I can't stop fallling down when I go cross country skiing. Help
Everytime I try to go down even the tiniest hills, I immediately fall and I am unable to get back up. Today I fell and my friend had to take off her skis and walk down this mild slope and help get my bindings to release. I was unable to get them to release so I could get my skis off. She also had trouble with them. Had she not been there I would've had to untie the boots and slip my foot out. She had no trouble with the hill and is a beginner skiier.
What could be goinf on?
I used to be able to handle huills, even ones much larger than this one.
The exact same thing happened two years ago. Fell. Couldn't get up. Couldn't get skis off. Had to have help.
I feel so ashamed right now...
I can't help you, having no experience skiing, but I want to point out that the fact that you have actually made the attempt to ski, which puts you waaaay ahead of me. So if anyone should be ashamed, it's me--definitely not you. Maybe someone else here is or knows an expert and can help. My one thought is that maybe some lateral muscle strength is needed to help with balance. I know that downhill skiers do all sorts of things such as going into a sitting position with one's back against a wall (or something like that) to strengthen and protect knees. I bet there is an equivalent set of cross-country exercises.
Totally on a different scale, but I do a lot of walking. Last week during a windy afternoon, a big gust of wind (felt like 30 miles an hour at least) sprang up at my back and almost pushed me into the street (where a car was coming) or down onto the ground. Because I have been doing so much walking, I was able to tense my legs and push back at the wind. Whew! So toning really does help.
I am 44 and have been skiing since I was a child. Now, I can't ski down any hills, which are bound to be on any cross country ski trail in this area.
Today, I tried to ski down the portion but the hill untouched by snowmobiles or trucks. So, really, no excuse. As soon as I started to go I fell, and every attempt to get up made my skis slide further down the hill.
I honestly looked like a horse with two front broken legs trying to get up only to pitch down again. I could tell my friend was embarrassed for me but didn't want to make me feel worse.
She went down the section that was slicker from snowmobiles and trucks going out on the lake. She didn't lose control. The part of the hill she was on had snow packed down and much slicker.
Wicked Yankee Girl