i gave blood last week, plus had a very poor workout schedule in october and november so i'm SLOWLY rampin' up my ski time. I started with 30-45 minutes, but today i had a pretty hard 1:20 with some nice 4x2 minute hard sessions thrown in for fun hammering V2 almost all of it. Sketchy snow, but not bad considering its Nov. 30th. Pic below is on the Michaywe Lake, skied around it for 10 minutes or so ...
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
had a good classic ski yesterday and a good skate today. Funny, but i haven't done much in the way of ski season prep work this fall. No rollerskiing, no arm work, not much running ... but when you get on skis its amazing how fast you can go on efficiency alone. You don't need a whole lot of lung power unless you're racing really. Today I hooked up with some guys from the CCSS ski club ... skiing right here in Michaywe, pretty cool.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I waited and waited, patiently, waiting ... until the ground froze. When you're 23 and it snows you ski immediately. Then you go home after 10 minutes because the ground is warm and underneath the powder is slush. Its demoralizing. When you're 42 you know better ... you wait. Today was the day though... 28 degrees, ground frozen, perfect skating conditions with about 3-4 inches of solid snow. Awesome. The pic is not from today, but its a good ski pic anyway.... Ski season has arrived.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
33 degrees, just one degree from my favorite temperature, today. Fall's on its way out and winter is coming fast. 9 inches of the white stuff last weekend, rain during the week wiped it out, but there is a dusting on the front porch again now. We're due to get some flurries all week i think. That's ok, i'm ready to start skiing. The glide, the kick, the poles, the arms, the full body workout. Hard to describe the smooth, flowing feeling of power when you're skiing along and feeling good. Its ... its, just plain old good.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
When my grandfather passed away last year I got his skis. He had them hand made by an "old Finlander in Ironwood" he told me ... I think he said that he bought them back in the 1970's or early 80's. The craftsmanship is amazing, bindings in great shape and I've got two sets of sweet bamboo poles to match. Maybe i'll ski the birkie on them this year .... I'll put them to good use Grampa.