njenih zdravstvenih težav ustavila in priznam, malce sem bil razočaran zaradi dejstva, da takega izziva mogoče ne bom ponovil nekaj časa. Ob Unini utrujenosti sva oba že pozabila na Triglav, vendar sva prišla do Prgarce... in do Kredarice, no pa greva še na Triglav! Malce drugačen izziv je nastal od prvotne ideje, vendar sva zborbala in zadovoljstvo je prišlo samo od sebe. Tri ure do vrha s hojo od Pastircev naprej niti ni tako slabo! Vsekakor pa tisti, malo večji izziv, ostaja odprt. :)



Cerkno

Vikend, ki je sledil, smo v dobri družbi preživeli na Cerknem. Otvoritev bike-parka in delavnica, na kateri sva z Domnom dobila prve izkušnje z vodenjem skupine gorskih kolesarjev, sta potekala v zares sproščenem vzdušju. Pred delavnico nisem vedel kaj pričakovati - predvsem kako se bom obnesel kot pomočnik Macu, kakšne bodo reakcije in kaj bom od tega odnesel. In odnesel sem veliko, od vseh tistih mini izkušenj s posameznimi ljudmi, kot tudi delavnico v celoti - udeleženci delavnice smo seveda bili vsi. Pri vsakem elementu, ki ga pokažeš tečajnikom, se tudi ti hkrati učiš in iščeš svoje napake, tako kot se učiš ob opazovanju drugih in lahko popravljaš samega sebe. Zavedam se, da moje socialne sposobnosti niso ravno na nivoju, ker sem velikokrat preveč zadržan in nevajen komunicirati s skupino ljudi, vendar za prvič sem bil zadovoljen.

No, ker je del delavnice tudi nažiganje koles po progah, sem si dal duška in najprej iz svojega dirkaškega trdaka spravil nekaj maksimumov in spet občutil tisti nor občutek hitrosti skozi ovinke, ko te iz ene bande vrže v drugo, in iz druge v naslednjo... Ker ima moje kolo tudi svoje meje, ki sem jih rahlo prekoračil, sem svojega zamenjal za polnovzmeteno enduro kolo in po štirih letih spet občutil, kako udobno se je vozit z vzetenjem zadaj... in kako lahko letiš. :) Prva vožnja, da se spoznava, druga vožnja - se že tikava, tretja - že letiva... Hvala Mac, hvala Blaž!

Stol

Naslov pa se nanaša na današnje blodenje s Smrekarjem. Ne, on ni čisto nič kriv. Najina ideja o bivakiranju na Stolu, je šla malo po svoje... Z udobnim in zaspanim tempom sva se primajala do Malega Stola, kjer sva povečerjala in opazovala dolino prepleteno s cestnimi povezavami, avtocesto polno tujcev, ki se selijo proti jugu in oblake, ki se premikajo od zahoda proti vzhodu. Postaviva mini obzidje iz kamnov in se zbaševa v spalke... sredi noči pa naju zbudi nek čuden občutek padanja kapljic na najina utrujena obraza. Od kje? Aladin je kazal jasno noč... V dveh minutah zaključiva najino uro in pol dolgo spanje in zmedena se odpraviva proti dolini z mislimi, da s sončnih vzhodom ne bo nič.

Dovolj optimistična, da sonce vseeno vzide, še enkrat, sicer nižje, razgrneva spalke. Na žalost je isto sekundo ponovno začelo deževati in omotična od zaspanosti se odpraviva proti dolini. Martin še bolj zaspan kot jaz, komaj dviguje noge, vendar kmalu sva pri klopcah, kjer se je že delal dan. Srečava prve pohodnike, kmalu pa se znajdeva pri avtu. In tu se štorija začne: kje je ključ? Ključa ni. Nikjer. Bedak, kakršen sem, sem ga spet odložil v napačen žep... in seveda je padel ven. Kje, sicer nisva znala ugotovit, vendar možnosti ni bilo veliko, zato se ponovno odpravim proti vrhu.




