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!