I used to be wanting ahead to ice skating this winter. I had purchased a pair of Nordic blades a little bit too late within the season final yr. I put just a few miles on them, however was daydreaming all summer season lengthy in regards to the lengthy stretches of ice that may be ready for me this November.
However, I don’t suppose I’ll be experiencing that anytime quickly.
This morning, I woke as much as over a foot of snow. It’s an early storm for Seward, which was blanketed in white this morning.
I had simply been getting optimistic too, with temperatures dropping rapidly and staying low — a assure for ice. However, it does snow right here and doesn’t keep very inexperienced. I don’t really want to give up the winter scene, I used to be simply hoping I’d fly alongside the ice. Or, as Joni Mitchell croons, “I wish I had a river I could skate away on.”
Positive, when the ice is available in, I’ll be snowboarding on Bear Lake on the common. I even went snowboarding this morning, so I shouldn’t complain a few lack of winter sports activities.
I suppose I’m simply working by means of my shift in expectations. As an alternative of easing into the winter season like I had deliberate, with some dusted snow on path runs and an ice skate by means of the Swan Lake Canoe Route, I needed to soar straight onto my skis.
My Nordic blades will accumulate their very own mud, and I’ll begin getting my skis waxed and able to go.
It might even be a little bit of apprehension. These first few skate skis of the yr are a doozy, miles of huffing and puffing, paired with some falls. Operating all summer season and fall by no means interprets into skate snowboarding in addition to I need it too. That entire physique exercise leaves me exhausted and sore.
Ice skating is just a bit bit nicer on the physique and calmer on the soul at the beginning of winter.
Like I stated although, I actually can’t complain. Winter is right here already, and the snowfall is already exceeding expectations.