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(GQ)   Good news, everybody -- we've finally identified the ideal workout for the pandemic, and it's cross-country skiing. Who's gonna tell Florida?   (gq.com) divider line
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702 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Jan 2021 at 10:05 AM (4 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-01-28 9:03:11 AM  
I wish we had the snow for that around here.. Though, being able to trail run all year makes up for it.
 
2021-01-28 9:16:57 AM  
Repeat from 1993?

I lived in the snowbelt for a few years and tried xc a few times....but unless the conditions are near-perfect or you're on groomed trails, it's just as contrived as downhill. Snowshoeing seems a lot more appealing, IMO. At least you can go anywhere.
 
2021-01-28 9:24:17 AM  
You don't tell florida anything. You let them wear themselves out and then throw them in jail.
 
2021-01-28 9:57:48 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: Repeat from 1993?

I lived in the snowbelt for a few years and tried xc a few times....but unless the conditions are near-perfect or you're on groomed trails, it's just as contrived as downhill. Snowshoeing seems a lot more appealing, IMO. At least you can go anywhere.


It could be that you were using the wrong type of skis.  "Classic" style skis are on the skinny side, best for groomed trails, and are the one you're most likely to find at a rental shop or yard sale.  If you're not on groomed trails, you're gonna need touring/backcountry skis, with the right type of wax and some removable skins as they're shorter, wider, and shaped in a certain way that makes them way better for those conditions.  Trying it with the wrong gear is a not unlike going mountain biking with an old 10-speed road bike -  you may have a bad time, and your experience will not be representative of the activity as a whole.

If you're lucky enough to live in an area where it's viable, cross country skiing is great.  It's less expensive, less pretentious, & more accessible than downhill, while also giving you a better workout.
 
2021-01-28 10:06:47 AM  
In Florida they consider running from your stepdad working out.
 
2021-01-28 10:08:01 AM  
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2021-01-28 10:09:40 AM  
You can cross-country ski in Florida. If you're *REALLY* fast.....
 
2021-01-28 10:10:54 AM  
There are already things you can take out on the water that you operate kind of like cross-country skis (but all leg, no arm).  Shouldn't be that big of a reach to design a modification to those, then let millions of Florida men strap them on and go jaunting down the canals and through the swamps.
 
2021-01-28 10:11:31 AM  

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2021-01-28 10:13:24 AM  
I'm built to 5/4 scale, and have actually  broken NordicTrac prototypes. That wooden contraption banged my knees together. I broke a tread climber when they put it in my gym near the factory.

The only whole body machine I like is a rower that's too long and has a good handle, not a stick.
 
2021-01-28 10:14:01 AM  
I *hated* cross country skiing in high school gym class. Glad it was only a couple weeks of one quarter.
 
2021-01-28 10:14:30 AM  
I loved cross country skiing where I grew up.  Now, I live in Georgia.
 
2021-01-28 10:15:42 AM  
I just got back from a trip up north to the family house in Wisconsin after a week of cross country skiing for 5 hours a day.  I had no idea how just how many calories just one hour burns.  I have a lot of beer to drink to make up for that.
 
2021-01-28 10:16:52 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: Repeat from 1993?

I lived in the snowbelt for a few years and tried xc a few times....but unless the conditions are near-perfect or you're on groomed trails, it's just as contrived as downhill. Snowshoeing seems a lot more appealing, IMO. At least you can go anywhere.


Eh. XC skiing, for me, is about exercise and being outdoors in the woods during cold hibernation season... not so much for experiencing and relishing perfect skiing conditions. No groomed trails by me in the nice spots (only groomed trails are at golf courses, fark them). Snowshoers and hikers wreck the (shared use) trails that I ski on, but I don't care too much so long as the snow is deep and there aren't tons of leaves or pine needles on the trails.
 
2021-01-28 10:17:36 AM  
Florida "cross country skiing".... and look at the sharp knees on this one...

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2021-01-28 10:18:29 AM  
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Roller skis not a thing where Subby hails from?
 
2021-01-28 10:20:09 AM  

wildcardjack: I'm built to 5/4 scale, and have actually  broken NordicTrac prototypes. That wooden contraption banged my knees together. I broke a tread climber when they put it in my gym near the factory.

