So friends....After we last spoke in late summer/early Fall, as you may well recall, I was brimming with excitement and eagerly picking the collective hive mind here in search of my first Nordic BC setup. Then.....I disappeared :-/
So what happened? The Cliffnotes are as follows: I’m sole breadwinner for a family of 4 with two toddlers one of whom has a rare genetic disease and is blind & autistic. If that weren’t enough, my wife has been battling a chronic illness since shortly after the birth of our 2nd leaving me with much of the life-admin and mental load as well. It’s a fucking handful to say the least. In early Fall, my life & work circumstances changed significantly adding to an already very heavy load and rendering me with nearly zero “free time”
At this point I decided that the idea of me EVER having any time to take on a new active pursuit was a total Dad-pipe-dream; a sick joke that would only serve to cause me pain later as I stared at a pair of skis gathering dust in the basement as the snow fell and the unceasing demands of life overwhelmed me.
So basically I just fucking shelved it. I still followed the forum and read most of the threads but no longer attempted to participate as I had pretty much consigned myself to the scrap heap of depressed dads with big dreams
Then I had a rare free day with my folks watching the boys yesterday so I headed down to my favorite independent outdoor retailer to check out their used gear annex and try and score a pair of soft shell pants or bibs. Wasn’t even trying to look at skis but was excited that I might encounter some. I succeeded with the pants (Rab Spire, which seem really promising) and in the process, what should I stumble upon but the Fischer 78s we’ve talked 6-Ways to Sunday in this thread casually leaning against the wall with a handful of
Other skis. FUCK.
I was in a hurry, but not to much of a hurry to lovingly oggle them and handle them a bit, AND to notice they had a “30% off” tag on them significantly reducing their price. As I drove through the Catskill mountains this afternoon on snow covered forest service roads with my two boys sleeping in the back, I could not stop thinking about the stupid fucking skis. Damnnit.
So tomorrow I will call the shop and inquire as to whether they have my size (189s IIRC?) and if they do, and have an NNN-BC Manual they are willing to slap on them for me, I will buy them then and there on the phone to be picked up the following weekend. Failing that. I’ve spied some 88s at Gear Exchange in Burlington as well as some closest 2015 Madshus options at The Mountaineer in NH (thanks to y’all) to consider as backups. Basically the same handful of options y’all batted around with me several months back.
Maybe I will ski twice this season? Maybe “skiing” will be creeping out to the shallow slope near the local school under cover of night after the kids are down to make a fool of myself? Maybe skiing will be a half-hour jaunt as my local running trail between daycare drop-off and work? But it will be skiing, and that my friends, is probably better than no skiing, amirite?
The gang here was too helpful for me to just fade gracefully into the night so I thought I’d drop back by with this update, and once gain offer my thanks for the sage advice and guidance you gents have dispensed in my direction.
Hopefully within a couple weeks I’ll be off the bench and in the fucking game. Will report back soon following....
Happy New Year.
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