Everyone knows that winter in Wisconsin can be a long, grueling Odyssey where you must fight cabin fever, seasonal depression and lethargy. I have found my antidote: skate skiiing.
We all know that you can’t control the weather – this isn’t news, but when winter blows into Wisconsin every November every resident wishes they had a time machine that could bring back summer or fall. These are the times that try men’s souls as they say. I always look forward to the first snowfall of the year, but then I quickly remember that there will be at least 5 more months of this weather.
My wife and I had been searching for a winter hobby that we can both participate in that can help move along the long Wisconsin winters. In the past we had resorted to inane things like playing video games or reading books. Reading isn’t so bad, but video games are not our thing – at all. We also wanted to find a hobby that we could partake in outside – in the snow.
2 years ago my wife started to skate ski – which is nothing like cross-country skiing. Skate Skiing is a real work out and is not for folks looking for a wussy jaunt throw the snow. After about 2 months of skate skiing my wife entered into a competition called the Birkiebeiner. My first thought was: “You’ve only been doing this for a couple of months and you’ve already entered a competition?!” She did indeed race and complete the event. Her spirits were sky-high.
My wife kept prodding me to try out skate skiing and I finally relented last year. I even set a goal – I would race in the 2014 Birkiebeiner. I didn’t really think I would race in it, but I did and it was the best thing that could have happened to me in terms of finding a way through the winter months. I have caught the bug and I can’t wait to start training for the 2015 race – I am actually pining for snow and cold weather! The sense of satisfaction that I got when I completed my first race was amazing – I was hooked.