One Of the Best Ways To Stay Warm...
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Despite the brilliantly tempting sunlight beckoning to get out and play, today is just NOT one of those days due to brutally cold temps and winds. We're at a HIGH of ZERO (F) today!
So, hunkering down snugly at home, keeping way busy with a mega-major-cookathon. Keeps the house warmer, right?
Yep! But here's what's keeping me even warmer today: My quads are giving me a two-thumbs-up-big-smile-sorene
ss reminding me of the truly wonderful afternoon I had yesterday cross country skiing with others.
It was a grey, overcast sky heavy with the falling snow as we made our way along what used to be a canal tow-path at our local state park. While it was no blizzard, the snow was steady as we went along on a very tame (THANK YOU!), level path which was already nicely groomed by prior skiers. A magical winterland! And the spell was not even broken by the three tame tumbles yours truly had along the way.
Others were very tolerant of my newbie baby-steps...didn't have the confidence to take longer strides and have to admit to not getting my "glide stride" just yet.
Although the trail was "groomed" it wasn't as well packed as my weight wanted it to be, so there were frequent tipsy moments when my skis would suddenly shift side to side and throw my balance off. Rather than fight a tumble, I just went with it, figuring any "fight" I might put up would only likely twist or tug in harmful ways. So my tumbles were harmless lessons in how to get up with skis on. :-)
Yesterday was a balmy 20 degrees and I was so pleased that my choice of clothes was PERFECT! My full-length bike tights did excellent double duty as I hoped they would: keeping me warm enough without the clunkiness of jeans or sweats. Plus the slickness of lycra (MOI, saying something NICE about LYCRA?) kept the snow from my tumbles from sticking to me and getting me all wet. Everything just brushed off nicely and I was on my way. Along with the black bike tights I wore a bright red long-sleeved t-shirt as a nod to the holiday and a light gray fleece zippered jacket over this so I could unzip as needed to let out the "steam" of the workout :-)
So today I can lose myself in yesterday's memories of soaking up the great outdoors with wonderful company and be even more warm than I am from all the cooking and KP duty!
This whole week ahead is looking pretty brutal from here on out with below zero temps for at least 4 nights ahead. We're @ minus 7 already at 8 pm, heading for -11 by morning...double UGH!
BUT! I am prepared and forearmed with memories of yesterday...
Cheers to all for another Spark-filled week ahead!
PS...thx for all the visits to my last blog & apologies for not having gotten around individually to let you know how much I truly appreciate your ongoing support!