Some call it “cross training”

I call it “fun”. My complaining about the snow ruining my skating lasted for less time than it took to shovel it.

I realized that 5 inches of fresh power called for getting out the skis, not complaining about not skating. That same giant park that works for ice skates works for skis as well.

I retrieved the skis from the garage, brought them onto the porch to warm up, scraped off the old wax, added a coat of Special Green (for 14 to -4 degrees F or -10 to -20 degrees C), and walked down to the lake. My old wooden touring skis are perfect for cruising through fresh snow.

I soon found I was over-dressed, as the temperature was almost in double digits (-13 C). I started across the lake on roughly the same route I skated last week, then decided on a change and turned west to ski the length of the lake instead of across. I needed to zip up my jacket to head into the wind.

My ski tips were submarine periscopes poking up through the powder. I was in a pristine wilderness on untrammeled snow.
Pristine wilderness, or downtown? State Capitol at right edge of photo.

I skied downtown with a stop at the convention center, a Frank Lloyd Wright design that only took 50 years of discussion to build.

Monona Terrace, the FL Wright-designed convention center

There were several other skiers, a few snowshoers, a handful of fat bikers (not bikers who are fat, but people riding fat bikes), and a fisher or two. I stopped and asked one, and he told me the ice was 8-12 inches thick – almost enough to drive a car on, plenty thick for skis.

Water expands when it freezes. It has to go somewhere. This is where the extra goes — up.

Another few inches are on the way tonight. With the temperature holding steady at 8 degrees (-13 C) it will be powder again, possibly enough to obliterate today’s tracks and make the park pristine, ready for fresh tracks.

Monday, 24 January

Three inches of new powder overnight heralded the leading edge of an Alberta Clipper. The temperature is up to 18 (-8 C) but the windchill down to -1 (-18 C). The warmer temperature meant adding some blue wax (23 to 31 F, or -5 to -1 C) for traction – blue because I couldn’t find or am out of green for the 14 to 23 range. The snow doesn’t care about windchill, but my windward cheek does. The temperature will be below zero by the time I go to work tomorrow.

I skied to the library. It being Monday I had the lake to myself. The only sounds were the schussing of my skis through the snow and the scratching of my pole tips across the ice. The light was flat and grey. The lack of contrast made the wind-driven waves hard to see and harder to photograph, but the snow had the contours of water on a windy day at the right angle.

Another shoreline ice heave

I skied from our neighborhood park to the beach, then walked to the library.

[Aside to MAK: I can’t disagree with you but, working in healthcare, I have to work the way your source works. When I walk into a patient’s room much of their backstory becomes irrelevant. One of my favorite patients (worked hard to rehab, was appreciative and polite, seemed like an all-around nice person) was charged with manslaughter. I have treated murderers. I have treated people who were shot in drug deals. I have treated people who drove drunk and killed their best friend or their child in the passenger seat. Like their vaccination status, that can’t matter while I’m in the room with them. My brain compartmentalizes that for me. It doesn’t seem to be a conscious process. You, on the other hand, don’t have that responsibility, and I applaud your rant from my position at home in front of my computer. I know that rant is no longer accessible but, to those of us who subscribe via e-mail, it arrived in our inbox. Thank you for speaking honestly. And if you like rants, check out this one: ]

Author: halffastcyclingclub

We are a group of friends who ride bikes. Some of us are fast, some of us are slow, all of us are half-fast. In 2018, one of us rode coast to coast across the US. It was so much fun, he's doing it again in 2022! If we meet Sal Paradise, we'll let you know.

5 thoughts on “Some call it “cross training””

  1. Aside to MAK. I would probably treat every patient as well, just wouldn’t hesitate to call them a willfully ignorant ass for putting themselves and others at risk and making healthcare workers do unnecessary things. That’s if unvaccinated patients made it into the hospital. A far as I’m concerned they should only be admitted at the end of the line after all other patients have been taken care of. Just my opinion.


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  2. I am frustrated because my rant wasn’t so much about the people who refuse to get vaccinated as it was about that doctor’s really awful logic (bungee jumping is not contagious) and out here in the back-of-beyond our docs, hospitals, state medical agencies have busted their asses to get vaccines, tests and help to people in remote areas. But it pushed the same button in everyone who reacted so I just have to call that rant bad writing. My point at the end of the rant was that medical professionals take an oath to “do no harm.” We should ALL take that oath.

    The skiing pictures help, though. 😀

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      1. I think the choices message (which I don’t feel I even made as the medical profession has no choice, and I felt I’d said that at the end of my post pretty clearly) is because it’s on the top of peoples’ minds. I don’t think false equivalency is on the top of anyone’s mind except someone like me who had to teach logic for 20+ years. Anyway, the message that struck a nerve in you and others was irrelevant. It was the point the doc in the interview was addressing, not me.

        The ethics of medicine seems pretty well defined. Help sick and injured people. A murderer who’s wounded will be treated and sent to trial. It’s not medicine’s job to try that person for a crime. Same with Covid. I don’t think any ethical judgment is called for. It seems to me that all medicine has to do is keep its personnel as safe as possible while it treats the ill and injured.

        To me, that doctor in the interview (which I linked in the opening of my post) made an argument that didn’t rest on anything. All she really had to say is, “I have taken an oath which I believe in and abide by that obviates any decision on my part.” As it should. NON-medical people have to make that ethical decision, though and I suppose that is where they (not I) object to non-vaccinated people being treated in hospitals.

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