"Sure, I can guide you, Goose," I said, thinking, "How hard could it be to keep up with a guy with one leg, one usable glute and only upper abs and arms to propel him on the hilly 23K Kortelopet course?"
This month's column was inspired by a short conversation with my good friend Gary Herdrich. Gary had a recent hip replacement and was surprised at how much his balance on skis had suffered. I actually had the same problems after recent knee replacement surgeries. So what follows is about regaining balance after surgery or some other layoff. But it should also be useful for anyone who wants to improve their balance and make their skiing more fluid, more relaxed and more effortless.
I did my first skiing about 50 years ago on my grandparents' farm. We called it Three Mile Hill. When the developers of the future Cannonsburg Ski Area near Grand Rapids were looking for sites, this one was considered. We thought of it as our own personal ski and toboggan hill.
A new race series has been created for marathoners to add to their list of running feats. The Great Lakes Marathon Series is a collaboration of 25 marathons in the U.S. and Canada that take place along North America's five Great Lakes.