V iskanju skritega zaklada

Večina ljudi bi nazaj gor odšla z največjo muko. Še sam ne vem zakaj, vendar tega sem se čudežno razveselil! Odložim vse, resetiram GPS, par požirkov in grižljajev zajtrka, pograbim palice in že tečem proti Stolu. V trenutku sem prišel v nek drug svet, povsem zbujen in aktiviran. V iskanju ključa, sem večino časa gledal v tla, sem pa tja pogledal s soncem obsijane vrhove Triglava in ostalih lepotic Julijcev ter prehiteval vse že zjutraj vidoče pohodnike na poti navzgor.

Z rokavi in nogami sem prečesal zelenico, na kateri sva hotela drugič prespat - ključa nikjer. Grem naprej, mimo koče in do sedla, spet vse preiščem, a žal najdem samo Smrekarjevo krpljico, katero je izgubil včeraj. Grem še do vrha, prašat še dva planinca... Garmin pokaže 1:07h. Zapletemo se v sproščen pogovor in se prvih nekaj metrov skupaj odpravimo z vrha. Odtečem naprej, a se kmalu ustavim. Srečam profesorja Mitroviča! Neverjetno kako ti lahko nekdo, z le parimi besedami, polepša že tako zanimiv dan. Kako hitro minevajo dnevi od naše mature, od podelitve spričeval, pa maturantskega plesa, prešpricanih in prespanih ur, pa stresnih dnevov in monotonih ur učenja... Na trenutke res pogrešam Šentvid.



Ključa žal nisem našel, sem pa razčistil sam pri sebi, česa si v gorah želim. Premikati se hitro, opazovati lepe trenutke in srečevati prijazne ljudi, pozdravljati mimoidoče in deliti energijo z ostalimi. Kdor nima v glavi, pravijo, da ima v nogah. Očitno res... včasih se stvari zgodijo z razlogom in hvala ti, ključ, odkril sem nov svet.

torek, 21. junij 2016

Pre-Op-rehabilitation... Climbing again

You see that guy above? That's Andraž. Šparovec. Crazy freestyle skier which was smart enough to start ski-mountaineering too. Well this year he blew up his knee on Vogel mtn and unfortunately we didn't ski even a day together.

Well now we're already in the middle of June and tommorow he has an operation. But before that, we went on a little adventure on Friday... We started in the evening, hiked up to an old house in the middle of nowhere and had some sleep... Even though it's June, we were shaking all night haha :) Temperature could drop under 10 degrees celsius and as we weren't sleeping in a warm place but in some-kind-of old stable, cold air hadn't been really kind to us.



We slowly made it out of sleeping bags, had a delicous breakfast... and headed to the wall of Srebrnjak. I hadn't been climbing since May 2014 - thats more than two years - and I've missed it so much... That feeling when your arms and legs are shaking, when you're already feeling cramps in the muscles but you keep going and that feeling when you realize you had power to climb a detail you were 99% sure you won't... Climbing really is a sport of its own... you don't experience those feelings anywhere else. And that's exactly what I was missing. I hadn't time for climbing mostly because of trainings or school and now it's finally time to realize my plans. My biggest wish right now is to spend as much time as I can in the mountains - from hiking, trailrunning. climbing... maybe even skiing haha.

Let's go back to our adventure. We were slow, or let's say, I was slow haha, we missed the route for a bit, but we enjoyed every second of it. We had enormous luck with weather - it should rain in the afternoon - we had sun instead... We climbed some harder details next to the route and I can say that I'm satisfied with my climbing abilities. Not being in the rock since May 2014 and climbing that mountain was not something I thought I'd be able to do, but we made it!

After climbing all day we made it to the top exactly when sunset happened and we had to hurry up a bit. I was a bit worried about descent back down as there is no real trail back, only some old, old, old paths... We came down totally exhausted, hungry and even more thirsty, but happy. That feeling when you know you've done something, something special.

Adventure wasn't over of course... we had to come from that old stable down to a car... We saw it on a parking place at 2 AM, somehow I managed to drive it back home with one sleeping pause and made it home at sunrise. It was a day when Simon started climbing again and it was a day which I'll remember forever. If you ask me; would I do it again? Sure.




nedelja, 12. junij 2016

Back home

Sometimes you don't need much to feel better. Usually small things matter.

