After watching one youtube video on how to cross country ski, we thought we knew all we needed to know about the topic. Jon put some sticky wax on the skis where red lines indicated it should go (thankfully we bought skis for dummies) and slippery wax everywhere else. We were looking good and feeling ambitious on the walk down to the cross country trail out of our front door.
It's really nice to live within walking distance to groomed xc ski trails, so we figured this would be our replacement for running as physical exercise. We can just strap our skis on and go. The winter here is too long, dark and cold to stay holed up in the house all day, so let's get out and feel the wind on our faces.
We get out to the trails and after I successfully get my boots into the skis, I realize that all of my muscles are tensed trying to keep myself upright. The youtube video promised that we would be able to change our weight back and forth without falling over. YEAH RIGHT! These things are like rather long, floppy appendages that slip and slide all over the snow. There's no way I'm able to shift my weight without falling over. Thankfully the tracks are pretty set and just keep my ski in the groove. One important thing the introductory youtube video didn't mention (notice how I'm blaming my ignorance on the very helpful 4 minute video?) was how to brake while skiing. After nearly running Jon over a few times, we decided I would go first so I wouldn't have to worry about stopping without the aid of gravity and friction.
It wouldn't be so bad if the Swedes around us all haven't been skiing since they were 3 years old. No joke, they are all wearing Helly Hansen competition-like spandex -- the sight is intimidating. No, they aren't training for a biathalon or the next olympics, they are just out for their afternoon ski after work.
|Move outta the way - experts coming through|
I will say that the more I try skiing, the better I feel. I'm going to stick it out at least 10 more times to see if I improve.