Last winter, I tried cross-country skiing for the first time ever. So that I could make my first experiences on a flat surface, we drove to Engadin to ski on the frozen lakes there.
It was fun, but a somewhat scary feeling on the first downhill. And somehow getting ahead is not that efficient if the sticks are not only used for what they are intended, but also for keeping the balance.
I fell twice, once because I tripped over one of my sticks.
I felt a bit like a clumsy oaf, because people considerably older than me overtook me easily, elegantly gliding past me.
We did about 10km, and while I had a lot of fun, I can’t remember the last time I did something that exhausted me that much (also a big plus!). Unfortunately, we never managed to go this winter, but I definitely want to try it again!