Monday, January 4, 2010

Making Trax Like a Yak

Just call me Grace. I can glide across the ice like Kristi Yamaguchi, mountain bike like Georgia Gould, and snowboard like Lindsey Jacobellis. Okay, maybe not. You can still call me Grace.

I like to think I’m sure-footed. (Biker Boy would be rolling his eyes and snorting). I still like to think I am, though coordination and I are not best friends. I have the injuries to attest to that fact. Shall I count the ways? One concussion, two dislocated shoulders, numerous bumps and bruises, and way too many trips to a physical therapist.

Ice and packed snow are certainly not my best friends. We have a long and bitter relationship. I really try to like ice and packed snow, but they have made me fearful….timid….tense…nervous…and lots of other not so fun adjectives.

My senior year of college I fell directly onto my bottom while walking on an icy sidewalk into swim practice at 5:45am. I injured my bum so bad that I couldn’t even push off the wall of the pool. I could hardly walk. I was in pain. My coach sent me to a physical therapist to find out I damaged my sacroiliac joint on the right side. I felt immediate relief after my first visit and was pretty much good to go after a little while. A year later I hurt it again in a mountain bike accident. Whoops. Another visit to the PT helped. Biker Boy was shown how to help me correct the problem and if the pain every bothers me, we can now take care of it at home.

Hence, my fear of ice. It causes pain. I’ve already slipped on our icy driveway this winter and nearly redislocated my shoulder. We have a concrete pad that is now a permanent ice-skating rink and a steep gravel driveway that needs to be shoveled every time it snows or I can’t get my vehicle up it.

The packed snow and ice scare the buggers out of me! Then Biker Boy got me some Yaktrax for Christmas. Woo Hoo! I love these things! I’ve shoveled the driveway on packed snow, danced on the concrete pad, and did the happy dance……on ice! I am so on the Yaktrax wagon now! Put my Yaktrax on me and hook me up to that wagon, I’ll pull it baby!

The Yaktrax have coils that bite into the ice and packed snow, keeping you from slipping. They can be worn down to temperatures of –41 degrees F. Good for the Midwest, good for the Southwest, good for me!

I am so good to go on the ice now! I can run all over it, while I tell my children to get off of it. Though they seem to have more coordination than me. Hopefully they take after Biker Boy!  I sometimes think he's part mountain goat.

Biker Boy bought my Yaktrax at a local sporting goods store. Though I have seen them for a really good price at Sierra Trading Post. If you’re as graceful as me on ice and packed snow, I’d highly recommend getting a pair of Yaktrax. You won’t regret it. Just call yourself Grace.

1 comment:

  1. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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