I hadn't been to mountains for almost a month when Una and I decided to finally go up there together. As weather forecast wasn't the best, we weren't sure where to go, but our instinct guided us to Jezersko. Even though rain should be falling from 10 o'clock on, we had a wonderful weather - my favourite actually: fog, mists, clouds, some sun and rain drops were changing all the time.

Looking at North Pillar of Skuta which we skied this winter. foto: Una Crnek
We had a wonderful time on our mini adventure of trailrunning, hiking and climbing, having fun and enjoying the moments of silence, sounds of wind and nice views. Those moments fullfil your heart and free your mind and I think we both needed that.

I've been running quite a lot lately, especially on trails behind my house. I admit that I'm starting to like running more and more every time... It'd been a few years since I had been putting running shoes on on my daily basis and I hated running at that time. My discipline was a long jump and I loved it just because there was not much running involved... We sure had to suffer anyway, but... I was running-free and that satisfied my needs.

During the last winter, from december on, I was doing morning trailruns before breakfast or fitness trainings and as I can remember, I always had difficulties with going from the home... and I always had even bigger difficulties coming back. It looks like I've found my new passion and training method and I'm enjoying it - also the suffering part... probably because once you are at the top of the hill, you can run down. It's the same as free-touring - it involves the ski touring part, which is going up and freeskiing part... you can charge it down as fast as you can. Even though running is a bit different, I've found one great feature: when running on trails, you can play with terrain.



You can jump from one rock to another, you can run down mixing the frequence of spinning from long to super short steps and accelerate from turn to turn... you can simply have fun whenever you want.

Now I've decided to go one step further. To start running higher, longer. I always hated moving slow in the mountains as with speed you can see more, feel more, be more... And I think that now it's a good time to start my new passion. Trailrunning.


petek, 03. junij 2016

Or maybe the Climax will never come

Time flies by, days are getting longer,
sun is shining stronger ,
nights are warmer, snow is thinner,
soul is sleeping, mind is dreaming,
friends are climbing, studying, working... 
and winter season is officially over for me.

...And I'm here, sitting on my favourite rock of my favourite trail, thinking about life while listening to birds singing... I hear river and cars below me, both are loud. Nobody was here for a few days... trail is narrow and exposed, rain drops have weighted the flowers which are now leaning towards the trail. I'm alone here, I'm always alone here. Maybe some day, I'll take somebody with me... 



I'm sitting here and thinking about life. What I'd like to do, to experience, to see, what kind of people to meet... and suddenly I decide to enjoy the exact moment. Time flies... I have to go, I have to stay warm and run back... Heart beat rises again, legs are spinning on a flowy trail and lungs are receiving thin, cold evening air....

I had some difficult days in the past few days. Mostly because I hardly change my routine... and winter has become one of them. I got used to waking up early, living life at its finest and fullest, I got used to being away from this crazy, impatient world, from people expecting me doing things I don't like and listening people arguing about trivial moments and things... But at the same time, I like to change my routine. As long as I like the new one.

Triglav? Nice try

foto: Marko Šosterič
Just when I thought that the best days of the season are going to happen, snow line had rapidly moved higher and sun was already too strong... I tried to attempt my skiing line on Triglav NE face, on May 7th. Waking up at one o'clock in the morning didn't hel pat all, I was just a bit too late. I should go to Kredarica an evening before and start early to the top... so I decided to turn around and leave it for the next time... it won't go anywhere, I think.






Klemen, Mato and I went to one of those nearest classic ski-touring destinations for spring time - Kolbreinsperre. Parking place was filling with cars, so we decided to hurry up a bit and take our tempo to next level. If you're still asking yourself who were those three idiots running in ski-gear for one kilometer... well, we were haha. Maybe if we hadn't hurry up, Mato would not forgot his skins and run triple distance haha :))

We hadn't any real plans, but we called it day with 2000 verticals and 8 hours in our pockets... A nice training for those two for Chamonix and an excellent finish of the season for me. The only bad thing was... sun. We were totally sunburned and eventually got some new skin... :)

What is picture above showing? Something I couldn't believe my eyes. Seeing Mato and Klemen totally exhausted was something totally new for me...






It's time for white colour of snow being replaced with green colour of trees, red cherries and blue sky. 
It's time for summer.

