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Cutting my XCS Teeth!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Today turned out to be a pretty decent day!

Yesterday I was a bit gnarly and snarly when I was a little late calling in to reserve my spot for today's spinning class and by 11 am I was already shut out of the class and put on the alternate list! Sheesh!

But then Mother Nature came along and helped in more ways than one by dumping a few inches of snow on us and shaking loose enough from the spinning class that I was IN!

So that was the start of my day...nice to run into an old colleague of mine at the spin class too. I had helped her learn the social worker ropes up at the state psychiatric hospital way back when.

As usual I was a pretty soggy, smiling mess by the end of class and went on to take care of my upper body and core strength training.

On my mind throughout the morning was whether or not there was enough snow for me to at long last break in the cross country gear I bought used this past November.

Home for snow shoveling, out for a few errands and FINALLY! Off to the northern end of our local park where there are 3 or 4 soccer fields sprawled out. There are no groomed trails around our neck of the woods so I knew I'd have to bushwhack my own. Had some hassles getting one of my boots properly clicked into the bindings, but after some nuisance work on this I was OFF!

There was just enough to ski...a few scrapes here and there, but otherwise did all right! Only a couple tumbles as the skis wobbled a bit on top the snow knocking my balance off. Never really got to gliding along as well as I remembered doing in the past, but figure that was due to not having enough snow and the un-even skis with my bushwhacking efforts. I discovered re-tracking over my trails helped and could move along a little better then.

I think I'll stick to such venues till I feel a little more confident!

If only Mother Nature could be more helpful...mid-40s and rain showers on Monday will take this all out...sigh...

Between Spinning and XCS it's been one great day breaking out of my same-old, same-old routine! Feeling that good sore and tiredness that oughta spell a mighty fine night's sleep. :-)

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    I gotta go with Giranimal on this one..... Somehow, 'gnarly and snarly' are not words I ever associate in my brain with thoughts of you! LMAO The weather here in Ohio has been ridiculous....sleet/freezing rain one day, then up in the 50's, then snow, then up in the 60's....O.....MY......GOD. I drive past the ski mountain every day going to work, and it's been rather vacant this year, for the first time since I can remember. But at least you can keep on spinnin'!
    2321 days ago
    Oh man, XCS???? I'm all kinds of jealous - that's something you have to go three hours to do here :-(
    2332 days ago
    It's great that you didn't let snow stop you. As the year progresses, less and less people will take spinning. My gym (24 Hr Fitness) lets people reserve in advance... I think you can pay $1 no more than 24 hrs away from the class start time. I don't know if all the clubs do this but the Saturday 8AM spinning class is one of their most popular classes (besides Zumba, which is always filled). Keep up the great work, you ball of energy!
    2338 days ago
    Sounds like you had quite the busy day. I can picture you bushwhacking and skiing. Rock on dude, you're my hero. emoticon
    2339 days ago
    I simply cannot imagine you ever being gnarly or snarly! emoticon

    I'm glad all your workout dreams came true!
    2339 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Great to hear things turned out ok!
    2340 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You have incredible energy, great job!
    2341 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds like fun. No such ventures in South Texas.
    2341 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Where the heck do you find the energy? After shoveling the driveway & running for 2 hrs - thank God for yaktrax - I was all ticketed out!

    I'd be more than happy to send all our snow for the rest of the yr your way. If only I could.
    2341 days ago
    I'm sore, too, and ready to go to bed. Is before 7 too early?! LOL!
    Take care!
    Sounds like fun,
    2341 days ago
    Glad you got to enjoy the snow!
    2341 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    our winter has just been washed away......
    enjoy what you have......
    blessings and hugs...........lita
    2341 days ago
    This sounds like a great start!! I had a little tumble today myself on a down hill stretch when I . . . lost my balance!! But no biggy: back up and at it.

    Re gliding: did you have the right wax? Glide and grip? It's that kick/pull thing . . . planting the pole and pulling forward while kicking with the opposite foot . . .

    So happy that you got out . . . hope there's lots more this winter.
    2341 days ago
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