Kicksled power

18 Feb

Friday was a depressing day because it was beautifully warm and sunny outside; I was stuck in the office, totally unable to concentrate.  Today is Monday.  It’s still nice and warm, and it’s unfortunately cloudy, but it’s still a much better day than Friday because Mondays are my day home with Jade.

I decided to try out the kicksled Michael bought about a month ago.  He bought it without discussing it with me first (tsk! tsk!) and stored it in the greenhouse, so I’d actually never even seen it before today.  Ridiculous, I know.  My neighbour Heather has actually borrowed it a few times and was able to tell me where Nanuq’s harness was stored.  It’s so great that somebody around here knows where stuff is at my house.

I had a little difficulty manoeuvering the contraption out of the yard and onto the greenbelt trail, but once we got there, we had a blast!  I probably should have read the instructions on the website before venturing out, but even without any instruction or previous experience, it was pretty intuitive.  I was hollering the whole hour we were out, encouraging Nanuq to keep running. I believe Jade enjoyed the hurrahs as much as the actual sledding.  She joined me on the “woo hoo!”s and the “go! go! go!”s.

I hadn’t thought of it before going out, but kicksledding is darned good exercise for me, too.  I was running to push the thing on the uphills so that Nanuq wouldn’t have to do all the work, kicking on the flat bits to help him out, working hard to steer on the downhills.  I came back full of adrenalin and exhausted at the same time, which is great because I’m a pretty physically lazy person; I don’t enjoy exercise for the sake of exercise.  But when I have to play hard, well, that’s altogether different.  (Also?  I wish I could find a blush that makes me look the way I do after I get back inside from playing in the snow.)

I think I may have pulled something in my left leg with all the hard kicking I was doing, which is great because it now matches my left shoulder which started hurting on Saturday for no discernable reason.  But the residual adrenalin is such that I still feel good!  Ah, Mondays.

5 Responses to “Kicksled power”

  1. Stacie February 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    Sounds fun! How did you take Jade with you?

  2. fawnahareo February 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    You see that little platform on the kicksled? That’s where Jade sat. There was a bungee cord behind her, holding up a cloth shopping bag stuffed with one of Michael’s jackets (for comfort and back support) and another bungee around her waist (not too tight) so she wouldn’t just fall off the side. I figured we wouldn’t be going too fast and managed to stay in control the whole time, so it worked well.

  3. Stacie February 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Ah okay, I get it. Heather and I were talking about how her kicksled isn’t great for babies, but I guess once they’re able to sit up on their own, it would be totally doable!

  4. fawnahareo February 20, 2008 at 1:26 pm #

    One of my friends (another Heather!) said something about strapping a carseat to the kicksled, but you’d definitely want to do a darned good job of it and not go crashing anywhere. Even so, it would definitely be a challenge with twins!

    Probably best to wait until they’re at least 8 to 12 months, I’d think…


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