This year I finally worked up the mojo to ski to work. It’s been ‘on my list’ to give a shot since we moved up here, given that Anchorage has this incredible trail system and we are fortunate enough to live on it.
Out of necessity, I skied to work in January and frankly, it was a cluster. It took me nearly an hour and forty (1:40) to ski the ~4.8 miles between my apartment and office. The way home was slightly shorter, only because I took a more efficient route to get to the trail and didn’t try to ski/walk across as many roads. Because, duh.
For pleasure, I skied again to work in February and before I took off I dialed that shit in. First things first – no ‘shortcuts’ a la the bike route. Staying on the trail, even wrapping around an extra half mile, is way more efficient than taking skis on/off to cross busy intersections. This is the same rationale at the other end of the trail: I skied as far as I could, and then pulled off to switch to walking boots. I marched myself and my skis to the office for another half mile, moving way faster than I did when I tried to ski up and over E Street, through downtown. Sprinklings of gravel and 9 intersections don’t mix well with nordic skiing.
The result of these small tweaks to my setup? I made it to work in an hour and twenty-five minutes (1:25). 15 minutes faster than my first go! Badass!
The only downside? Unrelated to my structure, but definitely related to my setup: a big blister on my heel, because the zipper is broken on my ski boot and my foot moves a little more than I realized. I can’t complain too much though because I didn’t feel it until the end of my tour. Silver lining.
Who’d have thought 5 or 6 winters ago that a) I’d be living in Alaska, b) I’d be living this fun, active lifestyle, or c) I’d find myself skiing to work in 10 degree days for fun?