The only whole body machine I like is a rower that's too long and has a good handle, not a stick.


Yeah NordicTrak blows - I've broken 3 of their treadmills.

/ My pandemic workout is a 5km hill run every day
// Wish i still had a treadmill on these sub-zero days
 
2021-01-28 10:22:19 AM  

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2021-01-28 10:24:17 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: I wish we had the snow for that around here.. Though, being able to trail run all year makes up for it.


Snow doesn't stop trail running, only lack of proper gear.
 
2021-01-28 10:28:38 AM  
The biathlon does involve guns. I think Florida will found a way.
 
2021-01-28 10:33:57 AM  
all those roller ski images, i am just picturing some serious road rash on that dude and chick.
 
2021-01-28 10:34:00 AM  
I wonder why surfing has become so popular then?

It's impossible to buy a surf board, sea kayak or stand up paddle board.
 
2021-01-28 10:38:16 AM  
This article paid for by NordicTrack and iFit.

NikolaiFarkoff: Snowshoeing seems a lot more appealing,


I'm a fan; and the new school "techy looking" snow shoes are easier to deal with.

/You still need snow, though, so given global warming...
 
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2021-01-28 10:48:23 AM  
I've done xc a few times, and not really a fan. I prefer my snowshoes, as they are more versatile in varying snow conditions, and are better suited for my hilly woods and farm fields. Plus, I much prefer downhill skiing. Sure, it's pretty lazy if you just glide slowly down green runs, but hit the steeper blues and blacks, and arc higher speed turns, and it can be great exercise. Even here in Wisconsin, on our small hills, by then of the day, my legs are tired and I've worked up a good sweat.
 
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2021-01-28 11:05:23 AM  
I wish I could have gone cross country skiing with Nathaniel Hornblower. That would have been a nice way to spend a summer afternoon in Brooklyn.
 
2021-01-28 11:05:40 AM  
Isn't there a lot of ' snow ' in Miami?
 
2021-01-28 11:14:29 AM  
If you were forced to choose just one measurement of fitness, you could do a lot worse than VO2 Max - which is the highest rate of oxygen consumption attainable during maximal or exhaustive exercise. Out of the highest VO2 Max levels ever recorded, the top numbers are dominated by cross country skiers and cyclists - especially Norwegian cross country skiers.
 
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2021-01-28 11:28:13 AM  
You can't tell Florida.
 
2021-01-28 11:30:32 AM  
I'd laugh even harder, but I don't want to spill my drink in the cockpit.   Enjoy your frozen wasteland.  Ice is for keeping the beer cold.
 
2021-01-28 11:37:03 AM  

Uncontrolled_Jibe: I'd laugh even harder, but I don't want to spill my drink in the cockpit.   Enjoy your frozen wasteland.  Ice is for keeping the beer cold.


You work for Spirit?
 
2021-01-28 12:53:51 PM  
Did some xc in college when there was too much snow for biking.  Xc uses way more muscle groups, but not as many as snowshoeing.
 
2021-01-28 1:07:43 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: Repeat from 1993?

I lived in the snowbelt for a few years and tried xc a few times....but unless the conditions are near-perfect or you're on groomed trails, it's just as contrived as downhill. Snowshoeing seems a lot more appealing, IMO. At least you can go anywhere.


Huh?  XC's pretty easy, once you get the rhythm right, assuming you've got 6" snow or more. (At least on flat ground; hills are a different matter.)
I first learned xc in college, where the golf course probably got more skiing use in the winter than golf in the summer.
Moved to New Jersey, where we'd get enough snow 3-4 times a year; I worked in an office building in the middle of a big field, so at lunchtime or after work I'd go ski at lunch time. Sometimes there was enough snow to go anywhere, sometimes it was only deep enough near the snow fence.  Got to go see deer and such in the woods at the edge of the property.

Now I'm in California; nearest snow is ~4 hours away in winter, might as well just go to Tahoe and do downhill.
 
2021-01-28 1:16:45 PM  
This article is wrong. It should be fatbiking.

I'm kidding it is mountain biking, which you can do in Florida, kinda. If you can find a bike.
 
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