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!