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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 . . . . .

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    Skiing is something that I've always wanted to try!
    1909 days ago
    It sounds awesome....and i wished i could be able to do that....i know it is a great exercise....i am happy for you that you are able to enjoy emoticon emoticon
    1912 days ago
  • NANCY-
    There is nothing like that cold, crisp, clean, fresh winter air. It's healing properties seem to be intensified by the lower sun shining upon our face and into our eyes.
    Ah... what a treasure. Enjoy!
    1912 days ago
  • KANOE10
    My gym is the same..It is getting less crowded by the end of January. Great job of staying on track and exercising. Your skiing sounds fun.
    1912 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    To be able to move vigorously outside is ... well invigorating!

    1912 days ago
    Love your joy in life Ellen no matter the weather or the Season. Each brings its own joy and pleasure.
    1912 days ago
    Hoping conditions here will get me out skiing soon too. I agree about how quickly people give up. Been there myself too many times. Great blog.
    1912 days ago
    I never liked the cold, but your descriptions are almost enough to make me like winter.
    1912 days ago
    Color me GREEN with envy! We just don't get the snow around here that we used to...have YET to get my cx legs 'neath me!

    Isn't it wonderful to feel right at home...at home?!? :-)

    1913 days ago
    How refreshing to hear from someone who enjoys the winter time!
    I haven't skied in many years but do remember that natural high of being in the snowy woods on a trail and breathing that marvelous fresh air and moving my strong limbs and staying warm at the same time!

    1913 days ago
    I'm glad you are enjoying your northern weather! Yes, Lots to Enjoy everywhere. When I was in FL last week, I mentioned to a neighbor how awful the traffic was, and she said, "YES, the Snowbirds are here!" Oops, even from Arkansas that includes me!

    Well, bless your heart for loving the north. I was born and bred in Michigan and now am steeling myself for a week back. On the list of things to buy this week: snowboots. Heavy winter coat is at the dry cleaners. *sigh*
    1913 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Super fabulous you are! Doing what you can to keep up your fitness, and more importantly, actually enjoying it and making the best out of your seasons! Here is to that wonderful swooshing sound across pristine, sparkling snow shining like diamonds while the birds serenade you from the trees! Yes, pure bliss I would say!!
    Glad you are fully recovered from that nasty sickness -its hung on so long for a lot of people :(
    Enjoy what is left of your weekend, and hope you have time after to work to enjoy some more skiing!
    1913 days ago
    Here's to your health and your happiness in the wonderful winterland!
    1913 days ago
    Your descriptions of winter could almost make me like snow and cold weather (though I do agree that x-country skiing is the best!)!
    1913 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1913 days ago
    Enjoy your cross-country skiing. I never quite got the hang of the motion... maybe someday I'll give it another try.
    1913 days ago
  • BOSS61
    No osmosis? Damn; I was so counting on osmosis!
    1913 days ago
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