I have officially ''given up'' on winter. Not because there wouldn't be one, it always is somewhere... some friends are still chasing it, but most of them are doing other things for some time already. I decided to become one of them too. Some would say finally, some would say why already... But I have my reasons. One reason is that I've been enjoying mixing al the things I do lately and yes, skiing isn't everything. But friends are. I disregarded them a bit, I'm sorry guys. At the same time I'm thankful for letting me doing things I love and enjoy, thank you. The other reason is that I can't really afford any expensive trips to West and the third one is that I actually don't have much time. And the last one would be that I have interest in doing other things too...

foto: Mac... Mondraker, Norrona and Osprey... life is good!
One of them is mountainbiking - I've had a wish and my parents enabled me one... I'm on my way to become a mountainbike guide. Some little things still have to be done though, but the main part is behind us. Mac was kind enough to let me ride one of his Mondraker bikes and I think I've fallen in love a bit. We were staying at Jamnica, in Koroška region, at Bike Nomad, with the best possible company. I hadn't been riding singletrails for quite some time and all I can say is... Braaaapppp :) Even though we had primarly been on education, we still had much fun. I hope to see you guys soon again.


Bye, bye, snow


I had been working on my season edit for a few days now: I've chosen moments from all season which mean something to me. It's a bit longer than my usual videos, but as it's the last snowy one this year, it should be. I have to say that I experienced many incredible moments, with awesome people, at our wonderful mountains. I hope you enjoy it till the end.



And for the end some big news... I got sponsored from Osprey - big thanks go to Actionmama and Factory StoreI can choose now from 4 backpacks and a travel bag and my first impression was incredible. Every pocket, every strap, every hole has its own function. Products are not only functional, but also incredibly light, nicely designed, ergonomical and durability is pretty high. I'll show you more with time, but you can already see some of the products on my Instagram page.


Oh and as I'm already talking about social media platforms, I've started using my Snapchat profile after two years. You can follow me on my daily basis at simonerdovan. 

It's probably the last blog about winter, ski mountaineering or freeride here this season, but I hope you keep reading it... Even though I won't ski anymore for some time (probably), I have so many things to do that there's always something to write about. I will try to keep it interesting (I hope it is haha) ;) 

četrtek, 05. maj 2016

Powder in May or Climax of the season is coming

I've had some time just for myself in the past few days... even if I am not alone, I'm surrounded by real friends who let me think differentelly, they give me inspiration and some kind of power which can be transformed to actions... I have to say, that I really have awesome people around me, not many, but you know... doing on quality is better than quantity and I realized that I have the same friends since primary school... each of them went to different directions, but we all respect and support each other, what I am really proud of and thankful for.

photo: Anže Čokl


With that amazing power coming from my friends, I realized how much I felt in love with skiing... some people say that it is an addiction to adrenaline rush, but I disagree... of course there are moments full of it, but I am not doing it because of that... I'm doing it because it's some kind of art - art of being in the heart of pure nature, away from ''normal'' life - flat, slow and.. well, normal.

photo: Anže Čokl
I realized that I want to do that more seriously... it's true that I got used to skiing life style, and I like it, but soon I will have to start earning more money to realize new projects, soon I'll be sitting in classrooms of university and would think about being up there... but well, let's go with the flow and see what life will bring... I still believe all of the things happen with reasons and I'm thankful for this year to spend it with amazing people who really took care of me, I've learned a lot and I'm still learning, they help me with material, with company, with knowledge... and I'm really taking almost full advantage of it - I progressed a lot, (although I still ski terribly), I have stepped not one, but three steps higher.. Mac says that in the next season I should step one step back and focus more on flow, real freeride skiing and I actually like his idea... With progress also comes success and with success comes publicity... and that means trouble. Some people really like to talk behind your back, to talk bad about you because being younger, because you ski hard lines in a bit different way than people before...

I started my journey with an idea to ski hard lines faster, I train for it and won't stop it. I will push my limits further - slowly, but further, no matter what those people will say... and you won't make me weaker with your words... I won't stop because of some bitter, jelous people...

