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1/21/12 8:28 P

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Did the same here too! Felt so great to FINALLY put my xcs gear to use after buying it in November only to have no snow until mid-January...sheesh!

A newbie here, sticking with nice and level too. Still tumbled twice, no biggie though...just keep on keepin' on! Felt great to break out of the indoor fitness center routine!

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1/21/12 2:58 P

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Got enough snow last night. Went out CC skiing today. Only did 55 minutes but it felt good to get out. Went around a local ball park so it was pretty level, didn't fall down once.

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1/3/12 10:25 A

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As an upstate NY dweller I am so *with* you in celebrating sunshine and good weather!

We had a relatively warm January 1st and some bike club members got out for a ride...sadly I had other commitments and wasn't able to join in the fun.

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12/31/11 4:16 P

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I always said I would never appreciate the beautiful summers in NE Ohio if I didn't have to live through the horrible winters. I love the sun and heat and take advantage of every day I can when the weather is nice.

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12/31/11 12:47 P

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When we lived in New Hampshire, we were outside a lot in the winter, despite the cold. Now that we live in a state with a more moderate climate, we are not out as much. Try and figure that one out emoticon

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12/30/11 1:01 A

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Sounds like a great plan...lucky you on your weather!

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12/28/11 9:51 P

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I'm not a skier, cross-country or otherwise, but I'd almost be willing to give it a try, based on what I've read here. I lived in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. In January and February it can get down into the 20s and sometimes lower, with some snow and ice.

So far, the weather hasn't been an obstacle to biking. I think we've only had a couple of days of morning temperatures in the high 20s. I'm still commuting to work on my bike. It really is all about having the right layers. I won't do if there is ice or snow on the ground though. My plan for those days is to concentrate on strength training at the gym and prepare for a 5K run that I'm doing in late March.

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12/25/11 6:22 P

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I'm hoping we'll even get some ski-able snow this season...we're off to a VERY warm start to the season!

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12/25/11 7:48 A

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I agree with Don, I have even taken a "Tackling hills" course for CC skiing. I have a heck of a time going down or even up hills. I still get out at least once or twice a year and give it a try. Just to let you know how bad I am, I broke a ski in half during the instructions. The instructor was shocked. emoticon

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12/4/11 12:54 A

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emoticon WAY TO GO, DON!!!



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11/28/11 12:50 A

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Thx...while I *know* this in a general sense, however putting it into practice with my terrible sense of balance will be my challenge! :-)

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11/25/11 11:11 P

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Dorn,

When skiing downhill sit 1/3 of the way into a squat and make sure your centre of mass is over your bindings. If your skis are running away you are trying to stay upright putting your centre of mass behind your bindings. Lean forward over your thighs and keep your head up and eyes looking ahead.




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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

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11/25/11 5:24 P

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Neat! Training the blind to ski is a great thing. emoticon

I did go cross-country skiing once, on clear, small hills, and I loved it. I didn't even realize that the skii's had no edges; it was dark when I went skiing with a couple that my ex and I were friends were.

I do use thinsulate insulated gloves, at times. I am allergic to polyester and nylon--I get a rash, where they touch my skin, after a few hours of use. I can wear acrylic for a few days before I feel irritation. I need to find good winter materials.

I live in a semi-mild climate--snows once or twice every few years--and it is very humid. Just walking around the house in damp cotton makes me sneeze--I only heat two rooms, most days.

I think I'll cut-up a bunch of the mud-stained cotton clothes I garden in and use them for thin quilts.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 26,818
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Nope, no instruction...just watching a few youtube videos and a tip or two from others around. I've only cx skied a few times over the past couple years.

I manage okay on level ground, however when there is a downhill slope I have a terrible time maintaining my balance and my feet tend to slip forward out from under me.

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I would like to speak to a couple of the points raised. For background I am a fo,er cross country ski instructor and coach and have taught blind people to cross country ski in groomed trails (Ski for Light Programme) With the exception of some models of mountain skis cross country skis do not have metal edges as do downhill skis. The ability to break trail on cross country skis as opposed to skiing on groomed trails is a function of the width of the ski, bushwhacking skis are wider to provide greater flotation.

Dorn, I am a bit confused with your comment about falling when skiing down hill on cross country skis. Have you taken any instruction on how to cross country ski?

