When did I become such a candy-ass?
Saturday dawned VERY COLD (-28C with the wind chill) and fairly windy, I had made arrangements to meet with a friend to cross country ski over in the Gatineau's, but is was just way too cold...or so I thought from looking out my front hall window.
After exchanging several emails back and forth it was decided that we wouldn't go over to Quebec, I figured I'd stay close to home and if I decided to go out at all, it would be cross country skiing in the Park.
Well, I bundled up and headed out, I won't even begin to tell you how many layers I had on...but as you can see by my silhouette, LOTS!!
When I got to the park and signed in there were only four other skiers out there. This would be great, I'd have the trails to myself and chug along at my own slow pace. A few years ago I had a really nasty fall, well two falls actually on the same ski, during one fall I injured my ribs quite badly and the second fall happened while trying to ski back to my car. I fell backwards down a hill hitting my head and was actually unconscious for a little while. It was at that time I figured I'd retire from skiing altogether.
So this ski would be really about facing my fears in the park...and that I did....I trucked along the trails really enjoying the sights and sounds....until I came to 'the hill'...I actually stood and looked down and I started to shake...crazy huh? Well, I decided I was actually going to take my ski's off and walk down....I waited over 10 minutes...and I finally said to myself "you candy ass", just do it...who's going to win this? You or a stupid hill....so I mustered up all my courage and headed down the hill....and yup, I fell....but with dignity and as much control as possible....but I went down the hill....on my candy ass!!!
Once I got back up I didn't even bother to dust myself off, the snow on my pants was the badge of merit I needed to continue my ski with pride....with that fall out of the way I could finally take some pictures.
skiing through the marshes
heading back into the forest
new Madshus ski's
I was out for over an hour and half and I have to admit that even though I only skied 6K it was tiring, especially since when I started out I was so tense in anticipation of a fall, once I got that out of the way I really did enjoy the day...cold weather and all!!!
When I got home flipped on the fireplace, relaxed and enjoyed an adult BEvERage....
home is where the hearth is
What's in your front hall ??
This morning I met up with some friends at the Running Room and enjoyed my first real run of the new year and decade...a brisk 5K run....and you know what?
It felt GREAT!
Life's fun if you don't weaken,