I finally had a chance to do a long rollerski at Littleton this morning but it didn’t last long.
About 10 minutes in at the base of the first long climb, I lost my timing and stepped on my ski pole. Then I tripped and did a superman onto the pavement. I hit my left knee and hip pretty hard but at least I managed — this time — to keep my hands from getting pinched under the poles and thereby avoided breaking any fingers.
When I got back up I noticed I had broken the tip off my pole. My day was over, I thought. The group paused to make sure I was okay. They suggested going back to the car to get an extra pole — I had none. Or maybe a run instead. Finally, Andy said, “You can at least ski no poles to the top of the hill.”
So that’s what I started to do. Half-way up the hill I realized I could ski the whole course without poles.
Or at least I could try.
Skating without poles is the nordic equivalent of pedaling a bike with only one leg. Under typical circumstances, I finish a long roll feeling exhausted. I figured I would just do the short loop. But I did the Harvard Extension instead. And fought my way up the steep climb out of the town center. Then I added the long loop extension. And then the Neighborhoods.
When we got to Hill Street, I was pretty sure I was going to blow to pieces. But I cleared the first steep section and just felt stronger and stronger.
At the end of the day, I had done over 2 hours, 30 km and burned more than 1400 kcal. Moreover my legs felt pretty good (my arms felt great). But, my hip and knee will be sore tomorrow.
And that’s how I turned a shitty start into a very good training day.