Everyone Learns to Ski

January 22, 2008

Well it has been a big couple of days for me and Finn. We ended up bringing him with us to Maine and leaving Jackthedog with friends because he’s a little easier to leave having abandoned his puppyhood several years ago. Finn has been having a blast with his cousin Smokey. Yesterday and today he learned skijoring from Smokey who is a retired sled dog. He was a little weirded out by the whole thing, but caught on quickly and I daresay he enjoyed it after a while. Yesterday I tried skijoring with them, but ended up landing hard on my butt and deciding it wasn’t really my thing. I like to be in control of my speed and the idea of two strong dogs pulling me full force is a little much for me.
Today was also my first day of learning to skate ski and we covered 13km. GB and A are old ski experts who spent their childhood and adolescence competing in ski races, so I had good teachers. I think what I lacked in technique I almost made up for in cardiovascular strength, and I pretty much held my own. By the final few kilometers, however, I was pretty thrashed and feeling ready to hit the couch.
Instead I jumped on Beth and Marit’s bandwagon and took my first ice bath. It was it’s own special breed of excrutiating, but I’m hoping it will pay off when it comes time to ride my bike tomorrow. I have to confess, though, I really struggled to get my toes in the water and cried like a baby for the first few minutes.
Finn is passed out on the floor of our little vacation cabin and I will be there with him shortly!

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2 Responses to “Everyone Learns to Ski”

  1. Beth Says:

    Yeah for the ice bath!!! Getting the feet in is the most painful part but it does get better – I promise! You’ll have to let me know if you think it helped! Have a great day!

  2. Marit C-L Says:

    Nice job Ness! Beth actually gave me a really great suggestion about how to survive the ice bath – wear socks. I just keep on whatever socks I’ve used for the workout (they need to get washed anyway!), and wear them in the tub. Its amazing how the little fabric that is there, can actually help. It’s not great… but any little bit helps. Looking forward to hearing about how it works… Now YOU need to post a picture… perhaps we can get crazy triathletes all over the world to post pictures of themselves in ice baths. Swim-Bike-Run-Ice! The new 4th element of the sport!


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