Saturday, 2 January 2010

Cross training and snow shoeing



We have had quite a bit of snow over the past few days, which will make the skier's very happy, me, well I live with it and I'm trying to enjoy it.

After digging my way out of the driveway yesterday, I threw the snowshoes into the car and headed up to Fitzroy Provincial Park.  A New Year, new fitness tactics.

The park is an unknown jewel in the winter time.  Some but very few actually use the park during this snowy season, and for those who don't, well shame on you.

There are cross country ski trails that are meticulously groomed and there are snowmobile trails, never do the two meet so you can ski without fear of being run over.


Recently due to the surge of snowshoer's in the area there are makeshift trails which are being well used. Yesterday I broke a few trails as well as followed a few too.


As much as I bitch and complain about winter, there is always something beautiful to see.  The silence was overwhelming, other than the call of the chickadee or the bluejay, it seemed as though I was the only one in the park.

There was one point where I had to stop for a rest, my heart was pounding out of my chest...you just don't realize how much effort it is to slog through unbroken trails...(yes, I carry I.D. and have my cell phone with me...)



Another perfect picture of what you can see if you take the time....


Well, I'm headed out to shovel the driveway again (cross training) we had another big dump of snow last night and then I'll go back up to the park for another afternoon of cardio workout (snow shoeing).

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

19 comments:

Alexandra said...

Oh, so nice to know you are snowshoeing! It is a workout isn't it! Do you use poles! That's a good upper body workout! If you keep this up you would be able to snowshoe the Rocky Mountains! It is all about taking the time to enjoy the beauty! Thank you for sharing photos!

MrDaveyGie said...

So true, always something beautiful to see in the winter. It triples my workout in the winter trying to bicycle on snow trails.
I sometimes am baffled. I will ride for miles and miles and never see another soul. I wonder why am I the only human being on earth out here?
Dave

Marci said...

So pretty thanks for sharing! I stayed in fitzroy years ago, how lucky you are to have it so close! Happy New Year!

Marlene said...

I give you BIG KUDOS for getting out there and enjoying this weather. I have been holed up for three days, counting down to Florida. :)

Lisa said...

way to get out there and make something of the weather that you are given. yay you!

Nat said...

I didn't even know Fitroy was open in the winter...

I went snowshoeing today. I was shocked how much of a work out it was. I thought of it as cheater cross-training but I think it was bit more than I bargained for. LOL.

Here's to making the most of winter.

Jess said...

I've always wanted to snow shoe but I've never tried it. Sounds like fun to me and that scenery is beautiful!

Tricia said...

Lovely

Staci Dombroski said...

That is awesome! I have never done that, now I want to! I have never lived somewhere long enough where it snows to even think about doing that. I am from Phoenix, AZ and now I live in South Carolina where it snows once a year! Love the pictures :-)

Jo Lynn said...

Mmmm, beautiful photos. Yes, that silence that accompanies snowfall. So nice!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Beautiful pics!! Great job finding the silver lining and beauty of it all!

Groover said...

Wow, winterwonderland! You just made my day with these pics! Thanks.

BettyBetty said...

wow you are braver than me! always wanted to try xcountry skiing. heard it was great cardio and pretty great cross-training. snow shoeing sounds pretty fun too.

Sprocketboy said...

Thanks for the tip about Fitzroy Park. I am ready to get the cross-oountry skis out after four days of shovelling the driveway and see some new scenery. The new high-tech snowshoes look very cool, although not as cool as a carbon bike. Happy New Year!

Anne said...

I like that you remembered the peacefulness that comes from a snow-laden landscape. There's nothing else like it, is there?

Chic Runner said...

These pictures make me cold just looking at them! You are so brave to get out there! :)

Giorgio said...

I've known your blog via Stefano. You posted beautiful photos of the landscape covered with snow.
Regards

Runner Leana said...

It looks beautiful out there Laurel! I really want to get out there and try snowshoeing one of these days. Hope you continue to feel better and happy New Year!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Looks beautiful, thanks for sharing! I can't wait for a few days of no snow, I don't remember what clean & even sidewalk feels like under my soles.