A huge snowfall happened in the end of April and we had gone to Molltal Glacier and took advantage of a ski pass and totally ridden all the possible lines.. it was a bit sketchy though, as fresh snow fell directly to hard, icy snow... unfortunatelly wind was blowing a bit and fog came in fastly...luckily we are strong and fast guys so we easily called it a day. :)

photo: Anže Čokl


Then we enjoyed some more powder at home mountains in the past few days... mostly above Vršič pass on Mala and Velika Mojstrovka as you can get really high with car. One day I was alone, on my first ride with my narrowest skis ever - Elan Ripstick 96, which are really made for terrains I'm skiing on and in the following days I was there with ActionMama.com boys...

We probably cought the last powder this season, even though it was heavy and soft one, you could easily charge it down... fast :) We were group of five: Klemen, Matej Kosem, Primož Smolkovič, Anže Čokl and me... the first three went to Velika Mojstrovka, Anže and I decided to continue with our photo tempo to MM... and as he usually does, he made some good shots.

Next day we were there again, but on the other side of Mala Mojstrovka and we were three this time: Klemen, Anže and I... with perfect condtions for steep skiing, and even more perfect sunrise... how many coulours - from black to white, purple to green, blue to grey.. powder from the day before changed into concrete as snow was wet and night was cold... perfect for some serious technical training for following days! The upper part of the line we skied (we actually don't know the real name) had some soft snow, that kind of Chamonix snow, but everything else was totally concrete.
Anže has done amazing photos again and Klemen kept his eyes on us as every time before... Thank you :)

photo: Anže Čokl
With the last snow fall which happened at right temperatures, our season has extended for some days more... I've had plans to make a trip to west to visit higher mountains, but naaahhhh... I will take advantage of our small country with great mountains and ski some more lines. I think that season is coming to its climax, to times when the best days out there will happen and some projects will be realized... let's see what tommorow will bring. :)

torek, 26. april 2016

A big THANKS to everyone!

As many of you know it, it's my birthday today. And as many of you know (or not), I wanted to finish my project of #40lines till today. I haven't done this, but it should be finished very soon. I've done 31 lines by now.

But lets go back for 10 days to write about what were we doing...

After the most magnificent day on Mangart with Nika, with the best sunrise this year, Klemen Šafar, who is my mentor, sponsor, ''boss'' (he doesn't like to be called so), friend and one of the kindest and hard working guys on the planet, Nika and I went to Stenar. For me the most unique and magnificent mountain in Slovenia, with one of the greatest skiing walls of all with the most exposed lines. I hadn't been up there yet, so my very first thought was... of course, I'm in!




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Waking up in the middle of the night, saying the last goodbye from my bed and partly sleeping the whole drive to Vrata valley were worth it. What a sunrise. Just wow. And being at the top at 7 am... yes, it's worth it. Even my problems with bindings and skis didn't destroy our joy and we enjoyed every second of it. At least I did!







My birthday was coming and I really had a wish
to ski some more lines... So yesterday, in the late afternoon, after all my duties, I went to Vršič and fastly hiked untill the top of Velika Mojstrovka. With my new skis! Ripstick 96! They are my narrowest skis I have ever had and I have to say, I'm not used to them yet! Although it was my first ride yesterday... and you know what? My pair weights exactly 4kg with bindings on. Heeeeell yeah! I was flying on the uphill!



I pushed it a bit and skied two lines, which one of them, from the top of Velika Mojstrovka was skiing and the second one, which I have done it with Jan already a few weeks ago, Pripravniška ravine, wasn't really. But as I was on my skis the whole time, I'm calling it skiing! Even if it's dry one! :)


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And as I wished already a month ago, I was skiing on my birthday. It was something special - firstly because Nika surprised me with a present on the top, secondly because we went to my playgroud - Begunjščica and lastly, because we skied powder. Yes! Powder on 26. of April!!! :))))



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We are going to have some nice powder days in the following days, then I'm heading to coast to learn about mountainbike guiding and then we should hit some nasty lines in higher Alps!

