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Cross Country Thrashings... :-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

I ROCKED today getting out for the first time EVER doing Cross Country Skiing! It was a picture perfect: fresh snow had fallen...just a few inches...temps were perfect mid-20s. The park is tucked away in the middle of God's country...beautiful valleys, sunny blue skies...couldn't have picked a better day!

I did my share of flopping around like a fish on dry land...must google "how to stand up when one has fallen while cross country skiing"...! But I didn't feel too badly cuz I could find other places on the trail where skiis had X'd up the snow and there were obvious signs of someone's previous flailings...lol!

I got to where I was fairly comfortable on level or uphill territory, but put me on ANY, even the MILDEST downhill slope and BAM! Down on my butt, more thrashing to get up! I learned after a bit to take the poles and instead of pushing off BEHIND me I would dig 'em in FRONT of me when going downhill to give myself a little more time before WHOOPS I did it again...lol! There was a point where I will admit I gave up when facing a long downhill slope (even if it WAS mild...this really WAS the "easy" trail, right?!?!) and I had fallen that I just said to myself...ENOUGH! ...and proceeded to sit on my skis and slide down on my butt! So much for "pride!"

As I suspected, I overdressed and got so steamed up I had to take my glasses off and put 'em in my pocket...couldn't see through the fog...lol!

But all in all it was a superb time...am hoping to re-visit this again sometime soon to gain more confidence!

Don
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TRAINOF4 1/20/2009 12:22PM

    I would love to be out skiing, alas we have no snow! And anyway, my knees wouldn't take the downhill stuff -which is the best part!

There's something about the proper way to put the ski's little leather (or whatever fabric) loops around your hands. If you hold them the wrong way and your pole gets jammed hard into something you could bend your thumb back and cause yourself a serious nerve/muscle/tendon injury. This happened to someone I know, sadly I can't tell you the correct way to hold them... Guess you can look it up along with how to get up when you fall. LOL

Yep - always a learning curve. You should see my breast stroke in the pool - horrible, but I'm practicing & will be better in time. And so will you!

GL with the skis, and enjoy the beauty of each day.

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JIBBIE49 1/20/2009 2:22AM

    WOW, Don, cross country skiing sounds like fun. I lived in CHICAGO and PEORIA, ILLINOIS, but didn't do any. Went skiing once in Wisconsin, but spent most of the evening by the fireplace in the lounge at the Lodge.
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LADYWEZ 1/19/2009 8:38PM

    Awesome. Glad you tried it. I am jealous. sounds like you had a blast.

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MUNS10 1/19/2009 7:11PM

  I'm really proud of you!!!! I'm glad you tried it!!!!! Just a thought though...did you attempt any "snowplowing" on the downhills? That would be to put the points (toes) of your skis in or together and the backs would be wider. This will seriously slow you down and stabalize you on the downhills :)

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