Friday I got to try out cross country skiing! My friend has some old skis of his parents. He gave me a quick lesson and then I took them down to the bike trail and gave it a shot.
It was pretty challenging. Someone had been skiing on the trail before me, so it helped greatly to stay in their smooth tracks. On the way back I tried to go on the side of the trail that is not pavement so I could get a better push off in the ground with the poles. But it was uneven and I kept falling over, so I got back on my tracks.
The trail- you can see the lines from a previous skier
Lovely retro orange
It took me a little bit to get the rhythm down, but when I did, it was very fun to glide along. The skis made a unique sheering noise as they moved over the snow, which was kind of mesmerizing. Unfortunately it seemed that each time I started to go at a pretty good clip, I lost my balance and fell over.
A couple of views from the trail
I didn't go very far, but it was a great workout. As I suspected, I am sore all over from the short time I was out there. My arms and most of my legs are sore. Even my toes/feet are sore, I think from the pushing off motion. It was so much fun though. It snowed while I was out there and was really beautiful (wish my pictures could capture that better). If I lived somewhere that it snowed more regularly, I would definitely have a pair of skis to have fun in the snow.