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Discussion: there are many winter sports

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2021-01-27

Jan 27, 2021 11:18 PM # 
Any of your new friends there do ice climbing and want to get a new beginner hooked on the sport?

While I was taking a walk a couple of weeks ago near a small lake in our area, I saw a guy out doing windsurfing with a skating rig. Looked like it might be really fun if you had good balance and perhaps much prior experience with windsurfing in water. Really impressive how much speed he could get up tacking back and forth across the lake with only a pretty modest breeze.

And perhaps as a more speculative venture, I saw that some Russian woman recently set a new world record for distance in underwater swimming under ice, but apparently it is recommended not to try that without skilled acquaintances with wetsuits and scuba tanks to help drag you out if something goes wrong between the holes in the ice that you are swimming between on one lungful of air with no wetsuit.
Jan 27, 2021 11:55 PM # 
Serious suggestion: backcountry skiing or Fatbiking

Seriously Canadian answer: curling. Obviously.
Jan 28, 2021 6:14 AM # 
Jan 28, 2021 3:28 PM # 
Surely snowshoeing, if you can get hold of some?
Jan 28, 2021 4:08 PM # 
Obviously swamp soccer.
Jan 28, 2021 5:57 PM # 
Ski jumping. Biathlon. Eukonkanto.
Jan 28, 2021 6:01 PM # 
I misspoke, it was Swamp Football. An obvious choice since he already event has an activity type for it.
Jan 28, 2021 6:19 PM # 
Luge. (Seriously, take that kid sledding and get your exercise dragging the sled up the hill.)

(Also, one of the comments on the link that Cristina posted is very interesting.)
Jan 29, 2021 6:50 PM # 
Other winter activities from we can take from kids that count as exercise:
Snowball fights
Road hockey
And definitely snow angels done vigorously (i.e., horizontal jumping jacks)
Jan 29, 2021 8:36 PM # 
So I obviously jinxed myself. My activity ended up "staying home with a sick kiddo."

Great suggestions all around though!
Feb 1, 2021 4:06 PM # 
I think skijoring is quite popular in MT and WY. Looks fun to me.
Feb 1, 2021 4:32 PM # 
If Boris goes out on skis pulled by a beagle, there had better be video.
Feb 1, 2021 4:57 PM # 
Challenge accepted.
Feb 1, 2021 5:07 PM # 
OMG slowest skijoring possible?
Feb 1, 2021 7:06 PM # 
Trivia: what former CAN national team Orienteer is a serious skijorn racer?
Feb 1, 2021 7:24 PM # 
Ms.Scheck, I believe! I bet she doesn't use beagles, though...
Feb 1, 2021 7:51 PM # 
I'll bet Basset hounds would be slower. Or Dachshunds.
Feb 1, 2021 8:10 PM # 
It's not just the speed of the creature but also how distracted they get. For that information I would have to do research since my dog breed knowledge doesn't get much beyond "big" and "small" categories.
Feb 1, 2021 9:17 PM # 
Ding ding ding Boris! I met her team last year, I think they were mostly mutts. Not huge, but scrappy and great runners.
Feb 1, 2021 9:19 PM # 
Are you talking about the Canadian national O team? (Sorry, couldn't help it.)
Feb 1, 2021 9:49 PM # 
Very scrappy, wouldn't want to go into the corners with them, elbows are up.

And judging by the number of 2nd generational team members, hardly mutts.

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