Before going to the trip, I recognize myself as a good skier, confident of my abilities, able to impress any friend I skied with. As the days passed, I maintained my level of energy to last a full day of skiing by eating pasta (carbs), having a breakfast full of protein (eggs) and eating natural energy bars as Clif or drinking Gatorade recovers along the day.
When the third day of skiing came, after catching up some rythhm, I took a ski school lesson. During the day, I chatted to my mentor and he convinced me that I had the qualities to complete the Talons challenge, but he recommended me to wait for a day with high visibility, something that gives me more confidence. So did I.
As the days passed, I trained myself through black runs with bumps, alongside my brother, convincing him to do the Talons Challenge with me, something that might be harder for him because of the snowboard. Our 8th day of skiing, one before the last, we stood at 8:30 at the lift as it opened. With a visible morning after a night with more than 10 inches of snow, we decided to take the go. We started through the three black runs at Larkspur. And after completing them, we moved on to the blacks and double blacks. Increasing the steepness gradually, the day went by. The moment to go down golden eagle came. The lift was like a long walk to kick a penalty in the world cup final. One of the steepest runs. Luckily, because of the power, it wasn't as hard as it should be. After 14 black and double black runs, my legs wanted nothing more than a jacuzzi.
Now, I didn't feel good anymore. I felt invincible. I had done almost every single track of the mountain. I slept tranquil, enjoying peacefully my last day of skiing the next morning, just with some sore in the legs.
I do realize the importance of planning. If I hadn't been eating what I ate maybe I didn't have stamina for the challenge. Asking questions to experts was vital to receive the tips to make it easier. All of these was vital for me to complete these challenge and to learn how to complete similar ones I will face later on in life.