I was lucky enough to once go skate-skiing.
As i drove up the mountain I was excited for the adventure ahead of me, as well as a bit scared. This is because I had made up my mind that today was the day that I would try a trail that I have had my eye on for a few weeks.
Was it scary? Yes. Was it challenging? Absolutely!
The “Lower Loop”, black diamond, deemed as a “Most Difficult” on the Bogus Basin Cross-Country Ski Trails map. I have scouted the trail by snow-shoe and knew it had some steep downs, steep ups, and sharp corners. These are my opinions, as I am still somewhat of a novice to the Skate-Skiing, having only two seasons into my latest new sport activity.
The icy, crusty snow down there under the trees is probably what has taken me this long to attempt the route. But, since I had made up my mind, I went for it. Was it scary? Yes. Was it challenging? Absolutely!
My technique holds a lot of room for improvement, and I know I didn’t look graceful out there, but I did it! In fact, I did a second loop before I skied back up the trails to the Nordic Highway and the lodge beyond. And it was fun, and it was exciting, and it felt good! A feeling of accomplishment came over me as i climbed back up to the lodge. It was a peaceful drive back down the mountain.
Listening to Jack Johnson, my mind hopped back and forth between the boot camp class I will teach tonight and my activity of the day. It occurred to me that I had not been concerned with my body letting me down today. I had not worried, “Will my fitness level let me do this adventure?” Sure, I worried about my new skill, my technique, will I crash? But I didn’t have to worry if I was strong enough, if I had enough endurance to finish. I just assumed that I would.
It reminded me about my passion, something I think about often, for myself as well as for my clients. This is why we strive to maintain a level of fitness that is adequate to be prepared for all of the activities that we want to do.
My motto, my mantra, my tag-line, whatever you want to call it. It’s the WHY behind being Active & Fit, so we can “BE READY TO LIVE LIFE EVERYDAY”.