Cross Country Skiing At LAST!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
After getting totally DUMPED on over the past couple of days we could finally get out and do some cross country skiing!
I and a couple of folks from our neighboring Ithaca / Finger Lakes SparkTeam, CARRIE1948 & 4A-HEALTHY-BMI got together at one of our local parks, Greenwood Park, which rents skis, boots and poles.
I felt pretty shaky at first...managing to fall three times before even leaving the lodge area...! But after a while on level territory I began to get the hang of it and gain some confidence. One improvement over last year's attempt was that for good level stretch's, even with slight downhill slopes I was able to glide along and power myself entirely by gravity and pushing off with the poles. Even used that double pole technique I all those Olympic skiers used...except on a much more feeble level...lol! Last year there was no WAY I could do this!
Still have TONS to learn re: controlling the skis and the direction of the glide. I could feel my feet wandering about with ideas of their own which way they were going...didn't matter to THEM if I sprawled with my legs akimbo! :-)
After four hours of this, on top of all my snow shoveling yesterday, my arms and shoulders were definitely *feeling it!* But for all my sprawls and falls I'm holding up pretty well...!
I think the Nordic walking has been helpful, along with messing around on the balance board...and probably the MOST helpful factor being that I'm about 25 pounds LIGHTER than I was during last year's attempts! I'm beginning to think that there is enough promise to consider OWNING cross country ski equipment rather than renting...!
Here's a pic of the three of us after our snowy adventures:
Have a SPARKTASTIC weekend everyone!