Sunday, December 17, 2006

Indoor Outdoor-sports


What a difference to last weekends’ kayak-activity: the last 24 I did all outdoor-activities inside: 2 kayakclasses in the pools of Alphen and Woerden, watching Jelles’ snowboard lessons in the indoor ski slope in den Hague, and rock climbing with Jelle, Lieke and Janine at the indoor climbing hall in den Hague. Waiting for Jelle in the Uithof this morning, I regretted I didn’t bring along my marathon skates to skate some rounds at the indoor ice track...
Climate, season and topography don’t matter any more: you can do your outdoor-thing anytime, anywhere. It’s an artificial world. It comes close to virtual reality.
I still prefer the “real reality”. I had fun with all the indoor activities, but it’s not the real thing. Kayaking, biking, hiking and camping in winter is cold, wet and dirty. So what?

5 comments:

W said...

you are surely right. getting wet, dirty, and sweaty is part of the pleasure.

Michael said...

Poor weather is just an excuse used by people wearing inappropriate clothing!

bonnie said...

oh, suddenly I remember that I was going to start indoor rock climbing with a friend when it got too cold to do anything outside this winter.

Starting to wonder if that is likely to happen now, since this winter seems to be a non-starter.

Hans said...

Hi Bonnie!
This year no winter-stop on paddling worldwide! Today we had a temperature of 15 degrees celsius in Woerden (it should be 3-4 degrees at this time of the year). Winter, ice - no way! Every year I hope to do some good marathon-ice-skating on the waters around here. Last time I could skate here is more than 10 years ago. I am afraid that when the ice comes (whenever?) I have forgotten how to skate...

James said...

The only one i would do is indoor climbing which i started a couple of months back, istarted indoor not because it was too cold but to help build confidence and the skills needed. It still doesnt compare to the real thing though.