Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Day I was Humbled

I consider myself to be a pretty athletic person and since we live in Western New York (aka the tundra) I thought we should try cross country skiing. In fact, I made it one of my 2014 goals to go cross country skiing with friends.

Our friends, Sarah and Mark, love to go cross country skiing and after they went last weekend, Sarah said that we should all go this weekend. Mike and I had to rent skis, which was really easy to do, and we decided on a pretty tough course. Mendon Ponds is a tough park to run in, let alone cross country ski, but we were up for the challenge.

 On part of the green trail

Let me just say, I fell. A lot. So did Mike, but he was braver than me and went up and down all of the hills on his skis. I actually ended up taking my skis off to get up a few of the hills (I couldn't side step or "pizza" my way up, haha) and a few of the downhills scared me (after I had fallen so much) and I walked down them.

 At the highest point in the park

The route we picked was challenging, so I am really proud of myself for sticking with it and not giving up completely. I even went down two of the last hills and made it down one without falling, and got down the other one relatively easily (after falling twice and sliding down on my butt with Sarah).

 Thankful for our patient teachers!

The 4.4 miles that we skied were some of the hardest miles I have ever moved in my life. I know that with more practice that I will get the hang of it and feel more confident, just like with swimming, biking and running.  Which is why, most likely, we will go again next winter!

12 comments:

  1. Looks like fun, but yes, it's not as easy as it looks, especially watching the Olympic athletes. We actually had a cc ski unit in high school gym every year. Loved it!

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  2. Wow. I have no balance so this would be very scary for me. I admire you for being brave and trying something new.

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  3. We loved cross country skiing in Ithaca!! Although I did a lot of falling, too. :) We bought some used skiis but not don't get to use them much unless we set up child care first. Looks like fun!

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  4. CC skiing is fun but tough! Paul and I went a few years ago and I fell a ton. The hills are so hard! I walked a lot too! :D Nice job getting in some cross training. ;)

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  5. I'm pretty sure I would have had the same experience! At least you know the next time is bound to be easier :)

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  6. I was running out on the blue and green trails on Saturday. I was on rented snowshoes though. Not as easy to fall. A good workout and no "pizza-ing" up hills. The green is definitely hilly ... good that you stuck in and finished it!

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  7. I heard cross country skiing is the most hardcore of the Olympic sports. It looks darn near impossible to me.

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  8. So cool Jamie! I love that you are up for new challenges:) I have never cross country skied but might go snow shoeing for the 1st time soon. So excited!

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  9. I love, love, love seeing people take up cross-country skiing, doubly so if they're triathletes, and triply so if they are blogger friends!

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  10. Whoa. That does look and sound very hard. I am not sure I'd have made it 1 mile. Lol! Great job!

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  11. What a fun outing! I've heard cross country skiers have the highest VO2 maxes of any athletes.

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  12. Whoa that looks awesome! I've never been skiing before so I can imagine how hard of a workout that was!

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