Winter cross training

Dec 8, 2014 10:41:00 PM

I've been slacking on my running lately and have been hoping to get back on track. I also wanted to find a new activity to help keep my fitness where it should be in the winter, so I decided to give nordic skiing a try. 

After doing some initial research, I decided to get a "classic" cross country ski setup for use on both groomed and non-groomed trails in the area. So, I had my gear and the snow had started to fall, so the time to give it a try was here.

As we approached Lolo Pass on the Montana - Idaho border the steady rain slowly transformed into snow. As we set out from the parking lot, I quickly found myself flat on my back. I figured that I would have no problem staying up on the skis, but quickly found that not to be the case. The first mile was filled with numerous falls as we followed a logging road full of both ski and snowmobile tracks. I have to admit, I was a little embarrassed. 

Soon I was able to settle into a rhythm and started to feel pretty good. I was surprised at how easily I was able to climb when we started to go up and soon I could see that there would be more skiing in my future. 

Finding the best clothing for this activity will probably be one of the challenges that I will need to figure out in the future. Staying warm when not working hard, but keeping from over heating will be a trick. Overall, I'm excited to get out and explore more this winter on skis.