Those of you following the 2015-2016 winter know that Mother Nature has been a bit confused in regards to winter in the Superior land. I don't know if she is going through "the change" of life/climate or if the parabens and phalthates in her sunscreen caught up to her. Perhaps, she drank too much Non GMO soy but at any rate it has been a season of strange weather.
December was dry, well dry of snow. Actually most of December was wet with rain. But hey, when Santa brings you a bright pink jacket with an attached compass, get outside and explore anyway.
Take advantage of unseasonably warm weather and hit the slopes for some skiing. Man made snow is better than nothing. Often I overhear the question "How do you stay fit with small children?" What? Seriously. How does one not? Who needs cross fit when you are a human pack mule and tow rope. This season I started out with my Mom pulling me up the bunny hill then using the straps to slow me down. Now I can ride handle tow with stand by assist and ski down unaided.
I'm willing to share the experience. He can have my skis and boots next year. They will be far too small...but don't even ask me to share my "warm" chocolate. He's allergic anyway.
My Mom signed me up for ski school. I think we might have made it off the bunny hill if we weren't having so much fun sliding backwards and being silly snakes lying in the snow.
There is a great race program at our hill. My Mom said there are a few things I need to be more comfortable with before I'm ready. She said I have to be capable of getting on and off the chairlift solo and trustworthy to stop and turn at higher speeds. If you have seen Charlie Brown you understand when Charlie speaks Snoopy hears. "wha wha wha" and then he what wants to hear. I heard "wha wha wha...comfortable at speed" and got out my sled. Sledding is fun. I like to go fast! It was my idea to wear my helmet and goggles.
My Mom and Dad are hooked on this "new"sport. Nordic skiing. My Mom has a secret life when I am asleep. Personally, I find cross country skiing just a tad bit boring...but the dogs on the trails are fun, and the birds are cool and I usually can score some hot cocoa. It's mot too bad.
I think maybe her the light, illuminates the trail and her soul.
51kg female pulling 11kg trailer + 3kg of apparatus, 19 kg child +10 kg baby + 3-4 kg of winter boots, clothes, and various necessities
- At what percent grade descending will the children overtake the mother in front?
- What percent grade of incline with the individual fall over backwards?
- At what interval will various snack and pacifiers be needed?
I was far too busy getting an education and practicing important things like being St. Elizabeth of Hungary. A woman who built hospitals and gave food to the poor. Helping Mom stay fit is one thing but feeding the poor and building hospitals is a just a wee bit more important. Isaac does what he can though to contribute. You can't fault him for that.
After about 3-5 minutes of skating I would insist the above netting/goal was a lion cage and we were at the zoo. This lasted approximately 30-50 minutes
while my Mom sufficed as zoo keeper and tried not to freeze.
Funny...It seems Mom and Dad spend plenty of time in the snow wearing far less clothing. 50 K of skating and they don't get bored. They call that race "The Bear Chase" I'd be in the woods try to track the bear and wake him up. Seriously, what is the point of chasing a bear if there is no bear?
Anyway Grandma and Grandpa played with Isaac and I while the parents had their fun. Behind every picture in this blog there is a backstory ....and a good one liner.
If one line could sum up a season with a great one liner it would be...
Hint...Somebody may have been told that the wax she was intending to purchase was a waste of money for her ability, unless she was going to be on the podium for being a winner of the whole "damn" race. After race #2 my Dad said "Well good maybe now somebody will sell you some wax so I don't have to leave the OR to go and get it. ...Seriously the gender equality is lagging in endurance sports. No sales person would ever not sell a product to a man because he wasn't good enough.
It's all good because in this town the trails are open whenever there is snow and you are always welcome.
(Extra credit if you can diagnose the phenomena show in the above hand...nice display of red, white, and blue)
You probably think poor Isaac gets left out of all the fun.