After a particularly craptastic day at work on Friday I decided to go for a ski just to relieve some pent up anger. I headed up to the park and headed out, but for some reason, not sure why, whether it was because I wasn't focused and still had my head at work, but I didn't have a very good ski. I've learned over the years, whether it was schooling one of my horses or even while running, I give something the ten minute test and if I'm not seeing the results I want, I pack it up and try another day.
Saturday arrived and it was a nice day, once I got Lily a little more comfortable and got groceries purchased and unpacked, I went back to the park. There were quiet a few skiers out on the trails and I caught up with a very nice couple, we skied together for a little while. The Wise Woman said to me "go ahead, I'm very slow and a little nervous", well, I'd hit Mecca! Another skier just like me!!!
We skied along until we got to the first series of hills. I told her, "don't worry about me, just go ahead". She asked me if I was scared and I told her yes. Well, out of the mouth of the Wise Woman came words I will never forget. Don't follow the classic track, snowplough down the hill and if you fall it won't be as devastating. I watched the wise woman do exactly that and lo and behold I tried it and it worked! No fall, no stress, just a feeling of accomplishment. I lost them along the trails and I never had the chance to thank her, but until I get some more confidence that is exactly what I'll be doing.....I've got your number Mr. Hill.
Sunday I was up at the butt-crack of dawn to volunteer at the Hypothermic Half Marathon. We had to be there for 6:30am. It is still dark out at that time people! I received an email saying that they were desperate for volunteers so I coerced Nat into volunteering as well, so it was going to be a fun day. After a 45 minute drive and two phone calls to Nat, we finally met up. Please go to her blog to read all about the race. Thanks for the shout out Nat, I had a great time!!! I can't contribute any more of what Nat wrote other than;
a) using a Port-a-Pottie in the middle of January takes "stones"
b) don't leave your camera and Nat in the car unsupervised !!!
Life's fun if you don't weaken,