Ryan REALLY helped out big time. Huge. I made big leaps and bounds in my progress today, refining my stride, and learning diagnol V-skate and V1 to get up the hills, all thanks to Ryan (and an assist from Jim). Those uphills were the buttkickers. Especially later in the session when I was tired and my form got a little sloppy. Ryan's instruction was top-notch. He explained things clearly and was also very encouraging. Thanks dude! I left today stoked at how much I learned.
I still have a ways to go and much to learn, but I am having a total blast with skate skiing. It's such a great workout all around (my pecs and triceps are noticably sore, I'm sure they'll be more so when I wake up tomorrow). Really, really fun.
I can now fully appreciate this clip:
XC Skate skied 4.7 kilometers @ 7.7kph/avg.
AHR/MHR - N/A (heart rate would have been sky high, that's for sure!)
Groomed trails (some said they were kind of slow conditions)
Slightly hilly (by running standards)
Upper 20s to lower 30s, cloudy, snowing.
Long pants, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt,