…in Colorado right now, though I did go for my 7:00 a.m. daily two-miler with a neighbor. No NW poles this morning, though, because there was a nearly foot of snow on the sidewalks, and it was still coming down hard. With no ice under the snow, nothing underfoot was slick — just powder on top of concrete. Some people probably prefer poles under such conditions, but not I. In my world, Nordic Walking is a dry-ground activity. I’ll put baskets on my new Exels when I want to take them snowshoeing, but instead of being roused for this kind of in-town walk, the poles got to sleep in.
In a related issue regarding what kind of with-poles activity a Nordic Walking aficionado should be enthusiastic about, I was intrigued by a current flap at Nordic Walking News. British blogster and Nordic Walking instructor, David Downer, has organized a cross-country ski trip to Norway from the UK this February, and some of his readers seem to be wondering why.
He blogged, “Some people have asked me why I have started to promote ‘cross-country skiing’ on a ‘Nordic Walking’ website? The answer is that although until recently my own focus has been Nordic Walking, the fact of the matter is that Nordic Walking is just ‘one’ discipline under the bigger ‘umbrella’ of ‘Nordic Fitness’. Nordic Fitness includes: Nordic Blading (‘inline’ skating with poles), Nordic Hill Walking (or Nordic Off-Road Walking), Snowshoeing (with poles), Nordic Winter Walking and last but not least ‘Nordic Skiing’ (Cross-country skiing or XC-Skiing).”
He explained to his mystified and perhaps disgruntled Nordic Walking purists that there is logical cross-over between Nordic Walking and cross-country skiing. My first reaction was the the disconnect in that thinking, since the sport of Nordic Walking grew from a summer training program for cross-country ski racers in Scandinavia. In truth, the connection is tighter and more logical than the skeptics seem to realize.
If you have any interest in joining such a trip to Sjusjøen (right), go to http://www.nordicfitnessonline.com/blue/nordicskiing/nordicskiing.htm
and click on “Holiday Information,” “Holiday Terms & Conditions” and
“Holiday Booking Form.” XCUK, a British tour operator specializing in Nordic skiing and Nordic Walking trips, is handling the arrangements.
I don’t know anything about Sjusjøen, and in fact, I’ve never even been to Norway, but I am captivated by the picture of those neat tracks etched into the clean snow and see a group enjoying the frosty forest, and I hope Downer’s trip fills up.