XC Skiing: Never Better!!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Loving the skiing . . . a solid hour yesterday, again today. Perfect snow and wax conditions for that marvellous flying sensation. Yesterday was sparkling, today was soft grey. Chickadees both days!
I'd worked my way back up to 30 minutes on the cross trainer again at the gym last week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday (plus strength training all three days, of course). Already the intensely crowded New Year's Resolution conditions are returning to normal. Sad to see how quickly people lose their determination . . . but it's no fun waiting while people sit on the machines and drink their high-calorie sports bevvies either! Waaaay more calories in than out going on there . . . . it doesn't happen by osmosis, guys. (Nope, don't say any of that, don't even permit such a thought to cross my face: really, I do not. And I get that the whole gym etiquette thing takes time to absorb. But: lots of people don't stick around long enough to absorb it either.)
It feels so good to feel well again, and completely recovered from that very debilitating flu.
And, much as I love the gym, love being outside to exercise even more. We'd had more than a week of -15 to -20C weather: now -5 to -7C feels positively balmy. XC skiing is the closest I'm going to get to running, given my hips and knees . . . and it's amazing to me how much I love winter now that I've resumed skiing.
Used to love our Sanibel Island winter holidays, but now I have no longing at all to go south. Spring, summer and fall are all gorgeous right here and will come in good time. For now, I'm enjoying winter! The days are lengthening by about 90 seconds a day: it's noticeable. And soon it will be light enough to sneak out for a little ski after work, maybe, if I don't have any late appointments . . . . .