|Heading up Cub Creek in the Rendezvous|
So far I'm having so much fun, and while I don't like being bad at something, the silver lining of starting with virtually no technique is that I can only improve in terms of my efficiency and strength.
|Nikki waiting for me...again.|
MVSTA does an amazing job grooming, with many ski trails having been open with a great tracks for a couple of weeks. Luckily for Nikki, dogs are allowed on those particular trails, so she's already had several nice, long, skis.
|Sam and his mom, during our dusk outing.|
|Looking toward Goat Peak, with Goat Wall in the foreground.|
Today we awoke to crystal clear, cold skies. The snow was slower, but it offered a good opportunity to hone in on my skating technique, with the help of my model skier of a husband. Due to work, we couldn't go until the afternoon, so we ended up skiing quite a bit in the shade, but had some lovely views of sun. Skating doesn't come quite as naturally to me, but each time I go, a couple of things click. Hopefully, by the Women's Ski and Yoga Retreat I'll be able to hold my own. And by the end of the year-look out! Even before then, however, I feel it my duty as both a coach and an event organizer who encourages others to try races for the fun of it, to take my own advice and jump into a race. So, I plan to pull up the rear at this year's Ski Rodeo and the MV Pursuit, then have my trusty Husky pull us to victory at the Nordic Club's Doggie Dash.
To be sure, I still have my running shoes next to the door, and once there is grooming from the Sno-Parks I'll run on the Forest Service roads, but it feels really good both mentally and physically to mix things up a bit. There's another storm warning for tonight and now that I'm into this skiing thing, I couldn't be happier. Let it snow!
|A certain dog gets pretty excited|