I made a last minute decision late last night to go cross-country skiing today at Wasaga Nordic! I’ve only started skiing last year & I didn’t particularly enjoyed it. I recall being frustrated with the slowness – I could walk faster!! I wanted to give it another chance due to my interest in endurance sports. One of my 2012 fitness goals is to focus on cross-training after all. This would be perfect.
Wasaga Nordic provides 30km of ski trails in the Dunes area of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park with 7 different trails. I arrived there at 10AM & rented my ski equipments. I love how affordable CC-skiing is, esp when compared with downhill skiing. The total for rentals and trail pass was only $29!!!
Today was extremely cold but the snowfall last Friday made it the perfect condition. I definitely appreciated Nordic skiing a lot more this time. I thoroughly enjoyed it – from the scenery to the techniques involved. I focused on pushing & gliding, rather than just shuffling my feet. The improvement in efficiency was significant!!
I started off with short & easy trails at the beginning – mostly flat terrain. No problems there. Near the end of the day, I tried out 1 of the most challenging routes with lots of steep hills, including ones where you had to take your skis off!! There’s a reason why I quit downhill skiing at least 7 years ago. I can’t control my speed & don’t even mention about trying to turn!! Curse those “pizza” turns – they don’t work!!! Yep, 99.9% of all my falls occurred during the last 2 hours!! :roll: I skied a total of 26km today!! I tried all of the trails except for a portion of one. Not bad!!
Today was a nice change from my routine exercises. Very sore though. It’s amazing how many muscles are in your legs. Cross-country skiing uses completely different muscles than biking and running. However, it is definitely muscular endurance, not cardio endurance. My lungs were having a party today. My legs ….. not so much. I don’t think I’ll be able to walk for the next few days.