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Weekly Newsletter: December 11th-17th, 2023

  • Written by Keith Huster
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  • Last updated 14 days ago

This week, we watched an all-time classic Christmas movie at a local classic movie theater. 🍿 We also drove around town checking out some incredible local Christmas light displays. πŸŽ„

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Classic Christmas movie night πŸŽ„πŸŽ₯

Continuing with our Christmas festivities, we decided to visit the Maven Theater, a local classic movie theater, to watch an all-time classic holiday movie: Home Alone. 😱 🀣

Home Alone movie poster (Source: IMDB)
Home Alone movie poster (Source: IMDB)

What a blast from the past! This movie brought back so many memories from our childhoods. It was funny to see just how old some of the clothing styles, decorations, and technology looked now. The theater itself also brought the nostalgic flair that we were looking for.

After watching the movie, we headed to MΓ stra in American Fork, UT for some incredible, homemade pasta. πŸ˜‹

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Local Christmas light displays πŸŽ… 🏠

After filling our stomachs with delicious, homemade pasta, we headed out to see some amazing local Christmas light displays. Lindsey put together an excellent route, loosely based on this list of lighting displays, that took us to some of the best local light displays in Lehi and American Fork. The time and effort that individuals put into these displays is truly incredible.

Ski season update πŸ™ ❄️

This year's ski season is starting slow... I mean, really, really slow! Snowbird has finally been able to open most of its ski areas but the coverage is very thin.

Screenshot of the current conditions at Snowbird Ski Resort showing a lower-than-normal snow base depth

Skiers still have to be very careful if they choose to go off-piste in search of remaining powder. Keith found this out the hard way when he discovered that one of his favorite runs in Mineral Basin had an unexpected cliff that he had to navigate around! 😱

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Cooking new meals and getting some work done πŸ• πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

Lindsey has been accruing a small collection of recipes that she has found on TikTok and other social media sites. This weekend, she decided to make a "Trader Joe's" pizza. This is a pizza recipe consisting of all ingredients that can be purchased at Trader Joe's grocery stores. The recipe blended a unique mix of ingredients including peaches, arugula, and fresh mozzarella into a delicious homemade pizza.

We also checked out a new-ish local coffee shop, C.R.E.A.M & Sugar, in Orem, UT. We each ordered a latte and the breakfast croissant. The coffee, food, and ambiance of the coffee shop were great. This was the perfect place to relax and knock out some much-needed updates to our blog.

Tour Divide training update πŸ˜… 😴

Keith's Tour Divide ambitions are getting real... Keith has officially signed the Tour Divide 2024 - Unofficial Starters' List form. This is a completely unofficial form but it is used to identify and aggregate information about the riders planning to take on the 2024 Tour Divide.

Keith has officially signed the Tour Divide 2024 - Unofficial Starters' List form
Keith has officially signed the Tour Divide 2024 - Unofficial Starters' List form

This week's training started strong with a few big indoor training rides on Zwift. Keith once again took on the Climb Portal challenges offered. The new 125% "expert level" option seriously ramps up the difficulty of these climbs. Unfortunately, this would be the only riding that Keith could complete this week... we'll get more into that in a moment. All in all, Keith rode for a total of 45 miles (72 kilometers) with nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) of climbing.

Unfortunately, with the lack of incoming snow storms, the Salt Lake and Utah valleys fill with inversion-driven smog. This smog drastically affects the outdoor air quality which can make it unsafe to participate in extended outdoor physical activities. So, to be on the safe side, Keith decided to forego any outdoor rides for this week.

Example of the inversion-driven smog enveloping Salt Lake City (Source: KUER)

Keith also received his 2023 Year in Sport report from Strava. This update shows just how much time and effort Keith has put into his training this year. In total, Keith has exercised for 279 hours covering a distance of 3,111 miles (5,007 kilometers) with nearly 175,000 feet (53,340 meters) of elevation gain!

Keith's 2023 Year in Sport report from Strava

Upcoming posts and videos πŸ‘·β€ πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈοΈ

We have several exciting plans for the remainder of the year that we can't wait to share with you. We are also slowly working on some of the promised blog posts. We will get those out as soon as possible.

We will be making a limited number of ski videos this year. We have decided to take a step back from focusing on YouTube content and instead put more energy into our blog. Our first skiing video of the year is out! ⛷️ 🚠 Be sure to let Lindsey know how much you enjoyed the video in the comments section below.

We hope that you are enjoying our newsletters. Do you have any big plans for the upcoming holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below.πŸ‘‡ πŸ’¬

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