Saturday, January 29, 2011

Old Guys Who Cross country Ski Shouldn't Fall

       Now I have posted about the great things about cross country skiing and have made my self out to be some sort of expert. But I have my limitations and I'll admit it. Yes, the old guy I fell today!

     Now for being 71 I consider myself to be in somewhat reasonable condition. I admit that when I get up off the floor it takes some effort. It's not like when I was ten and would bounce up off the floor without thinking.

     So you're saying , "What happened? Get on with your story." We have gobs of snow this year so it's excellent for cross country skiing. I've made a trail behind my house so that I can go out any time I have time. The trail is completely flat. But yesterday I suddenly went down. Now comes the fun part. How do I get up?

 The trail is hard packed. I went sideways. When I put my hands down to get up they just went down in the snow and I had no solid surface to push up from. My head was actually lower than my skis because I went down in the soft unpacked snow.. My skis were crossed. So after plunging around I said to myself wait a minute. Think! Oh ya! Get both poles on one side. Get your skis uncrossed. then pull yourself up by the poles. Up I got, full of snow.

      So a little excuse making. Usually I ski on groomed trails. These trails are even and hard. The trail I've made is uneven and the poles go down deep into the snow sometimes and then It throws me off balance. So sooner or later I was apt to fall. I know a lame excuse.

     So other than my dignity I was fine. I hope nobody was looking out their window to see me wallowing around.


  1. Well at least you didn't break anything! I fell into a snowbank the other day and nearly drowned from the dog licking my face..I couldn't stop laughing..good thing I have no close neighbors that would die laughing:)

  2. Since nobody was looking, you had to make sure SOMEBODY knew about your fall, so here I am, still smiling from ear to ear from your description. I am known on my hikes for being clumsy and fall over on slippery muddy trails now and then. Getting up with a pack on means looking a little bit like a turtle. Of course, I'm WAY younger than you at 68! :-)

  3. I wish I could cross-country ski but if I fell I would not be able to get up without help as I dislocate too easily, which is a pain in more ways than one.

  4. Teresa, there is much more to do than cross country skiing for good exercise and fun and a lot of it indoors. I've skied for years and I'm not "givin" it up even if I fall. I'm still a kid at heart and to roll in the snow is still fun!!

  5. DJan, You've got me figured out. I had to tell somebody.
    Now getting up with a back pack on is another thing! I taught Outdoor Ed. and took students to the mountains to cross country ski and snow shoe. So with a back pack down in the snow you're like a "whale." It was always cool to wiggle on your feet and slowly go down in the snow until only your head stuck out. Only do that when someone is around to pull you out

  6. I'm invincible!!I take my actonel every week!!
    Some how or other the "puppies" really have a ball when you fall in the snow. I can see Chance having fun and again there was nobody to take a picture.My daughter's schnauzer would probably pay big money if I fell in the snow and play fight with her.
    Where we live you and I have to like snow.