I would like to thank to every one of you for the best wishes, to all who keep following and supporting me on my journey and to all who have strong nerves when I'm out there. But you have to know it, I enjoy every moment up there! See ya :)

petek, 15. april 2016

Feeling blessed



Sometimes, before you even realize it, things happen for a reason. You might not notice it in a day, in a month, maybe not even in a year... but when you do, at first a weird smile appears on your face... and then you start thinking what was happening over the time. When you realize, you feel blessed. All of the thoughts, dissapointments about yourself, dissapointments from other people on you, sadness, anger... everything dissappears.

Season is slowly  - or rapidly - it depends on how you look at it - coming to an end. When first real snow had fallen was already Februar... luckily it went down hard so we had two months of real skiing. Now it's already middle of April and unfortunately that warm weather in the last two weeks made snow pack a lot thinner... As it started all of a sudden, it also ended like this. You can see spring everywhere - also in behavior of friends: they replaced ski equipment with mountain bikes... 


I know that I won't end my season just like that so quickly, but I have a lot of plans to do in April and May which could be more important than skiing...
I just wanted to say that some things, sometimes, happen for a reason. I remember how dissappointed I felt when I got informations about not attending Sports Faculty in October... but at the same time, in the exact moment, I realized that this could be my year... a year of opportunities. ''I will finally be able to ski... I can succeed!''. And I can say that it just couldn't get any better. So many new opportunities, so many new experiences, so many new friends, so much of everything. 

In last 10 days I haven't skied much due to lack of time and good conditions, but what we skied was good. After skiing on Mala Mojstrovka, Jan and I went the following day back on skis, but not alone. Grega Brvar called me an evening before if we have any plans... of course we agreed to go together. So we went to Jezersko and our plan was a bit different than Bine and Davo had a few days before... but we ended with the same one as well and skied North Pillar of Skuta. As we were climbing up, someone was already skiing back down... who else as Nika of course!


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Nika Radjenovič is one crazy women... so plans were obvious. We go and ski something crazy together, somewhere high and exposed, in the early morning... while having a good time. And we did.
Waking up in the middle of the night finally! went as it should (I have to say sorry to Blaž, Luka, Jan, Grega......) and we soon came to parking place... and even sooner we had done 1000 verticals to see a sunrise - a special morning glory reserved just for us. 

Well, then she guided me to the top of Mangart. We climbed one nasty detail which was, of course, harder with skis on our backs... And yes, she was climbing and walking in front of me all the time. And yes, she totally killed me. She definetely is a machine. :) 

We skied a combination of two skiing lines and none of them is easy (on paper)... I think I have gained a lot of experiences from her and as it couldn't get any better, we were at home for lunch already. That day definetely goes into my Top5 list. 















Oh and if you don't know who Nika is... she has already gone to several expeditions, also tried to climb Nanga Parbat (8125m), she is a skiing coach, mountainbiker, wild rivers kayaker, climber, and the list goes on... 

As the end is getting closer and closer, my bikes will gradually replace my skis, green forests will replace snowy peaks and trails will replace steep skiing lines. I have to say it - I feel blessed for this season! It may happen that I won't have any season like this one anymore, or for a long time... but who knows. I will just go with the flow... 

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Za konec pa, glede na to, da je obletnica rojstva Nejca Zaplotnika, njegova citata:

''Gore so bile moj dom, v njih sem se počutil varnega, le tu sem občutil, da sem gospodar položaja.
V dolini so me vodili trenutki, kakor so pač prihajali in odhajali, početi sem moral stvari, ki so jih ljudje od mene zahtevali in pričakovali, gore pa so bile brezmejne, kakor so bile brezmejne moje sanje...''

''Ti pa ležiš med redkimi šopi rumene, ostre trave, z odprtim srcem srkaš vase večne poti zvezd, šteješ utrinke, veter pa te počasi prekriva z drobnim peskom, ki zaškriplje med zobmi in se lepi na čelo. In prevzema te večni nemir visokih gora, tisti naravni tok življenja, ki smo ga že skoraj pozabili. Takrat začutiš, da te je rodila mamica Zemlja, da si le del pustih dolin, zelenih pašnikov, razbitih ledenikov, da si del šumeče reke in črnega, s srebrom posutega neba. Takrat se zaveš, zakaj te samotne poti neprestano vlečejo nazaj med najvišje vrhove, kjer se sredi tuljenja vetrov stikata nebo in Zemlja.''