The thought crystalized as clearly as the ice sculptures I’d seen the day before in the Crystal Garden of Confederation Park: I couldn’t feel my feet. Standing on frozen Dow’s Lake, in the early morning before the Winterlude Triathlon, this January, I had done my best to bundle against the cold. My three layers, plus …

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Cross-country skiing is certainly an amazing workout. It passes my personal “how hard am I working?” test: it makes me sweat while I’m doing it and makes me sore when I’m done. With cross country, the sweat is intense (great for a cold weather sport as long as you keep moving) and the soreness is all over – legs, core, and arms.

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