Summit Up 2-25-10 |

Summit Up 2-25-10

Summit Up
Andy Miller

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s now worried about the weather in Sochi, Russia – site of the 2014 Winter Games. You remember how it was like in the 50s and raining and stuff up around Vancouver as they were getting ready for this year’s Games? Well, we heard on the radio that it was in the 70s in Sochi last week – not exactly great skiing weather! A quick look online Wednesday reveals temps this week in the high 50s and lower 60s.

But, according to the website, there are now 1,442 days left until the 2014 Winter Games kick off in Sochi, so maybe that’ll be enough time for all this pesky climate change biz to straighten itself out. If not, maybe water skiing is an Olympic sport?


Here’s something cool regarding the ‘Lympics: Friends of Scott Rawles, the U.S. Ski Team’s head moguls coach who lives in Breckenridge, are hosting a welcome-home celebration tonight at Fatty’s in, y’know, Breck. Light snacks and a cash bar are part of the dealio, which kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs to 8.

Scott, of course, coached Bryon Wilson to a bronze in moguls last week at Cypress Mountain, so he’s got plenty to cheer about. Go check it out and say hello to Scott over at Fatty’s tonight – on Ridge Street in Breck.


Sitting is bad for you. That’s what we learned recently is the upshot of several new studies as reported by one of our favorite cool columnists, Olivia Judson in the NY Times. Olivia says sitting is “one of the most passive things you can do,” and that even if you excercize like a madman or woman, you’re still screwed (physiologically) if you sit on your butt for a good part of the day – or night.

We were concerned to hear this, because most of what we do is sit on our butt writing stuff. Sure, sometimes we go out of the office and do “reporting,” but the chair is still an awfully big presence in our life.

So what to do? One thing Olivia says you can do is sit on one of those exercise balls instead of a chair (and we have at least one Summit Up Central Staffer who bounces away happily on one of these all day long). As Olivia says, the ball “… uses more muscles, and hence more energy, than a normal chair, because you have to support your back and work to keep balanced. You also have the option of bouncing, if you like.”

There are also, apparently, “standing desks” you can get, which seems interesting if you’re a standy kinda person. More than anything, though, it sounds like the thing to do is get off your butt every 10 or 15 minutes and walk around. Don’t send e-mails to people who work in your office; go visit them in person!

And if you work on the hill and never sit down, you’re good to go. Just pity us poor office fools slavin’ away over our computers all day long …


That’s it, we’ve gotta run. Have a great Thursday!

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