ooh baby it’s cold outside.

really imaginative title right? especially since i’m going to talk about the love of my winter life. skiing. i don’t know if i have mentioned this before but i’m super uncoordinated and clumsy most of the time. the only time i don’t feel that way is on a set of skis. dunno why. i have bruises and scars that i couldn’t tell you where they came from but on a set of skis, i exude grace. well, maybe not exude… and maybe not grace, but i don’t fall or cause others to so we’re getting somewhere.

now, i know all you snowboarders out there are rolling your eyes. well, i did try to snowboard… for a whole season i tried. and i just can’t get it. maybe it’s a mental thing. but i grew up on skis. literally. my love affair with skiing started at the ripe old age of 3 when my babysitter took me and my brother. and it never stopped. unfortunately as i get older, life gets in the way and tickets get more expensive which makes it much harder to spend every single spare moment on the slopes. but it’s like riding a bike.

when we were younger, my brother was quite the competitive skiier. i remember going to all his races and he totes kicked ass. i remember when he was like 12 he was clocking times in the grand slolom better than the 18 year olds. i tried practicing with the team once. i had a blast until i realized they wear helmets for a reason. yep, hitting your head on a pole that isn’t a breakaway will remind you why they are important. i’m talking blood running down the side of your face important.

i can’t remember not wanting to ski. for me, it just feels like an extension of myself… it’s as natural as breathing. and i can’t wait to get back out there. it just doesn’t feel like winter until that first day on the snow. unfortunately, due to circumstance, i’ve only gone a handful of times in the past couple of years. i know… you don’t have to say it. i will say this… frankly, last year’s pitiful winter wasn’t very motivating. in fact, i spent more time hiking than any other winter activity.

so, tonight i’ll get back to what i love for the first time this year. eek! so excited.

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