Skate skiers get to pass the slower, classic skiers, leaving them literally in their tracks, and well -- not that I'm competitive or anything -- but it's totally badass. And at fifty-something, even a little badass is a good thing.
Tomorrow, despite stiff legs and sore feet, I'll be out there skate skiing again. Maybe I'll feel a tad stronger and smoother than I did today, or yesterday. Maybe not. But I'll be smiling, grateful for January's particular gifts.
Two hours of skate skiing provides the kind of muscular workout and cardio exercise that I'd find on a summer trail run, and it doesn't carry the same impact as running to muscles and joints. It seems the perfect cross training tool for any cyclist, runner, rower or other distance athlete.