Sunday, February 24, 2008

first time nordic sit skiing.





went out with the phoenix adaptive sports center to the flagstaff Nordic center yesterday and had a fun time! it wasn't as hard as i thought it would be, it was allot faster, easier and smoother then off-road handcycling, but still a great workout. definitely easier on the joints then riding the oneoff. i was super fortunate to get a one-on-one tutorial from debbie, she's a real pro at it and would just slide away on the uphills, she's going to some huge sit-skiing powwow in norway soon. i tipped over {hard to "fall" when you are less then three feet tall} three times before lunch, but after lunch i was ripping around and didn't wreck once. they knew i built bikes, and i guess the major builder of sit ski chairs in masschusetts just quit making them, and they want me to start. i think i'll definitely be making my own for next winter, but i don't think i can go into full production or anything. how come some folks can't find things to run with and make a living, and so many folks have things they can't find people to make? oh well, made sure to take allot of pics.....you couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, bluebird skies and fresh powder with groomed trails, and heavy snowstorms on both days on either sides of it. saw tons of cool flagstaff locals too, and lots of people fall down and get up o.k. what's more fun then that?

8 comments:

Rody said...

Very cool Steve...glad to see you grasping the opportunity to diversify your activity!

I'll check on that 1.125 for you and get back.

Rock on, brother...rody

devin said...

Looks like you were having a blast. The nordic skiing is what is keeping me level this crazy winter here in wisco.. Enjoy. hope that you all will be back this summer.

denise garro said...

I already know someone who can make snow mobile tracks behind our home for you and the sit ski....she is an OR nurse that worked on you. she said any time. have a great day

Anonymous said...

Right on.
Great running into you two this weekend! Gorgeous day up there.
We had a blast as well.
Can't wait to see the first custom Coconino sit ski!
-Alan

the original big ring said...

Hey that's awesome Steve. I've been xc and skate skiing for close to ten years up here in 'the great white north' and that's the first time I've ever seen one of them rigs. Wicked!
Cheers,
Craig

daralyn said...

I'll echo your comment that "lots of people fall down and get up ok." It is so true! Falling down on snow is all part of the fun.
dara

Troy said...

that's cool Steve. Looks fun! T

lee said...

Glad to see you out enjoying the snow. Just another great way to get out and see what there is to see.

Where could you put a curved tube to give the sit ski the Garrrro look?

Cheers
Lee T in snowy Reno