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!