Wednesday, December 13, 2017

To Ski or not to Ski?


Last weekend A LOT of our friends got snow!  It snowed in the north, it snowed in the South, heck it even snowed in Mexico!  I thought for sure we would get some too, but no snow for us in our little pocket of the state.  All this talk about snow got me thinking of Winter activities.

 As much as summer running can be tough,  I would rather run in the summer when it is hot and humid, rather than running in the cold.  I actually don’t mind running on the treadmill so I do that a lot more in the winter.  It has finally started to get cooler here after having a mild fall and it got me thinking about activities that I would do while I was younger.  Looking back I feel like I was a bit fearless with some things I have done in the past. Of course you don’t think about that during the time.  


 I remember the first time I ever went skiing.  I was in middle school and my friend’s dad took us out of school for the day. They were both pretty experienced at the time. With the help from them and the lesson I took that morning I caught on pretty quickly and ever since then I fell in love with it.  

When I got to High School I was part of the Outdoor club and every weekend we went to a Ski Resort in the Poconos.   One weekend in my early years of skiing my boyfriend came along with some of his friends on the bus trip. He stayed with me for a few rounds down the mountain and then quickly moved on to ride with his friends that were much more experienced than I was.  I didn’t want to hold him back so I let him go and we did our own thing. I remember going down one of the mountains and I hit a mogle at the wrong spot and continued to fall down on the side of my face.  I’m not going to lie and tell you this didn’t hurt. It did very much.  My whole face was scratched up pretty bad and I had a scar on my wrist for the longest time. I knew right then and there if I didn’t pick myself up and go back down the mountain I would be afraid to ever do this again. For something that I really enjoyed doing, I didn’t want to just give it up. I went down a few more times and then called it a night and had some hot chocolate by the fire in the ski lodge while I waited for the time to get back on the bus to leave.   

I didn’t see my boyfriend until we met back on the bus. He started to tell me about all these black diamonds they did and tricks they were doing down the mountain. I finally turned my head and I looked at him. Oh my gosh what happened, he asked.  I told him what had happened and I could tell that he did feel bad about leaving me.  Oh well. The past is the past, I moved on and I continued to ski plenty of years after that. I skied up until I was in college and  a little while after but then I just stopped. Not sure really why, just life. 

This may have been the last time I went skiing (circa 2007-ish)

I have been seeing commercials lately about advertisements of the ski resorts this season and I think to myself will I ever ski again? Whenever I think about skiing, as much as I loved it, I think about how my love grew for some other activities throughout the years, like running.  I ran track in High School, but I was never a big runner. I was a sprinter and honestly never really liked running that much (but my coaches thought I was good, I think that’s why I did it). If you would have told me I would go on to run 15 marathons in the future I would have just laughed at you. That being said, I love running so much more than I did skiing and my biggest fear after taking so many years off is that what if I take another tumble down the mountain and hurt a leg that would prevent me from running? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.  Not to mention it would affect my work, since I am in the fitness industry. That is not the chance I want to take. So I will remember all those fun times (and not so fun times) but I have no desire to ski again. 

Have you ever fell out of love with something and can’t say you miss it?  -L

15 comments:

  1. I skied for years growing up and really loved it. I had a bad accident 14 years ago and tore my ACL needed surgery. I have been afraid to try again since but just the other day, I thought maybe. Who knows!

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    1. That would have stopped me for sure if something like that happened to me.

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  2. I learned to ski when I was 4 years old and even though I haven't been able to get on the slopes every year (like I did until College), I would never give it up completely.

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  3. Girllll, ive never even tried it. Me,&,snow? We don't get along,,much less me going downhill in it at a fast,pace.

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    1. Haha yea, maybe we need to take up snow tubing instead.

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  4. I used to ski in HS too! I was pretty good at it but I haven't skied since! I think I'd be too worried about hurting myself and then not be able to run.

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  5. I skied a lot as a kid but then we had kids and it got too complicated -- and expensive. We just started going once a year a few years ago and I LOVE it!

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  6. I wish I knew how to ski and liked being outside in the snow! As I get older the more more I hate Winter which is unfortunate because I live in a snowy area. I wish I had learned how to ski growing up like a lot of my friends!

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  7. I've only been downhill skiing twice, mostly because of the cost. I do like to cross country ski though, and am hoping to have good weather for that this year!

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  8. I really, really love skiing. However, after tearing two ACLs (not from skiing), I don't think I can do it anymore. I just don't have the control to ski like I used to. So, two years ago I learned to snowboard. It's pretty fun, but it was a lot harder to learn than skiing!

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  9. I have never skied, but as someone who can break an ankle just walking downstairs that may be the safest bet for me.

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  10. I tried snowboarding when I was in college, but I was worried about hurting myself so close to lacrosse preseason. Now that I live in Colorado, I get the question all the time about starting to ski. I don't like being cold, and I do still think I would hurt myself.

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  11. I've never tried skiing but after reading your post, I'll definitely consider trying it, Lacey and Meranda! I think I will be a great snowboarder. :)

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  12. I loved downhill skiing in middle school and high school but stopped when I went to college (too $$!) - Now that I live in Colorado I feel like I *should* be a skiier but it's been a decade and I haven't gotten back into it. What I DO like now cross-country skiing and would LOVE to do more of that.

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