Kim Rielly's blog
It's tough to stay inside when we are the recipients of a string of perfect days like this - it's been sunny and in the 70's during the day and cool at night for well over a week in the Adirondacks!
So, I accidentally invented a perfect day yesterday. Here's how:Some wish we'd just skip spring and go straight to summer. Not me. As the temperatures rise throughout spring in the Adirondacks, I find the higher temps, longer days, and sun have an almost dangerously energizing effect on me; dousing my cabin fever and sending me outdoors to do more than my lazy winter fitness levels should allow.
I didn't really know much or think about speed skating until Eric Heiden brought the sport into the spotlight during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. And although I have worked in Lake Placid on and off since the mid 90's, I have never considered trying out those cumbersome-looking long blades on the oval in the middle of town, which has a life-sized figure of Heiden clad in his 1980 tight yellow outfit out front, with the face cutout for souvenir pictures.
Sometimes, when the conditions are just right, we're treated to a variety of fun, low percentage winter Adirondack adventures.In this case, "low percentage" is a term that my aunt used to label the crazy, overhead-slam-from-the-net tennis shots that I infrequently won. The term came up while we were playing doubles during visits to their place down south when I was a teenager. She insisted that I wouldn't be handed those "low percentage" situations as often if I just stayed in my place and played like the rest of the retirees on the court.