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I have decided to give structure to my forthcoming holiday by booking myself a course of three mornings of group lessons in cross-country skiing skate technique at the extremely well-regarded school in Seefeld, where I shall be next week.

I am not entirely sure whether this is a brilliant idea that will teach me exciting new skills and be enormous fun, or whether I am completely out of my mind. I am definitely not ideally fit for it, but since at the moment my max distance skating is about 15m, I expect to fall over from technique fail long before my lungs/shoulders/legs give out. We shall see.

Naturally, I have not yet packed.

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Date: 2017-02-16 10:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
Good to learn new skills, and it's only three mornings! Besides, you're an adult... if you don't like the lessons, you don't have to go to all of them.

Good luck and bon voyage!

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Date: 2017-02-16 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] caulkhead
That's a really good point. I had a disastrous ski lesson in Italy once, and just didn't turn up for the second one, and it was such a relief to realise I was an adult and I could just *do* that.

That said, I'm sure it won't be necessary!

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Date: 2017-02-16 10:57 pm (UTC)
antisoppist: (snow)
From: [personal profile] antisoppist
Another voice for if you hate the first one, just stay in bed the next two mornings instead. It's not failure, it's making a sensible evidence-based decision that this is not in fact fun or exciting or useful at this particular time.

Skating style does look dead impressive though. But it does also make me think of all the times the Chalet School girls got their skis crossed with hilarious consequences.

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Date: 2017-02-17 09:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] serriadh
I was terribly smug when I learnt to ski and my points never crossed. It took me a year or two to work out the Chaletians were learning cross-country (which I always knew as Telemark and thought was only done in Scandinavia. I have Norwegian relatives).

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Date: 2017-02-17 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] caulkhead
Telemarkers look amazing, but I am not brave enough to try it.

Is a hockey stop the thing where you turn parallel to the slope and dig the edges in? I tried it on skates this year, but it did not translate well from skiing. To put it mildly.

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Date: 2017-02-17 10:49 am (UTC)
antisoppist: (snow)
From: [personal profile] antisoppist
That is indeed spectacular.

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Date: 2017-02-16 10:18 pm (UTC)
espresso_addict: Worker woman brandishing coffee pot with speech bubble 'You Can Do It!' (coffee (you can do it))
From: [personal profile] espresso_addict
Is that 15 metres or 15 miles?

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Date: 2017-02-17 01:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espresso_addict
(That sounds dead impressive.)

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Date: 2017-02-16 11:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] el_staplador
What everyone else said: it may be a brilliant idea, and if it turns out not to be then you can stop doing it.

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Date: 2017-02-17 10:47 am (UTC)
antisoppist: (tea)
From: [personal profile] antisoppist
if it turns out not to be then you can stop doing it
This is my new miraculous rule for future life :-)

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