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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! 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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
S318830 3/1/2010 12:48AM

    Very cool! I haven't XC skied since 1985! It was when I lived in Ohio. I remember what an amazing workout it was. Downhill is a much different workout. I'm glad to hear you were able to get out there and do a little Spark Field Trip.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/28/2010 6:59PM

    emoticon I love reading about all the ways that you keep challenging yourself!

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L*I*T*A* 2/28/2010 12:47PM

    way to go...............i have no snow where i live but i cross country ski in the pool where i live...............have a great week.........blessings and hugs............lita

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/28/2010 12:13PM

    This is certainly a goal for me to add. Next year I want to be there with you and feel good about having my picture taken. Thank you for sharing.

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JEANNEADAIR 2/28/2010 12:08PM

    Sounds like alot of fun and I will try it...maybe next winter!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/28/2010 9:25AM

    Wow - I would love to try cross-country skiing some time. Sounds like you had a blast!!

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COLOURFULME 2/28/2010 1:07AM

    A four hour workout! Yoohoo! I do those too only I don't cross country ski but walk.....for four to six hours. Lovely you can meet up with other sparkers. I envy you! No I do. I wish I would live closer by.

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JO11YMON 2/28/2010 12:50AM

    Cross country skiing is one of the things that I miss the most from my winters of living in MN. Still the 60 degree winters of southern CA are not going to make me complain.

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DAISES2 2/28/2010 12:38AM

    so glad you could make good use of the snow,and with spark friends as well.
sounds like a great day.hope your not to sore

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JCORYCMA 2/27/2010 11:06PM

    Great way to spend a snow covered Saturday -- and with spark friends too!
emoticon to finding it easier than last year. Maybe you can make buying your own equipment a reward for reaching future goals. Thanks for inspiring me to get off my weekend rear and enjoy the outdoors productively!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/27/2010 10:30PM

    It WAS fun!

I haven't yet added up all the calories according to my HR monitor, but it was a lot!

Goofier versions of these photos from my camera are up on the B'ton and Finger Lakes team pages...

EDIT: I added 'em up. 438 calories in 1 and 3/4 hrs of light XC skiing (according to my HR monitor, anyway!)

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