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Cross-Country Skiing for Everyone by Jules Older

By Jules Older

In just six inches of snow, in anyplace, and at any age, someone can participate in cross-country snowboarding. It combines secure, reduced impact job with an entire cardiovascular work out: there's easily no more healthy overall physique conditioner. during this consultant Jules Older examines approach, apparatus, arrangements, security, and ski traveling centres, all in a conversational and exciting variety that emphasises the significance of going at your personal speed and having fun with the outside.

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In a minute I'll show you how to do it. But first a word about what I won't show you. The difference between this book and many others is that this one doesn't spend a lot of time on detailed instruction. " And partly it's because of something that happened last winter. Fig. 02 next page > page_38 < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 We had December visitors, John and Colleen from New Zealand. Neither had ever been on skis; both were well past forty. On their first day I put them on nordic skis in the backyard, gave them the same sort of basic instruction I'm about to give you, and set them loose.

Tension is a thief of energy. The looser you can be, the more energy you'll have for skiing. One way tension expresses itself is in the pole grip. If you find yourself holding onto your pole as if it's the only thing between you and sudden death (and if you're a new skier, the odds are that's exactly what you're doing), relax that grip of iron. Hold the poles lightly when you're planting them, and not at all when you're not. How do you do that? By letting the strap do the holding. When you swing your arm forward before a pole plant and back after a pole plant, the wrist strap will hold the pole for you.

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