Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cross (Country) Training

Here in northwest Pennsylvania the winters are long & cold.  We get more than our fair share of snow and if we're not careful it can keep us trapped inside for months.  A winter sport is a necessity!

This winter will be Katie & Mandy's fourth as Cross Country skiiers with the Wilderness Wildcats at the Wilderness Lodge.  I can't say enough good things about the volunteer coaches who facilitate the program.  The kids learn to ski.  But, please don't tell them that's what they're doing.  They really think they're just playing in the snow with skis on their feet.

Today we attended Pre-Registration and a Ski Swap.  We got to take advantage of good deals on equipment for kids who grow way too fast!

Cross-Country skiing is such a great way for runners (kids & adults) to cross train.  

When we first started going to the Lodge for ski lessons I made the mistake of dressing the girls as if they'd be playing in the snow.  I bundled them up and sent them on their way only to have them return to me with coats tied around their waists.  It turns out that XC skiing is like running- you should be a little cool when you start. If you're toasty and warm, you'll be sweating like crazy once you get going.
Today Katie learned that she'll be joining the group that learns to skate ski.  This technique is great on groomed trails and allows skiiers to really move!  We'll be headed to Findley Lake Sporting Goods soon so that Mike can help us select her equipment.
Mandy will continue to learn the Classic Cross Country technique.  She really enjoys going down hills. She firmly believe that it's easier if you yell "woo-hoo!" all the way down.

Want to try?  Here are just a few reasons why you should say yes:
1. XC skiing is one of those sports that you can do for your whole life!  On one Saturday at the Lodge we see skiiers from ages three to eighty-three.
2. It's relatively cheap.  (much cheaper than downhill skiing)
3. Guilt-free comfort food after skiing.  Seriously, you'll burn lots of calories out there!
4. Family fun.  Today it was pointed out to me that I have been taking kids to ski lessons for 3 years and I still can't ski.  I might need to remedy this problem this winter.

What's your favorite way to cross-train in the winter?
Or do you let the snow keep you indoors?



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