Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I have worked really hard to overcome excess in bad eating habits. I am not perfect, but I have improved greatly in not binging on sweet treats when I am tired/upset; not overeating at family and friend celebrations or when stressed; and not drinking high calorie alcoholic beverages in social situations. It takes a lot of work and strategies such as planning ahead and dealing with stress in more helpful ways. But I CAN see progress.
I also am trying to be moderate in my approach to exercise. I love to motivate myself by planning active adventure vacations. But it in the past I have been tempted to overdo it (when urged by enthusiastic friends to go faster/farther/longer) and that has resulted in injuries that hampered my enjoyment of the trip.
In a few days we are going by train to Glacier National Park for a cross country ski vacation. I am really looking forward to the trip and to skiing with my friends. I feel as though my overall fitness is good.
BUT – three hours of cross country skiing is a LOT for me. It’s a hard aerobic workout even when skiing on groomed trails. One member of our group is very anxious to do a back country ski tour and she is organizing a tour with a guide. I’m not going to go. The tour will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. which is LONG, plus back country skiing is much harder than the groomed trails (because you have to break trail; even if the guide stays in front, everyone else rotates through breaking trail behind the guide). Being exhausted or slowing up the entire group or pushing yourself to the point of injury is not safe or fun.
Three of our group signed up for the backcountry ski, and three of us will ski on the groomed trail system at the lodge. I hope the back-country group has a wonderful experience. I KNOW I will. And I don’t have to push myself to the point of exhaustion or injury. A reasonable goal for me to increase fitness will be to consistently ski four hours a day on the groomed trails while on the trip, and to stretch and do yoga in the evening. I’d even try a SHORT backcountry ski trip including breaking trail – but the only option being considered is the full day trip. More power to them, and I just saved $125 by not going!
(this photo is recycled from my last ski adventure trip)