Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cross Country skiing, the Best Sport?

Cross Country Skiing is the best sport because of all the physical pros and the constant rush of adrenaline. Cross Country Skiing has may good physical elements to it, they include: keeping your body in a high cardiovascular state, balanced with the right amount of strength, finally it demands you to eat very healthy and to eat a lot! Skiing is a very cardiovascular demanding sport much like running but that is not all, you need to have the right balance between that and muscle strength, because you need the power to get up those hills and for the short sprint races.

Skiing is not just a get away for a good time it is a way of life, it consumes time from your life day in and day out. To be the top for you game you gotta hit the gym, HARD!! Having to work both upper and lower body one has to go to the gym 3-4 times a week. Now for some people going to the gym 4 times a week is a lot but not for skiers, an extra 5-7 cardio workouts on top of the strength. All of these workouts add up to 10-17 hours of training a week, which is like working a part time job! So would you be willing to spend the time for something like a sport? All in all Cross Country Skiing is a sport that will consume your life.

Next if you are going to have enough energy for all that training, you are going to fuel the fire with 5000-8000 calories per day. Now you might be thinking i would get so over weight is i ate that much, but the thing is you are burning hundreds of calories every workout, you even burn them when you SLEEP! This is all thanks to the high metabolism state you are in from all the running, weight training, roller skiing, and of course skiing itself.

Skiing is a very popular sport among Canadians so every year in Canmore Alberta Frozen Thunder is born. This is a 2+km ribbon of snow that in the spring is covered by wood chips to preserve the snow lying underneath. So when the fall comes around they can remove those wood chips and expose the snow underneath. Frozen Thunder is the only place in all of Canada at this time of year to have ski-able snow, so skiers from all over the country come to: train, race, have fun, and get to know other who enjoy skiing as they do.

 (Frozen Thunder, Canmore Alberta)

Now that you know some things about Cross Country Skiing I'll tell you what it means to me. There are so many thing that go on in my life everyday. I have school and the homework that comes with it, I am a captain of a rep soccer team, and i also have some friends to grace with my presence... But amongst all of those things in my life nothing can compare to my love for skiing. The peace it gives me is like nothing else whether it be when I'm training or racing. Yes it does have a pain element to it, but pain is temporary and the feeling of satisfaction you you get when you are done keeps you glued to skis on your feet, and keeps you coming back for more. Finally if you dare, pick up a pair of skis and poles and watch it consume you life.


  1. Wow. Your passion for the sport is clearly evident. I commend the commitment you have to the sport. The thought of being able to eat 3000+ calories a day ALMOST makes me want to dedicate the time and effort to skiing. I could eat pizza (my favourite food) and drink chocolate milk (my favourite drink) ALL THE TIME.

    Quick question about Frozen Thunder, is it only 2km in length? That seems short. Also, have to gone to Frozen Thunder?

    1. Frozen Thunder is approximately 2.6km which may seem short, but take into consideration that is is the beginning of November and they had to preserve that snow all summer.
      No i have not been there but i have always wanted to go.

  2. I am very impressed with your dedication to the sport and the fact that you train throughout an entire year.