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Old 01-22-11, 09:32 PM   #1
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Anyone doing Nordic skiing?

Now that I live in a city with consistent snow and few hills, I'm getting back into cross-country skiing (classic style) again. I'm out of shape for this! Did 3k on a groomed trail this morning and was stopping every 5 minutes towards the end. Relearning things like how to get up after falling is taking it's time, as the rusty skills creak their way upwards from the archives. I've only been once since a car accident 13 years ago - at that time my damaged knees let me know that they weren't up to sustaining a crouch on the downhills and that, plus lack of snow, put an end to the skiing for years.
Now I'm seeing snow as a good thing. Anyone else doing this?
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I haven't been nordic skiing yet, but I have started snowshoeing some. I take my snowshoes with me now anytime I'm headed to the mountains skiing. Last weekend, to take a break from skiing for a day, I went on a 5.5 mile snowshoe trek. It was already on a broken trail, so it wasn't extremely intense, but it was still a good workout for me. Maybe I'll try cross-country skiing next year. As my wife says, the last thing I need is another hobby.
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Snowshoeing is a good workout too. I might look for a pair in a month or so when they start going on sale.
Having a winter sport definitely make the winter more bearable.
My whole body was tired this morning - I had to cut my Sunday long swim by about 800 meters. Looking forward to going again, but wouldn't you know the temperature just shot up and everything is melting. Noooo!!! This isn't supposed to happen in Saskatoon! I really, really don't want to use klister wax ever again.
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It's +3C here today. Red special worked just fine.

Skiing really is whole body workout - especially if you're doing a lot of double polling.
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I went x country skiing around Christmas time. I had to rent all the gear as I don't have any myself. It was the first time in over 20 years.
It is a supreme test of your cardio vascular fitness and even more so if you are like me and have very poor technique.

I have been snow shoeing with my nordic walking poles, which can give you a great workout if you want to. I try to go once a week if time permits.
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Now that I live in a city with consistent snow and few hills, I'm getting back into cross-country skiing (classic style) again. I'm out of shape for this! Did 3k on a groomed trail this morning and was stopping every 5 minutes towards the end. Relearning things like how to get up after falling is taking it's time, as the rusty skills creak their way upwards from the archives. I've only been once since a car accident 13 years ago - at that time my damaged knees let me know that they weren't up to sustaining a crouch on the downhills and that, plus lack of snow, put an end to the skiing for years.
Now I'm seeing snow as a good thing. Anyone else doing this?
I've been hitting the X-country skiing this winter so far more than I have riding days in the last 12 months. I've been out 8 times since Christmas weekend. There is a state park about 20 minutes from my house with groomed trails, and the GAP is great when we have snow too.

To celebrate my recent birthday i did 3 hrs and 9 minutes on Friday. I did close to 8 miles of trails in very sticky snow with little glide (I had to ski down hill instead of tuck and slide). I ended up with two big blisters on the back of my heels. It was awesome. I hope this weather doesn't kill the snow.
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