They say that Norwegians are born with ski’s on there feet, but i have to admit i never felt like i was one of them ( And i am Norwegian! At least i think i am….).
I remember my mum dragging me out in the woods when i was little. We would bring hot chocolate and everything, but i still did not like it. I just did not get it….. It was boring and i preferred to play basketball or just play in the snow. Any way, it’s never to late to change right? So guess what? Turns out that Cross country skiing is not that bad after all, and i am starting to become a fan….. Believe it or not.
I have to admit that the last 10 -15 years i might have gone skiing 1-2 times every other year (or maybe more like 1-2 times every 3rd year). Which is not something i am proud off…… But to change this i have in 2013 already been 8 times! Which for me is a huge change. The last few years i have always been thinking that i should have bought some new ski’s……… but time went by and i never did (until now). About two years ago, i decided i wanted to give the old skis a try, and i was planing on getting in shape. So i put on my old shoes and found my old cross country skis. I packed everything in the car and drove up to the mountain. I was so happy that i finally had put them on and were ready to start a new adventure. Little did i know……………… (Until i was at the bottom of the hill)
That one of the shoes were rotten! When i came to the bottom of the hill, a little kid was in the lane, so i had to change lanes. When i changed lane i lost balance and feel to the ground (I like to think that i feel because the shoe was broken, but it could also be because i had not been skiing in a few “Years”). When i got back up, i could feel that my sock was starting to get really wet, and saw that the tip of the shoe was broken off and there was a whole in to the sock. (So the “Joy” of finally skiing, went to quick embarrassment when i had to take of the skis and walk back on my feet in the ski tracks. You could not see that my shoe was broke, so all the people were probably looking at me like, what the h… is she doing walking with here skis in here hands). So this leads me to the next point…… It was clear that it was about time to by some new equipment (Ski’s, shoes, and poles!). Time went by……. and finally before Christmas last year, i got new skis!!
When you by something new, its kinda good ( Especially when you by something a little more expensive) because it makes you feel obligated to use it! I was really happy i got new skis and it has truly changed the way I look at cross country skiing. Unless you are already bitten by the ski bug, you are probably thinking, why should i go skiing? So, why should you go skiing?
- To get in shape and stay fit! (They say its good for you ass)
- To feel like a true Norwegian! ( Or atleast try)
- To enjoy the amazing nature!
5. To make sure you get some fresh air! Especially nowadays………. 🙂
6. To get some more energy!
7. To Exercise ( Get rid of some tensions)
8. To Spend time with friends and family
Well these are some of my reasons, and i am sure there are more! Walking on skis in the mountains, in the forest, on the fields, on a lake or any place where there is snow, gives your a certain calm feeling in your body and soul. It’s kinda like free therapy.
Cross country skiing is kinda like riding a bike. Once you know it, you will not forget it. But just because you will not forget it, does not mean you will be great at it. I had actually forgotten how fast it can go down some of the hills. When you set off down a hill, it gives you a rush in your body, and a face cold as a Popsicle! Sometimes you don’t even know where you are going, all you can see are some trees and a turn, you just hope there is no one laying in the tracks…..(like little kids that make you fall).
I went for a little trip today, and it made me feel really good, and I am hoping I get to go once or twice the following week to (Since I have some ski tracks right out side my house, i really don’t have any excuses). So, i guess i am saying that i really like cross country skiing now and i am really glad i bought some new skis. Its exciting to see how much better i can get before the season is over ( and i am pretty sure there is a lot of room for improvement).
If you have never been skiing i would suggest trying it, and if you were like me when you are little, maybe you should give it another try again now!
Maybe i was born with just one ski, and that’s why it took me so long……………….
Have a great week, and for those of you that are going on a ski trip, ENJOY!