Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8… Thanks to Pistols.

Come to think of it, I’m really not sure how I was talked into trying this new sport called “splitboarding.” It was one of those “when in Rome” things that just sort of snowballed.  We moved to Colorado, it snows in Colorado, everyone in Colorado skis, I snowboard, let’s get a snowboard that splits into skis. Come at me, [snow.]

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So, last year we had a couple of extra bones to spare coupled with an Oprah-aha moment and I soon found myself signed up for an Avalanche Level I course with the Colorado Mountain School because I’m a (nerdy) girl that likes to be FULLY aware of the risks so that I can make my own decisions. And I want experts to teach me those risks. I’m That Girl on a plane that will turn to you and say, “Just so you know, the possibility of a plane crash does exists in which case we will most likely die. However, statistically, flying is safer than driving and it cuts your travel time in half!! These are cool seatbelts.” I said that once to my sister before a 13 hours flight to Guam. She started bawling. The flight attendant was, like, “Oh honey! Can I get you some water?”

At Colorado Mountain School, we were guided and taught by Senior Guide Mike Soucy (I like to think that’s pronounced “SAUCE-EE.”) And that class was, like, “Just so you know, the possiblity of an avalance does exist in which case you will most likely die if someone doesn’t find you in 15 minutes. However, we will show you ways to minimize your risk by analyzing snow packs and reading avalanche terrain. We will also show you how to shovel efficiently to cut down your rescue shoveling time. These are cool transceivers.” In other words, they were speaking my language!Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)


Flash forward a year and I now find myself not only snowboarding more but also learning a new (although somewhat similar) sport and the long-winded point I’m trying to make here is… I see where incorporating functional movements into my workouts is paying off! You know those “@$$ to grass” movements like squats – they are most  helpful when you fall and need to get back up on skis.

And though my fall-get-back-up splitboarding movements aren’t exactly like my CrossFit movements, the similarities are indeed uncanny.


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Squats:Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)


Turkish Get Ups:Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)


Pistols! (Oh, and before I get comments like “I can tell you didn’t shave your legs in this photo,” let me beat you to the punch and say, “The 15 minutes I’ve saved by no longer shaving my legs every time I shower has allowed me extra time to practice my pistols so things even out. And, also, Honey Badger don’t care.” Don’t be like this douchebag.)Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)


But the most functional movement of all? Dancing. As someone who CrossFits, I will say there is a pervasive “too-elite-for-a-90-minute-Zumba-session” mentality. Like my stepmom used to say, “Girl, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.” Don’t be an Elitist. Try Zumba. And if there aren’t any classes near you, try the next best thing: Dance Central on XBox Kinect. If you can score over 550,000 points with 80% accuracy on level Medium of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” then you are my idol and I am way too competitive when it comes to this game!!Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)

Seriously, though, I’m shamelessly admitting I rearrange my livingroom on my days off so that I can play Dance Central.


But, above all, just have fun with fitness. And get outside and try something new – it’s refreshing, even if you do fall 100 times learning the technique. <– Been there, done that, no regrets!! You’d be surprised how much skill transfer there is from your workouts to your sports.Girl Walks Into A Bar(bell)


And on that note, I’m packing my board and my Zumba moves for  a quickie Steamboat trip tomorrow. They got 24″ of snow last night. I’m about to get drunk off Champagne Powder.



  1. You’re awesome! I remember being surprised by how hard snow boarding was when I tried it recently.
    I grew up water skiing, you hurt like a bitch after a day of that too!

    • jessicamacho says:

      The learning curve is steep but once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike. I once tried wakeboarding – I didn’t fare as well as I did with snowboarding. You’ll have to give me some pointers if I ever find myself on a set of water board/skis again!! :)

  2. especially loved this post, maybe because I am taking a trip to CO (winter park actually) in a few weeks and am anxious for some SNOW! Chicago has been lacking terribly in the snow department this year and I am dying for some white stuff! I just started CF about 7 months ago so I am very anxious to see if CF will help with my skiing at all! #jealousofthesnow

    • jessicamacho says:

      Yay, Winter Park!! We got season passes there this year and it’s a pretty cool place. Got plans to hit up Mary Jane (the sister resort… not the Boulder code for marijuana?)

      • I didn’t… but now that you recommended it I think I will hit it up!!

        Any other recommendations????

        • jessicamacho says:

          Well Steamboat is getting absolutely DUMPED on right now!! They’ve gotten 24″ in one day and 14″ the next. Just got back from a day trip up there and quite literally had the BEST day snowboarding at a resort in the 12 years that I’ve been doing it. Copper has cool vibes – we like that place as well. Mary Jane is known for their bumps/moguls. And then of course there are the Vail resorts including Keystone, Breck, and Vail. A-Basin is a local favorite but not all done up like the other resorts. Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a BLAST out here!

  3. Absolutely love the pictures!! Looks tons of fun!!

    • jessicamacho says:

      Thanks! Touring is surprisingly fun. At first I thought it would be a bore but being outside is never really boring.


  4. I loved this post because I’m moving to Denver this August. I don’t know how to ski so that’s my number one sports priority when I move–I’m afraid I’ll have no social life in the winter if I don’t figure it out!

    • jessicamacho says:

      Scogina – what brings you to Denver? You’ll like Colorado – there are sooo many outdoor activities to do. Touring is pretty fun as is just a good ol’ hike! Maybe I’ll see you on the slopes. :)

  5. My boyfriend and I are moving from DC–where we’ve been flying to NH every couple of months to hike serious mountains–to CO because it’s an easier drive to some amazing hikes. We both want to spend more of our free time outside and Denver seems the place to do it. Hopefully, I’ll run into you Crossfitting or skiing (more likely see me rolling down the slopes, skis in the air.)

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