So here we are, waist deep in the fall season with the leaves piling higher every day. The air temperature drops a few more degrees every day, and if I look close enough I can already see ice forming on the lake surface. Worst of all, though, is the pain of looking at the boat while it sits in a lifeless hibernation for five long months.
Okay, so that's a little melodramatic, but it's never been easy for me to part with wakeboarding at the end of summer. And it would be futile to plead with Mother Nature to extend our season, so the best thing to do is just accept it and look forward to the opportunities that the off-season presents.
I always worry that it will take extra time each season to get back into my prime summer shape, so I look for any possible way to stay active. Nothing can kill your spirit like a bad case of the winter doldrums, and they can sneak up on you out of nowhere. That's why I like to plan ahead.
This year I have decided to enter my very first half marathon. The lofty goal of running 13.1 miles is just daunting enough to keep me locked into a workout routine. Aside from running, I also plan to go snowboarding a lot. Admittedly, having a snow resort close by definitely helps heal the sting of winterizing the boat.
Snowboarding is the perfect wintertime companion to wakeboarding since they are almost identical in terms of control. For an extra kick, I may even take a trip to Montana in February just before the spring wakeboard season.
If you're faced with a long winter ahead of you, you may be wondering what you can do to beat the off-season. And if you already know how you're going to keep fit, why not share it with the rest of us? If we keep each other motivated, we might be able to ward off those wintertime blues.
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