New at Nordic
At first, I was afraid to post about Nordic because with a first glimpse at Melissa’s, I was distraught that we would be writing about the same topic. However, that is not the case. I’m going to write about Nordic from the point of view of a beginner.
Since my time at Gould, I have done a different winter sport every single year. Freshman year I learned how to ski, Sophomore year I downhill raced, Junior year I joined yearbook, and now, as a Senior, I’m taking cross-country skiing by the reigns and making it my sport!
Although I’m a newbie, my coaches insisted I go to the White Mountain 30k Classic. I heard 30k and I immediately thought about skipping the event, if not dropping the sport. As one of my friends said, it was like I was preparing for the apocalypse. The day had come and I did ski; I skied the whole darn thing with a smile on my face. It was the most fun and relaxing thing I’ve done in a long time. My friends and I took it at a leisurely pace and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday.
A couple weeks ago, me and a couple other fabulous Nordis spent the entire Wednesday afternoon “romping” (a casual word typically used by the Nordic team which entails backcountry skiing and exploring) through the woods. We trekked our own trail and encountered a few treacherous downhills and too many uphills.
Above you can see that Evan (’15) has found himself a nice little snow couch. He looks pretty relaxed to me! Although he did say it got a little cold and wet after awhile but well worth the rest.
Below we have Heidi (’15) “straightshooting” (another common Gould term that explains someone or something taking the most direct and straight route down a steep hill) down this hill we found.
It was a beautiful clear blue sky day, perfect temperature, and we had a great time. Along the way, we also happened upon a fort!
A couple days ago, our coaches set up a “ski-athlon” where we switched from classic skiing to skate skiing for 1km and do two rounds of each. So we would classic ski one 1km loop, switch into skate skies, ski a different 1km loop, then come back and repeat this all over again until we had done two on each totaling to 4km’s.
We had to have a mass start to race against each other to get to our skis. Once someone counted down from 3, the entire team ran at once to their classic skis in an attempt to start and finish the first loop 1st.
Here are some pictures to give you a better idea of what we did…
This past Wednesday, Pratt (’15), Heidi (’15), and I skied around the trails at the Bethel Inn and it was one of the most scenic trips I’ve taken. Below I have provided pictures of Pratt and Heidi skiing along the trail with trees so heavily coated with snow that they drape over them and serve as a canopy. The snow was also incredibly deep on the ski over.
Well, this is what I do Monday-Friday. Everyday is full of adventure and learning new techniques to improve my skiing.
Until next week!
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