Weekend of Snow-Filled Workouts in WI

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Pharmie and I went out to our friend’s cabin in Wisconsin. (Technically, it’s our friend’s Dad’s cabin.) On Saturday, we got the whole gang together to go snowshoeing. I tried on my new, new, cozy, cozy boots. They are good down to 76 below:

Then I ran out to “help” Al snowblow the skating rink on the lake:

My legs look extra twiggy coming out of those big boots...

We got to the trail, and I threw on my snowshoes for the first time. They’re rentals.

Then I peed my name in the snow:

Al and Luke took off down the trail to blaze a path:

Pharmie, Trevor, Sarah (with Oliva wrapped up), Jess, and Maddy

Al and Pharmie in unison

Maddy’s snowy butt (from snow kicked up by her snowshoes)

I kept running off trail to check out little frozen ponds and such. After one such excursion, I ended up COVERED in prickers. I tried to brush them off, but that hurt. So I just went the rest of the way with them attached and dealt with it when we were done:

Al, Pharmie, Jess, Luke, and Maddy

Maddy needed to “blow her nose” two different times. Luke offered his shirt both times. I don’t this she’s REALLY “blowing her nose.” That Maddy - she’s a sneaky one:

Pharmie and I grabbed a photo on the trail, and then we got a shot of everyone at the end of our outing:

You can still see prickers all over my pants

That afternoon, back at the cabin, Luke and I did the “Twenty-One” workout. You do 20 push-ups and 1 sit-up. Then 19 push-ups and 2 sit-ups. Then 18 push-ups and 3 sit-ups. Etc, etc. In the end, you end up doing 210 push-ups and 210 sit-ups as fast as you can (with good form, of course). Here we are just after starting, with Oliva watching us from the corner:

Soon, we got hot and had to get nude:

Pharmie snapped this next photo RIGHT as we finished a round and threw our hands back to catch ourselves. We BOTH look like hell:

Nearing the end of the workout, covering the living room in sweat

Later that day, we headed out to their homemade skating rink on the lake. Jess’s dad is anal about spraying the lake down with water to make a nice, smooth rink. And that work has paid off.

Pharmie and Jess

Al and I went to go play in the open water. We tried to break off all the ice near the edge without falling in:

Pharmie didn’t care for that activity. She gave me her “I-do-not-approve” look:

The girls

Sarah and Pharmie

The rink with ice houses in the distance

Sunday morning, before heading home, we went out for a quick ski around the lake. (On the lake.) I had never CC-skied before, but I strapped on a pair of Jess’s Dad’s skis, and tried not to fall over.

Al, Pharmie, Jess, and Luke

Sarah and Jess crossing the lake

Luke and Al making a trail back towards the cabin

It was a fun weekend with some good cross-training! Thanks again for inviting us, Jess!!

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Diana 8:22 AM, February 10, 2010  

Looks like an awesome time-I absolutely LOVE snowshoeing and will be heading out shortly this morning to get some in. With a fresh 10" of snow all day yesterday-it's perfect. I haven't done any ice skating since high school...hmmm, might have to look into that again. Hey, what lake was that on? Somewhat looks familiar, but then again all the lakes in WI look familiar when frozen! Usually all full of ice shanties!

Carolina John 9:42 AM, February 10, 2010  

wow that's a really cool weekend! tons of fun in the snow and ice.

Shelley 9:51 AM, February 10, 2010  

Wish I could pee in the snow like that..LOL

Aimee 10:13 AM, February 10, 2010  

It looks like you had a great time! I love snowshoeing and XC Skiing, but haven't really been able to do either since having our two boys. Next year though they'll be old enough to wear their own little snowshoes! We can't wait! :)

Julie 10:59 AM, February 10, 2010  

Hi Steve,
I love the great pictures!! I really like the one of Pharmie where she was giving you the look!!! I do the same thing by giving my hubby the...You are an idiot and don't you even think about it...look:) What a great idea to make a little skate rink! It looks like so much fun wtih so many things to do!! Have a great day Steve:)

D 11:02 AM, February 10, 2010  

I was covered in pricks once. They were different than yours, though.

X-Country2 12:13 PM, February 10, 2010  

Dang! Hopefully you ate and drank like royality after all that activity.

Trishie 12:34 PM, February 10, 2010  

of course you peed your name in the snow. of course you did.

Michelle 1:04 PM, February 10, 2010  

So now you're ready to snowshoe race?...

Jill 1:26 PM, February 10, 2010  

Dang, that Maddy IS sneaky!
Nice pics!
I have a good gnarly pic I will have to find and send your way....
Happy Wednesday!

Skippy,  2:56 PM, February 10, 2010  

Great male bonding pics!

21stCenturyMom 8:00 PM, February 10, 2010  

You made the freezing ass cold look like fun! Not easy to do.

CoachLiz 9:43 PM, February 10, 2010  

Why am I not surprized that you shared with us your talent of peeing your name in the snow? Are you rubbing it in for those of us who 1.) don't get snow where they live OR 2.) don't have the equipment to write out our names in the snow with our pee?

At least we know that you were well hydrated, lol.

Looks like you had a great trip.

B. Kramer 9:21 AM, February 11, 2010  

I hate you. That Twenty One workout is insane. I tried the same with a high of 10 each. I think I hurt myself. I don't actually hate you.

sRod 8:13 AM, March 07, 2010  

That looks like such a great time! I don't get the whole cross-country skiing thing though. It seems like a lot of work for something you can do in snow shoes.

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