Anachronic wrote:I would highly doing some of that if you've got the cash, but man it's expensive.
Exactly, this is what held me out of it before. Even just to rent equipment for a day, it can be an arm and a leg! Especially if you're a teenager / early 20s, a skiing adventure is rather expensive as far as date options are concerned. Now that I'm a bit older, though, I've found out that the time you hit the slopes has a lot to do with the cost, at least for the place near my house. If you try it on an off day or at off hours, it can make all the difference.
Doing it with a friend or two who are also new to the sport can make the difference between it being fun and just kinda torturous. Like any sport skiing (and snowboarding) gets more fun the better you get at it.
This, QFE, right here. I would absolutely need another beginner to get started with, because it would most certainly not be much fun to spend a day falling over in the cold by myself. However, a day falling over in the cold could be hilarious and a great time, with the right company!
With biking I started riding cross-country (XC), then got into downhill and BMX as a teen and early-adult, and have gone back to XC as a middle-aged adult.
Oh man, that's so awesome! I used to think BMX was cool as sin, but I never really had a chance to try it out. I suspect I probably wouldn't be coordinated or athletic enough to be very good, but the intensity of flying all around really appeals to me. I've got a good friend who's a pretty technical skateboarder, and I think it's one of the coolest skills to have. Did you ever participate in any BMX competitions? I remember coming across the X Games a few times in high school when channel surfing, and they were always so cool.
Feel like I could take a similar trajectory with skiing; learning to love cross-country as an older adult who is cheap, and likes the solitude of the backcountry versus the fray of the ski resort.
Agreed - sometimes it feels like the further you go in life, the fewer opportunities there are to really unplug and get that kind of worry-free solace from being someplace by yourself. It's part of the reason why I love trail running, especially at the times of the year when the trail is empty. There's a wooden bridge I cross over that's 4 miles from my house down the trail, which is the halfway point for my normal out-and-back run, and I always stop there and hang out for just a minute, me and the river and the trees. I'd never want to do that as a kid, but it's one of my favorite parts of the day now, and it's part of why the winter months and their accompanying treadmill are so bogus.
Working towards that transition from dad-bod to "old man strength" as they say, but it's slow going.
Hahaha, you know, it's funny, I was talking with my brother about this just the other day. I know everybody's different, but I swear, some things get physically easier the older I get. Ten years ago, building muscle was so, so hard, but as I get closer to 30, I've found that it doesn't take nearly as much effort to build upper body and back strength. I'm far from being a body builder, and I'll always be pretty lean with my focus on running, but I'm positive that I'm stronger now than I was 5 or 10 years ago. Gettin' that old man strength!
And I swear, that herculean, old man strength is real. I remember my dad and uncle moving a refrigerator up a flight of stairs, and the thought of this blows my mind. They were both around their early 40s, and they accomplished this mind-boggling feat of strength that I know my brother and I couldn't pull off now, even if we tried. Full of cursing and groaning and sweating and beer drinking, with a minor gut and a brow furrowed in anger, the 43 year old human is the strongest animal on earth.