Something New…

6 Jan

I set out for a day of adventure when I agreed to go skate skiing. I did not quite understand what “skate skiing” was but I was willing to try something new. I do not vary from my normal swim, bike, run, and pilates work outs very often. I did go to boot camp a couple of weeks ago and I was sore for days. A good sore but still sore. I was a bit afraid that was going to happen today.

I have NEVER been to Mt. Hood with snow on it. Today was the perfect day for it. On the drive up to the mountain it was raining but once we hit Teacup Lake, it was sunny and gorgeous. Little did I know but we were going up for the Annual Teacup Tea Party. I voluntarily said yes to this adventure not knowing there was going to be hot cocoa and cookies. Can you believe it?

Jen and I

Jen and I


We got all registered and started with a lesson. Everyone said its like ice skating or roller blading. I don’t think I have ever ice skated–maybe with the girl scouts 20 years ago. I have definitely roller bladed but again its been 10+ years since I have done that!

Right off the bat I had a hard time putting the “skies” on. I thought this was a flat terrain. Little did I know we were going to have to skate uphill and then downhill to the “flat” area. I don’t feel like we got much of a lesson to beginning with. He said the motion is like ice skating or roller blading. We were suppose to start by not using our poles so we could learn to do the skating first. So off we went. I had not a clue what to do but I just rolled with it. I was kind of “skating” kind of “walking” uphill. Our instructor was super encouraging and gave me some tips…make a V with the skies…with my knees touching…with the edges tilted in…AND motion like you are skating. WOW…I was thinking…easy for you to say…but that kind of worked for a few seconds then I was sliding all over the place again. I just kept repositioning my legs and skiies and eventually got up the hill and down the next! Finally flat terrian…kind of!

Greg and I with Mt. Hood in the background

Greg and I with Mt. Hood in the background


I got a little more comfortable when I started to use the poles “properly.” The boys were pros from the beginning. Jen and I had a harder time. We practiced for a while and than we were off to do a 1k lap. I thought I’m feeling pretty good. I somehow forgot everything I just learned and was doing more walking then skating. I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I got through it and we finally got back to the tea party. We had lunch, cookies, and hot cocoa. The boys set out for round #2 and Jenn and I decided to hang out in the warm “lodge” and eat more cookies. Fun day none the less!!
Me, Greg, Jen, Matt, and Jesse

Me, Greg, Jen, Matt, and Jesse


If I was asked to go skate skiing again I would probably say no but I might be willing to go snowshoeing!! πŸ™‚

How was your work-out today? Anything out of the ordinary?

9 Responses to “Something New…”

  1. Kristy January 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM #

    I have never tried that particular adventure, but last week while at Summer Lake–which is currently frozen over and dusted with snow–Cliff and I decided to do our run on the frozen lake. We suited up in usual running tights, gloves, etc. Everything was normal except the footwear: we wore our hiking boots. Except for a few nasty blisters and one little breaK through the ice, it was a blast! Our little 7 miler took about twice as long as usual, but it was unusual and fun.

  2. Sherrie January 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM #

    Glad you posted on this because I was wondering what this was!

    • triathletetreats January 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM #

      I failed to mention that the “skies” are pretty much the same length of regular skies but thinner. I was picturing short skies. I don’t know why!? πŸ™‚

  3. Jen January 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

    So sore today! Thanks for going on the skate skiing adventure with us, wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without your sunny outlook! πŸ™‚

  4. Eva January 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

    One of the women I train with does this all the time — I should go! There are tons of places around here to do it, too!

  5. 13marian13 February 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM #

    haha, i had a similar experience trying skate skiing at teacup lake! i felt a lot better after switching to classic skis. then the fun began!

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