MICHAEL LOVATO | Professional Triathlete




Skate Skiing

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I messed up and didn’t bring my camera along for proof. I’ll have to do so next time, as I think the post with photo is more interesting than the post without. The photo would have been of me doing something I haven’t done in exactly ten years.

A few days ago, I finally decided that I had talked enough about making an addition to my winter training regimen; it was time to do something. The snow shoeing is fun, and running with Yaktrax seems pretty efficient (more on that later), but there was one thing missing from the routine: skate skiing.

The other night I managed to get ahold of a set of used ski equipment. I had been searching for just boots, as I have a few friends who’ve been inviting me to borrow their back-up equipment. I stumbled upon this great deal for everything, and could not pass it up. I’m officially equipped.

Since outdoor riding was out of the question, due to the day’s high temperature of NINE DEGREES!, I opted to start off with a ski. I didn’t want to overdo it, as I suspected that my technique might need some fine tuning. I went over to local Valmont Park, rather than up to the hills.

Turns out that skiing is like riding a bike: you don’t really forget how to do it. It all came back to me fairly quickly. I skated about for around forty minutes before I packed it in. I figured I didn’t need to press my luck, because yes, skating did come back to me quickly, but no, I’m far from expert status. It’s going to take a while to get the muscles back in the groove.

Next time I’ll bring a camera, as to appease the rule of “pictures or it didn’t happen.”

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