While historically wool as been the fabric of choice for winter use due to it ability to still retain warmth when wet some of the new artificial fibers have the same ability and are also hydrophobic providing a winking benefit. Wool and synthetic blends are now very common for outdoor winter grear..Boiled wool has been used to make wool garments almost waterproof with it at one time being a common practice of the New England fishermen who worked the Grand Banks.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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11/25/11 10:09 A

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DDOORN, I don't think I would ski without some sort of good edge on the skiis. Without the edge, I would stick with snowshoes emoticon .

SERGEANTMAJOR, thanks so much for the information. I went to a Survival Fair once--an annual event in that state--and spent time with a man who developed outerwear for Arctic Missions. The big feature that can be adapted to every climate is zippers over the large muscles: upper arms and front of thighs mainly. This way, the chest and neck can stay warm while the heat-generating areas cool.

People in Northern climates say that cotton kills in the cold. Wool is warm even when wet. I used to walk, comfortably, over a mile round-trip, to a grocery store, wearing Birkenstock sandals and 100% wool socks that I found at an Army-Navy Surplus Store. Usually there was icy slush along most of the way--getting my socks dripping wet quite quickly.

Even a small % of other-than-wool yarn/material stops the warmth-retaining-while-wet capacity of wool. Oh, wool needs to be washed in mild shampoo or a wool cleaner. Heat--hot water or hot drying-- and/or detergents, even natural de-greasers, take off the lanolin that keeps wool from becoming 1,000 knives on your skin. A lot of agitation/squeezing makes the yarns fall apart. Some wool, boiled, is less sensitive to agitation and squeezing, but still need cool and mild soap.

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11/24/11 11:52 P

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I have only dabbled a few times by renting cross country skis and yes, have found it very helpful to wear things with zippers, etc to vary your exposure to the cold.

Recently I took the plunge and scored a used cross country ski set (skis, boots, poles) for $150 at our area ski club's used equipment sale. Had to take the skis to the local shop to get the matching bindings put on for $80. Not too bad!

Now: let's hope Mother Nature cooperates! These are NOT metal edged skis so I have to stick to groomed trails. There's only one park in our area which has this.

Also have to work on balance as when I tried them via renting I found my feet scooting right out from under me whenever I go down even a little slope!

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I find that not being willing to be out of doors in the winter is a rather strange position to take in that every four years the world celebrates an event called the Winter Olympics. If I remember correctly these are not held in an semi tropical environments. Living in Minnesota if I feared the cold I would end up looking like Jabba the Hut having just hibernated for several months.

Man has survived and functioned in the cold for millennia by adapting to the conditions, witness the adaptations made by Ice Age Man who was found in a glacier in Switzerland. With proper planning and preparation training out of doors in the winter can add an entire new dimension to our worlds. We have to dress appropriately. Avoid over dressing and modify our workouts for the conditions. Cold weather injuries are more frequently the result of physical inactivity in the cold or improper clothing than of the temperature itself.

Some years ago the Norwegian Army did a study on the body’s ability to adapt to the cold. The findings were that over time exposure to cold reduces the need for heavy layers of clothing if the individual is active. This does not however mean that you can safely play nude volleyball out of doors after marking the area out using coal dust to contrast with the snow. (You Tube video to go viral here?)

The key to dressing for winter running, cross country skiing, cycling or snow shoeing is to be slightly chilled before you begin the activity. As you workout and increase you body heat you can open your garments to dissipate the heat build up. Think of a chimney, heat rises so venting from the top down is the key. Wear hydrophobic layers closest to the skin to wick away the perspiration, avoid anything cotton it will trap moisture and get heavy. Add a fleece pullover as the next layer Tights are an excellent choice but some runners will wear pantyhose when it is too cold for bare legs but not cold enough for tights. A nylon anorak as a windbreaker for the upper body is your outer layer Nylon wind pants for the lower body are optional. Mittens or socks on the hands are all you need to keep your hands warm. Mittens are warmer than gloves. For cycling to keep your feet warm there are neoprene booties you can purchase to keep your feet from frostbite. An acrylic watch camp or balaklava for head gear, the acrylic is less weight and less prone to soaking up the sweat.

For areas of exposed skin Vaseline™ will work but a product such as WarmSkin™ is more skin friendly.

Try to plan your route to go into the wind outbound and with the wind inbound. These are a few of the ways which you can use to make your winter outdoor training a reality. You will be working harder to cover the distance than in the summer but the joys of outdoor training are magnified by the changed season.



It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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